This October, Step into Dance are launching a brand new initiative bringing together disabled and non-disabled young dancers for a creative dance project. Dancers will attend rehearsals at the Royal Academy of Dance and prepare for a special performance in November.
The pilot project is a development of an existing Step into Dance initiative – Step Together. These one-off workshops bring together neighbouring mainstream and SEN schools for an afternoon of creative dance. These have been an enormous success for the programme with students sharing experiences and having a hugely positive influence on each other.
Step into Dance teacher Gemma Coldicott will be leading the Autumn project. Gemma is a specialist in inclusive dance practice with several years of teaching experience in special needs and community settings.
She said, “Whenever we bring disabled and non-disabled students together, spectacular things happen. Suddenly there is energy in the room. It’s down to the supportive environment that comes from having different needs and abilities in the room. When young people experience this, especially over an extended period of time, it has the capability of transforming lives”.
Young people aged between 14 and 26 years old, and of all abilities, are invited to apply to audition on Sunday 19th October at the Royal Academy of Dance in Battersea, London. Successful dancers will rehearse at the RAD during October and November, working towards a performance at the Step into Dance Winter Sharing event on Sunday 30th November at the Genée Studio, Royal Academy of Dance.
For more information, and to download an application form, click here!
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