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About Us

MK Dance Theatre is a renowned youth dance company that was established in 2019 with the vision of providing a platform for young dancers to explore and showcase their talent. From its humble beginnings, the company has grown exponentially, leaving a significant mark on the dance community. ​

 

Under the artistic direction of Owen Lane, MK Dance Theatre quickly gained recognition for its innovative choreography, unique artistic vision, and commitment to nurturing the next generation of dancers. Owen Lane, an accomplished choreographer and dancer himself, brought a wealth of experience and passion to the company, which resonated with both students and audiences alike. ​

 

In its early years, MK Dance Theatre has focused on building a strong foundation by collaborating with local dance schools and arts organizations while conducting auditions to select talented students. The company's commitment to excellence and fostering individual growth has attracted a diverse group of dancers, each bringing their own distinct style and technique to the ensemble. ​

 

Over the years, MK Dance Theatre has worked with over 100 students, providing them with professional training and performance opportunities. The company's specially curated performance programs emphasize technical proficiency, artistic expression, and creative exploration. Students are exposed to a wide range of dance styles, including contemporary, ballet, improvisation, and our signature style neo-classical, allowing them to develop a versatile and well-rounded skill set. ​

 

MK Dance Theatre's dedication to producing high-quality productions has been reflected in the creation of six full-length productions to date. Each production showcases the artistic vision of the company, featuring original choreography by in-house and external creators. These performances have captivated audiences with their thought-provoking themes, intricate movement vocabulary, and visually stunning designs. ​

 

In addition to their full-length productions, MK Dance Theatre has also presented numerous shorter works, allowing the dancers to experiment with different styles and choreographic approaches. These performances served as a platform for the students to explore their creativity, refine their technical abilities, and gain valuable stage experience. ​

 

One of the most significant accomplishments of MK Dance Theatre is the success of its dancers in gaining acceptance into prestigious professional schools and dance companies. Many of the students who have performed with the company have gone on to join renowned dance institutions citing their involvement with the company as an important step in their development.  ​

 

As MK Dance Theatre continues to evolve and grow, it remains committed to its core values of artistic excellence, education, and mentorship. Through its innovative productions, rigorous performance programs, and ongoing collaborations, the company strives to push the boundaries of artistic creation, inspire future generations of dancers, and leave an indelible mark on the dance world.

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Our Mission

At MK Dance Theatre, our mission is to inspire and enrich lives through the transformative power of art and education. Rooted in the belief that dance is a universal language that transcends boundaries, we strive to cultivate a vibrant community where creativity thrives and individuals are empowered to discover their full potential.

Art is at the heart of everything we do. Through captivating performances, innovative choreography, and thought-provoking storytelling, we aim to ignite the imagination, spark dialogue, and evoke emotions that connect people from diverse backgrounds. We believe that art has the power to challenge perceptions, promote empathy, and foster understanding, contributing to a more inclusive and compassionate society.

We are dedicated to serving as a catalyst for artistic and educational collaborations. By partnering with schools, community organizations, and other cultural institutions, we aim to expand access to dance education, promote interdisciplinary learning, and create opportunities for individuals to engage with the arts in meaningful ways. Through these collaborations, we seek to ignite curiosity, inspire innovation, and cultivate a lifelong love for learning.

In all our endeavours, we prioritize excellence, integrity, and inclusivity. We embrace diversity in all its forms, celebrating the unique perspectives and experiences that each individual brings. We foster a nurturing and supportive environment where creativity flourishes, risk-taking is encouraged, and personal growth is nurtured. We strive to empower our students and community members to become well-rounded artists, critical thinkers, and compassionate people.

Ultimately, our vision is to create a world where the transformative power of art and education is accessible to all, nurturing the human spirit and fostering a more harmonious and interconnected society.

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Our Goals

Cultivating Artistic Awareness:

MK Dance Theatre aims to produce artistically aware performers who possess a deep understanding of dance as an art form. They prioritize the development of dancers who not only excel in technical skills but also possess a strong sense of creativity, expression, and artistic interpretation. By fostering an environment that values artistic exploration and innovation, MK Dance Theatre aims to nurture dancers who can push the boundaries of traditional dance forms and create unique and thought-provoking performances.

Promoting Diversity and Inclusion:

One of MK Dance Theatre's primary goals is to provide access to a wider range of young people with diverse cultural and style backgrounds. They are committed to breaking down barriers and ensuring that dance is accessible to all, regardless of socioeconomic status, ethnicity, or physical ability. By actively reaching out to underrepresented communities and offering scholarships, workshops, and outreach programs, MK Dance Theatre seeks to create a diverse and inclusive dance community where every individual feels welcome and valued.

Enhancing Milton Keynes' Artistic Reputation:

MK Dance Theatre aims to lift the artistic reputation of Milton Keynes, a city that may not be traditionally associated with dance. By consistently producing high-quality performances and engaging in collaborations with renowned artists and choreographers, they seek to establish Milton Keynes as a hub for dance excellence. Through their dedication to artistic excellence, MK Dance Theatre aims to attract audiences, artists, and collaborators from around the world, thereby putting Milton Keynes on the map as a vibrant and thriving center for dance and artistic expression.

In summary, MK Dance Theatre's goals for the future involve cultivating artistically aware performers, promoting diversity and inclusion within the dance community, and enhancing the artistic reputation of Milton Keynes. They strive to create a supportive and inclusive environment where dancers can develop their artistic skills, explore new dance forms, and contribute to the cultural enrichment of the community.

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