Free online exclusive content for dance lovers and culturally curious at home
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In light of the outbreak of Coronavirus (Covid-19), a top story in the news across the world. From 1 April, Eliot Smith Dance (ESD) has refashioned its seasons of activities into a digital form, tailored especially to allow people to continue engaging in and benefiting from dance and culture during self-isolation. 
ESD is delighted to deliver a range of exciting and informative contemporary dance works on its website and social media. These will be delivered by ESD company dancers, guest artists, and collaborators, and at the same time will offer a small income for them, during these challenging times.
Whilst the safety and well-being of our audience, company dancers, collaborators, partners and voluntary staff is of utmost importance to us; ESD will continue to deliver its passion for dance.
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To continue sharing the passion, joy and creation of ESD Digital, we rely on donations from people like you. Your generosity is truly appreciated and brings us closer to welcoming you back post Covid-19.
Thank you!
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Summer Season
Performances //
Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale are centre stage in a new documentary, taking inspiration from and shining a light on the NHS medical staff serving on the front line in tackling Covid-19.

This interdisciplinary documentary, with newly-released music by multi award winning composer Adam Johnson, features original artwork by Bernadette Koranteng, a new poem written by children from Seaton Sluice Primary School, and real-life interviews with NHS medical personnel, all intertwined with contemporary dance performances.

Created around some of Britain’s most beautiful forests at a time when nature has flourished during isolation, this documentary reveals the similarities between the missions of Seacole and Nightingale and those of today’s medical staff, all caring selflessly for humanity, with courage, passion and devotion.
First showing: Thursday 13 August at 7.30pm (BST)
Available to watch by clicking here
Pre- Show Talk 
Join us for a pre-show talk with some of the creative team behind Seacole + Nightingale, chaired by Eliot Smith, Artistic Director of Eliot Smith Dance. The artists and creatives will discuss the themes and ideas behind the documentary. 

This 30 minute pre-show talk will take place via Eliot Smith Dance instagram channel on Thursday 13 August at 7.00pm (BST).
Blimey! Lucretia
This short dance film created by Eliot Smith and in collaboration with The Blimey Collective is inspired The Bowes Museum's recent exhibition The Power and The Virtue: Guido Reni’s Death of Lucretia.
Blimey! Lucretia looks at the way women have been portrayed in both classical and contemporary culture. The dancer in this film tries to depict the emotion of the painting whilst responding to the badges created by 500 individuals that have been stitched onto denim jackets worn by dozens of mannequins.
This short film is available to watch here for free from Tuesday 11 August at 6.00pm (BST).
To find out more please click here.
Online Classes //
Whether you’re a beginner who’s just starting out or an advanced dancer looking to maintain your training, we are delighted share our online classes delivered by our company dancers from the comfort of their homes.
All classes are open level.
If you enjoy the classes, please click here to donate. Every penny will help us continue to create new dance and support our company dancers and artists now and post Cover-19. Any donation you can give is hugely appreciated!
Under 16's Wake up Contemporary Class
with Victoria Winter
Open level - suitable for people between the age of 12 - 16
Ballet Barre
with Gemma Paganelli
Open level - suitable for people over the age of 16
Contemporary Class
with Yamit Salazar
Open level - suitable for people with dance experiences
Online Dance Class Disclaimer
Please only participate in our classes if you are fit and healthy to do so. Whilst the dancers will ensure you are warmed up and ready to exercise, your Health and Safety is your own responsibility.
Eliot Smith Dance (ESD) and its dancers takes no responsibility for injury to yourself or others or damage to property caused by taking part in our online digital dance classes.

Participants hereby agree that you will not hold Eliot Smith Dance (ESD) and its members of faculty, or any other, liable for injuries or illness of any kind, including without limitation its directors, instructors, company dancers, independent contractors, employees, agents, contractors, and representatives.
Community //
We are delighted to host a community dance workshop every second Tuesday of the month from June - August. 

This is an opportunity for the local and wider community - in particular for people who are self-isolating or people over 50 years old and carers. All workshops are free and led by Artistic Director Eliot Smith.

These community workshops are intended to support health, fitness and well-being, and to help develop physical activity during a period of self-isolation. It is our hope that this will encourage people to think creatively about the things that inspire them and to respond in some way.

The workshops take place online, using Zoom - a video communication site.

You will need a laptop or desktop computer and have access to the internet and to register in advance of the session. If you need help with Zoom please email us, and we’ll be happy to help.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the class. Please note that we do not allow observers and by participating in this workshop you give consent for us to photograph the session and use the images for our social media channels and funders.
Tuesday 9 June at 10.00am (BST)
Please click here
Tuesday 14 July at 10.00am (BST)
Please click here
Tuesday 11 August at 10.00am (BST)
Please click here
In Spring 2020 Eliot Smith Dance (ESD) commissioned it's Company Dancers to each create a 60 second short improv video whilst in isolation. This video features all eight Dancers, created into one full length film for you to enjoy.
If you enjoyed this creation, please consider a donation to Eliot Smith Dance (ESD) by clicking here.
The New Norm //
In Spring 2020 ESD commissioned Eliot Smith to create a new work-in-progess digital dance work.
The result was, The New Norm.

This exclusive film, created during self-isolation provides a unique glimpse into the creative process and how ESD's dancers take up the challenge.

First online showing on 2 May 2020 at 6.00pm (BST).

To find our more please click here.
Thank you //
As a thank you, we have created a 60 second video which looks back on the past spring season. 
We acknowledge the support for Spring 2020 season from Arts Council England.

Helping the Local Community //


Some of ESD Company Dancers are serving their local communities in villages, towns and cities across the world. They will be supporting those most vulnerable by delivering food and ESD dance literature to social housing areas.
We do hope our digital dance programme will be of some support, especially to those who may feel lonely due to self-isolating and being unable to leave their homes in the coming weeks due to the Covid-19 threat.
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