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Animated Edition - Summer 2014
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Focus on: people, participation and inclusion

In this issue

Welcome to this, the Summer 2014 edition of Animated - looking at people taking part in dance in a way that’s right for them, with ‘people’ at the core of what participation in the arts is about.

This includes an update from Kate Castle about our first international gathering taking place later this year, we also look at two very different approaches to dance in urban communities in Leeds and Liverpool, hear about Vina Ladwa’s work with older people, and New Adventures’ production of Lord of the Flies and their engagement with boys and young men.

Three different dance artists tell us about their pursuit of a career in community dance; plus there’s a feature about some of the brass tacks of fundraising, and a really valuable piece about working in confidential settings.

Chris Stenton Executive Director
In this issue
Live Bolero, Big Dance Weekend 2014 Commission by Jeanefer Jean-Charles. Photo: Dance4
People Dancing
Kate Castle, Associate Director at the Foundation for Community Dance, introduces the organisation’s first international event around the theme of taking part in dance
I feel I know you better now
Hannah Robertshaw, Yorkshire Dance’s Youth & Community Dance Director, reflects upon the making of a short film created by young people from Yorkshire Dance Youth. Filmed on location in inner city Leeds, the film presents a personal insight into these communities, presenting conversations through dance
We are the City
Donald Hutera investigates as MDI joins forces with Austrian artist Willi Dorner to cast a spotlight on the people of Liverpool
Vina Ladwa with participants, ICCA Nottingham. Photo: Alison Denholm
Keep dancing
Vina Ladwa travels the country teaching classical North Indian dance and performing with her own company. Here, Katrin Binder, dance student and South Asian dance scholar, writes about Vina’s inspiring work with older people
Lord of the Flies. Photo: Helen Maybanks
Lord of the Flies
James Mackenzie-Blackman, Executive Director, Re:Bourne, on their exciting dance production of William Golding’s classic novel so far performed by over 100 boys and young men from across the UK alongside professional dancers
Working in confidential settings
Leading dance classes with vulnerable people in confidential settings such as refuges or criminal justice settings brings its own imposed limitations that can be challenging when trying to create a healthy learning space. Here, we’ve asked one experienced dance practitioner who works in these settings to share the signposts that she has found useful
Louise Barnes, Elder Tree Active Steps session. Photo: Darrell Clegg
Finding the right fit
Three practitioners, Louise Barnes, Molly Stroyan and Lindsay Jenkins, talk about their pursuit of a career in community dance, their different experiences and the continuing professional development journeys they pursued to develop their own style of practice within the sector
Cakes baked by Ruth’s mum. Photo: Taf Masendu, FCD
Cupcakes and tombola: a DIY guide to fundraising
Ruth Bates, Foundation for Community Dance Development Manager, demystifies approaches to raising money for dance in the community