Co Evo is our adult contemporary dance company for those who have professionally trained at the undergraduate/graduate level or who have attended at least two terms of Contemporary Intermediate Dance classes at Pavilion Dance. This is an opportunity to sustain your creative practice and technique and also have access to performance opportunities, professional-led CPD, and masterclasses.

Weekly rehearsals are led by Artistic Director Claire Benson, who specialises in contact improvisation and partnering skills, with a focus on lifting and aerial work. 

Tuesdays 7.30-9.30pm in Pavilion Dance Ocean Theatre/ Garden Studio 

Next audition date to be announced

Please email Katie Ward for more information about Co Evo at


Claire Benson

Claire is a freelance dance artist based in Dorset. She has danced in various companies throughout her performing career and most notably, performing and teaching for UK dance company Motionhouse for nearly ten years. Having developed Motionhouse’s extensive teaching programme, including Motionhouse Youth Company, she now specialises in Contact Improvisation and partnering skills with a focus on lifting and aerial work. She travels nationally and internationally creating and choreographing for various dance schools and colleges. Claire currently teaches at the Arts University Bournemouth and is the director of Activate’s ‘Dorset Youth Dance’.


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