We are proud to support #DementiaAwarenessWeek running from Monday 15th until 20th May.
If you would like to learn more about the work we are doing, or the support available to those living with Dementia, join us at the Q&A event on Monday 15 May
or at Making Space's Main Event on Wednesday 17 May
Our Dance Development and Learning Team work on a variety of projects, from the small scale to large scale outdoor work.
Plus One, is a programme which has been designed specifically for young people who are or have been in care and is all about connecting people. That includes working with award winning writers and directors and some great local arts organisations to offer activities most people don’t get chance to do.
So, the major arts and cultural organisations in Derby have joined forces to provide exciting opportunities for young people to experience and participate in a wide range of arts activities. Everything from producing a new play for theatre, street dancing to music recording and even film making. You might enjoy the technical side of staging a performance, or the opportunity to work with a writer or poet, make a film or help produce and host arts events throughout the city and beyond!
May Half Term: Film-making Project
Ever wondered how you make a film, produce your own music or choreograph a dance piece to create a music video?
Over three days during May half-term we are working alongside arts organisations Baby People, Derby Theatre, QUAD and Film City to work with young people in care and care leavers as they produce work on Derby Theatre’s main stage and explore a range of skills from acting, directing, film-making and dance including street, urban and contemporary. Activities are focused on developing skills in a creative environment and we are extremely excited to be continuing our work as part of the PlusOne programme.
Déda’s Dance Development and Learning Team have been partnering with Making Space to explore how dance can be used as an aid to improving the wellbeing of those living with Dementia. Isobel Davis, our dance development and learning co-ordinator, has been leading on the pilot project:
"Over the past 3 months, I have been working on a very exciting Dementia pilot project. For this I have been delivering dance and creative movement to a pre-existing dementia group run by the organisation Making Spaces.
"The group I have been working with are a musical memories group who usually spend their time singing karaoke, competing in music quizzes, chatting and consuming plenty of tea and biscuits! I have been attending the group, luckily not as a singer, but as a dance artist. So far the group have created their own movements using scarfs and ribbons, exploring movement to sounds, instruments, and socialising through dance and movement more and more.
The evaluation forms completed after each session during the pilot scheme showed a positive impact on participants in the following key areas:
- How isolated participants felt
- How frustrated participants felt
- How relaxed participants felt
- How confident participants felt
Following the success of the pilot project, we are very proud and enthusiastic to be continuing our work in this important area.
"Due to excellent response, I will be continuing to work with the group, dancing, smiling and laughing together!" Isobel Davis, Dance Development and Learning Co-ordinator.
Our Dance Development and Learning Team are delighted to have successfully secured £10,000 from Sport England's Small Grant Fund to deliver a pioneering dance project in partnership with Derby City Council’s Move More Team.
The project will explore approaches to the delivery of Postural Stability Instruction (PSI), using dance and creativity as a means to engaging and retaining participants in the programme. This project will last for a year and will see Déda’s Dance Development and Learning Team deliver three PSI programmes in three different locations across the city, followed by a maintenance programme. Our project will be evidenced by a combination of quantitative and qualitative data, which will provide a sound evidence base for Déda to develop its work in the field of Falls Prevention even further.
2012 saw us work on Games Time, a large scale Cultural Olympiad Project commissioned by Legacy Trust UK and involving 480 participants and 49,000 spectators across the East Midlands region. Alongside this we worked with over 12,000 children, young people and adults through our various Dance Development and Learning programmes in a wide range of settings.
In 2014 we worked with Derby Museums and Choreographer Katie Green to develop choreography inspired by school visits to the collections and exhibitions in the museum on The Strand.
Katie and her company, Made by Katie Green will then spend a week visiting local Derby City Schools, working with children aged 7 – 11 years to create their own museum-inspired dances. The project will culminate in several public professional performances of The Imagination Museum, at Derby Museum.
Déda, with partners QUAD, Derby Theatre, Sinfonia VIVA and Derby Museums have recently been given funding by The Mighty Creatives to work with Key Stage 2 pupils in the Derby City wards of Normanton and Arboretum.
The project, titled Live My Imagination focusses on developing children as participants, creators and commissioners of culture in their city. This project will run until 2015 and will enable the children taking part in it to achieve their Discover and Explore Arts Award with the aim of raising their attainment in school.
Déda is an Arts Award Centre and Supporter, with several trained advisors that cover all levels of the award, from Discover and Explore to Bronze, Silver and Gold.
If you are interested in doing part or all of your Arts Award with us then contact a member of the Dance Development and Learning Team.
A limited number of tickets for certain show are available at a discounted rate to Arts Award students. Please contact us for more info.
If you are interested in commissioning us or getting involved in any of the above projects, then please feel free to contact a member of the Dance Development and Learning Team on 01332 374 682 or email.