YDance Joins Partners to Launch European Project

Today plans have been announced for a new European community dance project to be delivered across Scotland, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain to strengthen the employability skills of young artists, inspire new creative work and engage new dance audiences across Europe.  The project will be delivered throughout 2016 and 2017 by YDance (Scottish Youth Dance) and partner organisations Agencia Andaluza de Instituciones Culturales (Spain), DeLOOPERS (Germany) and Keunstwurk (Netherlands).

Let’s Dance is a community dance project for young people aged fifteen and over from Germany, Netherlands, Scotland and Spain and will provide an opportunity for those interested in community dance to take part in local workshops and travel Europe to create a new dance piece based around the theme of ‘migration’ and its impact on European citizens and culture, combining the methodology of Tanztheatre and Community Dance.  The project will be led by the cultural training programme of Agencia Andaluza de Instituciones Culturales (AAIIC) in Grenada, Spain and will be delivered in line with the European Union’s 2020 Strategy across three main objectives; foster professionalisation and expansion of employment opportunities for young artists; support social inclusion of young dancers with disabilities; promote audience development in the cultural field.

YDance (Scottish Youth Dance) will design a programme of workshops in Glasgow working with young dancers of all abilities.  As part of an exchange programme, up to five of the young people involved will travel to Bremen (Germany), Leeuwarden (Netherlands) and Granada (Spain) to work with choreographers to create a forty minute dance piece to be performed in Granada in February 2017.  The remaining group members will stay in Glasgow to welcome the young artists from the partner organisations as part of the exchange. 

Carolyn Lappin, YDance Executive Director said: “We are delighted that YDance is a partner in it’s first Creative Europe collaboration, which will give young dancers of all abilities  the chance to learn new skills, and create work with their peers from across Europe. Let’s Dance will offer a fantastic experience for participants, and open up European horizons for young people in Scotland.”

The project in its entirety will result in a co-production that will improve young artists’ capabilities and stimulate interest in European cultural works.  Let’s Dance will organise participative Community Dance Theatre performances fostering audience participation and engagement as part of the creative process.  The project will also provide an inclusive programme that will foster community participation and artistic expression of young artists with disabilities and facilitate high quality accessible dance-theatre experiences.  An audience education & participation programme will take Community Dance Theatre to secondary schools with a view to engage and build future audiences and raise awareness of the opportunities available in the cultural field, thus creating the Let’s Dance European network of Arts Education.

The project website www.letsdanceeurope.eu launched today and will become the hub of information as the project grows.

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