It was several months in the planning but the SLiDE and Brit School partnership is flourishing. It has kicked off with an 8 week youth dance project, led by Gemma Coldicott, combining 10 SLiDE dancers with 3 Community Arts Practice (CAP) Brit Students. The group developed a piece called ‘Free?’ and performed it at the ‘Positive Push’ youth arts platform on March 20th.
‘What I love about these projects is seeing how fast the group bonds and starts to support and each other. This was evident from the beginning through to the end, and particularly on the performance day. Watching the other groups perform was so inspiring, particularly witnessing the energy of Kronos, the all male Brit dance group’, Gemma reflected.
The partnership has been possible through the work and determination of Andrea Davis, Director of Dance and Josie Sovegjarto, Dance Teacher and CAP Tutor.
‘I think the CAP students have learnt a lot about communication, creativity and how to manage being responsible for others in a practical environment. To welcome such a diverse group of people into the school’s community and have them collaborating together I feel is something very special, a learning curve for all and a big achievement. It is an invaluable experience for the students to gain now at such a young age and it is beneficial for their character building as they need to work consistently with dedication as well as an open mind. They are learning so much form Gemma’s leadership and I think it is a wonderful project, thank you SLiDE!’ Josie Sovegjarto, Dance Teacher, The Brit School.
It has been so successful that SLiDE will be back at the Brit School, from May 1st. They will set to work on a new piece, extending the collaboration with even more partnerships. More to follow….!