School dance residencies
We work in primary and secondary schools, delivering tailor-made residencies for all age groups. In 2017-18, we worked in a South London Primary School for a full year, developing pupils’ interest for movement, group work and creative skills. In 2019, we are working with two other schools to add creativity and fun to the curriculum.
We particularly enjoy working with other organisations to deliver activities. This has recently included a joint resource on Spanish Flu, co-written with the Florence Nightingale Museum, a short film made by young carers, in partnership with Chocolate Films.
We take great pride in taking part in community festivals.
We were part of the Concrete Dreams weekend festival at the Southbank Centre in March 2018,
In the summer of 2016, we participated in Big Dance Bus touring throughout London to bring dance to local families and communities as well as the V&A Friday Late: Engineering your World.
Cross Arts projects
Just like Shobana’s productions, our projects often involve working with other art forms.
Concepts of Movement, in partnership with The Courtauld Gallery
Between November 2016 and March 2017, 40 secondary school students worked with a visual artist and dancer during the Rodin and Dance: The Essence of Movement at The Courtauld Gallery. They explored how artist Auguste Rodin and his contemporaries sculpted dance and went on to create their own work mixing sketching, research, storytelling, and dance.
We recently travelled to Shanghai to take up residence at the wonderful Shanghai American School for two weeks. Our dancers worked with dance and theatre students to create short dance pieces. The residency culminated in a dance family day.
Hampshire Youth Dance Company (HYDC), The Point, Eastleigh – February 2017
While on tour with Material Men redux, we took the opportunity to work with the fabulous HYDC during a week-long residency. The young dancers worked with our educator to create a curtain raiser performed before our show. HYDC have since gone on to perform this piece at many local and national dance festivals.