Business takes to the Dirty Dancefloor in Support of Stage Appeal

Corporate Development Manager, Judith Greenburgh (@hippmuminbrum) talks about raising money for the Stage Appeal through dance…

Judith Greenburgh

Judith Greenburgh

Here at Birmingham Hippodrome we are very fortunate in terms of the high level of support and goodwill we receive from the city and region’s corporate sector. This month was no exception as together with Hippodrome Trustees, 20 willing participants signed up for a Dirty Dancing Master Class raising £2,500 towards the £1 million Stage Appeal.

Taking place in one of our dance studios, the three hour workshop was led by former West End performers Shona Lindsay and Steven Pritchett who put the team through a vocal warm up, song, choreography and dialogue training to produce two of the classic scenes from the iconic show. 

Casting saw BBC’s Joanne Malin in the role of Baby learning the mambo, with the immortal lines ‘No-one puts Baby in the corner’ uttered by Ben Lawrance of Baker Tilly.  Chris Loughran, Deloitte, was a masterful Dr Jake Houseman and Lloyds’ Andrew Connors played Kellerman’s rogue waiter, Robbie.

Workshop Participants

Workshop Participants

I’m delighted that the Corporate Dirty Dancing Master Class was such a success.  It was fantastic to see what can be achieved in such a short space of time under the guidance of workshop leader Shona Lindsay.  The Birmingham business community certainly has hidden theatrical talent.  Everyone was sporting, whether singing, dancing or acting and we have raised a terrific sum of money towards the £1 million Stage Appeal at the same time.

 You can see a great short video taken at the Master class HERE.

Such was the positive feedback from the Master Class participants that the Development team is considering planning future corporate workshops in 2013.  If you and your business would like to take up one of the more unusual network challenges you are likely to be presented with, team-build or simply raise funds for the theatre, make sure you keep you an eye out in our mailings for details of the next event!

See you all soon, Judith.

Birmingham Hippodrome goes live backstage at Dirty Dancing TODAY!

Press & PR Assistant, Ben Wooldridge (@benwooldridge) writes…

In just over two hours time we will be going live behind the scenes of Dirty Dancing…I’m excited but scared of my wobbly hands!

All of today’s streaming  will be coming directly to you, the loyal Birmingham Hippodrome followers, from my iPhone therefore I apologise if 25 minutes in to the broadcast a small shake comes along now and again. Rest assured I have been practising, whilst the Olympians of 2012 have been conducting their athletic training, I have a strict regime in iPhone holding!

It’s all very clever how we are able to take you behind the scenes with just a phone and I really can’t wait to share this afternoon with you after the success of our Panto Photocall stream a few weeks back.

Beginning at 6.15pm today (17 July 2012) we will join the full company on stage as they complete the daily physical warm-up, then from 6.30-6.45pm we get an insight into the intense vocal warm-up before curtain up. This will be a unique and rarely seen opportunity to take a glimpse behind the red curtain and see the day to day workings of a major theatrical production.

I’m also very pleased to say that the stream will be introduced by Birmingham born Kate-Emma Portlock who plays the role of Vivian Pressman in the award-winning production.

You can watch the stream live via posted links on Birmingham Hippodrome facebook page ( and the @Brumhippodrome twitter feed ( – Links will appear on both pages at the time of broadcast.

See you later…. Ben

Dirty Dancing runs until 25 August.