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Championing high quality dance in Primary schools across Norfolk
slanteddance have been working with five beacon schools from across the county that have shown a commitment to providing high quality dance, health and well being within their curriculum. The 5 schools are delighted to have been invited to perform on the Norfolk Music Hub ‘Woodlands stage’ at the Royal Norfolk Show on Thursday 28th June.
The mixed ages of Year 1 to Year 6 celebrate how schools are providing a creative and effective curriculum within an ever evolving and challenging National Curriculum.
“Working with schools who place a central focus on developing their students creativity and health in addition to their academic skills is inspiring and overwhelming. Every child, regardless of their skill base is valued and nurtured so they build their confidence to work as a team, share their ideas and perform. So many Norfolk schools are achieving so many wonderful things and we are excited to celebrate that.” Bryony Moore, slanteddance co-director and tutor.
Since slanteddance was founded in 2009, their company delivers workshops in schools and the community each week to over 500 children. More recently the team has gone from strength to strength developing workshops, teacher training and educational resources that over 400 teachers across the Country have accessed to improve the quality of dance within schools.
“Dance has the potential to engage, enthuse and bring alive children who love to be creative and imaginative. It embraces more than the opportunity to dance, cultural awareness, team work, cooperation, all combined with high levels of physical activity supporting improved well-being. A subject that adds so much to any school curriculum and gives an alternative road to success for many.” Kevin Holland, PE Specialist Education Advisor, Educator Solutions, Norfolk County Council.
This term the Norwich based company have worked with children from Garrick Green Infant School, Happisburgh Primary School, Harleston Primary School, Ashleigh Primary School and Tacolneston Primary School to create dance routines based on lessons from their everyday school life. Every group has not only developed their dance skills but have developed their creativity and expressions by creating their own choreography for the final piece. “I’ve liked learning new skills, trying new styles of dance and how to become a strong performer” Pupils at Happisburgh Primary School.
Also performing are the slanteddance Performance and Classical Squads who are students aged 5-13yrs and will be representing their collective 23 schools from across Norfolk by showcasing their dance skills in their full length performance of ‘Life Through our Lens’ which is an energetic and vibrant show that puts a creative slant on what life is like being a child in 2018.
Performances are on the Woodlands Stage Thursday 28th June at 10am (Schools) and 11.10am (Performance Squad).
slanteddance are looking for schools teachers to come and see how young people benefit from using the arts to build on learning
With the importance of Mental Health Awareness increasing in our society, slanteddance is on a mission to collaborate with as many teachers/ school across Norfolk and Suffolk.
The local company promote and embed health and wellbeing and see it as an integral part of education for all young people. slanteddance place focus on delivering classes that build fitness, health and well being- they embed relaxation and focus activities and yoga postures into all of their classes. The tutors in the schools the children work with are seeing first hand, the difference in each child’s mindset and ability to manage challenging situations.
“Everything we do is designed with care to give students accessible and straight forward skills that will build confidence and knowledge to build a happier and balanced attitude throughout life. Dance is the access point to building an array of life skills” Meg Sharland, slanteddance co-director.
Since October 2017, the slanteddance Performance Squad consisting of 30 students aged 6-13yrs have been developing a show titled ‘Life Through our Lens’; an energetic dance performance putting a creative and expressive slant on being a child in 2018. The performance is based around encouraging the group to find their voice and share their perceptions of their lives and the world around them. The group had honest conversations in the dance studio where they highlighted their favourite elements, their worries and observations about life and the World.
“This project has been a real eye opener for us. Having frank conversations/ workshops about all aspects of life showed us issues that we, as adults, had not considered that they were thinking about. 99% of the group is worried at the thought of being kidnapped when walking through the city to shop or attend extracurricular clubs and 100% of the children have felt alone at school at some point each week.” Bryony Moore, slanteddance co-director.
Using the students thoughts and feelings on their day to day life, slanteddance have created a 30min performance set throughout a school day. Using a fusion of Street Dance, Ballet, Contemporary and Musical Theatre, the children go through a school day performing in an array of scenes contrasting from exploring the ups and downs of their life placing emphasis on the battle of feeling included and the importance of being kind to each other. Other scenes represent the children’s observations on the natural disasters and imagining how it would feel for the families involved in such horrendous events.
The choreographer’s Meg and Bryony have previously developed professional work for touring companies including an Arts Council England piece ‘Little Monsters’- which toured schools across the county, raising awareness of how important nurturing young people’s mental health is to build self esteem. Children need to be be equipped to manage the trials and tribulations of day to day life and their passion to involve schools is evident.
Slanteddance performance squad is about developing creativity, expression and skill as a team. The group debut their first full length show at The Garage Norwich Theatre on Saturday 9th June at 11.30am, 1pm and 2pm. The group are passionate and proud about teachers seeing what children can achieve in the arts. The company want to offer teachers from across Norfolk a chance to see how important the arts is within education and come and celebrate the arts in Norfolk.
Tickets can be purchased from the Norwich Theatre Royal Box Office and is suitable for all ages.
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slanteddance are recruiting:
Dance teacher (x2)
Contracts between: January- July 2018
To apply, please send an up to date CV and covering letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org by 4pm Friday 17th November 2017. Interviews will be held on Saturday 18th and Wednesday 22nd November 2017.
slanteddance, are excited to be looking for an experienced and energetic dance teacher to join their friendly, motivated team. slanteddance is the market leader in providing dance services, classes and workshops in both community and school settings across the Eastern region. Applications welcome from versatile, confident and adaptable teachers. The applicant will be experienced in delivering the following styles: Street Dance, Contemporary, Cheerleading and/ or Stomp/ Tap in both community and school settings. These posts are open to registered freelancers and those looking for a PAYE contract.
The dates and hours
Term time only
Teaching will occur within the following dates 3rd January 2018- Friday 14th July 2018. Specific details supplied on job offer.
Contract fee (tbc.) : £5764.50 Payable over 7 months £823.50 Gross (inclusive of holiday pay).
Contract fee (tbc.) : £3144.50 Payable over 7 months £449.21 Gross (inclusive of holiday pay).
Our Christmas Show is fast approaching and we are so excited for you all to see the students’ new routines and celebrate their hard work this term! Emails went out a few weeks ago with all the show details but in case you missed it, please see below for all the info you need!