Led by outstanding British dancer and choreographer Richard Chappell, ROC Creative is hosting a dance platform at the Palace Theatre on Saturday 6th May. ROC Creative is the inclusive arts practice of United Response, a charity which supports local people with learning disabilities.

A number of amateur and professional dance groups are taking part in an afternoon’s dance workshop facilitated by Richard Chappell Dance and supported through Studio Wayne McGregor’s FreeSpace Scheme. The evening production, which is open to the public, will include a choreographed showcase piece which will have been developed during the course of the afternoon. Each participating group will also be invited to share a pre-prepared piece.

Tickets at £3 are available in advance from Palace Theatre – or on the door on the big night. The evening performance begins at 7pm.

Richard Chappell, still only 21, was born and bred in Paignton. He trained with The Royal Ballet School, London Dance Theatre, Rambert School and National Youth Ballet (Sadler’s Wells) where his interest in choreography began. Richard is a Choreographer and Producer for BalletWorks and a Discovery Artist at Pavilion Dance South West. 

Taking inspiration from T.S. Eliot's classic Four Quartets' Burnt Norton, East Coker, The Dry Salvages and Little Gidding, Richard’s latest evening of work At the end we begin has been funded by Arts Council England and is currently being presented on tour throughout the south of England including Torbay and Plymouth.

ROC Creative’s Gemma Dart said: ‘Richard has been helping the charity by doing relief work for years. And ROC Creative has a strong performance pedigree – our last major production was sponsored by the Arts Council. However to have an international renowned dancer come to South Devon to facilitate an all ability, multi dance company convention is truly extraordinary. I strongly commend the evening performance to people who love the performing arts, including those who have had little exposure to dance.’

Richard is taking time out from his 2017 tour to lead the ROC Creative dance platform. Richard said: ‘I’m delighted to assist this charity which is so close to my heart and encourage other local participating dance companies with members of all ages and abilities. We should all emerge from this highly interactive experience with new techniques, skills and insights as together we create a stand out piece of choreographed dance to perform to a live audience.’