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This Summer 2014, Hack Ballet will be going ON TOUR on the Big Dance Bus, and we need your help!

{TL;DR: We want to take our new ballet 'To The Edge' to new audiences around London. The Big Dance Bus is a touring festival that takes the dance stage out to the people - help us join the ride. We need help with basic expenses - travel, costumes and rehearsals - to make this tour a success!}

Hack Ballet is a contemporary ballet company lead by dancer/choreographer Briar Adams. We make innovative dance performances taking ballet to new places and spaces, with a mashup style of classical technique fused with contemporary creativity.

The Big Dance Bus is a touring, pop-up, outdoor dance festival that brings high quality dance performances to town centres across London.

We previewed the piece in Covent Garden on the 8th of July - see our video for clips from that show!

Show Dates:

Big Dance Bus Summer 2014 Tour

!!!EXTRA DATE ADDED SUNDAY 13TH JULY CRYSTAL PALACE BIG DANCE SHOWCASE!!!!

  • 23 July Spotlight Arts Centre, Poplar
  • 26 July Watermans Arts, Hounslow
  • 6 August Waterman Arts, Hounslow 
  • 10 August Paddington Arts Festival
  • 16 August Westfield Stratford City

About: Big Dance

The Big Dance Festival is a biannual festival that celebrates all forms of dance and creates connections between dance lovers from all walks of life with new dance fans, encouraging everyone to appreciate and experience the power of dance.

 Find out more about Hack Ballet and To The Edge:

Help us take Hack Ballet on Tour with Big Dance 2014
Help us take Hack Ballet on Tour with Big Dance 2014

About: The work

Hack Ballet's performances celebrate athleticism, creativity, talent, energy and diversity. Audiences have described our shows as "mesmerising"... "virtuosic" ... "articulate" ... "cool and flawless".

We have an eclectic cast of talented dancers from both classical and contemporary backgrounds. We believe in individuality and diversity and explore issues of power, relationships, gender and social issues in our choreography.

To the Edge explores the use of pointe work and partnering across gender lines and blends classical technique with improvisation and a collage style narrative. Different scenes highlight ways in which people demonstrate both strength and vulnerability, giving and receiving support, and enabling each other to achieve more than they would alone.

Hack Ballet's work inspires people, especially young women, to explore and believe in their strengths.

About: Hack Ballet

Hack Ballet's dancers bring their unique personalities and creativity to every performance.

We are a young company, with potential to generate high quality and innovative contemporary ballet performance. So far, we have developed a reputation for high quality productions on a small scale, working within the constraints of limited resources.

To take our work to as wide an audience as possible this summer, we need to invest in extra rehearsals, travel to new places, and develop new collaborations with the Big Dance festival, producers and other artists.

About: The Big Dance Bus

The Big Dance Bus arrives in town centres across London, and invites dancers from all backgrounds to take the stage and share their work. We will be part of an accessible and vibrant line up which appeals to dance lovers from a variety of disciplines, styles and backgrounds. The Big Dance Bus encourages dancers and their fans to appreciate a cross spectrum of works they would normally not have the opportunity to be exposed to. The festival attracts people to public spaces to enjoy, share and appreciate dance as an artform, a sport and a community building activity.

Hack Ballet will join the lineup of the festival at key London locations to deliver an artistically daring, high quality and provocative performance in an informal setting. This tour gives a mixed audience of dance lovers a rare opportunity to see original contemporary ballet outside of a traditional theatrical setting.

This Project: The Benefits
This project will allow us to:
- Strengthen our team

- Develop a clearer choreographic vision based on our work in progress, and nail the delivery

- Engage new audiences in multiple geographic locations, offering more chances for our fans to see our work, and attracting new dance lovers

- Develop potential relationships with audiences, promoters and venues for work we will create in the future

- Build momentum over the course of the multi date tour, allowing us to use social media and marketing channels to develop a buzz around our activities, and bolt on other activities for PR and audience engagement like workshops, classes and networking

- Demonstrate to venues and funding body representatives the quality of our work, with a view to seeking further grants and programming opportunities from Autumn 2014 and into 2015


Full Budget
20 hours of Rehearsal Space £840 - Fees: £750 x 6 dancers - Travel budget: 7 people x 9 dates @£10 per day £630 - Per Diems £540 - Costumes: £180 - Dance/Pointe Shoes for 6 dancers £300 - Composers fee £250 - Marketing materials £300 - Tour manager/PR fee £300 - Photography/Documentray/Filming fee £250 - Fees and Taxes £90 - Reward fulfillment £100

Stretch Goal Total: £8280

Minimum amount required from Kickstarter: £1240

What your donations will be used for:

We are committed to making this project happen, so we are asking you to contribute the minimum we need to get there. We are hoping to secure other sponsorship and support from local business/council sources, but to be successful, we need to show we have grassroots support, and that's where YOU come in!

We will use your donations to cover our travel costs, costumes, marketing the shows and contribute as much as possible to the expenses of the talented team who are investing their time in making this tour a success.

Stretch Targets:

Additional donations above the minimum will be prioritised to contribute to dancers wages, rehearsal space, marketing materials (posters, flyers, tshirts), publicity packs and PR costs, and collaborator fees for our musicians and filming/photography.

Our Kickstarter target is the minimum we need to make this happen, and Kickstarter is an all or nothing platform - if we don't hit our target we get nothing!! If we achieve our full budget from all the sponsorship sources we are pursuing, we will be able to maximise our production values and pay people fairly for the quality of the work we are committed to producing.

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenges to any act of creation are practical. How can we express our dreams and make them reality?

Hack Ballet has a track record of creating high quality work under non-ideal conditions: with limited budget, time and human capital we create strong performances with challenging choreographic aims.

This project involves getting dancers into the rehearsal studio, taking the work we create to the stage, and delivering an amazing performance every time. We need to overcome scheduling issues - get everyone in the same place at the same time - financial issues - pay people fairly and cover our costs - and marketing issues - get the word out and get our message across.

Our team of dancers are committed to creating and delivering the work and have been chosen for their dedication to dance, self discipline, teamwork and creativity.
We have the team at Step Into Dance to assist us in finding rehearsal space so we can create our usual high quality work.
8th Wonder Creatives are on board to assist us with marketing and spreading the world.
Financial issues - that's where your help will be invaluable in making this project happen!

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    Pledge £5 or more About $9

    You'll help us get one dancer on the Tube to get to the show venue!
    We'll give you a shout out on the Hack Ballet Facebook page thanking you for your support.

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    You'll help us pay one dancer's Tube fare to the show venue - and home again! We'll give you a shout out on the Facebook Page and list your name on the supporters page on our website.

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    Pledge £25 or more About $43

    You'll help us cover Tube fare and expenses for two dancers on a performance day. We'll give you a shout out on the Facebook page, list your name on our website Supporters page and send you a personalised digital photo of us on tour.

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    Pledge £50 or more About $85

    You'll help us buy a pair of pointe shoes or a costume for one of the dancers! We'll give you a Facebook shout out, list you on our Supporters page, send you a personalised digital photo of us on tour, and post you an autographed Hack Ballet postcard.

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    Pledge £100 or more About $170

    You'll help us get everyone to one of the shows or buy two pairs of pointe shoes!
    We'll give you a Facebook shout out, list your name as a PRODUCER on our website, post you an autographed postcard and give you a Hack Ballet Big Dance 2014 Tshirt.

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    Pledge £250 or more About $426

    You'll help us pay all the dancers' Tube fares to three performances, or supply all the pointe shoes for the tour! You'll get: - Facebook shout out - Producer credit - Hack Ballet Big Dance 2014 Tshirt - Autographed postcard - PLUS we'll send you a private link to a full movie of the performance and upload a personalised thank you video for you on YouTube

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    Pledge £500 or more About $851

    You'll help us pay all the dancers' travel costs for all the performances OR buy our costumes and the pointe shoes we need to wear for the tour.
    You'll get: - Facebook shout out - Producer credit - Hack Ballet Big Dance 2014 Tshirt - Autographed postcard - Private link to a full performance movie - Personalised thank you video YouTube - PLUS we'll invite you to a Private Class with the Hack Ballet Company!

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    Pledge £1,000 or more About $1,703

    We'll be eternally grateful for your help in paying all our Tube fares to all the shows, AND getting us the costumes and shoes so we can perform at our best at every show!
    You'll get: - Facebook shout out - Executive Producer credit - Hack Ballet Big Dance 2014 Tshirt - Autographed postcard - Private link to a full performance movie - Personalised thank you video YouTube - Invite you and a guest to a Private Class with the Hack Ballet Company - PLUS a tailored Flashmob appearance by Hack Ballet dancers at a London location of your choosing!

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