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Ignite, Engage and Inspire

  •   Fri 11, 2013
  •   Events
  •   Posted by Admin
Since 2011 Claire Summers, a local dance practitioner has worked in school one day a week with the students facilitating dance in both group and one to one sessions. Claire, one of 5 practitioners working in Plymouth Dance, on the Ignite, Engage and Inspire project which takes dance to special needs schools in the Plymouth area. The project is funded by The Big Lottery, Reaching Communities fund. IEI is a joint £300,000 project with Plymouth dance and Attack Dance and is the biggest investment that the Lottery has made to a disabled/educational project. The work of the practitioners is being closely monitored from beginning to end by four researchers (from the departments of Health, Education and Psychology) from Plymouth University. The researchers are studying the impact of the dance sessions on the students including changes in physical and mental health.
We hope the project will hopefully continue for several more years as we are currently applying for further funds, because of the success of the project to date.

The project will possibly also create other similar projects to run along side it, including a 'home practitioner and a physio/dance research bid:
  • A dance practitioner who will visit young people in their homes and teach family members similar easy to follow routines to support the pupil whilst at home during periods of sickness/holiday etc.
  • A dance/physiotherapy project which will research how physio exercise can be incorporated into dance routines/structures.

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