Applications for our Sunday Masterclasses series in our Frome studio for pre-vocational students are open.

Masterclasses Application Form

Mark Bruce Company are delighted to launch their new initiative of Contemporary Masterclasses taught by professional freelance dancers over the course of the academic year 2022/23. These sessions are aimed at pre-vocational dance students aged between 15-18 who are passionate about, and aspire to pursue a career in professional dance. (We will consider students aged 14 if recommended by a dance school). Students must have a base in classical or contemporary technique, and demonstrate an eagerness to enhance their dancing with this additional, complementary training. There will be a series of two Masterclasses a term, taught by different teachers.

This is an opportunity to learn from industry experts, improve skills, build self-confidence, meet other like-minded pupils and above all have fun.

Each session will start with a 90-minute contemporary technique class followed by a 2-hour creative session.

Sunday dates:
2022 Autumn term 2 Oct, 13 Nov
2023 Spring term 29 Jan, 5 Mar
2023 Summer term 7 May, 25 Jun

Students can arrive from 12:30pm, class will start at 1pm. There will be a 15 minute break at 2:30pm and the day will finish at 4:45pm.

All Masterclasses will be held at BlackBirdRedRose Studios, Unit G, Vallis Mills Trading Estate, Frome, Somerset, BA11 3DT. There is free parking on site and a green room.

Sessions cost £40 for one class, £75 per term (two Masterclass days) or £200 for the year billed in advance.

Mark Bruce Company reserves the right to select students based on their ability to ensure they can benefit from the class safely.

Meet the teacher - Session 3 - 29 January 2023

Antonia Grove
Antonia is an independent Dance artist working in contemporary dance, dance theatre and cross artform collaborations with a career spanning 25 years. She moves between the roles of choreographer, lecturer, performer, dramaturg, mentor and artistic facilitator. In 2004 she founded the Dance theatre company Probe, for which she has produced and performed 6 full length touring works. Moving forwards as a maker under her own name, she continues to be interested in live solo performance, presenting work that she writes, directs, performs and realises in collaboration with other creatives. Antonia trained at the Rambert School and then joined Rambert Dance Company 1998-2003. As performer she danced for companies Walker Dance Park Music, The National Theatre, Wayne McGregor’s Random Dance, Bonachela Dance Company, The Cholmondeleys, Charles Linehan Company, New Art Club, Fabulous Beast, Matthias Sperling, Clod Ensemble, Headspace Dance and Vincent Dance Theatre. She has three times been nominated for a Critics Circle National Dance Award and Timeout Live Award. Antonia recently obtained a Masters (Creative Practice) by distinction from Trinity Laban, researching relationships between female hormones and creativity. She has 3 children and is an activist for mothers working in the Arts.

Meet the teacher - Session 2

Carina Howard
Carina trained at Rambert School where she graduated with a first class (hons) degree. Following this, she completed a masters at Northern School of Contemporary Dance with Distinction and the award for most outstanding achievement. Carina has been a dancer with Mark Bruce Company since 2017, touring in their productions of Macbeth, Return to Heaven and Phantoms. She has also been a company dancer with Rosie Kay Dance Company, touring in their productions of MK Ultra and Rosie Kay’s Fantasia. Other choreographers she has worked with include Mark Baldwin, Gemma Payne and Arielle Smith as well as performing her own works for the BBC Young Dancer Award. Carina enjoys collaborating creatively with choreographers and was commissioned to create her own work for The Dancers’ Project. As well as theatre, Carina loves dancing for Film and TV with credits including Aquaman 2, The Witcher and a short film for the Met Police. Carina teaches students from the ages of 4, vocational students, company class and also works as a Creative Movement Therapist for people with Parkinson’s disease. .

Meet the teacher - Session 1

Hannah McGlashon
Hannah trained professionally at Rambert School where she graduated with a first class degree in Ballet and Contemporary dance. During her final year she toured with Rambert Company for their autumn season, performing Itzik Galili’s ‘A Linha Curva’ as well as Mark Baldwin’s rendition of Haydn’s ‘Creation’. She has worked with choreographers including Mark Bruce, Jenna Lee and Darren Ellis. As a freelance dancer she has worked with Shobana Jeyasingh, Lynne Page, Kamavera Dance Theatre, as well as with Christopher Thomas Dance for the Sadlers Wells Young Associate programme. She has also collaborated with various musicians for R&D, music videos and live performances. Choreographically she has collaborated with Christopher Thomas and they have taken their duets to both national and international platforms.

Applications for our Sunday Masterclasses series for pre-vocational students are now open.