The aim of the Get Camden Dancing project is to develop deep, lasting partnerships between The Place, local schools and community organisations to ensure that more children in Camden can benefit from access to activities that boost their creativity, physical activity and emotional well-being. There is high-quality evidence from the Culture and Sport Evidence (CASE) review that learning through arts and culture develops skills and behaviour that lead children to do better in school.
Over the next four years, The Place will focus on increasing audience engagement from local residents, local children and young people and local businesses. The first phase has already started with a pilot project that works with partner schools who are able to access a range of activities for their learners and teachers in one discounted package. School leaders and teachers can decide how the provision is shared across the school to meet their educational needs. Through the generous support of John Lyon’s Charity, The Place will grow their Partner schools programme over the next three years with ambition to increase the network from five to 12 schools. The partner schools currently signed up are Brookfield Primary, Netley Primary, Rhyl Primary, St. George The Martyr Primary, Torriano Primary.
A keystone event in Get Camden Dancing is the Camden Schools Dance Festival which takes place this year on 13-14 March 2018 in theatre at The Place. The performances are the culmination of several months’ work by around 400 pupils from 14 schools and professional dance artists using South Asian, contemporary, folk and street dance styles. The pupils aged 8-18 years perform their creations which reflect rich culture of the borough to an audience of fellow students, family and friends.
Camden Schools Dance Festival is supported by John Lyon’s Charity and by the Camden Dance Development Group which comprises of Akademi, English Folk Dance & Song Society, B-Better, icandance, Surma Centre and London Borough of Camden.
Clare Connor Chief Executive of The Place said about the initiative, ‘The Place is committed to removing the barriers to participating in dance for young people in our borough. For many children Get Camden Dancing will provide the first taught dance experience they have ever had, for some it will build a life-long love of dance and may even develop their talent into becoming a professional dance artist.’
Maria Ryan, Creative Learning Producer at The Place says, ‘we know from our own experience of working with young people that getting them involved with a structured arts activity such as dance, builds confidence and communication, helps to increase transferable thinking skills which improves their ability to do well in school. Integral to the improved learning is the enjoyment and sense of achievement that the young people demonstrate when they complete a workshop or perform at The Place as part of Camden Schools Festival.’
NOTE: This event isn't open to the general public it is for the families and students at the particpating schools.