July Newsletter

 

 

POP UP TOUR 

 

At the start of the month, Laura & Kaitlyn began planning and preperation for their upcoming collaboration project with HJ from Taiko Journey. The project is commissioned by With Flying Colours for their POP UP Plymouth schools tour. 

As a result this was their outcome, click this link to watch preparations for their POP UP tour

We were featured in Theatre Royal Plymouth’s blog, you can read more about With Flying Colours Pop up performance’s here.

Since the start of the month, Laura & Kaitlyn have successfully completed their POP UP tour with Taiko Journey; they visited 7 schools in the space of two weeks; delivering a taster workshop and performance in each one.

Furthermore, Laura said:

“It’s been a really enriching experience to tour around Plymouth schools and provide the students with face to face performances and workshops after such an unprecedented time! The highlight of the tour was heading back to the two schools who co-created the professional movement and taiko piece with us and for them to witness their work come alive. Huge thanks to With Flying Colours for making this possible”

College Road Primary School have captured wonderful images, take a look below…

 

 

 

MOVEMENT FOR ALL

 

Chloe & Hayley have been having a great time at their weekly movement for all sessions at the Life Centre supported by Mencap. We have been focussing on getting moving again, this has included learning a short phrase each week, creating a dance as a group, stretching and mobilising the body. 

Movement for all is an inclusive FREE fun dance movements session for people who identify as disabled that are 18+. These sessions have been running every Friday 10:30am – 11:15am at the Life Centre. We will be back on 10th September with weekly sessions. 

There are still spaces available for this session, if you are interested or would like to know more please email: chloe@eximdance.org.uk

 

 

MAKING WAVES 

 

Making Waves is involved with Barbican Theatre’s upcoming project Petrol Headz.

Over the past month they have had guest practitioners from Barbican Theatre join their weekly sessions to teach content in preparation for the performance in August. 

Read more about this performance by clicking here

Thank you Charlie, Suzie, Lauren and the Petrol Headz ensemble team for visiting Making Waves. 

 

 

PLACEMENT STUDENTS

 

During the month of July we have been joined by 3 different placement students!

At the start of the month we were joined by Morgaan a student from Plympton Acadmey, here is what Morgaan had to say about her time over the week:

“I’ve enjoyed my time with Exim Dance experiencing working with different ages and learning different dances. The staff are sound.” 

We even received this lovely testimonial from Stephanie Thomas (Dance Teacher at Plympton Academy)

Morgaan has come back today buzzing from her time with you, she absolutely loved it and couldn’t stop smiling! She said you welcomed her in and that she had the BEST time! I cannot tell you how much your time means to her, I believe coming to you has given her an insight into a whole world of possibility.”

 

 

At the end of the month we were joined by regular Communities Together participants Ellie and Elliot for the day in the office as part of their work experience from All Saints Academy Plymouth.

They gained real experience as to what is required in order to facilitate the sessions they attend. Moreover, they got the chance to create their own wellbeing tasks; these shall be utilised in young people sessions. 

Lastly they finished the day with these statements:

“I liked creating the health and wellbeing task and the staff work very hard for us.” – Ellie

“I enjoyed my time here, I like creating the wellbeing task.” – Elliott

Take a look at their fantastic work below.

 

WOMEN IN MIND 

 

The groups have been meeting weekly for movement wellbeing sessions, it has been wonderful to connect with the wider community surrounding Stonehouse & Plymouth. 

Recently, we were joined by Jules Laville from Space to Move, who facilitated a beautiful yoga session. Laura and Kaitlyn created a wonderful tranquil environment to finish the day. Take a look at our studio below. 

Jules had this to say after the session:

Thank you so much Laura & Kaitlyn – Exim Dance Company for inviting me to be part of this. I absolutely loved it. What a wonderful project & wonderful people and as for Hazel’s poem! Looking forward to the next one.”

Once again thank you to Jules for facilitating this session! We look forward to you providing more in the near future. 

 

 

OPEN COMPANY CLASS 

 

This term, Open Company Class was led by Harry Scott – who delivered a series of high energy sessions. We are so glad that we were able to begin these classes once again! 

Open Company Class will commence in September with a new practitioner leading a block, so keep an eye out!

 

BEECHWOOD PRIMARY ACADEMY

 

Chloe & Hayley visited Beechwood Primary Academy for the day on Friday 16th July to teach each year group for their end of year performance/year 6 leavers performance. 

Exim was thrilled to have been asked to be part of this celebration. The day was filled with positive spirit & plenty of singing and dancing. It was amazing to see the school go to great lengths to ensure the young people could enjoy their last weeks at Primary School whilst still adhering to COVID regulations. 

 

 

COLLEGE ROAD PRIMARY

 

Over the course of the year Laura & Kaitlyn have been visiting College Road Primary School in collaboration with Poet and Script writer Jaime Lock to create a performance as part of a commission from With Flying Colours.

On the 19th July the young people got the chance to perform their hard work to parents and teachers. Kaitlyn said:

“The students showed great professionalism and focus during their performance. Parents/Carers loved it and were really supportive. We wish the year 6 group the best moving forwards.” 

 

 

5 MINUTE MEDITATION 

 

We have been continuing to post our 5 minute meditations that have been created in partnership with Lu Cornish. 

A special thank you to Young Devon for sharing one of our latest tasks, take a look at it below…

https://twitter.com/YoungDevon/status/1415711156191350784

Thank you to Lu Cornish for always creating the most wonderful imagery to share on our socials!

 

 

SUMMER ACTIVITIES 

 

Over the summer we will continue to run a FREE weekly session over the summer period. 

  1. Social Hour (Thursdays 4:30pm – 5:30pm at Oxford House Creative Hub) a chance for young people to socialise and talk to each other/team members. 

As well as this, we shall be running a Fit and Fed program for 3 weeks instead of our original 2 weeks, due to popular demand! 

Not only that, Exim Dance Company will be the only dance company hosting a dance wellbeing program in Plymouth as part of the Fit and Fed program. 

As well as Exim Dance, there will be many other extracurricular activities taking part, have a look at the brochure below:

https://www.plymouth.gov.uk/sites/default/files/Fit_and_Fed_brochure_0.pdf

Finally, as well as all of this Exim are also going to be facilitating a number of events and workshops! 

 

RAISING FUNDS WITH EXIM

 

To finish, we would like to say thank-you for your continued support, if you would like to support Exim further, please see our local giving page or sign up to Easyfundraising by following the link below:

https://localgiving.org/exim-dance-company-cic

All you have to do is sign up to support us using the link below and the next time you shop online go through the easyfundraising website or App and we’ll receive a free donation.

You can find our easyfundraising page here:

https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/eximdancecompany/?utm_campaign=raise-more&utm_medium=email&utm_content=c19-e3.

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