Project Pulse Beats Through the Year

by aprilskipp on February 3, 2016

Yorkshire Dance Street Crew, Breeze 2015 (c) Jemma BroomheadLast year, Yorkshire Dance’s Street Crew of 11-14 year olds came together with young musicians from DJ school and First Floor to create a brand new performance piece with live music, DJing and vocals.

This piece was then performed as part of the Breeze Festival in July on Millennium Square, Leeds City centre, to an audience of over 100.

Following the success of Project Pulse in the Summer of 2015, DJ School have been successful in gaining funding from the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation to carry out a yearlong version of Project Pulse – a collaborative project for DJs, street dancers and MCs.

The group of young people have been working really hard collaborating together on a brand new performance piece.

This was performed at the Yorkshire Dance Youth Sharing on the 9 December to an audience of over 80 and from this performance the group applied to take part in Fresh- the regional Youth Dance Platform as part of U.Dance.

They have been successful in this application and will be performing at Fresh on Saturday 26 March at CAST in Doncaster along with over 20 other youth dance groups.

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We Danced - Blenheim Court Care Home (c) Yorkshire DanceWe Danced, funded by Provident Financial – Good Neighbour Fund, is an intergenerational pilot project bringing together older adults in care home settings with local primary schools in Parsons Cross, Sheffield.

We Danced invites older adults to share their stories of dance and dancing with a team of five professional dance artists.


The project commenced in late January 2016, with artists working under the mentorship of TC Howard to explore themes and gather ideas for delivery. Weekly sessions began in Blenheim Court Care Home with artists delivering work in both a group setting and on a one to one basis with older adults.

We Danced includes participatory dance, conversation and reminiscence and also invites family and friends of the residents to participate.

In February, the creative team will commence work with young people at Mansel Primary School; developing relationships between children and care home residents and using the reminiscence work as a creative starting point to explore the dances “we danced”.

The first phase of the project will take place over the next twelve months, creating moments of sharing and exchange through participatory workshops and celebratory sharings.

The connections We Danced will create with older adults, will contribute to reducing social isolation and loneliness and promote positive community cohesion through relationship building with young people.

Young people will build a stronger relationship with elders, which will impact positively on attitudes to ageing. We Danced will build on existing training from Yorkshire Dance’s regional CPD programme Dance Transports, which includes professional development in dance and dementia and intergenerational dance. It will also build on learning developed through Dancing with your Neighbours (Juncture Festival 2014) and Young at Arts (2015 – 2017) an integrated arts programme aimed at reducing social isolation in older adults across Leeds.

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