Yorkshire Dance’s Rotherham Boys project has begun three new outreach projects in Rotherham which will culminate in Making Men - a celebratory performance at Rotherham College on 12 December. Local groups are working with guest artists to create new choreography for the event which celebrates boys dance in Rotherham and the wider area.
“Making Men gives the boys a focus to work towards and it provides a great opportunity to showcase their achievements to family and friends. We always invite guest groups to the event which helps raise the aspirations of the boys in Rotherham and helps educate families on the value of boys dancing and the positive impact that dance can have.” Lisa Clayton, Project Coordinator.
Rebuzz, the all male youth dance company that has formed as a result of the project, is continuing to make work ahead of ‘Making Men’. The group is meeting regularly and working with local dance artist Anthony Bayou. One group member, Joe Cummins, took part in the regional project ‘Dance Whispers’ in partnership with Yorkshire Dance, The National Youth Dance Company at Sadler’s Wells and Wayne Sables Project. In this project, Joe took the lead in choreographing a new piece on Rebuzz in response to the premier of Sidi Larbi Cherkauoi’s ‘Framed’. The impact on Joe has been profound. Read more about Joe’s story here.
As a result of the successes of the Rotherham Boys project, Yorkshire Dance has been awarded funding from Provident Financial’s ‘Good Neighbour’ fund to develop an intergenerational project in Sheffield in 2016.
“It’s wonderful to be able to develop new project work in South Yorkshire with the support of the Good Neighbour fund. Yorkshire Dance are developing a real expertise in working with older adults and this is something we hope to expand on now in Sheffield. This work builds on two current projects taking place in Leeds – ‘Dancing in Time’ and ‘Young at Arts’ – and also links closely with our Dance Transports training which will take place across the region in 2016. We’re looking forward to offering our regional artists an opportunity to put their learning into practice by working closely with communities in the Sheffield area.” Hannah Robertshaw, Youth and Community Dance Director.