Access Dance was amazed at the success of our first Community Dance Project in Guildford. The children from the local schools performed brilliantly and we were so proud of them all. The schools all loved working with the Dance Professionals from The Joanna School of Dance and Performing Arts learning new skills, increasing their confidence and to producing a dance to perform to friends and family. The outstanding performances from the local groups, George Abbot, Italia Conti, The Urban Dance School and Surrey University, were truly inspirational for the children. We were really excited to have been able to give this opportunity to the young children in the area and to allow them to see the benefits that dance can bring.
Access Dance is working with Boxgrove Primary School and George Abbot School to provide a unique opportunity for students from each school to experience dance on different levels. This allows the Primary School pupils to have access to a free dance club – The Big Little Dance Company – and the George Abbot students to learn how to lead a dance session. This collaboration has led to the students all being involved in performance opportunities at the Boxgrove Christmas Fair and the George Abbot Dance Christmas Dance Performance. We have also been invited to perform at the GEP Academies INSET at GLive in January, we are really excited and honoured to be asked.
Photographs by Chloe Palmer, Year 10 Photography GCSE.
ACTION POTENTIAL is a dance and science collaboration that aims to raise awareness for Motor Neuron Disease (MND)
Access Dance inspired choreographer Anne-Marie Smalldon from Combination Dance Company to create a new dance work based on the the work of Neuroscientist Dr Rickie Patani and his team. Access Dance joined forces with Combination Dance Company, the MND Association and Manchester Metropolitan University. Dancers and martial arts performers delve inside a motor neurone to explain how scientists think they work. This performance combines interactive dance to join in and enjoy. Established professional artists illustrate the impact of MND on those living with the disease and their families and how MND effects the body.
We are currently developing this project for further performances in 2019.
Action Potential has been performed in the following locations so far:
Manchester Science Festival, October 2015
Impfest, May 2016
Manchester Day, June 2016
National Physical Laboratory, Teddington, July 2016
Science Museum Lates, February 2017
Bloomsbury, February 2017
Feedback from previous event at Manchester Day, Impfest & NPL:
“The connection the dancers made with the audience. Emotive and well acted”
“Dance, music, words on screen very powerful”
“Serious message put across in a light hearted way”
“Brilliant – perfect combination of accessibility without losing the science”
Photographs from some of the more recent events can be seen here (Scott David Photography)
Video from the events can be found here (Todd Creative Services)
Funded by the Arts Council, this project has been a collaboration between Dance Consulting and Sarah Cox, Art & Culture Champion for Surrey. The project has encouraged dance in 3 Woking Schools; St. John the Baptise, Bishop David Brown and Winston Churchill.