During the COVID-19 Lockdown and temporary closure of Barbican Theatre (from 16 March 2020) Performance Training Classes will not be running until further notice.

In order to ensure our young people are still able to engage with activities and their Practitioners we have launched B-Hive which is an online resource featuring videos of tutorials, challenges and activities suitable for all involved with Performance Training classes (as well as others who might just want to create or move while they are in isolation)

Dance training for performance

Barbican Theatre Performance Training Dance classes are for those who want to experience a variety of dance and performance skills, develop them and perform!

Our dance class members will work closely with our FUSE Diverse Dance professional team, offering them unique opportunities to further develop their dance and performance skills as an integral part of the acclaimed FUSE programme.

Members of COMPANY b Dance and Dance Junction will be involved with FUSE residencies and performance productions throughout the year and will work on their own productions with our dynamic practitioners.


Dance Junction taster: Mon 13 January 2020 5:15pm - 6:45pm. Book yours by emailing btpt@barbicantheatre.co.uk (cost for 2 term (20 weeks) membership £33)

COMPANY b Dance auditions: Tue 14 January 6:15pm - 9:15pm Book yours by emailing btpt@barbicantheatre.co.uk (cost for 2 term (20 weeks) membership £40)


COMPANY b Dance (ages 16 - 25) £60 per year (£20 per 10 week term)
Dance Junction (ages 12 - 16) £50 per year (£16.50 per 10 week term)

Your annual membership fee includes

  • Attendance of your dance / theatre classes for 30 weeks a year including performances and any extra rehearsals
  • Discounted ticket price for nominated performances at Barbican Theatre / The Plymouth Athenaeum (this is not all performances - participants will be informed which performances this is applied to if and when applicable).
  • 10% discount on food and non alcoholic drinks in The B-Bar
  • Opportunity to buy exclusive Performance Training t-shirts (£8) and hoodies (£18) – order form available here (we have stock already so there’s no waiting for them to arrive if you order now!)

5 reasons to choose our Dance Performance Training...

  • Rehearsing & performing on a professional stage
  • Production driven
  • High quality artistic productions facilitation of professional standard, aiming for constant development
  • Developing socially conscious young people and artists.
  • Support on your journey from young person to creative artist


For ages 16 - 25

COMPANY b Dance is for those who wish to develop their contemporary dance skills to a higher level. It is particularly suitable for those considering professional training ortheir own work.

Sessions consist of training and development in a variety of dance techniques, choreography and improvisation, which are then used to create high quality performances. There are a number of performance opportunities throughout the year, including these, which are part of our FUSE Diverse Dance project:

  • Traverse Youth Dance Festival at The House Oct 2019
  • Chhaya Collective Residency Sept - Oct
  • Alleyne Dance  Residency Sept - Feb
  • Respect Festival Aug 2019 & 2020
  • FUSE Performance February 2020

We are looking for open-minded, committed, driven, passionate, creative individuals to audition for our company and we look forward to welcoming you and giving you the chance to challenge yourself and feel supported and guided throughout your journey. Many of the young people we work with go on to train at some of the best Dance Schools and Universities in the country.

COMPANY b Dance members are auditioned to achieve their place. Details of our next audition dates are available below.

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To register for a COMPANY b Dance work shop audition please please complete the form on this page email James at btpt@barbicantheatre.co.uk

Price peryear: £60 (approx 30 weeks)

Sessions: Tuesdays 6:15pm – 9:15pm

Venue: Barbican Theatre auditorium

Audition dates: Tue 14 January 2020 6:15pm - 9:15pm.

Auditions are workshop based and informal so there is no need to have anything prepared


Register for a COMPANY b Dance workshop audition here:

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Images from COMPANY b Dance's summer 2019 performance of 'The Games We Play'
Credit: Gemma Ward Photography

Dance Junction

For ages 12 - 16

Each week we will practice, learn and develop our dance technique and learn new skills. Dance Junction is perfectly catered to those new to dance or those looking for an introduction into contemporary dance.

This class also gives participants a chance to explore their individual creativity and to learn how to use these skills whilst applying them to a particular theme and idea with the rest of the group, with performance opportunities throughout the year.

We welcome participants who would love to give contemporary dance a try, those who already have previous dance experience and also those who would love to explore their creativity through dance.

Details of our next taster sessions are available below.

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To sign up for a Dance Junction free taster sessions please complete the form on this page or email James at btpt@barbicantheatre.co.uk

Price per year £50 (approx 30 weeks)

Sessions: Mondays 5:15pm – 6:45pm

Venue: Barbican Theatre auditorium

Next taster date: Mon 13 January 2020 5:15pm - 6:45pm

Register for a a Dance Junction free taster here:

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