Following the completion of the our Big School SEND Dance project, Samantha Parry, Para Dance UK projects & office manager, reflects on all that was achieved:
In May 2021 Para Dance UK proudly premiered an incredible mash-up dance video that nine SEN schools in London had come together to create as the finale of our BIG School SEND Dance project in partnership with the Alexandra Palace Creative Learning team.
The project had started back in 2020 where Para Dance UK and Alexandra Palace joined forces to bring SEN schools in London an amazing, creative dance project to keep children active during such a challenging year.
Thanks to funding from the London Community Response Fund, Heritage Fund, Haringey London and the Tottenham Grammar School Foundation the project was completely free to access and each school who signed up was given a dance pack which included four dance videos all linked to artists that had previously performed at Alexandra Palace. These were accompanied with creative videos that included make-up, props, costume and set design that they could use to perfect their final routines. At the end of the project each school chose their favourite routine to record and put their own stamp on it. We then put all of the videos together and made a massive mash-up.
To watch the video please click on the link below, or alternatively check out the full length version here
We are incredibly proud and inspired by all of the wonderful schools and children who took part in the project and are excited to announce that we will be releasing six free pre-recorded dance videos in June that any SEN school can sign up to, to keep you dancing throughout the summer months. All you need to do is register using this link Further information regarding this will be available on the Para Dance UK website soon!
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