It’s the first of our #40SECONDS competitions and time to put those mobile phones and your creative talents to good use!


  • 1st Prize – A free full term (12 weeks) of Contemporary dance classes for you and a friend at Savvy Studios, Hayle!
  • 2nd Prize – A free workshop day for you and your whole class from school at Savvy Studios, Hayle.
  • 3rd Prize – A free half term (6 weeks) of classes for you and a friend at Savvy Studios, Hayle!
  • Runner-up Prizes – Free Contemporary dance class vouchers.

It’s competition time at Savvy Studios and we want you to choreograph a 40 second ‘Contemporary Dance’ piece to the song ‘Castles’ by Freya Ridings and then film your dance using your mobile phone!

Don’t worry if you’ve never done Contemporary dance before. We’ve included a few links below to help you out.

Once you’ve finished and you’re happy with your final piece, simply email it to us at and keep your fingers crossed! (By the way, the quality of the sound does not have to be perfect so don’t worry. Just so long as we can hear it, we’ll do the rest!)

The closing date for entries is Friday 18th October and winners will be announced on Wednesday 23rd October!


  • You must choreograph a 40 second ‘Contemporary Dance’ piece using the song ‘Castles’ by Freya Ridings –
  • You must film it in landscape mode (horizontally) using your mobile phone.
  • You must email your finished Contemporary dance video to
  • You can include your friends, family, dog, cat or whoever you want in your dance!
  • Closing date is Friday 18th October
  • Winners will be announced on the Savvy Studios Instagram and Facebook page on Wednesday 23rd October!


  • You agree that we will publish the winning videos on our Savvy Studios website and social media pages, including Instagram and Facebook.
  • If you have been lucky enough to win a workshop day for your class, you will need to arrange transportation.

If you are looking for some Contemporary dance inspiration, then click on the links below to see some stunning examples of this incredible dance style:

James Bay – Let It Go – Dance | A Breakup Story

SLIP | @PhillipChbeeb & Renee Kester | @ElliotMossMusic

 ‘Fix You’ by Coldplay.

Filming Tips:

1. Film in landscape mode
Remember to hold your phone in landscape mode (horizontally) when you are filming.

2. Keep it stable
It’s definitely not easy to keep a steady hand when you are filming an event that is happening right before your eyes. However, if you move too much, your footage will be jerky and may even be unusable.
For the best footage, stand completely still while you are filming the scene you want to record. You may want to move after a few seconds. If so, keep any movement as fluid as possible. If you do need to move to follow the action or get a new angle, move your entire body, not just your hands.

3 Consider your environment
The great thing about filming with a mobile phone is that you can film it anywhere. Why not get out of the house and find somewhere interesting to film your piece? It can really help add to the atmosphere of your dance piece.

4. Pay attention to the lighting
If your footage isn’t well-lit, it’s difficult for viewers to see and understand what’s going on.

5. Sound
Don’t worry if the sound isn’t perfect. We’re more interested in the choreography and performance. All you need to do is make sure we can hear the music.