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Current Dance Programme 2014-2015

DARE’s Big Party in the  Park is a programme of events linked to Barrow Park.  

DARE DANCE presents Barrow’s Big Party in the Park 2014: A series of design and dance workshops and several community events in the local park to bring people together: neighbours, families, friends and current park users, to mix the generations of people who have used the park and can continue to use the park as a central point to meet, take part and contribute to community life.

We have extended our activities to include dancing, sewing, writing, organising and mainly having fun!  We would like any local people people interested in taking part in any of the activities to contact us at DARE.


Amanda Mortlock invites local people to join her in setting up a Dance Committee who will contribute ideas and volunteer to support the events in the Park.  The committee will plan 2 days of Dance workshops on the bandstand 5 & 6 July 2014 with dance styles and music spanning 40 yrs (1920’s-1960’s) led by DARE Dancers/Specialist dancers.


Hannah Fox will supervise the sewing group to create decorations and costumes for the Park events. The group meets at Barrow Women’s Centre, Suite 1, 22a Duke Street every Wednesday. Hannah Fox will provide materials and a sewing plan for the group to create some small hand sewn items for DARE DANCE community performance  ‘Party in the Park’.  Join us on 14th May 10am-12pm for 2 hours of sewing, chatting and a bit of a giggle.  Experienced sewers and newcomers are all welcome.  Call DARE office to book a place.


We are working with the Wordsworth Trust and St George’s School leading family sessions on writing about the Park on the themes of 1) childhood & playing 2) sense of place themes expresses in Wordsworth’s poetry. Thirty children and parents will visit Dove Cottage and take part in writing workshops with Wordsworth Trust and DARE DANCE Stories and poems will be shared in the Park for family and friends as part of a ‘Big Picnic’ event Participants will gain an Arts Award and their poems will be displayed at Wordsworth Museum.


The Artistic Team: Amanda Mortlock, Lewis Campbell, Karen Whitehouse, Zanna Dennis and Ellen Turner have been working with children and young people from a variety of schools in Barrow including a family group at Greengate Infant School, to create a site-specific dance production performed on 26th April in the Park.  The full performance will take place on 28 & 29 June accompanied by Furness Music Centre Orchestra and Choir.


Our Flashmob event (21 & 28 September) will bring together a wide variety of Dance groups from across the Borough.  We will be working with Kreativ Dance to lead workshops in the Dance Studio to teach the routine and also make it available on-line throughout September with the Flashmob event taking place in the Park on 21st September and other venues in Barrow on 28th September. Anyone wanting to join in should contact Amanda at DARE DANCE.

These projects are only possible through funding from Big Lottery , Sir John Fisher Foundation, Inspiring Barrow, Community Grants, Cumbria Community Foundation, Cumbria County Council and Barrow Borough Council.