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Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker. Photo by Simon Annand

Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker. Photo by Simon Annand

London Theatre News Today: Thursday 28 January

Kitty Underwood

By Kitty Underwood Published 28 January 2021

New Adventures to offer free online classes

Matthew Bourne's NUTCRACKER. Photo by Simon Annand

New Adventures is thrilled to announce a new programme of free online classes, Open Company Class, offering unprecedented access to the classes attended by New Adventures dancers.  During 2020, New Adventures offered free access to these classes via Instagram Live. Proving incredibly popular, the classes allowed dancers in training and professional performers alike to refine their craft under current restrictions. Moving into 2021, the company is delighted to move this access to YouTube and share their training.

From Wednesday 3 February, New Adventures will be releasing the weekly Open Company Class on their YouTube channel here at 12.00noon. The classes will have a range of different styles, reflecting the variety of styles used in New Adventures’ productions, including Contemporary, Ballet and Jazz. These Open Company Classes are tailored to professional dancers and dancers in training, however they are accessible on YouTube for anyone to experience how the company’s dancers prepare.

The classes will be taught by New Adventures dancers and dance artists, including Kerry Biggin, Freya Field, Glenn Graham, Sophia Hurdley, Monique Jonas, Nicole Kabera, Ashley Shaw, Arielle Smith, Katie Webb, Neil Westmoreland and Carrie Willis. Alongside these free classes, there will be a unique chance to get to know each teacher through a live Q&A on the New Adventures Instagram (@mbnewadventures). The teachers will be “live at five” for questions about the upcoming class, their dance background and dancing for New Adventures. The first Q&A will take place on Monday 1 February at 5.00pm with New Adventures’ principal dancer Ashley Shaw.

Tickets For Good announces new partnership

Established in 2017, Tickets for Good is a small group of related social enterprises, working together to broaden access to events for vulnerable and disadvantaged people. The Ticket Bank platform was created in 2019 as a secure system to allow venues and promoters to donate tickets which can then be claimed by charities, social prescribers, and the NHS. These groups can then, in turn, distribute to their service users and staff members.

Integrating Spektrix into the Ticket Bank platform provides instant access at the click of a button for 400+ arts venues in the UK and allows Tickets for Good to focus on their overall aim of increasing arts participation.

Made in Sheffield, Tickets for Good and it’s Ticket Bank platform have already distributed thousands of free event tickets to over 500 registered not-for-profit groups across the UK. They allow venues to fill empty seats, meet social responsibility goals and give venues free access to new audience demographics.

Anna Wiseman – Head of Strategic Partner Relations for Spektrix said;

‘At Spektrix we believe that the arts are fundamental to a high quality of life and the health of our communities, so we’re thrilled that Tickets for Good have built an integration. We know that this will make a huge diffe rence to many of the non-profit arts organisations we work with who already donate tickets to charities and other service providers. Now they can use our leading technology to do this in a pain-free way’.

Steve Rimmer – Founder of Tickets for Good said;

‘We’re absolutely delighted to be partnering with Spektrix on this direct integration to their platform. We know that attending events have a positive effect on wellbeing and look forward to helping venues in their ‘Return to Live’ as soon as possible, to help people feel healthier and happier.’




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