Essential Alston Education Programme

The Essential Alston Education Programme offers students, teachers and dance enthusiasts the opportunity to gain an exciting insight into the work of Richard Alston Dance Company. 

Through performance packages, workshops, residencies, lecture demonstrations, talks and other resources including DVD's and our unique website the Alston Studio, people can gain a deeper understanding of the Companys' repertoire and choreographic processes along with Richard Alston himself. We are delighted to work with hundereds of people each year from Primary and Secondary Schools, Dance Schools, Youth Dance Companies and Universities to Older Peoples Groups and Teachers CPD sessions.  

For more information on any of the below please contact our Creative Learning Programme Manager

Performance Packages 2019-20

Alongside our 2019-10 national tour, the company works together with the tour venues to offer a value for money performance package for local schools and dance groups to take advantage of. For a set price of £370-480 (depending on the venue), the package includes:

  • 20+2 tickets to see the performance at the venue (note this number can be adjusted)
  • A three hour workshop with one of our Dancers or Animateurs (held at your venue at any time to suit your schedule)
  • Richard Alston Dance Company poster and teaching resources based on current touring Repertoire Proverb

Do keep up with our Company touring schedule and get in touch when we are in your area. 

Essential Alston Workshops

Taking place all year round, led by the Company Dancers and our highly experienced professional dancers from our team of trained animateurs. The workshop sessions usually consist of a warm up/class similar to what the Company take each morning, a chance to learn Repertoire and creative work which enables students to engage with the choreographic processes the Company uses. 

        " Really enjoyed the workshops. Will was enthusiastic and really engaged with the student’s. Excellent range of activities which helped the students to progress. WE LOVED IT" 

Vicky Thomas, Dance Teacher at Abbeyfield School Northampton, January 2016

Please get in touch for full details and to book. 


Beyond a single workshop session, this unique opportunity gives participants the experience of working intensively with a Company member for 2-5 days to create a piece for performance based on a particular work by Richard Alston. 

Please get in touch for full details and to book. 

Lecture Demonstrations

Richard Alston discusses his work in more detail and is joined by the Company on stage who demonstrate excerpts of each work as they are explained. Ideal for those who wish to go beyond watching a performance and gain a deeper understanding of the work. The session finishes with an open question and answer session with the whole Company.

Get in touch to find out if we can come to your venue. 

Pre-show and post-show talks

Throughout the tour, pre-show and post-show talks given those watching a performance a chance to hear Alston's inspiration and insight into each work, particularly discussing his connection with the music and choreographic journey. For details, see each tour venue.

The Alston Studio 

A free online resource particularly useful for teachers and students to find more information about particular works and the Company, it includes:

  • A full list of Richard Alston repertoire, spaning over 40 years and 80 composers including performance footage 
  • Teaching resources such as interviews, rehearsal footage and resource sheets for many works including: Gypsy Mixture, Overdrive, Roughcut, Soda Lake and Wildlife
  • Interviews with Alston and the Company
  • Information on costume, music, lighting, the rehearsal process, the dancers schedule

Dance A Level

A Teacher's Guide to Richard Alston's Wildlife (1984) & Strong Language (1987) is now availible, please see our resources page.

For more information about any of the above contact our Creative Learning Programme Manager 

DVDs & Resources

A Level Teacher's Guide to Richard Alston's Wildlife (1984) & Strong Language (1987)


Richard Alston's "Utterly exhilarating" (Sunday Times) Overdrive is back for the 2014/15 season.

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