New Adventures is committed to working with young people of all background and dance experience, to share our passion for dance, theatre and creativity. From early years through to A-level studies, we journey with our young people through one-off workshops and residencies, on an adventure of discovery and expression through our unique story telling language and playful creative method.
Parent from a partner School
We offer numerous ways to take part in our programme including a one-off schools workshops, intensives and even the chance to experience a day in the life of a New Adventures dancer and perform on a world class stage. Our aim is simple - to surprise, delight and encourage young people to be inspired by dance.
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Matthew Bourne is a named choreographer in a number of UK national performing arts examinations, including at BTEC and A-level. New Adventures works closely with teachers to enliven the curriculum and get the best outcomes for young people studying dance and the performing arts.
'I wanted to express my gratitude for the truly inspiring workshop. I can't explain how much you've motivated our students. It was so engaging, challenging, the right amount of variety. I've never seen them buzzing so much... You were amazing teachers.' - Becca Gatt (Teacher), Highworth School, Kent
An incredible chance to work with dancers from New Adventures to create an original piece of choreography in response to our current touring show and perform it before our professional company take to the stage. This opportunity is usually delivered in partnership with our partners at theatres we tour to or with established groups that we have led other projects with before.
Our curtain raisers give young, aspiring dancers the opportunity to work with our world-renowned company through the exploration and development of their technical and creative skills. A short piece is created in response to the themes and movement discovered in one of our works, resulting in the performance before our professional show as part of our evening programme.
As part of our recent tour of The Red Shoes we delivered two curtain raisers involving over 70 young dancers on the main stage at Sadler's Wells (London) and Birmingham Hippodrome. In 2019 we celebrated 10 years of Curtain Raisers at Birmingham Hippodrome and we regularly work with Sadler's Wells’ Associate Schools to give this opportunity to young, aspiring dancers in Islington. For the last three years, our London curtain raiser was proudly supported by The Archie Lloyd Charitable Foundation.
During lockdown, we presented The Red Shoes curtain raiser project from home. Young, aspiring dancers from Mayflower Theatre and Hull New Theatre could not perform at their local theatre due to our tour being cut short, therefore we created a montage of them dancing in their homes and edited this with our Sadler's Wells curtain raiser performance earlier this year. Take a look at the film below.
In Our Shoes
In Our Shoes
We offer an immersive and accessible two-day opportunity to step 'In Our Shoes' and experience first-hand what it is like to be part of our company.
Day One: The Dancer in the Studio
Explore movement and themes from our current touring show in a workshop led by New Adventures dancers and create a piece of choreography inspired by the show.
Day Two: The Dancer on Stage
See the theatre through the dancers' eyes with a backstage tour and then perform the choreography created on Day One to the company on the very same stage they will dance on. The day then finishes with a Q&A with a company member and a farewell from our dancers.
This is a bespoke, accessible and inclusive experience with no previous dance experience needed.
During our tour of Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake we have delivered In Our Shoes projects for participants in Bradford, Nottingham and LA. In Bradford we worked in collaboration with The Alhambra Theatre and Bradford College’s students from asylum seeker and refugee backgrounds who gave a wonderful performance to the Swan Lake company. We are also proud to have delivered In Our Shoes in Oak Field School, an SEN school in Nottingham, three times in a row.
Get involved in our workshop series for young people.
We are excited to launch a new series of short, fun, educational videos for young people. Resident Artist Paul Smethurst will lead our plucky squad of DanceVenturers on a journey to learn their Physical Phonics, and through our repertoire of New Adventures shows.
In Physical Phonics, during each mission, they will discover a new sound, and hunt down special words that contain that sound. When they follow along with our show-inspired workshops, they will be able to learn some movement from the shows, adapted for all levels. Using movement and music, our DanceVenturers will learn something new, get active and creative, and most of all, have fun!
Perfect for Primary School children but great for all kids young and old, big and small.
And if you missed our Easter Adventures activities for Primary Schoolers, you can still find them over on our YouTube channel.
Join our Resident Dance Artist Paul Smethurst and go on a mission to discover a new sound and hunt down special words that contain this sound - check out the series below!
Episode 1 - 'OO'
Episode 2 - 'OO'
Episode 3 - 'OI'
Episode 3 - 'OY'
Episode 5 - 'AR'
Episode 6 - 'EE'
Episode 7 - 'EA'
Episode 8 - 'OA'
Episode 9 - 'ER'
Episode 10 - 'ER'
Episode 11 - 'UR'
Episode 12 - 'OW'
Join our Resident Dance Artist Paul Smethurst and go on an adventure through the New Adventures repertoire - discover the magic of shows and learn some movement from each production! Check out the series below.
Nutcracker! - Make Your Own Sweetie Character
Nutcracker! - Bouncing Biker Gobstopper Phrase
Swan Lake - Make Your Own Swan
Swan Lake - Cheeky Cygnet Dance
Edward Scissorhands - Learn the BBQ Dance
Early Adventures - Country Garden Dance
We have a passion for immersing ourselves in the communities we work with. One of the ways we do this is by working closely with schools and partner organisations to engage young people in our work.
Since 2016, we have delivered three whole-school performance projects where every child has been involved in creating their own dance piece using New Adventures' unique storytelling style with our Dancers in Residence programme.
In 2019, we proudly presented Civil Blood, a project for young people in partnership with Dance United Yorkshire (in Bradford) and Studio 3 Arts (in Barking and Dagenham) inspired by Matthew Bourne's Romeo and Juliet.
Find out more about these projects below.
Book a Workshop
Book a Workshop
Take a look below to see which shows and training opportunities New Adventures are currently offering workshops on.
William (age 9), Bishop Gilpin CofE Primary School, London
Thrilling, audacious, witty and emotional, Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake is perhaps still best known for replacing the female corps-de-ballet with a menacing male ensemble, which shattered conventions, turned tradition upside down and took the dance world by storm.
Find out more about Swan Lake.
The Red Shoes
Based on the classic Powell and Pressburger film with music by Bernard Herrmann, The Red Shoes is a beloved fairytale and Academy Award-winning movie, that has inspired generations of dancers with its tale of obsession, possession and one girl’s dream to be the greatest dancer in the world.
In cinemas 30th September.
Find out more about The Red Shoes.
With family-sized helpings of Bourne’s trademark wit, pathos and magical fantasy, Nutcracker! follows Clara’s bittersweet journey from a darkly comic Christmas Eve at Dr. Dross’ Orphanage, through a shimmering, ice-skating winter wonderland to the scrumptious candy kingdom of Sweetieland.
Returning November 2021.
Find out more about Nutcarcker!
Storytelling through Movement
Storytelling through Movement
A bespoke workshop that explores New Adventures’ unique narrative style with a specific focus on how we use movement, physicality, and gesture to tell a story, express emotion and portray character. During these workshops we explore different productions from the New Adventures’ canon, in order to discover and develop skills and techniques in acting through movement, physical theatre and performance. Perfect for Drama and Theatre students, teacher and groups.
Continuing Professional Development
We also deliver workshops offering professional development to teachers, dance artists and/or organisations. In these sessions we share our experience of working with young people in a variety of settings, and explore New Adventures’ approach through warm up exercises, physical games, dance phrases & creative tasks that can be added to your tool kit.
We offer workshops, mock auditions and residencies to introduce and develop a deeper understanding of our work and give dancers in training an opportunity to experience the New Adventure's style. Working with New Adventures Lead and Resident Artists, dancers will learn repertoire from existing shows and work creatively to gain insight into our process with a focus on preparing them for the next step into the professional world.
We can tailor workshops to suit Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stages 1-5, as well as vocational, further and higher educational levels. Our workshops can contribute towards young people completing their Arts Awards.
Our workshops are always delivered by two New Adventures dance artists, and at the end of the session there is the opportunity to have a short Q&A, which is always very popular!
We are also able to offer online workshops via Zoom.
What to expect
- Playful beginnings with games, team building exercises and spatial exploration leading to a warm up
- Learn movement from some of our award-winning productions
- Delve into the New Adventures creative process and make your own movement using our signature tasks and methods
- Finish with a Q&A and a chance to find out more about the company, our works, and life as a dancer
- Develop a deeper understanding of Matthew Bourne’s creative process and the ideas and themes within his productions
- Improve your knowledge of dance, your body and performance
- Enhance communication and collaboration
- Build self-confidence, trust and a sense of success and accomplishment
- Feel challenged physically and creatively
- Have fun, be expressive and discover something new