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Matthew Bourne Repertoire


We are delighted to announce that once again, that in association with Matthew Bourne's Re:Bourne, our participants will have the exciting opportunity to learn the repertoire of New Adventures.


New Adventures is the UK's most in demand dance/theatre touring company. Under the inspired leadership of Matthew Bourne, it has, over the last 25 years changed the landscape of British dance with an award winning repertory of works that have brought unprecendent new audiences to theatres across the UK and internationally.


Through Re:Bourne, the education arm of New Adventures, we will offer a unique practical insight into some of the company's repertoire and explore techniques used in creating some of Matthew Bournes's iconic works, such as Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Cinderella, The Car Man, Edward Scissorhands and Dorian Gray.

*Previous Faculty from New Adventures have included:

Neil Westmoreland


Neil trained with Skelton/Hooper, Dorothy Stevens M.B.E, Louise Browne O.B.E and received a scholarship to complete his training at English National Ballet School.  He subsequently joined the corps de ballet of The Deutsch Oper Am Rhein Düsseldorf (Heinz Spoerli) and in 1996 returned to the UK to join English National Ballet (Derek Deane)Highlights include: Bigonzetti’s "XNTricities", Balanchine’s "Who Cares?" 'Lord Capulet' in Derek Deane's "Romeo and Juliet" at the Royal Albert Hall.


In 1998 he choreographed "Charoca" for ENB's inaguaral Choreographic Evening.Neil joined Northern Ballet Theatre in 1999 and became a Soloist Artist.


Principal Highlights include:'Lieutenant Pinkerton' in the UK premiere of David Nixon's "Madame Butterfly" 'Romeo' and 'Paris' in Massimo Morricone's "Romeo and Juliet" 'Pip' in Gianetti's "Great Expectations" Mr Hyde in Morricone's "Jekyll and Hyde" and Mitch and Pablo in Didy Veldman's "A Streetcar named Desire" Principal roles for Matthew Bourne's New Adventures include:The title role in "The Nutcracker!" Sadler's Wells and Far East Tour in 2004 'The Prince" in the 10th Anniversary of production of "Swan Lake" Sadler's Wells and Far East Tour 2005'The Pilot' and 'The Father' in 'Cinderella' Sadler's Wells/Ravenna Festival/Chekov Festival, Moscow and UK Tour 2011'Dr. Dross' in the 20th Annicersary production of 'Nutcracker!' Sadler's Wells and UK Tour 2012'Prentice' in the 10th Anniversary production of 'Play Without Words' Sadler's Wells and UK Tour 2012Management Credits for New Adventures:Resident Director for the 20th Anniversary production of 'Nutcracker!' Sadler's Wells and UK Tour 2012 Resident Director for the World Premiere production of 'Sleeping Beauty' Sadler's Wells and UK Tour 2013.


In 2005 he completed the Royal Academy of Dance Professional Dancer's Teaching Diploma, graduating with Distinction.  


Teaching Credits: Matthew Bourne's New Adventures, Royal Ballet School Boys Associate Programme and Royal Ballet School Summer School, English National Ballet School (2nd Year Boys Tutor), Elmhurst School for Dance (Year 11 Tutor), London Contemporary Dance School (CAT Scheme), Laine Theatre Arts (Boys Classical Ballet), Performers College (Boys Classical Ballet), Bird College,The Royal Academy of Dance Professional Dancer's Teachers Course, Dance School of Scotland and London Children's Ballet.


Neil was Choreographer on the documentary film – A History of Bedlam, (Seneca Productions) 2009 and created "Spring Awakening" for Move It 2010! (Kensington Olympia).  He also created works for "Laine Theatre Arts Summer Performance" (Epsom Playhouse) 2005-11 and Performers College Graduate Showcase (Theatre Royal, Basildon) 2009-11.  He was shortlisted as a finalist for the first "New Adventures Choreographic Award’.


Neil continues his passion for teaching as Director of London Dance Theatre under the Patronage of Matthew Bourne, offering Boys Dance Workshops at the Urdang Academy, London for young male dancers aged 11-18.





Alan Vincent 


After training at London Studio Centre Alan spent 11 years with Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures dance company performing in most shows including Cinderella and Spitfire. He performed the role of the Swan/Stranger in Swan Lake, created the lead role of Luca in The Car Man and Speight in Play without words and played the role of nutcracker in The Nutcracker. Alan was also part of the creative team for AMP/New Adventures teaching creative workshops throughout the country.

More recently he has been on the creative team for the opening of the Olympics London 2012 which he also performed in. Previous to this he worked with Terry Gilliam of ’Faust’ and also was in Dirty Dancing in London’s west end for 2 and a half years playing Johnny, Moe, Mr Preesman and Dr. Houseman.

Alan has also done many operas at the Royal Opera House and English National Opera and worked with Mark Bruce on Sea of Bones as well as being involved and performed in music videos for Plan B, Muse, Take That and more.

Dena Lague 


Dena trained at Millenium Dance 2000 and was awarded Most Outstanding Contemporary Dancer upon graduation. Dena has been working as assistant choreographer on the production of Brown Bomber, Cultural Olympiad, Julian Joseph and Sheron Wray. Most recently Dena performed as part of the New Adventures Company 25th Anniversary Season of Nutcracker and before this Cinderella. Dena performed Dance:Radio for Drywrite choreographed by Ann Yee, Latitude Festival 2010. Dena devised the role of Sandra Grubb in Matthew Bourne’s Edward Scissorhands. In 2004 she was awarded the Dance UK Gulbenkian bursary for assistant choreography.


Dena is a movement director working alongside the director Emma Rivlin on a number of operatic productions that include the Grimebourne Season at the Arcola Theatre, the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and the first UK staging of Fiesque in association with UCLU, Bloomsbury Theatre. Dena co-choreographed Walk The Talk for Wales National Youth Dance Company and has acted as assistant Artistic Director for JazzXchange Music & Dance Company.  She is the long-term assistant to Sheron Wray and has performed with her company Jazz Xchange Music & Dance Company, collaborating with Wynton Marsalis and Bryon Wallen in the original production of Lucky For Some. Dena played a part in the editing process of the company’s education programme Special Request. 



Dean’s film credits include: Mrs Henderson Presents, which starred Dame Judi Dench and was directed by Stephen Frears; The Space Inbetween directed by James Herbert; soloist on Motion Capture Animation in Special Request; Shift directed by [SEL] Live.

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