The aims of the diverse residencies are to broaden participation, awareness and/or experience of dance throughout communities in Wales through a series of bespoke and diverse residencies. These residencies, tailored to suit the needs of each group involved, are designed to encourage access, participation, understanding, observation and enjoyment of dance.
Diverse Residencies are delivered by the education team and professional dancers of Ballet Cymru, in partnership with Rubicon Dance, and have a range of different outcomes, depending on the needs and/or expectations of each group involved. Some past DUETS residencies have resulted in curtain-raiser performances shown at venues where Ballet Cymru are touring and performing, while others have resulted in videos, art work or informal sharings.
Residencies can be delivered in an intensive burst (over a weekend, half-term break, or through daily working at a school, for example) or they can be delivered during weekly or even monthly sessions, depending on the group and their needs. They usually involve around 4 or 5 sessions of varying length, and can be geared around Ballet Cymru repertoire, the national curriculum or topical/relevant events.
Ballet Cymru has an education team of 4, and a further 7 professional dancers, who are all involved in delivering the diverse residencies. It is an opportunity to work with skilled, knowledgeable and trained dancers, watch professional demonstrations, understand about the lifestyles and interests of people working in the arts, and to increase aspirations.
Coming up in July 2018!
Ysgol Ty Ffynnon and NEW Dance
Ballet Cymru will be leading a 3 day residency in North East Wales working closely with the community dance organisation NEW Dance and Ysgol Ty Ffynnon. Ballet Cymru will lead a 3 day residency at the school working with years 3 & 5 and delivering sessions during the evening with NEW Dance youth companies.
Canolfan Addysg y Bont and Dawns i Bawb
The Company will lead a 2 day dance residency at Canolfan Addysg y Bont, a special school based in Llangefni. Working with 2 groups the participants will aim to create a sharing of work which will involve live music. We will also work with Dawns i Bawb and deliver a day of dance for their inclusive dance company!
Ballet Cymru have worked closely with pupils with additional learning needs in our School. They have supported the pupils through specialised training techniques in movement and dance thus enabling our pupils to integrate into numerous ballet performance performed in front of the Whole School and their Parents. The experience was magical and provided both pupils and staff with lasting memories and friendships.
Mr. Andrew Price – Special Needs Resource Base Teacher, Llanederyn Primary
Children don’t get these kind of experiences and it is our role to ensure they do and that they get an alternative view of what life can be like. They need to be exposed to opportunities that raise expectations and aspirations, that bring new role models and that widens the curriculum. You can’t just educate in the basic skills – a narrow curriculum just doesn’t work.”
Head teacher – Moorland Primary School, Cardiff