Dance Umbrella fundamentally believe children and young people are audiences of today as well as tomorrow and deserve access to high calibre dance provision that engages, excites and enables new ways of seeing the world.
We want ensure children across London have access to contemporary dance regardless of their location, ethnicity or background. For the past five years we have been working with local arts centres, parks and outdoor spaces to take innovative national and international dance productions to outer London boroughs, where 64% of children and young people live work and study.
Building on this activity, we are working in depth in the borough of Croydon to undertake an 18-month Paul Hamlyn Foundation funded residency called Access Croydon to test new approaches to broadening access to dance activity for young people within the borough.
To deliver Access Croydon Dance Umbrella will be working in partnership with Croydon Council and Croydon Music & Arts as well as working closely with local artists, arts, culture and youth organisations.
Access Croydon aims to:
As a part of Access Croydon we are bringing together a network of local teachers, dance artists, community/youth dance leaders to devise a bespoke programme of dance activity. We will be engaging local children and young people to test out how to best raise awareness and general engagement in dance across the borough.
We are commissioning a UK dance artist to create a performance piece that physically and verbally reveals the history of contemporary dance for a younger audience. The work will include historical information, physical demonstrations, visuals and moments of participation, as well as revealing what the world of dance looks like today. We will tour the work, including various wrap-around activities, to schools, libraries and community groups in Croydon.
A free, fun and empowering dance project for girls aged 11-18 years in Croydon. A chance to develop your dance skills, build confidence and make new friends. No previous dance experience necessary.
Opportunity to gain Level 1 Qualification in Dance Leadership.
10, 17, 24, 31 Jan 2019
7 & 14 Feb 2019
12 South Norwood Hill, SE25 6AB
18 & 19 Feb 2019 | 9:30-4PM
Whitehorse Lane, SE25 6PU
As a part of Access Croydon we will develop Croydon Youth Dance Leaders; a steering group made up of young people aged 13-25 years from across the borough who are interested in dance and would like to contribute to the residency programme. We are looking for driven, committed and enthusiastic young people to join the group who are eager to have a voice on the development of dance activity and presence within Croydon.
Croydon Youth Dance Leaders will:
• Consult with partners about the Access Croydon residency programme & specific projects
• Have the opportunity to take part in dance projects
• Advocate for the residency & dance more broadly in Croydon
• Take part in co-curation opportunities
• Have the opportunity to develop skills in dance assisting, arts administration & festival producing
Application details can be found at the bottom of the page.
The Access Croydon residency will culminate with a weekend takeover of Fairfields Halls as part of the Dance Umbrella festival 2019, comprising new world class commissions, a platform for home grown talent and a special programme around the building featuring a range of children and young people we will have worked with during our residency.
This blog is a place for Creative Learning Producer, Bethan Peters and Evaluator, Elsa Urmston, to chart our learning and development over the course of the next 18 months or so, as we deliver Access Croydon. We aim to post a reflective post on a monthly basis, reflecting on what we have done, what we have learnt, how we have changed and what we plan to do next as a result.
For more information about Access Croydon please email Bethan Peters at Bethan@danceumbrella.co.uk