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Dreaming in Code at Theatre Severn Shrewsbury

Innovative Modern Dance Company looks to local youngsters for help...

Since it's opening Theatre Severn has been a champion of a wide variety of dance styles, from Classical Ballet to exciting modern works. This February one local dance group will get the chance to open for innovative, all male, dance troupe '2Faced Dance' when they perform in Shrewsbury.

Opening act Arcadian Youth Dance, have been working with young people from all over Shropshire since 2013. Local dance artist Anna Belyavin works with children aged twelve to twenty one from all across the county. The company aims to offer high quality contemporary dance experiences through regular training, performance opportunities and workshops and were approached by 2Faced Dance early in 2015.

Artistic director, Anna Belyavin said, 'This has been such a fantastic opportunity for our dancers to work with a professional company and to perform at an exceptional venue. It is wonderful that a well-established and dynamic contemporary dance company like 2Faced Dance Company are coming to the county to perform and that young people from Shropshire can be a part of it.'

After they were approached, and with the support of Energize Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin Council, Anna and her team began establishing dance groups across the county. As part of this process she formed close ties with Shrewsbury Sixth Form and regularly began working with a group of dancers in Leebotwood. Anna chose dancers from these two groups to perform at Theatre Severn.

In all, eight dancers have been chosen to perform and the local group has been working with performers from 2Faced Dance Company to create a completely new work, which will be unveiled at Theatre Severn on the 9th February. The piece will explore themes from the company's current production, 'Dreaming in Code.'

Theatre Spokesman Pip Bayley said 'We are thrilled to have Arcadian joining us on the 9th February. Modern Dance is such a vibrant and engrossing art form to watch, there is a real passion within it that most people don't realise, it's great to see young people getting involved and being so enthusiastic about this fantastic genre. We can't wait to see what the group has produced'

Arcadian Youth Dance can be seen along with 2Faced Dance's 'Dreaming in Code' on February 9th at Shrewsbury's Theatre Severn. Tickets are available online at the Theatre Severn website or via the venues Box Office on 01743 281 281.