Current Dance Programme 2013-2014
In its role as County Dance Development Co-ordinator DARE has raised over £10,000 for youth dance development across the County working with Partners in South Lakeland, Allerdale, Carlisle and Eden.
DARE has been leading Dance Development for Barrow in Furness since 2002 and despite cuts in funding this year we have had a platter of delicious projects for local residents including:
Leaps and Sounds Project
DARE worked in partnership with Octopus Collective and Creative Futures Cumbria to deliver an experimental listening and moving project to 10 schools (Key Stage 2) in Barrow in Furness. Teachers and pupils alike had a great time and improved their listening skills.
DARE worked in partnership with Active Cumbria and Cumbria NHS to deliver a Dance and Dementia project across the county. The pilot phase took place in Barrow in Furness offering eight dance sessions for local people with Dementia.
Lewis Campbell has been teaching his ‘cool moves’ to young people at George Hastwell School and Sandside Lodge as part of our award-winning CanDance project.
Weekly Community Dance Classes
Ellen Turner, Amanda J. Mortlock and Lewis Campbell lead the Infant, Junior and Youth dance classes in Creative, imaginative movement for infants and Contemporary, Jazz and Street styles for Juniors and Youth.
Cumbria U.Dance Youth Festival
Dance Cumbria celebrated its county-wide youth dance development programme with an end of year showcase at Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal in July. All groups took part in workshops and performed on stage following a sunny picnic in the gardens.
Cumbria U.Dance Schools Festival 2014
This project celebrates dance as part of the National Curriculum and gives children the opportunity to perform on the Main Stage at the forum. St James Junior School, Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, Roose Primary School, Holy Family Catholic Primary School, Victoria Junior School, Dane Ghyll Primary School, Pennington CE Primary School, Chapel Street Infant & Nursery School, South Walney junior School, George Hastwell School, Yarlside School, Dowdales School and DARE Jumpstart Juniors will perform in the event.
Digital Dance Project
DARE is leading the county-wide Digital Dance project 2013-2014. The project includes a sharing and exchange programme for the Dance Cumbria youth dance groups leading to Winter Boogie Breaks dance in February; Large scale projection of dance images in towns across Cumbria; creation of dance films both professional and community; Research & Development of interactive dance software including Isadora Program.
These projects are only possible through funding from Arts Council England NW, Inspiring Barrow, Community Grants, Cumbria Community Foundation, Cumbria County Council and Barrow Borough Council.