Vienna by Clair Beckett

I have spent two amazing sunny, inspiring and thought provoking weeks in Vienna with Adam Benjamin a the Dance Ability and the Impuls dans Festival. I received a bursary from Adam Benjamin to go to Vienna to train in his Advanced Integrated training group run by Dance Ability.  This was an intense improvisation workshop for disabled and non disabled professional dancers.   Participants travelled from Spain, Belgium, Australia and the UK to join the course!

I learnt a great amount from Adam and the other dancers and felt excited to come home and share my new ideas with my different group and colleagues. 

In the second week as well as the advanced training in the afternoon, I went to Impuls dans Festival to support Adam in his open level dance session.  I felt really at home here and enjoyed the atmosphere of the festival and the energy of the participants.  I enjoyed seeing the cross over between the two sessions and how the exercises are transferable to different groups.

Every part of the training was positive, it was a real journey and I learnt so much.  I just about got used to the heat of the studio by the end, and made some great friends I wish to collaborate with in the future!

Thank you to everyone who made this possible for me!

Pilgrim Primary School Olympic Parade

 On the 18th July, Pilgrim Primary school brought colour, laughter and rhythm to Plymouth city centre as they paraded from their school, through the city centre to Frankfurt Gate before the whole school performed an Olympic inspired dance for their friends, family and passing shoppers.

The children also created flags and banners which they proudly carried from their school grounds. We had a great time working with the school again, the teachers, staff and students were really enthusiastic, supportive and were just amazing to work with so we would like to say a big thank you to them for all their hard work.

“The children have really enjoyed the whole project. The Olympic theme has given relevance and an air of excitement to the children’s learning. Their dancing and artwork has come together to create our own Olympic Opening Ceremony.” By Sue Jones (Headteacher)

Attik 360

Due to popular demand, Attik 360 were asked to perform their piece ‘Juke Box’ as part of The World at Your Feet Schools tour, in which 7 schools came together to dance and watch performances. This has been a brilliant term and we are looking forward to the exciting projects coming up in September, so watch this space!

Attik 360 are having a summer picnic to celebrate the end of term! If you would like to join us, dont forget to bring your picnic blankets and some yummy food to the Attik 360 session on Tuesday 24th July between 13:30 and 16:30 at the Devonport Guildhall. Come and listen to some live music and help us celebrate this great year of dance come rain or shine!

Diving Project with Plymouth Dance

Ben has been working as Artistic Coordinator of the Plymouth Dance Dance Team Dance Conditioning Project funded by SLM’s Plymouth Beacon Project with Plymouth Diving.

Attik have been working with Plymouth Dance, Paris Payne, Sue Smith, Jules Laville and the Plymouth Diving Elite Junior Squad for the past 3 months on this dance conditioning project. The project involves taking members of the squad through contemporary dance movement training, focusing on exploring the body in a different way. This is a very exciting project that is already showing fantastic results.

Pilgrim Primary School Project

Attik Dance are returning to Pilgrim Primary School to create and deliver an Olympics opening ceremony parade through Plymouth City Centre culminating in a dance performance at Frankfurt Gate.

Attik delivered a fantastic project with the school a number of years ago, and we are very excited to be working with them again. The aim last time was to fill the Frankfurt gate area of Plymouth with colour and they certainly achieved that with a  bright and vibrant performance in front of their parents and Plymouth shoppers.

This years Olympic inspired event will take place on the 18th July 2012 from approximately 1pm, when the children will take the parade from their school grounds into the City.

Please come along and give them a cheer!

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