Partnership makes dance happen in Castleford

WDH has joined forces with IVE (the Arts Council Bridge Organisation for Yorkshire & Humber) and Freedom2Dance to offer over 900 children the opportunity to learn through dance.

The When Dance Happens project, which launched last month, is match funded by WDH and IVE (the Arts Council Bridge Organisation for Yorkshire & Humber) and will be delivered by the Freedom2Dance team at the Academy, offering modern dance techniques, including cheer dance, hip hop, street, contemporary, ballet, jazz, lyrical and other cultural dance.

Kevin Dodd, Chief Executive, Gemma Bynett, Cheer Dance UK Director and other local representatives attended the launch alongside pupils from schools in the area. Guests were treated to a variety of workshops by the young people and supported by guest Maximillian Jarish, a professional dancer and teacher from Pineapple Studios and Studio 58 in London.

Participants involved in When Dance Happens will be able to take part in taster sessions, workshops, competitions and performances. They will also be given the opportunity to attend trips to dance productions, afterschool clubs, and curriculum dance sessions as well as delivering a festival of dance and working towards bronze, silver and gold arts awards.

Tim Craven, Social Investment Manager for WDH, said: “We are incredibly excited to get this project going alongside the IVE, it will benefit the young people who want to get involved by giving them access to the arts and in particular, dance. The programme will create further educational and career opportunities.

He added: “The participants will also get the chance to work towards an Arts Award, similar to that of a Duke of Edinburgh Award and most importantly, the project will support interpersonal and confidence skills. We certainly look forward to seeing the young people getting involved.”

IVE Cultural Education Manager Sarah Mumford added: “IVE are delighted to support this exciting new initiative that will see more than 900 children and young people in Castleford gain exposure to dance. Dance is a truly inclusive art form that anyone can participate in and which has proven benefits for children and young people’s behaviour, confidence and creativity. What really stood out to us about “When Dance Happens” are the ways the programme is going to build a lasting legacy of great dance in the area by training teachers, encouraging schools to join Artsmark and giving 200 children and young people the opportunity to gain an Arts Award.”

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