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Propeller contemporary dance training and classes, Cornwall


Propeller and Covid-19

We are really pleased to be able to offer the Propeller dance sessions again – in reduced groups and for reduced times. Please read the below carefully for our new times and procedures for the groups

For the attention of dancers, parents & guardians and leaders

What follows are new procedures for the re-start of the Propeller, taking into account current government guidance and factoring in guidance and procedures from the class venues.

The length of sessions is being shortened for the time being to a maximum of one hour. Please look carefully at new temporary start and finish times for your group.

  1. The creative content of the dance sessions will be altered slightly for the time being , restricting partner and group work to avoid close physical contact- this is to avoid unnecessary risk whilst still ensuring that the sessions are safe and enjoyable.
  2. There are temporary limits to the number in each Propeller Group- in practice, this only affects the Propeller South Group which is being divided into two sessions for the time being- again please check new start and finish times.
  3. Dance leaders will do a surface wipe down before and after the session, cleaning door handles, loos, light switches and and surfaces touched during the sessions, including, where possible, the relevant area of the dance floor.
  4. Dancers should bring masks and hand sanitizer. Masks only need to be worn in foyers, loos and any other public spaces- face-masks do not need to be worn during the session unless individual wish to do so.
  5. If any dancers are experiencing symptoms of corona virus or are aware of having been in recent contact with someone who has, they should not attend the session- just let us know.
  6. Parents and guardians please try to avoid coming into the dance spaces when picking up and dropping off the dancers. Please see notes below for arrangements specific to each dance venue.


Propeller South: Falmouth University/AMATA Tuesdays 2 groups– Group 1 19.15-2000  Group 2 -20.10-2100

There will be a one way system for drop off and collection of all young people at the classes to ensure a safe social distance can be maintained. Unfortunately, it will not be possible for parents/guardians to bring young people into or collect from inside the AMATA Building.

All young people will need to be dropped off the glass door entrance on Level 2 of the AMATA Building near to Studio J (I.E. not the Box Office Entrance nor the AMATA Café entrance). Signage will be in place to ensure the correct location is clear. All young people will be met at this entrance by either the class tutor, teaching assistant of a member of the AMATA Production Team. It will not be possible to enter the building until young people are met by a member of the classes team, so please do not leave young people unattended until they have been safely met.

All young people will need to be collected from the grass area directly in front of the AMATA Building near to the external fire exit stairs (it is anticipated there will be several marquees located in the collection area. Plans are currently being drawn up on the use of these marquee and if it is possible for these to be used as a collection area details will be circulated as soon as possible).


Propeller North: Wadebridge Ambulance Hall  Mondays 18.45 – 19.45

Due to temporary problems with the Betjeman Centre dance floor, we have temporarily re-located the sessions to the Ambulance Hall for the first 4 weeks. The Ambulance Hall is on Fairpark Road, which is immediately to the side of the Regal Cinema- the hall is 200 yards up Fairpark Road opposite the VW garage.


Propeller Central, Heartlands Pool Mondays 18.30 – 19.30pm

No specific changes to note except parents and guardians should try to avoid coming into the Chi-an- Bobel building when picking up and dropping off.


Propeller East, Cornwall College St Austell, Keay Theatre  Wednesdays 18.30pm-19.30pm

No specific changes to note except parents and guardians should try to avoid coming into the Keay Theatre building when picking up and dropping off.


Propeller is a year-round dance-training programme for anyone between 11 and 16 years old with groups that meet weekly for contemporary dance classes in 4 locations across Cornwall.  Propeller groups meet in Pool, Penryn, Wadebridge and St Austell.


  • PROPELLER NORTH – Wadebridge, The Pavillion Room, Betjeman Centre
    on Mondays 6.30 – 8
  • PROPELLER EAST – Keay Theatre, St Austell College
    on Wednesdays 6.30 – 8
  • PROPELLER CENTRAL – Chi-an-Bobel, Heartlands, Pool
    on Mondays 6.30 – 8
  • PROPELLER SOUTH – AMATA, Falmouth University, Penryn
    on Tuesdays 7.15 – 8.45

For more information and to book your taster session please email or call Christina 07432657933


At Propeller you will learn skills in contemporary dance, improvisation and choreography in fun 1.5-hour sessions with professional dancers. Propeller is not just for experienced dancers but also for anyone who enjoys dancing and would like to increase their skills and learn from great teachers.  All of our leaders are experienced teachers and excellent performers in their own rights so you will be in good hands.

Propeller at Godrevy Head performing ‘The World To You’ created with Theo Clinkard during a residency in 2016 photo Steve Tanner


Propeller is now into it’s 4th year and our young people have performed in fabulous places from the traditional theatre setting like Hall for Cornwall to beaches, gardens and stately homes.  We bring in the best, high profile UK choreographers and teachers to run special dance making sessions and performance projects. There are lots of opportunities to perform if you wish.

Propeller take part in at least one performance project every year working with visiting choreographers. In past years  we have worked with Theo Clinkard,  Tavaziva Dance, Yaa Appia-Badu, The National Youth Dance Company and Simon Birch Dance.

Propeller at Godrevy Head performing ‘The World To You’ created with Theo Clinkard during a residency in 2016 photo Steve Tanner

Below are video’s of a couple of recent performances by Propeller Dancers

Propeller Performance Jan 17 2020 at AMATA Falmouth University

Young Warriors – Propeller from Christina Romero-Cross on Vimeo. Propeller performing their curtain raiser for Tavaziva’s show at AMATA Falmouth University in 2017


Propeller offers a clear route of progression for young people interested in a career in dance – If you graduate through Propeller (and you get enough GCSE’s) you can join Altitude Dance Company at Cornwall College St Austell which will prepare you to go on to  a university like Falmouth University to study Dance and Choreography  or to a conservatoire.

We are extremely proud that 3 of our young dancers have been invited to join the National Youth Dance Company (NYDC). This is a huge achievement by our young dancers and proves how well Propeller works.

Propeller performing work created with Yaa Appiah-Badu at Eden Project in 2017 – photo Steve Tanner


Propeller is for highly motivated and focussed young people who are trying to develop their skills. Propeller provides training in dance styles that will equip young dancers to work professionally and includes a strong performance element. But Propeller is also for young people who enjoy dancing but are not sure that they will want to take it to professional level.  Propeller is fun and you make new friends, you work hard, learn new skills and perform in lots of interesting places.

Propeller performing work created with NYDC at Eden in 2017 photo Steve Tanner


For more information and to book your taster session please email or call Christina 07432657933


Propeller - contemporary dance-training for young people. Additional information

More information about Propeller
Propeller: dance training for young people

All our dance leaders are professionally trained dancers and experienced teachers who work in the faculties at Falmouth University or Cornwall College as well as engaging in their own practice as dancers and/or choreographers. Young people who join Propeller will meet, work with and get to know all of these professionals as well as many visiting choreographers and performers from the UK and abroad.


Propeller is an intensive weekly dance training programme for young people. Taught by highly trained professional dancers and choreographers in five locations across Cornwall. Each group meets for 30 sessions a year on weekday evenings and also takes part in a range of residencies, visits and performances.

  • PROPELLER NORTH - Wadebridge, Pavillion Room, The Betjeman Centre
    on Mondays 6.30 - 8
  • PROPELLER EAST - Keay Theatre, St Austell College
    on Wednesdays 6.30 - 8
  • PROPELLER CENTRAL - Chi-an-Bobel, Heartlands, Pool
    on Mondays 6.30 - 8
  • PROPELLER SOUTH AMATA - Falmouth University, Penryn
    on Tuesdays 7.15 - 8.45


Altitude is a profession-focused dance-training course at Cornwall College and a direct progression route from Propeller. It offers an extended diploma qualification, (equivalent to three A-Levels) and is a route through to Higher Education and, uniquely, an unconditional place on the BA (Hons) Dance & Choreography Degree course at Falmouth University.

The course is delivered as a dance company, providing you with an industry-focused working environment in which to grow, and giving you an insight into the dance profession. Contemporary, Jazz, Commercial and Ballet training offers you the opportunity to find your specialism. Also, the course covers theoretical subjects and develops your business skills, equipping you to progress on into a range of dance/dance-related careers. The course is managed and delivered by a team of experienced dance specialists.

There will be regular opportunities for you to perform both in theater environments and outdoor spaces, as well as visits to performances and dance events in Cornwall and London.

Recruitment for Altitude should be through an email of interest to Jessica Leonard at: in which
a date for Interview and audition will follow.


Dance & Choreography at Falmouth is an inspirational and creative dance-training course. It focuses on innovative choreography and dance performance and is delivered by a team of highly skilled professional practitioners. The three-year course aims to equip you with the skills and confidence to become an adaptable and creative dancer, choreographer and performer – a dance practitioner equipped for the 21st century dance industry.

The Dance & Choreography course is based at the Academy of Music and Theatre Arts (AMATA) – a state of the art building and a vibrant, entrepreneurial and industry-connected hub for dancers, actors, musicians, producers, composers, theatre performers, lighting and sound designers, theatre technicians and entertainment managers in training.



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