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Wheelfever Inclusive Dance


Project date:
February 2007 - ongoing
 
Project funders:
The Claire Milne Trust
Plymouth City Council
Children's Services
Youth Opportunity Fund
 
Artists:
Paula Hocking
Kuldip Singh Barmi
Jane Castree
Clair Beckett
Alex Hocking
Sue Smith
 
Participants:
City-wide
 
Age of participants:
11-21 
 
No of participants:
18
 

 

The regular Wheelfever Inclusive Dance sessions are going from strength to strength thanks to further funding from the Youth Opportunity Fund. Weekly dance workshops are now running every Tuesday at St Catherine’s Baptist Church along with the monthly sessions in the drama theatre at UCP Marjon on Saturdays.

As part of Plymouth’s Big Arts Festival in 2007 and 2008, Power Pack www.powerpack.uk.com and Barefoot ran wheelchair-accessible dance projects. These days were successful in their aim to introduce young wheelchair users to dance through workshops, performance and film. They generated an enthusiastic response from the young people, their families, carers and friends, who expressed an interest in having regular opportunities to participate in dance.

With thanks to the support of PCC Children's Services a series of pilot Wheelfever workshops ran in May, June and July of 2008. These were also a success and the project was awarded funding from the Youth Opportunity Fund to continue running monthly dance sessions for another 12 months.  Further funding from the Clare Milne Trust and the Youth Opportunity Fund has enabled Wheelfever to continue on a regular basis.

The Workshops are aimed at young people of all abilities between the ages of 11 and 21.  The participants are offered an inclusive dance experience with a freedom of movement delivered through fun, challenging and provocative methods. 

Further information about Wheelfever can be found on the website www.wheelfeverprojects.co.uk or by contacting Paula Hocking 01752 367246 or email paula2hocking@talktalk.net