Young people with additional needs:
Long term one-to-one sessions for children and young people with complex needs, using dance as a tool for personal interaction, communication, expression, self determination and confidence building, and tailoring work to individual need and interest. In partnership with Derbyshire Virtual School in 5 Derbyshire Special Schools. Workshops at Get Creative Derbyshire.
The Dance Interaction programme is currently being developed as a mental and emotional health intervention for people of all ages through partnership between LTA and the Derbyshire Dales and High Peak PCT and using Social Prescribing as a delivery pathway. During the period of Covid-19 restriction this will be delivered via online platform and enable people to participate from within their own homes.
Moving Together (2017 - present)
Integrated youth dance group, regular sessions bringing young people with and without disability together to develop skills, improvise and play with ideas and create work, and has performed at Interface, Derbyshire Youth Dance Platform, Deda 2019, 2020 as well as at Wirksworth Festival. This group is currently meeting for weekly sessions via zoom as a response to the Covid-19 restriction.
Work with refugee communities:
Culture Cafe (2018 - present)
Culture Cafe is a community project responding to the needs of Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC) and their carers, Asylum Seeking families, and refugees living in Derbyshire. It provides opportunity for people to get together on a regular basis to participate in creative activity, social interaction and shared food, with the aim to:
- make and establish friendships and social networks
- create connections to the local community
- share stories, experiences and concerns
- celebrate the diverse cultures, and individual histories, represented in the group through art, music and dance
- give opportunity for expression through creative activity (art, song, drumming, spoken / written word).
Culture Cafe also recognises the sharing of food to be a central part of recognising and valuing diverse cultures, and so each event includes a “pot luck supper”, in which members are invited to bring a culturally specific dish to share with the group.
This project is temporarily suspended due to Covid-19 restrictions on social gatherings.
Creative contemporary dance classes for young people:
Moving Experience (1991 - present)
Weekly creative contemporary dance classes for young people from toddlers through to young adults. Developing creativity, imaginative exploration, dance technique, and improvisation / choreography skills in young people.
Dance performance work with young people exploring well-being and social issues:
(for more detailed information visit the Wirksworth INdependDANCE page)
Wirksworth INdependDANCE, key works in recent years :
A Letter to Alice (2019)
Exploring experience of and attitudes to teenage mental health issues. Performed at Greenside Venues, Edinburgh Fringe ’19, Wirksworth Festival ’19. Two outstanding reviews, including Dancing Times “best youth production of the Fringe”
The Romeo and Juliet Project film (2017 - 18)
Collaboratively created dance theatre film, exploring issues of homophobia and cyber-bullying, Shown Wirksworth Festival 2018, Derbyshire Constabulary Hate Crime Awareness Week 2018
Human Kind (2015 - 16)
Workshop and performance exploring issues around present day refugee crisis and their response to it. Performances by INdependDANCE at the International Youth Arts Festival, Kingston London 2016.