Dance for all ages to feature at Forres Culture Day

Lucy Suggate and Karl Jay-Lewin to dance at Forres Culture Day

TWO INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED dance artists are to have their work showcased as part of the Forres Culture Day this weekend.

Bodysurf Scotland will also be featuring a ‘Dance Hub’ in the town where three dance organisations will transform the local Masonic Hall into a dance studio.

The contemporary dance group have been responsible for a series of events in Moray including the highly acclaimed Uprise Dance Festival bringing the art to unusual settings.

For Saturday’s event where a wide mix of events are being held throughout the Moray town the group will hold their dance hub at the Forres Masonic Lodge alongside the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society and Deborah Jay-Lewin of Vital Moves. During the dance hub Bodysurf’s development officer Ellen Shaw will run a series of free taster dance sessions.

The sessions will be held from 11am until 12.30pm and aimed at children aged up to eight years old, while there will be a further session from 2pm until 3.30pm suitable for children from nine years upwards.

Ellen said: “I am looking forward to meeting anyone from the Forres area who is interested in getting involved in our Everybody Dance Now programme. Our relaxed, free, taster sessions will be based on imaginative play, balancing and partner work.”

On Saturday evening in the Forres Town Hall, Bodysurf are showcasing work by the acclaimed dance artists Lucy Suggate and Karl Jay-Lewin as part of their Findhorn Bay Arts’ Upstarts, an evening of cabaret, performance, music and dance.

Lucy recently received five-star reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe. Performing ‘Liquid Gold’ she captivates audiences with deliquescent moves and effective music and lighting – her work was one of the highlights of the Rise Dance Festival last year.

Karl, who is artistic director for Bodysurf Scotland, will be performing quotes from work past, present and future – including the acclaimed “Extremely bad dancing to Extremely French music”.

Further information on the Forres Culture Day can be found online at