Dancing To A New Beginning

  • 5 November 2018

Two young people from Step by Step participated in ‘Sunrise’ an inspiring dance performance at the Farnham Maltings, Surrey as part of the Thrive Dance Academy.

Thrive Dance Academy is a dance project for young people living in Surrey for those not engaging with mainstream education or employment. The project aims to help the participants build trust with adults, take part and commit to a process through which they can celebrate their personal achievements and be celebrated by others.

The performance was called ‘Sunrise’ and explored the idea of new beginnings. The cast of dancers worked with the idea of waking up and greeting the day by stepping through doorways and archways where they support each other to take brave new steps. The dancers journeyed together meeting new people and creating new experiences which ended in the setting of the sun.

Lydia was a student of the project and Andy worked with the group in a traineeship role. Both were chosen following their work with the charity, Dance Movement, when they made a film called ‘Extraordinary Objects’.

The Sunrise project spanned over two weeks which also included a trip to see another charity and dance partnership performance in Brighton.

‘The performance of ‘Sunrise’ was incredible. It was very moving to see the journey the two young people were taken on during the two weeks. Lydia said it has really helped with her confidence. She said she was very nervous beforehand but this was not at all apparent in her performance! Andy had people believing in him and rooting for him to do well, which has given him a new sense of direction. Both young people said they felt a 'part' of something, and were clearly elated after the success of the performance.’ Naomi Everett, Training and Development Worker, Step by Step.

The Dance Movement has offered to support Andy further after having seen the positive impact that dancing and the 'dance family' had upon him during the two week project.

We are very proud to see the positive impact these kind of activities have on the young people we work with and look forward to providing many more opportunities like this.