In 2012, the ‘Cultural Education in England’ review, recommended that Performing Arts should be recognized for teaching “intellectual rigor and practical skills” to children, rather than merely as a “nice to have” add-on, or as part of a more far reaching School Improvement Programme.
“The skills, which children acquire through Dance, help to develop their personality, abilities and imagination. Allowing them to learn how to think both creatively and critically and to express themselves fully” – Darren Henley, author ‘Cultural Education in England’, 2012.
The creative and artistic opportunities offered by dance enable children and teenagers to express themselves and to communicate their internal thoughts and beliefs with others. Dance can also provide a context in which they can develop a better understanding of themselves and improve their self-esteem.
To that end, the Outreach Programme provides a platform that allows young people to develop co-operative learning, a chance to be creative, an understanding of a healthy lifestyle and a genuine passion for the energy of dance.
We believe that no-one should be denied the joy of dance and the performing arts. The Bodywork Outreach Programme aims to give this opportunity to everyone, making dance truly inclusive.