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Creativity and Girls Dancing

Creativity and Girls Dancing

Creativity and Girls Dancing A report out today by the Royal Society for Public Health, available here examines the role of social media on young people’s mental health and well-being. This report basically shows that ‘social media may be fuelling a mental health crisis’. It is being increasingly  documented that the pressure on young people has […]

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Fulfilling your Physical Potential

Fulfilling your Physical Potential

Fulfilling your Physical Potential So the Rio Olympics have finished and Team GB did amazing things. I was fortunate enough to have my annual leave coincide with the Olympics, so I was able to watch a great deal. Favourite bits? Women’s Rugby 7’s was awe inspiring, the women’s hockey final a nail-biting extravaganza of skill, […]

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Ownership

Ownership

As an artist working with young people in dance I (Sophie) have a responsibility to model a positive relationship with my body. Here I can be honest and say that my relationship with my body has shifted over time; from dancing making me feel incredibly sure of myself and my body and at other times […]

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Learning ways of Choreographing How my choreographic journey has progressed with Attik.

Learning ways of Choreographing How my choreographic journey has progressed with Attik.

Whenever the phrase “I would like you to choreograph a count of 8” is ushered in a dance space consisting of young people, the dancers in the room start to squeal and shrink away in horror. I used to be one of these young people a few years ago before I became a member of […]

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Dance as a gendered space and working in sessions in a non-gendered way

Dance as a gendered space and working in sessions in a non-gendered way

  As we have discussed in previous blogs, a primary motivation for us at Attik is to create learning environments, exercises and experiences that give our participants opportunities to explore their identity. Exploring dance with children and young people continues to throw up interesting and challenging questions that pertain to gender, to gender and the […]

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A call to Dance.

A call to Dance.

A call to Dance. After the violence of this week, both in Florida and with the news of the death of Jo Cox MP, I have been left shocked and saddened by the hate in the world. And with this sadness is the inevitable thought process of ‘what can we do to somehow effect change’? What can we […]

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Risky situations and Youth Dance

Risky situations and Youth Dance

Giving dancers what they don’t even know they need is a running theme for us. The young dancers that we work with are generally recommended to come along because they need a challenge. I (Sophie) know that what we do is different but recently we have started questioning ourselves to define: what is it? There’s a […]

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I am a female dancer; not a feminine dancer.

I am a female dancer; not a feminine dancer.

In response to reading Sophie’s recent blog post about Young Women and dance, Rachel thought she would share some of her thoughts about the gender roles she has experienced as a dancer and as an apprentice for Attik Dance.   In some dance classes I’ve taken and some performances I have done, I’ve been required to perform […]

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Working with patterned movement in young dancers

Working with patterned movement in young dancers

Here at Attik Dance we are always working with new dancers, new explorations of creatively what a body can do, different experience levels and different levels of the experience of dance ‘technique’, or what we often now refer to as creatively limiting movement patterning. We use this term, creatively limiting movement patterning, not as a […]

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Training Youth Dancers

Training Youth Dancers

Within a session of Attik youth dance company I rarely teach sequences, and recently I have been trying to work with the question of how I can teach the principles of a technical dance training through a creative framework. I have clear goals of what I want them to be able to achieve and explore […]

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New Dimensions!

New Dimensions!

  This weekend we took our youth company, Attik Youth, to London to perform in the U.Dance New Dimensions event. This event is a choreographic competition aimed at youth companies who are verging on a professional standard. It was an incredible platform for me to show my work and to be seen by dance artists […]

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Evaluation of Includance: Introduction

Evaluation of Includance: Introduction

This is you Project Team: Dr Kerry Chappell & Dr Margo Greenwood October 2013 Executive Summary 1       INTRODUCTION 1.1       The Includance Project Includance was a cross-border micro-project which developed and explored a partnership between an English and French approach to social inclusion via the choreographic process.  The project was built on the idea that the […]

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Evaluation of Includance: Conclusion

This is you Project Team: Dr Kerry Chappell & Dr Margo Greenwood October 2013 Executive Summary 3       CONCLUSION This report evaluates the English strand of the Includance project in relation to project objective 1: to promote the social inclusion of disaffected or disadvantaged (from hereon in referred to as ‘disengaged’) young people.  The evidence showed […]

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Have you ever danced with Attik?

We would love to know how many of you have danced with Attik in the past! Cast you vote now Have you ever danced with Attik?

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Picnic In the Park

Picnic In the Park

On the 27th July, Attik Dance in partnership with Plymouth Music Zone held the first Picnic in the Park, funded by the big lottery fund. We had a great day in Devonport Park filled with music and dance from Includance, Spindrift, PMZ Intergenerational choir – Tonality, Mike Fullerton, Java 5, Street Factory, Sound Skills band & Attik 360. Alongside […]

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Catherine’s Blog and her experience of Includance

Catherine's Blog and her experience of Includance

Blog – Catherine – Thursday 11th July, 2013 Dancing in France was one of the best experiences I’ve had. Not only learning new things and meeting new people and travelling to a city I’ve never been to. From this project I have gained a lot of confidence in myself but also in being able to […]

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Olivia Watts, Special study unit with Attik

  The article below was written by Olivia Watts,  a fourth year medical student at the University of Plymouth Medical School who undertook a Special Study Unit with Attik this year. This SSU involved Olivia and 3 other students experiencing a number of Attik 360 sessions, talking with the company about the work, about our […]

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Attik 360

Attik 360

Easter was busy for Attik 360 with four beautiful and different events. Two musicians joined us and played piano and guitar for the regular dance workshops. The music ran through the whole room and everybody, uniting the dancers with the music and vice versa. Attik 360 and Access Theatre met in Liskeard for a day of drama […]

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A day down at Sterts by Mike Brooks

Last month myself and three other dancers wet to Sterts to plan a One minute Video challenge for an online group called Dancetag on YouTube. The challenge was to make a dance piece for one minute or under using Smartphone’s and upload on YouTube. The Location of the filming was at the Sterts Theatre a […]

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Digitising Dance by Pauline Finet

Pavilion dance South West offered free full day workshops on how to create engaging and well produced dance films. Digitising Dance – Plymouth took place in the Dance and Drama studio at City College Plymouth, the Goshen Centre on Thursday 4th April 2013. The Workshop was lead by James, a filmmaker from Somerset Film, accompanied […]

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Community Platform 2013

We had a wonderful time at our community platform on Tuesday 26th February. It was such a fantastic mix of performers and it was lovely to see so many happy faces. The evening started with beautiful films from Spindrift, Gloucester Dance and Access Theatre. Attik 360 kicked the show off with ‘Strictly 360’, a piece […]

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Work Placement – Pauline Finet

Hi, I’m Pauline Finet and I come from France. I arrived in January and I will be here for 6 months with Attik Dance in order to understand the functioning of an organisation of dance and disability. After completing a Master’s of “Intervention and Management of Physical Activities Adapted for Disabilities and Health” at the University of Lyon (France), I would like […]

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Works Experience Placement – Jenny Crowell

In October 2012 I started my work placement with Attik Dance as part of my third year university project. Every day spent with Attik dance was a pure joy, everyone I met was friendly, enthusiastic and inspirational. My project was looking at how the arts benefit people with disabilities, and after attending Attik 360 classes, […]

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Dance 4 Fitness

On Thursday 20th September we started a new 10 week course of Dance for fitness, funded by The British Heart Foundation. Sarah and Clair teach 6-7pm at The Brickfields Sports Centre in Plymouth, 30 minutes of dance cardio, 20 minutes of circuit training and 10 minutes of stretching and relaxation.  Heart conditions are an area […]

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