Go Dance 15 welcomes dance groups to the Theatre Royal Glasgow
Five days of community dance celebration
For five nights each year, one of the country’s most prestigious venues sets aside its professional programming to welcome 47 community dance groups onto its stage. Proving that Go Dance lies at the heart of Scotland’s dance scene, it’s been over-subscribed each year since the event started in 2008.
Alison Cowan has the pleasure of encouraging groups to take part, but the unenviable task of turning some away when assembling the line-up.
‘It’s an open call so we don’t audition,’ she explains, ‘but we do ask lots of questions, look at photos or YouTube videos, and if we’re not quite sure we’ll go and have a chat with them.’
Vocational colleges, mainstream schools running dance projects, community groups and private dance schools all get involved, with Cowan striving to get a good mix of dance style, age, gender and geographical spread from across the country.
‘It’s very much a community venture, and there’s no apology for that,’ she says. ‘Audiences will get a mixed programme, and within that there will be some pieces you think are wonderful and others you’ll think didn’t quite work.
‘I wouldn’t change that format, because if you did then you somehow diminish it as a whole. And I can say hand on heart, I’ve seen some of the most moving and authentic pieces of dance over the years.’
Theatre Royal, Glasgow, Tue 26—Sat 30 May.