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Welcome to everyBODY dance

  Progress

We are proud to show you our new film, 'Progress', premiered at The Hive in Worcester. ‘Progress’ is a collaboration between EVERYBODY DANCE, The Infirmary Museum and The George Marshall Medical Museum. 'Progress' has gathered people of all ages and abilities together to work with a team of professional artists to research medical history and create dance in workshops and for the 'Progress' film and live dance performance.


 

And here are the dancers ready to perform the dance piece to accompany the film..

Progress dancers

The 'Progress Report' can be viewed here.



HIDDEN GEMS PROJECT

Hidden Gems project

An lovely opportunity for people in and around Worcester to explore history and create movement based on discoveries from the archives. Participants were aged 60 and over and the project took place on four Tuesdays - as in the flyer above.



GERMANY

Big top circus

EVERYBODY DANCE returned to Germany in early May with two days of inclusive workshops with Circus Fantasia in Rostock for community and professional level learners: we so enjoyed working in the Big Top tent!


TEA DANCES

Tea Dance
Our Tea Dances were back with a series of sessions for elders living with dementia and their friends. Events popped-up in residential home gardens and at Longlands Care Farm.

To read about last year's Tea Dance events, click here.
Thanks to Eveson Trust for their support with the project.



Strictly EVERYBODY!

Strictly Farming

BBC Strictly Come Dancing recently contacted us and asked if we would submit a video or two of people doing "The Strictly". How could we resist?! The Four Farmers version turned out to be Zoe Ball's favourite - who could blame her?

To witness these wonders of performance, visit these links -

Strictly Farming - grace and sensuality from four farming-related men

Strictly 4 Generations - the farmers' wives, great-granny, great-grandchildren and many in-between

Strictly Regency (with Regency special school)

Enjoy - we did!





Community Dance Projects 

In 2005 Rachel directed a large scale community performance work in Shropshire (TOUCH); since then she has worked on similar projects in Wolverhampton, Glasgow and Hong Kong.

Wander performance ion Hong Kong


Unlike showcase events the projects bring a diverse group of local participants together to create one full length work on a given theme. Groups work independently with artists to provide separate sections to the piece as well as all together on ensemble work. All these sections are joined together with a sound track, design, lighting and costume.

Aerial O in Glasgow


Each project is dependent on a hosting venue to provide rehearsal and performance space. Projects take many months to plan and prepare but have been delivered in 12 months or 2 weeks! Groups of forty and more have performed together with a much larger number of participants being involved in the preparatory workshops, backstage and supporting roles.

Rachel duet


These community projects have proved to be powerful tools for developing positive community spirit, inclusion and audience development. They bring people together and produce work that inspires and engages participants and audiences.





Beyond The Pond

The summer project was beautiful - and brought a tear to many an eye.

Beyond The Pond


Please follow these links for photos of the preparation and the dress rehearsal.




Voices and Visions

Students from Chadsgrove Special School and North Bromsgrove School worked together to create large paintings in a day inspired by the stained-glass windows of Worcester Cathedral.

    
Voices and Visions workVoices and Visions work


Working with lead artist Rachel Freeman and visual artist Megan Evans, students explored a new language of dance and movement; they drew around each other’s bodies, painted a kaleidoscope of colours and discovered the delight of working together on one big art work.




Aerial Dance Summer Workshops

Aerial workshops

Following the success of Lovely Bugs, we ran workshops during the last week of July.

Lovely Dancefest women flew with us -

Dancefest join us today


Dancefest at everyBODY dance

For pictures from Tuesday morning, click here.

And here for Monday 29th's session.

Wednesday's flyers are here.

We had more creative fun on Friday and here are some of the participants - mainly airborne!



Giving Voice - Flash Mob

everyBODY dance has been working with the local Giving Voice Campaign, as part of a national campaign to demonstrate the unique, life-transforming and cost-saving work of the speech and language therapy profession.
In March we met for rehearsals and on a sunny Saturday morning in early April a group of student nurses, therapists and service users met together in the City centre for a series of Flash Mobs. We used an original soundtrack written and sung by members of the group - a total ear worm! - and combined dance with BSL and Makaton sign language.
For a video and more information visit Giving Voice.





YDance

We have been trying out the aerial work in Worcester with some taster sessions at Nunnery Wood Sports Complex for local young people. Students from Regency School, New College, Worcester Sixth Form plus a few individuals came and learnt the basic skills of moving and stopping on the ropes, turning circles and being upside down. They worked on their own, with partners and as a group and achieved a lot in a short time.




 

Big Bang

BIG BANG at the Three Counties showground in Malvern coincided with National Science & Engineering Week, and was designed to encourage young people to look at science and engineering in a new light, and consider the opportunities available to them in the field.
everyBODY dance rigged some ropes and were inundated with eager participants from the moment the doors opened until way after everyone else had left at the end of the day! We played with the physics of the art form, gravity, momentum, centrifugal force, escalation of dropping weight and other technical things!