Dance in the Meadow this summer 

Farnham Maltings and The Dance Movement is proud to present an afternoon of dance in partnership with Farnham Town Council. 

Every Sunday in the summer, Farnham Town Council host Music in the Meadow. Following the successful introduction of a dance element to last year’s programme, this year on Sunday 11 June at Gostrey Meadow, the whole afternoon will be dedicated to dance and will be a celebration of all the wonderful dance that happens in Farnham.

Dance in the Meadow will open at 2pm with a collaborative piece from The Dance Movement and New Adventures and Re:Bourne, which has been specially commissioned by the Farnham Maltings. The dance will be an adaptation from Matthew Bourne’s new ballet, The Red Shoes.

“Dance in the Meadow is all about bringing people together. It is an invitation to the Farnham community to come together and experience first-hand how dance is an enjoyable and effective method of being happy and getting active.

“Our event will showcase a breadth of dance styles performed by different groups of people who are united in their joy of dancing. Regardless of your age or ability there really is something for everyone, so grab your picnic blanket, invite some friends and join us for the afternoon on Sunday 11 June,” says Rachel Palmer, Programme Director at The Dance Movement.

Dance in the Meadow will include performances from The Dance Movement’s community dance programmes including Coalesce and Leg-it. There will also be performances from Demeric School of Dance, Weydon School, Showshack, Illusion Dance Academy, Silke Mackay School of Dance, a new piece from a group of older dancers called Quicksilver plus Stopgap Dance Company’s SG-Troop.

Councillor Jill Hargreaves from Farnham Town says: “We are delighted to be expanding our summer programme of events to include dance. Dancing is a wonderful way to be in the present moment and meet new people. Throughout the afternoon there will be many opportunities to take part in a variety of dance workshops and to try a new style of dancing. I would like to thank The Dance Movement and the Farnham Maltings and our sponsors Kidd Rapinet and Tony Fresko - I’m sure the afternoon will be a lot of fun.”

The programme of workshops will include an old-school street dance battle with live mixing and scratching from Farnham DJ Chuckie Steel (aka Gav Hoare) and Stopgap Dance Company will be inviting disabled and non-disabled people to dance together. New Adventures and Re:Bourne will be leading a contemporary ballet workshop based upon The Red Shoes and one of the final sessions of the afternoon will include a maypole dance demonstration by Potters Gate School followed by an opportunity for the audience to have a go. The afternoon of dance will conclude with a Ceilidh in which everybody will be invited to take part.