Education and community news

Our Education and Development team take dance out into the community, offering exciting and diverse projects throughout Swindon and beyond working with a range of partners, arts and non-arts organisations.


Dance OUT

Our Dance OUT team continues to teach dance classes, courses and workshops in a wide range of educational and community settings. We are currently working in Wroughton Junior School, Colebrook School, Abbey Meads Community Primary School, Crowdy’s Hill Special School, Hazelwood Academy and Beechcroft Primary plus Parkinso’s UK.

Other recent work includes work with New College, Commonweal School, West Swindon Ladies Club and broad Hinton Women’s Institute.

Sarah Fletcher held multiple sessions at Uplands school for students with profound learning disabilities. During that time the students created a piece for the Making it Art performance which was in partnership with Reach Inclusive Arts. 

Our team will be providing after school creative sessions at Colebrook Infants school for children in year 1 and 2, and Erin Chivers will be heading to Hazlewood Academy to teach carnival fusion classes. 

Marie-Louise Flexen will continue with her sessions at Ashgrove House nursing home. 

Healthy school programme: Zoe Humphries and Megan Howe will be at Hazlewood Academy, focusing on self-esteem in girls and emotional well-being (mixed).

Dance and Dementia

We have been working with Swindon Borough Council’s Public Health team and Open Arms Collective’s Sarah Gilmartin to initiate, design and deliver two pilot dance projects at Whitbourne House Residential Care Home in Swindon to residents with Dementia. 

The project will include individual and group dance and movement activity to improve mental and physical well-being, lowering feelings of isolation and improving confidence, strength, flexibility with a longer-term view to reducing and preventing falls.

We are currently seeking funding to expand and develop this project.


Dance For Parkinson’s

We offer a Dance for Parkinson’s class, working closely with Parkinson’s UK Swindon support group and the Swindon Therapy Centre. The class is designed to address issues often associated with Parkinson’s and is FREE to those with Parkinson’s and their carers.

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Swindon Youth Dance Company & international choreographer Kerry Nichols

Swindon Youth Dance Company performed a piece called Kaigi choreographed by Kerry Nichols as part of the Lift Off Dance Festival  which took place on Sunday 24th March at South Hill Park, Bracknell.

Kaigi was created during an intensive weekend with Kerry Nicholls Dance back in November, where the dancers worked creatively with Kerry Nicholls to create a short piece to form part of Swindon Youth Dance Company’s (SYDCo) repertoire.

Kaigi is titled after the Japanese word for ‘meeting’ and represents the intensive weekend of creativity with Kerry. During the weekend intensive Kerry and SYDCo dancers had to work together quickly to learn material, develop phrases and create their own material through tasks. This was a very fast paced creative process and a new way of working for many of the company members. SYDCo members were inspired by Kerry’s way of moving and choreographic approach, which was seen through their engagement of the tasks. The weekend involved dancers learning material from Kerry, being challenged with tasks to adapt, modify and create their own movement material. This was then structured together to form SYDCO’s new piece Kaigi.

Kaigi represents the intensity of the weekend through a series of rapid meetings and departures, it achieves this through the ebb and flow of the dancers in the space, intense group sequences and detailed duets.

Boys Dance on Film

Our all boys group – Just for Boys (7-10 yrs) took part in a short film choreographed and produced by Matt Bailey – Baila Productions.    

This rare opportunity gave the boys an  amazing experience of dance for camera devised from a different point of view, giving them the rare opportunity to see what it’s like performing dance in front of the cameras, as opposed to performing in live shows.  They also got the chance to work with West End performer (Lion King) and Swindon Dance alumnus Jahrel Thomas.
Ideas, choreography and planning took place during some of the groups weekly classes whilst the filming  happened all in one day during the October Half Term.  
The film has been used for promotional purposes to raise the profile of Swindon Dance’s unique provision for Boys and Young Men nationally, regionally and locally.  

Watch the finished film below


For more information contact our Education and Development team:
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Tel: 01793 601707