The much anticipated re-introduction of adult dance classes in September had to be delayed until this month but the determined ballet and tap dancers took it all in their stride and just continued with the zoom lessons that Sara Boles has been delivering every week from her dance studio.

Sara said:  In spite of the slight delay it will be a joy for everyone to return to the Eastgate from 6 October to be back together sharing the same space. Meanwhile we continue on computer. Though it was tricky at first, zoom ballet now has all the dancers logging in early to class to engage with each other before the red mute button is deployed and the classes proper can begin.  Remarkably, given the lack of synchronicity, we have even managed a weekly zoom tap class.”

While adult dance was zooming through the enforced delay, other classes were being made ready to fill the theatre with fun.  These include Let’s Pretend, the much loved pre-school drama class which begins on Monday 19 October and runs weekly over two terms until 14 December. Called Seasonal Sessions, this year’s Let’s Pretend classes are led by Jess Johnson.

Slightly older children (5 – 8) are invited to discover yoga in a weekly Thursday afternoon class from 22 October when Katy Swift will teach them to move, breathe and create together in magical, playful games.

Every Friday this month the theatre will, once again, be filled with the joyful noise and excitement of children returning to their Dance Point Academy classes and on Saturday mornings Fiona Henderson School of Dance’s pre-school pupils take the opening steps on their dance journey.

At the other extreme, on Mondays from 19 October 7 – 8.30pm the auditorium will be filled with the sights and sounds of medieval combat as Cameron Hall and Matt Noel teach traditional fighting techniques using single spear and two handed spear plus sword and shield.  Combat classes are for everyone aged 16+.

Obviously, all of these are plans and intentions and won’t be turned into a programme until the Scottish Government announces it is safe for them to happen.  All classes will operate within the most recent Covid 19 guidelines.

Throughout lockdown the theatre has been greatly appreciative of outstanding community support from a wide range of individuals and organisations.   The Friends of the Eastgate, in particular, have worked tirelessly to raise funds for the theatre while celebrating the creativity of the people of Peebles and beyond in their entertaining #eastgateathome youtube Eastgate Friends channel.  Special thanks are also due to the Corra Foundation and the National Lottery BFI FAN.

Keep an eye on www.eastgatearts.com for updates on classes and other programme developments.

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