March Newsletter 2022
We hosted our fifth Community Scratch Night on the 11th March at Oxford House Creative Hub. It was a wonderful evening filled with a variety of performances from live music to improvisation.
A huge well done to all those who performed and thank you to our wonderful audience who created a safe and welcoming environment. Our next Scratch night will be 13th May at 7.30pm, so book your ticket HERE!
In the meantime, check out some images from the March Scratch Night!
Amber Amare Filming
We have been very thankful to have welcomed Amber Amare into a number of our weekly young people and adult dance and wellbeing services over the past couple of weeks. Amber has been filming each session to create a promotional video for Exim Dance Company and individual project promos.
Check out one of the videos captured so far – Social Hour
We look forward to seeing the final footage for all the other sessions over the coming weeks!
International Women’s Day
A huge thanks to Action Funder for featuring our very own Artistic Director, Laura as one of NINE inspirational women community leaders from across the UK as part of their International Women’s day coverage.
WE HAVE BEEN SHORTLISTED!!
Exim Dance has been announced as ONE OF TEN companies to have been SHORTLISTED for The 2022 ‘Outstanding Contribution To The Community Award’ in the Great British Business and Community Awards with Great British Expo’s Ltd.
With over 1,600 nominations from across the UK and 127 entries in our category, we feel incredibly proud to be among the handful of shortlisted.
The company will be attending The Black-Tie Award Ceremony on Thursday 7th of April at The Hilton Reading where the winners will be announced.
Wish us luck!!
And onto another award…
UK Youth Parliament Award
Exim Dance received the news recently that we have been SHORTLISTED in the UK Parliament “Community Campaign of the year 2022 Awards”
Exim Dance has been awarded as Highly Commended by the Education and Engagement team and the panel of judges at UK Parliament. We feel so proud and honoured to have got this far and to receive this prestigious recognition.
Feedback from the panel was ‘how impressed they were with how we use the arts to instigate real change’.
Thankyou for the continued support, the company is grateful!
Family Movement Sessions
On 21st March, Kaitlyn & Chloe had a wonderful time delivering our FIFTH Family Movement session for young people ages 3-5 years alongside parents & guardians. It was lovely to welcome some familiar faces, but also to meet new families from across Plymouth!
Book your place on our next one happening on 25th April on the link below:
Alongside our weekly sessions, we have attended a number of external events:
‘National to Local’ Connectivity Event
Laura was thrilled to be invited to the ‘National to Local’ Connectivity Event at the Jan Cutting Healthy Living Centre on 21st March. The event was truly inspiring, impactful and filled with heaps of passion. It was inspiring to hear from Public Health England, NHS, and national funders. It was great to talk about our work at Exim Dance Company alongside a number of community organisations in Plymouth, hearing about their impact on addressing inequalities as well as opportunities to build cohesion!
Keyham Sparks Showcase
Laura & Chloe had a fantastic evening at the Keyham Sparks Showcase at Gaynor Hall on 23rd March. It was wonderful to hear all about the other successful community led work that’s taking place across the community of Keyham.
Huge thankyou for asking our Communities Together Keyham group to open the event with a performance. They were so excited and should be very proud of themselves.
Here’s what a few young people and parents/guardians had to say about the weekly Dance and Wellbeing sessions in Keyham:
‘I love to dance and I have made new friends’ – Young Person
‘He loves to dance and has thoroughly enjoyed attending them, counting down the days and is very excited when Friday eventually comes! The sessions are very well run and the music and dance taught are very current and well prepared.’ – Parent/Guardian
Lord Mayor Visit
The young people loved sharing stories with you on why they attend our services and showing you what they’ve been working on in the dance sessions.
Fit and Fed Program
We are excited to announce we are running another ‘Fit and Fed’ Program from 11th to 14th April at Oxford House Creative Hub. Exim are proud to have been running these programmes since 2019, thank you to funding from the Department of Education’s National Holiday Activities & Food Plymouth.
The four days will consist of a variety of activities for young people including: arts & crafts, a combination of dance styles, mindfulness activities and informal chats to enhance the young people’s understanding and awareness around healthy eating. Healthy snacks and lunches are provided daily.
For further information on eligibility or to book a place, please contact: