Archive for the ‘Dance’ Category

Le Patin Libre

Sunday, January 24th, 2016

January 24 2016

Le Patin Libre

Last week watched and drew Le Patin Libre skate Vertical Influences at Somerset House. Last saw them at Alexandra Palace during Dance Umbrella 2014,  Wonderful combination of exhilaratingly fast and dangerous with calm, slow meditative. Beautiful swooping patterns carved into the ice. Loved that at the end they came off the ice to talk to us. Have begun an etching inspired by the drawings

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Until the Lions. Akram Khan Company

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

12 January 2016

Until the Lions. Akram Khan Company

Last night I went to a preview of Akram Khan‘s Until The Lions at the Roundhouse. Beautiful, mesmerising, powerful dance, by the 3 magnificent dancers. The music is fantastic and the lighting by Michael Hulls is evocative and wonderful. I just wish I had arrived in time to read the complex storyline in the programme before it started.


Akram Khan Company performing Until the Lions

Drawn in the dark, I had no idea what was being transferred to paper

Parkinson’s Dance, Pavilion Dance South West

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

December 30 2015

Parkinson’s Dance, Pavilion Dance South West

Last month I was asked if I would like to visit Pavilion Dance South West, Bournemouth to draw a truly inspirational dance class to help raise money to extend the class to other venues across the South West. The class is for people with the progressive neurological condition, Parkinson’s, this condition affects 1 in every 500 people across the UK. Common symptoms are difficulties with balance, co-ordination, turning around, posture and walking. The class is led by a dance teacher and a physiotherapist.

I created an A2 image in graphite, coloured pencil and watercolour. It has been printed as a signed limited edition giclee print on Hahnemuhle German Etching Paper. All proceeds of sales go to Parkinson’s Dance to raise money for this very worthwhile class. If you would like to buy a print please contact

Parkinson's Dance.Sally McKay

Parkinson’s Dance, 2015

Morley Gallery

Sunday, December 13th, 2015

December 13 2015

Morley Gallery

Tomorrow I’ll be at Morley Gallery, Waterloo between 12.30-5.30 to discuss the printmaking techniques I use. 8 of my framed etchings on show as well as my unframed prints, part of a strong printmakers show by the Greenwich Printmakers. All work for sale. Be great to see you

Morley Gallery

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A sharing of my work at Greenwich Dance

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

December 10 2015

A sharing of my work at Greenwich Dance

A show in the upstairs foyer of my paintings, drawings and etchings.

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Colour Field I. Yorke Dance Project rehearsing City Limitless. Acrylic and oil on canvas

Colour Field II. English National Ballet rehearsing Firebird. Acrylic and oil on canvas

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top: Impact Dance, Hakeem Onidudo. From drawings at The Supper Room, Greenwich Dance

Who Killed Bambi? Renaud Wiser Dance Company. Drawn during rehearsals, Greenwich Dance

mid:Impact Dance, Hakeem Onidudo. From drawings at The Supper Room, Greenwich Dance

Border Tales, Protein Dance. Drawn during rehearsals, Greenwich Dance

Amstatten, Choreographer Robert Clark. Drawn during rehearsals, Greenwich Dance

Beyond Front@. Drawn during workshops, Greenwich Dance


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Hip-Hop drawing. Russell Maliphant Dance Company drawn during rehearsals, The Rodin Project Medium: Oil and acrylic on Fabriano paper


Etchings from drawings made during rehearsals and performance: New Adventures, Yorke Dance Project, Theo Clinkard, Laban, ENB, Ballet Black, Rambert

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Don’t Look Back. Candoco: The Perfect Human, choreographer Hofesh Shechter. Medium: Oil and acrylic on canvas

The majority of the work is for sale, please visit Greenwich Dance, GDA, to view, contact me for prices

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Gwyn Emberton Dance, rehearsal

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

November 25 2015

Gwyn Emberton Dance, Rehearsal

Feeling good to be back drawing Gwyn Emberton Dance at Greenwich Dance where I am Resident Visual Artist. Early stages of the R&D for the new work Shadow of a Quiet Society, already looking good

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My Work at Greenwich Dance Fun Palace

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

October 3 2015

My Work at Greenwich Dance Fun Palace

Today Greenwich Dance are hosting one of a network of Greenwich Fun Palaces. A selection of my work is on show in the foyer outside the Borough Hall, join in the fun free creative event today or visit Greenwich Dance over the next couple of months to see my work.

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Etchings, all inspired by drawings made at dance rehearsals

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Don’t Look Back, oil and acrylic on canvas. Candoco; choreographer, Hofesh Shechter; dance title, The Perfect Human.

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Featured Artist @ Greenwich Printmakers Gallery

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

September 1 2015

Featured Artist @ Greenwich Printmakers Gallery

From 1 – 20 September I have 14 etchings on show at Greenwich Printmakers Gallery,  located in the covered market in the centre of Greenwich, open Tuesday – Sunday 10.30 – 5.30

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10 of the 14 etchings on show at Greenwich Printmakers Gallery

Richard Alston Dance Company

Friday, June 12th, 2015

12 June 2015

Richard Alston Dance Company. The Place

20th Anniversary Season

Opening Gambit, choreographed by Richard Alston Dance Company associate choreographer, Martin Lawrence, opened the evening. Ten dancers almost fly, they move with such speed, clarity and energy with rapid direction changes.

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Five dances follow, a highlight for me was watching brilliant Jonathan Goddard with Liam Riddick, dancing a duet choreographed by Richard AlstonMazur, set to Chopin. “A dance for two friends sharing what they love and what they feel they have lost”.

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Sylvie Guillem. Life in Progress

Monday, May 25th, 2015

May 25 2015

Sylvie Guillem. Life in Progress

Prima Ballerina Sylvie Guillem at Sadler’s Wells takes her final bow after 39 years dancing


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