Introducing... Broken Rose


Impatience is a virtue. It always gets things done quicker; getting them done better is not the issue, at least you’re flying along by the seat of your pants in a slipstream somewhere, and probably having a delightful time doing it.

So that’s me. Miss Impatient. I’m the kind of girl who’s already reaching for the button on her jeans before she’s closed the cubicle door because I’m having far too much fun bumbling along to waste extra seconds in the loo.

And that’s Broken Rose; performance that wants to show off now, and not later when it could be more practiced. No. That would ruin the aesthetic. We’re here to teach something primal. Here to tell a story of love, hatred, and someone who never made it by others’ standards, but by some other warped one, one day you’ll see their name in ‘effing lights.

Just Another Rockstar

Broken Rose

With thanks to Original Fuse Designs.

Friday, 8 October 2010


Hi there Rockstars!

Broken Rose has relocated - check out the new website at

Thanks for your continued support.

Just Another Rockstar.
Broken Rose.

Monday, 20 September 2010

Follow our Artistic Director on Twitter

Hi there Rockstars,

You can now follow our Artistic Director, Gemma Connell, on twitter. Her username is "CelticCali". Follow her for her Celtic Californian view on life.

Don't forget to follow "BrokenRoseArts" aswell!

Just Another Rockstar.
Broken Rose.

Thursday, 16 September 2010

TRAILER - The Bobbie and Bernie Show

The Bobbie and Bernie Show trailer is finally here! Check it out below, and stay tuned for more updates. Episodes will arrive once we've got Bobbie's strings fixed!

Just Another Rockstar.
Broken Rose.

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Introducing... Bobbie and Bernie

Bobbie and Bernie are Broken Rose's newest editions, and will be bringing the Bobbie and Bernie Show to the Broken Rose YouTube channel very soon. Bobbie is the perfect gentleman. Bernie tends to flash her pants when she dances. In fact, I think she's designed that way...

Stay tuned for more news!

Just Another Rockstar.

Broken Rose.

Sunday, 12 September 2010

A Celtic Californian and her Broken Rose

Hi there Rockstars,

We have a new networking site for you. Artistic Director, Gemma Connell has put together information on all of her projects, including Broken Rose performing arts, on a new social networking site called "A Celtic Californian and her Broken Rose", which can be found at

On this site, you are able to interact with the material, rather than just read news updates. You can sign the guestbook, and give us your thoughts on Broken Rose or Celtic Californian. You can also be a part of the "Your Story" series without the need for a video camera! We've provided a wiki which allows you to write an article about your organisation and have it published on that social network. We will then promote these articles through our other social media networks, as we do with the videos.

ADD YOUR ARTICLES TO THE "YOUR STORY ARTICLES" SECTION OF THE "YOUR STORY SERIES" PAGE (Go to the social network, click on "Your Story" series, then click on the Wiki Navigation drop down menu and go to "Your Story" Articles).

Always looking to give you guys opportunities :)

You can also upload your own fan photos of Broken Rose and take part in the many forums that are now live on the site, so get over there!


Just Another Rockstar.
Broken Rose.

Monday, 6 September 2010

Tongue-in-Cheek Dance Parade Footage now live!

Footage from the Tongue-in-Cheek Eccentrics dance parade which took place in June 2009, as part of Warwick Student Arts Festival, at Warwick University, is now live on our YouTube channel.

The parade moved between two different stages and involved the swapping of music and costumes between dance styles. This footage is that which was choreographed by Gemma Connell, now the artistic Director of Broken Rose, who used this project as inspiration for her performing arts company.

The parade took just over a year to organise, and experienced many technical difficulties along the way, but it generated the second largest audience of the entire week-long festival, pretty impressive for 11 o'clock in the morning! As it was such a huge success, Gemma used the parade as a prototype for what would eventually become Broken Rose.

For more Broken Rose and Tongue-in Cheek footage, check out the Broken Rose channell -

Huge thanks go to Samilia E for filming and editing this for us.

Just Another Rockstar.
Broken Rose.

Saturday, 4 September 2010

Broken Rose's AFI - "Prelude 12/21"- The Making of the Video

Myself and Miss Francesca Hughes of Original Fuse Designs arrived at the Carrs skate park in Wilmslow at 8:45am on Bank holiday monday - yes we are insane! And we filmed the video that you guys have been waiting for.

It's currently in the editing stages, but to keep your Broken Rose mojo ticking whilst Fran works her magic, here's a short "Making of the Video" to give you an idea of what is yet to come. Enjoy.

Just Another Rockstar.
Broken Rose.

Monday, 30 August 2010

1# "Your Story" series - Gemma Connell

As promised, the example videos for the new Broken Rose "Your Story" series are now up!

In this two-parter, Broken Rose Artistic Director Gemma Connell discusses how she got into the performing arts industry. Part of the episode talks about her involvement in the Macclesfield Band Wagon Project (2000-2001) and in the dance groups Street Vibe, EQHO and the Tongue-in-Cheek Eccentrics at Warwick University (2007-2010) whilst part two moves on to her work at the 24:7 Theatre Festival in Manchester, projects that Broken Rose has lead to, and hopes for the company's future.

Photos by Francesca Hughes of Original Fuse Designs -
Huge thanks also goes to Francesca, who was the brain child of this series.

For more information on the "Your Story" series, check out the post below and don't forget to send your videos put your videos on megaupload or rapidshare (in AVI or WMV format) and then send the link to

Just Another Rockstar.
Broken Rose.

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

*New* Broken Rose "Your Story" series on YouTube

Hey Rockstars!

We've got an exciting new opportunity for you! If you are a performing arts organisation/crew/group/individual, promote yourselves through Broken Rose by sending us videos describing who you are and what you do. We will then post the video on our YouTube, on this website and promote it via Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. The aim is to help each other make it in this industry.

Who we are looking for:
- Dancers/dance groups/companies
- Actors/Theatre companies/groups
- Performance artists

The video can include:
- videos of performances
- videos of rehearsals
- film yourself talking about your group/yourself
- show us things you are proud of
- tell us how you got where you are, why you decided to do it, and where you plan to go from here.

Videos must be in AVI or WMV format, as Artistic Director Gemma Connell will do an introduction to the video.

UPLOAD YOUR VIDEOS TO MEGAUPLOAD OR RAPIDSHARE and send the link and any other material you would like us to consider to

Can't wait to see you all!

Just Another Rockstar.
Broken Rose.

Friday, 16 July 2010

Coming Up - August Broken Rose Video Blog

Hey Everyone,

I have a lot of projects which are in their baby planning stages going on at the minute. Sometime in August I'll post a video blog about all my shennanigans, but just to give you a taster, here's what I'll be getting up to:

July-Aug - Working at the 24:7 Theatre Festival in Manchester - check out

Aug 5th - Working with artist Naomi Kendrick on a music drawing project in the North West. For more information on that, and if you're a dancer who wants to be involved in the project, check out Naomi's website at

Hopefully doing another full length music video with Francesca Hughes of Original Fuse Designs at some point...

The Vlog will include some sneaky snippets of some new routines, so stick around for that!

I'll let you guys know if there are any other major developments.

Just Another Rockstar.
Broken Rose

Monday, 5 July 2010

The new Broken Rose Interview/Dance video is now live!
With thanks to Original Fuse Designs:

Saturday, 12 June 2010

The Making of the Video

It was a wet Sunday morning when myself and Francesca Hughes of Original Fuse Designs met at Cafe Nero in Wilmslow, Cheshire, to conduct the interview section of our new promotional video for Broken Rose.

After moving from one seating area to another, dodging some rather noisy customers, Fran set up her camera, along with it's cute mini tripod (all very professional, you understand ! ) and began to film me talking about my favourite subject: Broken Rose. The video describes the company and its influences, and also its aims for the future. Well, it did... once I'd managed to get my words untangled, that is!

The next section was filmed a week later, on a more sunny Saturday morning. Fran and I met at 8:30am at the Carrs in Wilmslow in order to beat the rush of kids that was bound to follow us on such a nice day. We had found the perfect location: a graffiti covered skate park.


The filming took place in various different locations around the skate park; infront of graffiti panels, ontop of the halfpipe and ontop of the funbox. Stood ontop of the half pipe whilst Fran set up her camera with her (slightly bigger ! ) tripod, I noticed a spot of graffiti that simply said "I hope you fall" ... not something you want to read when you're about to perform a street dance up there!


Despite a few interfering dogs and the very un-showbiz job of moving dirty rubbish out of the way of the shot, the shoot went really well, and I cannot wait for you guys to see the finished product!

The routine which is featured in this video is to AFI's "Prelude 12/21" and the full Broken Rose video of this dance (to be filmed in a different location) will also be live very soon.

Thanks for tuning in guys!

Gemma Connell
Just Another Rockstar.


Broken Rose would like to offer huge thanks to Original Fuse Designs for the filming and editing of the videos. Check out their website at

Thursday, 27 May 2010

Tattoo clad ballerinas dancing to heavy metal… now there’s a dream…

It's time to throw that right "look" out of the window. People should be apprieciated for their talents and not because their talent mixes with the accepted aesthetic. Broken Rose aims to mix it up a bit. So we will look a little 'alternative' if it pleases us to do so and we will dance to any genre of music that takes the mood.

Want in?


Check out the videos page for more information on what it is that Broken Rose does.

Just Another Rockstar
Broken Rose