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Colchester

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Dance Network Association gets ready for it’s 5th annual dance conference in the beautiful redeveloped Mercury Theatre Colchester!

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After a year of challenge, cancellations and postponed events for the organisation the Dance Network Association (dna) are delighted to announce that their annual dance conference will take place on Wednesday 29 September 2021.

dna is welcoming people to view, take part and learn from their programme activity including their postnatal and early years projects, an insight to their Dancing with Parkinson’s programme, their work with older adults and so much more.

Additionally, included is a wealth of dance workshops with national speakers, artists, and performance companies providing a well-rounded experience for all participants that choose to engage with the day.

The day is open to freelance artists wanting to develop their skills, educational teachers with an interest or specialism in dance’s also wishing to upskill and network with like-minded peers. In addition, the organisation is this year extending its invite to local social prescribers, GP’s, NHS workers, children’s centres, and anyone who wishes to increase their knowledge and delivery skills on how dance positively benefits the communities physical and mental health and wellbeing. As well as enabling them to signpost residents and community members to dna’s work.

To allow a safe return to in-person activity, they will ensure covid guidelines at the time and appropriate PPE is in place during the day to keep everyone well.

Gemma Wright, Artistic Director of Dance Network Association, said: ‘I cannot wait for our community to come back together at our conference. We have missed connecting with people in so many ways over the past year and I just wanna see our work continue to bring smiles to peoples faces, as well as learning lots of new skills of course. It is a great one-off day to engage with and gain many new ideas and tools for your kit bag and the year ahead. Not a day to miss!”

Workshops

EVERYONE

Practical Warm Up - Positivi-TEA led by dna. Plus, an overview of our work and what to expect during the day.

Workshop 1

Choice 1 : BEEE Creative - Dance and Interdisciplinary Approaches to Creating - introduction to their dance and light photography, dance and animation and talk/show film about the dance and augmented reality. All three of these projects have been developed using free downloadable apps and designed with young people. (For teachers or dance artists working with Secondary school students)

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Choice 2 : 1st4Sport Level 3 Award in Supporting the delivery of Dance in Physical Education and School Sport

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Choice 3 : dna (Emma Meek) - Working with the Early Years

Workshop 2 

Choice 1 : Step Into Dance (Royal Academy of Dance) - offering the opportunity for youth to connect to dance and supporting the development of dance for all young people.

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Choice 2 : BEEE Creative - storytelling through multi-sensory activities. This is based on our ‘In the Beginning’ dance and animation project. (For teachers or dance artists working with Early Years/Primary school students)

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Choice 3 : dna (Emma Meek) - Take a Seat - a class for those who stay seated.

Workshop 3

Choice 1 : dna (Karen Pratt - Dance Development Officer) - Dancing with Parkinson's

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Choice 2 : New Adventures - offering professional development to teachers and dance artists working with Primary school children, using warm up exercises, physical games, dance phrases & creative tasks that can be added to your tool kit.

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Choice 3 : Para Dance - Inclusive Practice

Workshop 4

Choice 1 : dna (Karen Pratt - Dance Development Officer) - Dancing with Dementia

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Choice 2 : New Adventures - offering professional development to teachers and dance artists working with Secondary school children, using warm up exercises, physical games, dance phrases & creative tasks that can be added to your tool kit.

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Choice 3 : Cat Stiff (one of our Learn, Share MOVE! Teacher’s from John Bunyan School) - Exploring vocabulary through dance for Primary school students

Schedule

9:00-9:30 Arrive/sign in, breakfast and networking

9:30-10:00 Welcome talk

10:00-10:30 Practical warm up

10:30-11:40 Workshop 1

11:45-12:00 Break

12:00-13:10  Workshop 2

13:15-14:00 Lunch and networking

14:00-15:10 Workshop 3

15:15-15:30 Break

15:30-16:40 Workshop 4

16:45-17:30  Q&A/Raffle/Closing

17:30 End of event

Lunch and refreshments are included!

For more information please contact Steph Townsend steph@dancenetworkassociation.org.uk

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Organiser of Annual Conference

Dance Network Association (dna) is a dance organisation that enables people to live more connected, joyful and aspirational lives through dance. Dancing with dna provides opportunities for people to improve their confidence and physical wellbeing, nurtures creativity and independent thinking and enhances friendships through social interaction.

We seek to:

  • increase the opportunities available for everyone in the community to engage in dance

  • encourage happy and healthy lifestyles through dance activity by promoting self-esteem, confidence, mobility and general fitness 

  • widen aspirations by providing both performance opportunities and the opportunity to be part of a community audience

  • enhance the quality of dance provision across the county by offering support in schools and through professional development programmes and qualifications

  • build a coherent and progressive dance future for Essex and its neighbouring counties

  • (above all) have fun dancing!

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