Young people - we want to work with you to explore ideas and make more dance happen. If you have an idea please contact us.
U.Dance National Festival 2015
Our first event of 2015 South East Dance’s Regional U. Dance Platform Target Dance-Bodies in Motion got things off to a great start on Friday 9th and Saturday 10th January at the Congress Theatre in Eastbourne. Organised by South East Dance and the University of Brighton, the event featured over thirty different pieces of work by young people, showcasing the breadth and diversity of youth dance in the South East. We are delighted to announce that StopGap Troops and Penny & Jules Youth have been selected to represent the South East region at U. Dance 2015, Youth Dance England’s national youth dance festival, 22 to 25 July 2015, in Plymouth. Both groups are extremely excited as one group leader said “This is fantastic news! We are thrilled to have been selected and want to say a huge thank you” Congratulations!
South East Dance is an Arts Award Supporter. Arts Award is a unique range of multi-level qualifications for children and young people aged up to 25 years to develop as artists and arts leaders, developing and sharing their creativity, leadership and communication skills. It provides opportunities to connect to the world of professional artists. South East Dance Studios in Hextable, Kent is a registered Arts Award Centre.
How South East Dance can support your Arts Award:
- Join one of our workshops, performance projects or programmes as a participant to work with professional dance artists and other young dancers. Ideal for Bronze Award Part A: ‘Explore the arts as a participant’
- Performances and events. Ideal for Bronze Award Part B: ‘Explore the arts as an audience member’ or Silver Award Unit 1 Part C: ‘Review arts events’
- Contact us directly to talk with our arts adviser or resident companies about Bronze Award: Part D: ‘Arts skill share – passing on arts skills to others’; to lead practical aspects of your arts project for Silver Award Unit 2: ‘Supervised arts leadership’; or to work towards your ‘Arts challenge’ for Silver Award Unit 1 and how we could support you.
South East Dance also provides different opportunities to volunteer at events and festivals with access to artists and professional staff. Check out our Whats On page and look out for the Arts Award symbol – these have been identified as appropriate for helping you complete your Arts Award.
MOKO dance is a new national network led by DanceEast that is committed to sharing resources and expertise, touring, commissioning and developing contexts for the presentation of high quality artistic programming for young audiences and their families. The network, led by DanceEast, includes Dance City (Newcastle), DanceXchange (Birmingham), Lakeside Arts Centre (Nottingham), Pavilion Dance South West (Bournemouth), Sadler’s Wells (London), South East Dance (Brighton and Kent) and Theatre Bristol (Bristol). The network has co-commissioned a double-bill touring work by Tamsin Fitzgerald and Christopher Marney. Visit www.mokodance.com for full details.
Creative and Performance Projects
South East Dance works with partners across the region to deliver a range of creative and performance opportunities for young people working alongside professional artists. In 2013/14 opportunities included Big Dance South East England (a national celebration of dance) and U:Dance (a platform for youth dance companies to share their work) in addition to an ongoing programme of dance classes at our Studios in Kent.
Delivering dance through the PE and Sports Premium funding
Great opportunity for dance teachers, artists and practitioners working in schools…
A new funding source is being used by Primary schools to improve their dance offer, with schools receiving at least £9k in September and due to receive the same funds again next year.
For further information take a look at Youth Dance England’s useful fact-sheet.
You may also like to have a look at the blog written by Jan De Schynkel, who articulates clearly the value that the PE and Sport Premium funding offers.