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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