2014 already?!…

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Firstly let us wish you all a very happy and prosperous New Year! We cannot believe that we are on the verge of 2014 already – this year has gone unbelievably quick but what a fantastic 12 months it has been for Moving Together!

Just thought we would give a bit of an overview of everything that has happened this year so thank you if you are going to have a bit of a read!

2013 kicked off with the continuation of our fantastic Bronze and Silver Arts Award programmes at DMU and Babington Community College, along with our 4 Primary School Discover and Explore Awards at Stokeswood, Parks, Caldecote and Inglehurst! It was such an achievement to pass all of our 130 young people in their Arts Award moderation, with 4 of our students work being chosen by Arts Award to be included as case studies on their website and publication!

This led way to an absolutely fantastic showcase of our Bronze and Silver dance groups practical work with an evening performance at Embrace Arts Centre. Work was choreographed by the young people themselves and included street, contemporary and classical Indian styles! We were really pleased that pictures from the showcase were featured in the Leicester Mercury to really acknowledge the huge achievements made by our brilliant participants.

Our Over 55’s programmes started to also gain a bit of media attention in May when we delivered a free class as part of Adult Learners Week supported by NIACE at Curve Theatre! After an advertising slot on BBC Radio Leicester in the morning, we were delighted to see so many new faces at our event which even resulted in a 2 page spread in the Daily Express! We never would have thought we would make it national!

June brought an extremely exciting project for Moving Together, where we were so lucky to be able to travel to Peru to work with children and young people not so fortunate to experience the vast benefits of dance. We had the privilege of  spending one week at Aldea Yanapay, a social project for children and teens in Cusco, and one week at Santa Marta orphanage in the outskirts of Lima. We worked with the groups to give them an experience of dance from all around the world, as well as an opportunity to express themselves through the language of movement. We learnt so so much from working with these fantastic young people, inspiring many of our classes and students back here in the UK.

Whilst we were working in Peru, our current Gold Arts Award participants were preparing for a Royal visit! Prince Edward came along to De Montfort University to open the new leisure centre and took a look at the projects run by Square Mile. Our girls did a brilliant job of performing their contemporary dance for the Prince at the Vice Chancellor, and even had an opportunity to speak to him afterwards. Not many young people can say they performed for a Prince! Although I do think many of them wished it was Harry ;)

September saw the introduction of a brand new cohort of students studying towards their Arts Award! Our new Silver group, Gold group, New College and Babington students have seen some fantastic shows including Motionhouse at Warwick Arts Centre, and Hofesh Shechter and Wild Card at Sadler’s Wells in London. It was fantastic to welcome an old friend Kynam Moore to DMU and Babington to teach our groups, his wealth of experience in the professional dance world inspiring many of our students.

A huge achievement for Moving Together this year has to be the ‘Good Practice Centre’ status from Arts Award. We are one of two centres to be given the 2013/2014 status in the East Midlands which we are very proud of! This will result in much closer involvement with Trinity College and Arts Award and we look forward to seeing what the new year brings!

Working very closely with DMU Square Mile we have been able to take on a huge amount of amazing placement students this year! Currently we have 9 supporting the delivery of our programmes and will welcome a further 5 after Feb half term – thank you for giving your time to help the students!!

It has been performance galore this year for our students! Our students from Babington wowed an audience of over 35,000 at the Leicester Diwali celebrations in October – the largest celebration outside of India! Our Gold group smashed it at the Dance Your City competition and won an opportunity to perform at Nottingham Playhouse before the brilliant sell out show ‘Nobulus: Out of the Shadow’. 2014 will also bring two massive performances from our Gold group – Leicester’s Best Dance Crew on the 1st Feb, and Mass Movement on the 22nd Feb, both at Curve Theatre!

And finally we cannot forget our extremely talented over 55’s group from Curve who performed a brilliant dance from Chicago before the matinee performance! We can’t wait for Hairspray to come in March!



So what does 2014 bring?!

We’re really pleased to welcome Sophie Hocking to the team! Sophie will be assisting on various programmes in the New Year and will be a great addition to the freelancer team along with Harriet North!

We are very excited to be starting a new Bronze Arts Award programme with students from Maplewell Hall School in Loughborough.
Our over 55’s class which was being delivered at The Elms in Wigston is moving! We will be starting back on Wednesday 8th January from 1.30 – 3pm at Oadby Methodist Church!

All of our Arts Award guys and girls will be working hard to complete their qualifications with our big moderations in April! – Good luck :)

We are currently developing our Discover and Explore programmes further and will be offering out subsidised projects for Primary Schools so keep an eye out!


We want to thank you for all your support this year – we are so proud of what Moving Together and all our participants have achieved this year and can’t wait to see what 2014 brings!

We’ll leave you with a few fab pictures of our year!

Emily and Rachel :)

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