Furness Academy 2016

The Amazon Dance Project for girls and women
A new methodology to teach girls and women about safety and relationships, resilience and coping, self image and ownership of body.

Phase II of The Amazon Dance was developed by Amanda as a methodology for teaching young women about coping and resilience, safety and relationships, ownership of body and self-image.  Amanda piloted the new methodology with a small group of girls yr9 at Furness Academy.  

Evaluation led to a further phase of development including work with Emma Scott a Dance Movement Psychotherapist to choreograph a short dance sequence to embody the Archetypes and to support self-reflection during and beyond the course.  

The course was then piloted again with a group at Furness Academy.   We commissioned an external evaluation from Lancaster University to measure impact. 

Some participants felt that the dance intervention was a safe place to share ideas and experiences without it leaving the group.

Most participants felt that they could protect themselves from bullies or if someone tried to hurt them using the skills they had learnt in the group.

Some participants felt the log book they kept between sessions was a helpful technique to cope and also felt they had an increased ability to cope with past experiences and present following the dance intervention

Most participants felt that they were now able to seek support from others when they felt they needed it, instead of trying to deal with it on their own.

Some participants stated the dance intervention had helped them build relationships and understand others more.

Some participants also stated they had realised what they want to start doing following the dance intervention such as starting to care for people or their ambitions.

Some participants also described finding out about the different archetypes was helpful as they found out other people were like them too  and helped them feel less alone.

The experience of the dance intervention was described as being particularly helpful as they learnt about different archetypes and who they were or who they wanted to be.

Author: Lauren Rutter Supervisors: Dr Clare Dixon & Dr Bill Sellwood.   This was a service related project carried out as part of the DClinPsy qualification at Lancaster University

We plan to develop the work in 2018 with Dr Andy Knox, Director of Population Health and Engagement at Morecambe Bay CCG for the Centenary of the Women's Vote.

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