Dance and Wellbeing Schools Tour
As the pressures and influence of social media increase, and time online is more prevalent than ever, now is the perfect time to support young people in developing healthy attitudes to their body image, health and wellbeing. Our Body Image Dance Performance schools tour looked to explore just that, and is available for booking again this year.
In 2016, we were successful in gaining funding for Preston Youth Dance Company from the Comic Relief Local Communities Fund to create and tour a new performance piece based on positive body image and healthy attitudes, alongside a workshop delivered by the Company dancers to other young people. During the devising process, dancers researched the issues of negative Body Image through social media for people of their age, explored their individuality and celebrated difference, mocking the ideas of body shapes and unrealistic selfies!
Working through devising, research and development and the production of an education workshop package was an incredible learning curve for the dancers and also allowed them to take their advocacy and leadership skills to the next level. In 2017/18, we received additional funding through the Lancashire Community Investment Fund for a second tour around schools and local organisations, reaching almost 1000 young people in total.
As we look ahead to this year and the huge increase in time online for young people, we see this dance and wellbeing performance package as a great opportunity to support young people to take stock, reflect on their own attitudes towards self care and body image and look to make positive changes.
This performance and workshop package is available for booking this year. The workshop includes repertoire from the performance piece, creative tasks based on exploring your own thoughts on Body Image and the Media, and a discussion on how the work was made.
If you are interested in learning more, please contact our Education Programme Co-Ordinator, Hannah, at email@example.com or 07775 763522.