The emphasis of our work is based on two main themes;
The creative, giving participants the opportunity to explore dance and give voice to their own creativity.
Building trust and connection between dancers, when we dance together, we are stronger.
Shropshire Inclusive Dance has a skilled outreach team able to deliver inspiring and enjoyable dance projects to groups throughout the community. In particular we are skilled in working with disabled people of all ages and bringing together disabled and non-disabled people to dance together. The outreach team on request can include learning disabled dancers from Contact Dance Company.
Here is a summary of our recent projects.
Telford and Wrekin Council, Short Breaks:
Since 2014 SiD’s experienced dance artists have delivered after school dance clubs for children and young people aged 7-18 years with learning, physical or sensory impairments. Short Breaks is commissioned by Telford and Wrekin Council “All children with disabilities in Telford & Wrekin to be given the choice to access appropriate high quality short breaks to maximise their potential and improve the quality of life for them and their families” (OBA meeting with Parents July 2009)
All our sessions are fun and creative, often involving team or partner work. Our classes are usually based on a theme or creative idea, with young people often taking the lead.
We also deliver holiday workshops, on occasion we team up with Kreative Kidz to deliver unique, one off dance projects.
Sometimes we invite parents, carers and our partners to watch our work and sometimes we celebrate the young peoples achievements with a slightly more formal dance celebration!
The SiD outreach team led a powerful and inspiring project with members of Cerebral Palsy Midlands culminating in a performance at Elmhurst School of Dance in Birmingham. The Sid team worked with the group weekly over three months, exploring ways of each dancer expressing themselves with power, grace and their own unique dance. Having dancers from Sid’s Contact Dance Company to act as role models and skilled animators was really important to the success of the project.
After many weeks of exploring dance within quite a small studio at Cerebral Palsy Midlands the entire cast had a week rehearsing at Elmhurst ballet School Theatre. The performers worked really hard with an incredible amount of focus to produce a successful and powerful show.
SiD and JTV production were commissioned by Telford and Wrekin Council to work with their wonderful and energetic Short Breaks group Kreative Kidz.
We were asked to facilitate a fun and creative week exploring dance & flying kites. Our aim also was to create a film at the end of it to be shown at Telford Kite Festival.
We had a very creative and thankfully sunny week. It was great to spend the time dancing with the children and young people from Kreative Kidz followed by time simply flying kites.Contact Dance Company Performance, July 6th, Shrewsbury
The film created was really appreciated by all who watched it. The film can be viewed below.
A Wulfrun Home Project:
In November 2015 Artist Director Rachel Liggitt and members of the SiD team delivered a 5-day dance residency at Westcroft School, Wolverhampton. Working with 8 young woman we created a powerful, moving dance piece ‘H is for Home’, created by sharing our feelings about home and what it means to us. The piece was performed as part of ‘A Wulfrun Home’ at the Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton in November 2015. Arty Party Performance Group, WOW Theatre, storytelling and film also contributed making a fantastic, inspiring evening.
Commissioned by Arty Party.