What is Donny Dancing?
The Royal Opera House, in partnership with Cast and Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council, is inviting the residents of Doncaster to create an original dance relevant to your experiences of lockdown and social distancing. Donny Dancing is a three-week project starting on 27 July. Fun and inspiring online films and written resources will guide you through a process to create your own unique dance performance. Taking part is a great way to keep active, have some fun with other members of your household and creatively explore some of the challenges of lockdown and social distancing.
The dance will be inspired by The Royal Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet and you will have the chance to learn some steps from the ballet as well as create your own sections of dance, exploring some of the themes from the ballet, including loss, love and separation, but also the themes of determination, friendship, family and solidarity.
There will be an opportunity for everyone taking part to perform your dance in your own home or at your chosen location in the local area. We will ask you to film your performance and send it to us online and you will star, alongside dancers from The Royal Ballet, in a dance film made by professionals at the Royal Opera House.
How does it work?
Over the course of three weeks, we will make resources available to you online that help you to learn some choreography and develop your own.
In Week One, you’ll learn some short dance phrases and motifs taken from the ballet Romeo and Juliet. These will be taught by dancers from the Royal Ballet.
In Week Two, you will be given creative tasks/prompts to help inspire your own dance.
In Week Three, you will rehearse and can join the collective final performance. For this final performance, you are encouraged to think of creative settings for your dance: a local landmark, or a socially distanced dance with neighbours.
You will also film your dance and send it to the Royal Opera House. We'll take parts of everyone’s dances and put them together in a final dance film.
Who Can Take Part?
Donny Dancing is for any resident of Doncaster, no matter how old or young you are or how much dance experience you have! It is completely free of charge to take part.
You can register as a group or as an individual. Click on the relevant sign-up link below to register by 10 July.
The aim of Donny Dancing is to celebrate the communities of Doncaster and encourage creative ways to explore the experience of lockdown and social distancing due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Everyone is welcome to join in – tell your friends and neighbours!
What Do I Need to Take Part?
You will need internet access to watch the online videos and recording equipment (camera or phone is fine) to film your final performance. We will provide instructions and support to submit your film to us.
Dates for Your Diary
Sign up by completing the online form:
Individuals sign-up: http://www.roh.org.uk/learning/doncaster-sign-up-individuals
Groups sign-up: https://www.roh.org.uk/learning/doncaster-sign-up-groups
Monday 27 July – Friday 14 August: access the films and written resources on the ROH Learning Platform and start learning the steps, exploring some creative tasks and make your own dance!
Friday 14 August: everyone taking part will perform their dance at 4pm, in your home or at a local landmark (remembering to respect social distancing rules).
Monday 17 August: final chance to submit your film to the Royal Opera House (you’ll be given instructions on how to do this).
Saturday 5 September: see the online screening of the final film.
Opportunities to watch Romeo and Juliet
You can watch Romeo and Juliet: Beyond Words on BBC iPlayer, available until 21 June, using this link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000crzw/culture-in-quarantine-shakespeare-romeo-and-juliet-beyond-words
The Royal Opera House will be screening Kenneth Macmillan’s Romeo and Juliet on the ROH YouTube channel on Friday 10 July and this will be available to watch for 14 days after that date.
Got any further questions?
If you need any further information or have some questions, you can contact Rebecca Parslow or Ruby Wolk at the Royal Opera House: