Vote for Ballet Cymru’s project at Aviva Community Fund D-connect



Closing Date: 21st November 2017

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Ballet Cymru are seeking funding to deliver 8 inclusive dance residencies in Eng-land & Wales, with children and young people with disabilities and/or are experiencing poverty. We recognise that disability and poverty are huge factors in excluding peo-ple from ballet, in order to bring about change, it is one of our aims to always include.

The company is also seeking funding to help employ an Education Officer from January – December 2018. The Education Officer would help organise/manage the residencies and have the necessary skills and understanding of how ballet can in-crease self-confidence in children and young people.

Ballet Cymru are committed to inclusive dance. In 2012 to 2013 a collaboration with community and professional disabled dancers and GDance, we produced a ground-breaking project, Stuck in the Mud, supported by Arts Council England. Its legacy is that our work now continues in order to help identify and produce pathways into ballet for young people with a disability.

Ballet Cymru are already known for their innovation and collaboration with artists of the highest calibre. The company will be touring to 40 venues in England and Wales in 2018 with its unique version of Cinderella, and a new production of Dylan Thomas’ A Child’s Christmas in Wales, with music score composed by Cerys Matthews, MBE, Singer Songwriter and Patron of Ballet Cymru.

Ballet Cymru aim to offer D-connect residencies in collaboration with 8 venues to provide pathways for children and young people into dance.

They include:

• Touch Tour, Audio Described Performance
• Access to the performance
• Participation in the performance with the professional dancers of Ballet Cymru

Residencies will be 2–4 sessions of 1-2½ hours, depending on the group’s needs, and be fully inclusive; it is vital that no-one is excluded because of disability or poverty. D-connect will work with a diverse range of children including physical and learning disabilities, deaf, blind and visually impaired, children disengaged with learning, and a wide range of ethnicities. Participants will have opportunity to work with the profes-sional dancers and artistic directors of Ballet Cymru. The professional dancers of Ballet Cymru hold DBS’ and are trained to deliver education programmes; the compa-ny’s education work is accessible and inclusive.

D-connect residencies will occur a week prior to each performance, either at the per-formance venue or at a close local accessible venue eg school or community centre. We anticipate working with 20-40 children per residency. The residencies will be de-livered in a fun, relaxed and exciting way to help develop the participants understand-ing of the ballet, in addition to providing them with a deeper level of engagement and a rich experience. Ballet Cymru will liaise with theatres/performance venues to en-sure maximum concession is available for family/friends of participants to see the company’s professional performances. The residencies would meet our aspirations of inspiring more people to engage with ballet.

D-connect feeds into Ballet Cymru’s vision of opening up the world of ballet to fully represent the diversity of the UK today. The project would help us to map the interest in inclusive ballet throughout the UK and a careful and thorough evaluation of the pro-ject will be a lasting and important document in contributing to shape the future direc-tion of Ballet Cymru, and inclusive ballet. Ballet Cymru have worked with a diverse range of people over the years and it is always a privilege to witness the joy dance can bring to people. Our aim is to open up this opportunity to everyone.

Our plan is to replicate the inspiration and training that the Para-Olympics created in Sport but within ballet and the arts. Ballet Cymru realise that this is a long-term aspi-ration, but is committed to this goal and is supported in this vision by The Welsh Government and the Arts Council of Wales.

Please remember that Ballet Cymru is a Registered Charity (No: 1000855)

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