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Moving Minds Immersive Conference

Laura and Kaitlyn went to The Moving Minds Conference from 4th to 6th May at Scottish Ballet in Glasgow.

During the 2 day event they attended multiple workshops, panel discussions and group led talks in which both Laura and Kaitlyn engaged with other facilitators’ practice and with professionals across the Mental Health and Wellbeing Sector. Being a part of these experiences has enriched the embodied knowledge of our practice here at Exim and enabled both practitioners to reflect and build upon the foundations already being used across our services. 

They both thoroughly enjoyed learning about the ‘Safe to be Me’ programme from Scottish Ballet and engaging with practices from Company Chameleon and YDance that re-sparked the joy, understanding and reasoning for our methods but also highlighted the great similarities in our work from across the country. 

Alongside all of this, both Kaitlyn and Laura were privileged to watch several performances from a vast array of companies such as Company Chameleon, Scottish Ballet and Indepen-dance to name a few. Overall, Laura and Kaitlyn found the trip very enlightening and are so pleased to have had the opportunity to attend.


Kadus Smith Workshop

ADAPT were very lucky to have the wonderful Kadus Smith from Rhythm City Dance Studio lead a Street Dance workshop for the group. Overall, the young people had a great time and even learnt some new moves, thank you!

Check out the video from the workshop HERE!

 

From one visit to another…

 

ADAPT – Visit from South West Water

On 13th May, ADAPT was visited by Simon Wilkes; Customer Experience Improvement Leader from South West Water Community Fund. The group has recently been successful as part of the community fund. In short, the funding will go towards the facilitation of the weekly sessions as well as towards external workshops.

On his visit, Simon stated that:

‘I really enjoyed my visit to your ADAPT Inclusive Dance Session on Friday.  Everyone was very welcoming and really made me feel at home. The session was superb and it was great to meet Laura, Kaitlyn and Beth. It was so clear to see the value that your dance sessions have on those that attend. Keep up the great work!’


Scratch Night

Exim held a SOLD OUT Scratch Night on 13th May. It was so wonderful to see the local community come together and support various acts. We had Taiko drumming, singing, dancers of all ages and even poetry!

Check out the Scratch Night promotional video from Amber Amare!

We already can’t wait for the next one on the 8th of July at 7.30 pm at Oxford House Creative Hub.

Book your FREE ticket HERE!

 

Engaging Communities South West

Our Social Hour group were asked to take part in a survey on 26th May with Engaging Communities South West, who are leading on an NHS supported consultation in order to investigate the effect of being unable to use video consultations is having on people in Devon.

The group thoroughly enjoyed having their say and voices heard on the matter!


Staff Announcement

Following a successful batch of interviews led by Exim’s young people service users, we are thrilled to announce and welcome Vicki Horan to the Exim Dance team.

Vicki is joining the company as a lead Community Dance Practitioner and will be supporting the company with our early years and young people’s weekly, term time programmes.

Why not have a look to see what Vicki has said about joining the Exim team below!

“I am excited to be joining the Exim Dance Team and leading some of their young people’s sessions across term times. I am looking forward to sharing my joy for moving and creating choreography with everyone; through improvising, art, play, and collaborating with one another”.


Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week took place from 9th to 15th May with this year’s theme of Loneliness which affects millions of people across the UK!

We joined the movement to help tackle loneliness and to help to break the stigma, as above all, our mental health matters. Throughout the week we shared various resources that we hope will support people.

Head over to our website and check out our ‘wellbeing resources’ page if you missed any resources that were available: https://eximdance.org.uk/education/wellbeing-resources/

 


Family Movement Sessions

On 27th June, we have another Family Movement session for young people ages 3-5 years alongside parents & guardians. We look forward to seeing you all there!

To book your place for 27th June from 10 am to 11 am below:

FREE Ticket for Family Movement Sessions

 

Shining a Light

Throughout May, the company were invited to be interviewed and provide talks about the company and the services they offer through Wolseley Trust, Positive People, POP Community Guru and Omnium Radio.

Check out Laura and Kaitlyn at Omnium Radio on 23rd May!


Change Makers Meeting 

The start of the half-term kicked off with our Change Makers group coming together to discuss what has been occurring within Exim Dance over the last couple of months. The group even began to set individual roles for themselves and what they wish to be advocating within the company from Wellbeing Ambassadors to LGBTQ+ Ambassadors.

We are already looking forward to the next meeting happening in the summer holidays!