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University of Cumbria hosts nationally acclaimed contemporary dance workshop for artists and practitioners

AVS Annie Hanauer, Vicky Malin and Sarah Blanc. Photography by Matt Grayson 2017

Three figures from a contemporary dance company that won national acclaim for its inclusive routine featuring disabled dancers on BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing are heading to the University of Cumbria.

The university’s Institute of the Arts is hosting the AVS Take More Space Dance Lab at its Brampton Road campus in Carlisle over the weekend of 15 and 16 June 2019.

AVS brings together three dance practitioners, Annie Hanauer, Vicky Malin and Sarah Blanc, associates of Candoco, the leading dance company of disabled and non-disabled dancers, most recently known for their stellar performance on BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing last November.

AVS was created to explore how working collectively can push the individual and shared artistic practice of three exciting emerging artists working inclusively to make, play and share.

During the AVS Take More Space Dance Lab, artists and practitioners will be given the opportunity to work in an inclusive environment to investigate new ideas with Annie, Vicky and Sarah, as well as developing their own inclusive practice.  The trio will offer space for each participant to challenge themselves, strengthen networks and deeply engage with an artistic process.

Susie Tate, dance artist for Health, Wellbeing and Education said: “As a former Candoco practitioner, I am delighted to be working with the University of Cumbria and Carlisle City Council to bring this workshop to a wider audience.  This weekend is relevant for emerging dance artists or professionals aged 18 and older, disabled and non-disabled, who are interested in exploring dance as an art form.”

“This workshop continues the first Cumbria Arts in Health Conversation the university held in January 2019 that demonstrated the need for greater engagement and diversity.  AVS will also be working with our dance students in advance of this workshop to enable them to develop their skills in inclusive techniques and creative exploration.

“The opportunity to welcome the nationally renowned AVS Take More Space practitioners to Carlisle will have a great impact on the confidence and aspirations of our students,” said Sandie Fisher, principal lecturer for performing arts at the University of Cumbria.

AVS Take More Space Lab costs £40 and runs from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 June 2019.

For further details visit—brampton-road/dance-workshop.php.

Bookings can also be made online at

The Institute of the Arts Brampton Road campus in Carlisle is also holding an open day on Saturday 8 June for prospective students.

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