Dance workshop

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A new initiative by Creative Arts Business Network (CABN) brings dance artists from across the region together to share skills and build links for future collaborations.

The aim is for local practitioners to deliver sessions monthly in venues across the region.

The workshop will be held on Sunday, August 26, at Castle Douglas Town Hall from 11am to 3.30pm.

If the workshop is successful, sessions will run on September 30, October 28 and November 25, with venues to be decided on the day.

The first session will be led by dance advocate Emma J Park, who will lead practical sessions in both contemporary dance and “Waacking” (hip-hop).

Lunch and refreshments will also be provided by CABN. If you have difficulty finding transport to Castle Douglas, please get in touch and the organisers will do their best to support you as they aim to make the sessions as accessible as possible.

The initiative is designed in the hope of building a wider understanding of local artists’ sectors. CABN would like to encourage practitioners to participate in sessions even if they are unfamiliar or inexperienced in the specific dance form. Practical sessions will be pitched at an informative level and gauged by the experience of those at the session.

Following these practical sessions, there will be an opportunity to discuss the continuation of the skill-share network and the feasibility of forming a committee that would work towards building an annual dance festival for Dumfries and Galloway.

The proposal is very much in the planning stages and CABN would invite anyone interested in dance to attend and share their thoughts.

If you have any questions or would like more information please get in touch with Emma at