Engage

There are many ways we can engage with you and the groups you are working with. We do this through workshops or tailored partnership programmes where we design dance activity to suit the interest, ability and age of your group.

Due to present Covid-19 restrictions we are offering online zoom workshops to primary schools and families in Spring 2021 connected to new music and dance commission ‘Turnabout’. Please contact us for further information.

Other long standing porgrammes include The Belfast Movement Choir and Move Fit.

BELFAST MOVEMENT CHOIR

The Paul Hamlyn funded Belfast Movement Choir is an all-female intergenerational project that brings different communities together to share positive social, educational and health benefits. A two-year programme culminating in a Belfast Movement Choir performance during one of the city’s key cultural festivals.

The face-to-face sessions were suspended in March due to lockdown and we began sessions online with our adult members in May to October 20.  This resulted in four short films that are a creative and expressive response to lockdown from the community participants. One film was nominated by the Achates Foundation (NI region) for showing innovation and excellence in the arts during the Covid-19 global pandemic of 2020.

Links to short films:

Hidden Blooms

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Lrn66EONNyI

Look, Touch, Connect

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Qb1FwPZp8mY

Outside My Window, Inside My Home

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3MePIc2Dm

Rediscovering

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5iGmM7VJcLs

We have continued online sessions since November with several adult members, part of our trainee programme. We look forward to embarking on our Year 2 provision when restrictions allow.

‘I am SO privileged to be part of this wonderful group in expressing their interpretation of life through music and movement. I have found the whole experience liberating, thought provoking and thoroughly enjoyable.’

Belfast Movement Choir Participant

‘The benefits from projects that focus on people, their needs, perhaps insecurities, help build confidence and self-esteem is incalculable.  How do you put a price on transforming a person’s inner vision of themselves, someone who has taken a risk, embraced something new and found themselves with a new element to their life, new friends, new skills?  Its our belief that these projects are invaluable because of the multi-layered effect they have that resonates beyond the individual’

Outreach & Development Officer, Duncairn Centre for Culture and Arts

MOVE FIT

 MOVE FIT is a 24-week after school’s three-year programme offering movement and physical activity classes at no cost to participants with four groups taking part in two disadvantaged North Belfast schools to promote a healthy active lifestyle.

Our Move Fit face-to-face primary schools-based programme has been suspended since March due to Covid-19. With the support of our funders, Garfield Weston and Victoria Homes Trust, we have begun to pre-record sessions with lead artist/ facilitators that are appropriate for classroom based online lessons for the schools giving us the opportunity to assist in the children’s physical and mental health at this challenging time. We do look forward to returning to the school groups when restrictions allow.

‘Move Fit is a fabulous initiative for our children and is full of fun and laughter, complimented with a well thought out programme of movement. The parents fully engaged with the initiative and dance for children became a normal and much looked forward to part of the week. The training for our classroom assistant has now resulted in dance being integrated into part of the children’s everyday movement curriculum. Wouldn’t it be great if Move Fit could be rolled out to every school!! Thanks for all you have done to support the health and wellbeing of the children and community of Lowwood P’

Principal Lowwood PS

‘Holy Cross Boys’ P.S. is delighted to have been given the opportunity to continue with Move Fit for another three years, after a very successful pilot run.  This will provide continuity for pupils who thoroughly enjoy the sessions and parents who are now seeing for themselves the benefits Move Fit brings to their children, in terms of increased activity levels, self-confidence and team spirit, to name but a few’

Teacher, Holy Cross Boys PS