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. Our long-standing learning and participation programmes include The Belfast Movement Choir and Move Fit and Seasonal Somatics.

SEASONAL SOMATICS

Join us one Saturday each month to cmove outdoors and connect body, landscape and nature in a 1.5 hour session. Led by Sandy Cuthbert the sessions are held in a different outdoor park location each month. For dates and session information book here.

BELFAST MOVEMENT CHOIR

The Belfast Movement Choir is an all-female intergenerational project that brings different communities together to share positive social, educational and health benefits. Current groups include adult session on Mondays from 1030-noon in Crescent Arts Centre and mother and daughter  6-7pm Templemore East Belfast.

Here are example of film work created during and after Covid with Belfast movement Choir participants.

Maiden Voyage are very grateful to Paul Hamlyn Foundation for Explore and Test funding to develop the Belfast Movement Choir  from 2019-2022 and to Bank of Ireland Begin Together for funding sessions Oct 022- June 23.

‘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? 

Outreach & Development Officer, Duncairn Centre for Culture and Arts

MOVE FIT

MOVE FIT is a three year programme which runs in schools for 24-weeks offering movement and physical activity classes at no cost to participants. We are currently working with four groups in two schools in North Belfast schools to promote a healthy active lifestyle to their pupils. Funded by Garfield Weston, Victoria Himes, Halifax Foundation NI, Belfast City Council.

‘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