We develop and deliver community dance projects across Lancashire and the North West because we believe that every section of the community should have the right to take part in exciting, accessible and entertaining dance activity.
Working with partner organisations, local authorities, community groups, educators and artists, we create opportunities for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to see, make and take part in high quality dance with the power to transform and inspire.
Here are some examples of our projects:
Light Up Lancaster
Working with the performers from 12 Degrees North Graduate Dance Company and choreographer Gary Clarke, we produced a series of original live outdoor performance vignettes using vocal work, characterisation, dance, physical movement across urban spaces, digital technology and light. Following the theme of ‘Lost and Found’, the choreographer explored the notion of the ‘lost’ Lancastrian tradition, highlighting what makes Lancaster’s history, architecture and people unique to the Region. A light hearted yet physically and emotionally challenging work, ‘Nooks’ drew in audiences.
DYNAMITE Dance Company
Artists from Ludus Dance worked with a group of boys, aged 11-14, from Walton-le-Dale Arts College and High School to explore and highlight issues around cyber-bullying. The boys used dance performance as a medium to share what they had learned and inform pupils at their own and other schools about eSafety. The group, named DYNAMITE by the boys, also showcased their piece at the Lancashire Schools Dance Festival and worked with a filmmaker, Jon Randall, to document their journey.
Creative Links Arts Award Project 2013/14
As part of the ‘Creative Links’ Arts Award project commissioned by Young Lancashire and funded through Ambition, Ludus Dance engaged with young people from Burnley, Preston and Lancaster. Utilising the creative arts, dance and digital Ludus Dance supported over 15 young people, enabling them to achieve either a Bronze or Silver Arts Award. Click here for a taster of what they got up to.
The YDE Young Creatives programme has been opening up opportunities for young people to develop their skills and knowledge of choreography since 2008. Over the past three years the programme has branched out into different areas of the UK, giving even more young people the chance to take part. Youth Dance England (YDE), the national organisation that champions excellence in dance for and with young people, has been working with Ludus Dance to run workshops for the programme in the North West.
The Makin Tracks Project saw Ludus Dance develop new partnerships with Wyre Young Peoples Service and Cardinal Allen High School to deliver a total of 84 hours of workshop activity across Wyre Borough. Young people were offered the opportunity to develop a range of soft, hard and personal skills through the workshops, with the long-term goal to increase employability and support their journeys into continued education and/or employment. The culmination of the project was a mini festival event held at Thornton Little Theatre on 21st March 2014. The event offered a safe platform for the young people to celebrate their achievements and raise awareness of the issues surrounding youth unemployment with their peers, parents and members of the local community.
‘It’s exactly the sort of project that we need in this area. There aren’t many opportunities round here for young people to get involved in arts unless they’ve got money to pay for it. Makin Tracks project has given our young people a chance to experiment and create something through their involvement in really high quality arts activities. It’s inspiring and engaging for them.’ Michelle Beavers, Wyre Young Peoples Service
View trailer for the festival by clicking here.
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