November Newsletter 2021
We’ve been gearing up for our second Scratch Night in our shared premises Oxford House Creative Hub.
Scratch Night is a bi-monthly event, which is a safe place for local artists to showcase their work, no matter what level or stage of the process.
Here is a snippet of feedback we received from our last Scratch Night event in September:
“As a performing artist I have found events as such to be one of the most intimate, vulnerable, and memorable places to learn about the craft of storytelling (in whatever form it is you tell that story, music, dance, theatre, spoken work, etc. etc.).”
On Friday 26th November, Exim Dance Company hosted Scratch Night, we saw a range of artists showcasing their work such as, a dance film, solo and duet dance performances, Taiko and Piano.
We had an amazing array of performances from local artists.
Our in person and virtual audience were so warm!
It was a beautiful night, the heart of our community – Plymouth!
Recruiting for Board of Directors
We’re recruiting new members to join our Board of Directors to help drive and support the company moving forward as part of our organisational development phase.
We are particularly interested and encourage applicants from the following:
- Local members of the Plymouth community
- First-time young people board of directors 18+
- Freelance artists 18+
- People of the global majority
- Disabled people
Exim Dance is committed to being an inclusive organisation and we are seeking applicants from a range of backgrounds. It is a priority that you have extensive knowledge of Plymouth or live in the city.
Visit our website on the vacancies page, where you can also access our board recruitment pack, application form and the equality and diversity form.
Informal chat: If you are thinking about applying but have questions – then get in contact with our Artistic Director, email@example.com
Application deadline: Wednesday 15th December 2021 by 5pm.
Informal interview: Wednesday 5th January 2022.
Shining a spotlight
Three of the young people who attend our Community sessions were featured in their School’s news and events bulletin for their performance in our event – Traverse Youth Dance Platform which took place on 23rd October 2021.
Thank you to Miss Adams at Stoke Damerel Community College for continuously supporting & promoting our services.
Open Company Class with James Finnemore
We welcomed James Finnemore to facilitate a block of Open Company Classes.
The classes took place on Monday evenings 7pm – 8:30pm at the University of Plymouth, The House Studio.
Thank you to James Finnemore for leading the sessions and thanks to those who joined us over the weeks!
Bringing Dance into Schools
Check out which schools the team has been in this month!
Devonport High School for Boys
Chloe and Ilo delivered 2 one-hour Street Dance taster workshops at Devonport High School for Boys on 5th and 12th November for Year 7.
These workshops were organised by Dan Campbell; the Catch-up and Enrichment Coordinator, in order to generate interest to set-up an after-school street dance club in the New Year.
Thank you for inviting Exim in, we had a wonderful time teaching you all.
Keep your eyes peeled for further information in the new year!
Lipson Co-operative Academy
Following on from this, Kaitlyn delivered a workshop at Lipson Co-operative Academy as part of our Making Waves Project.
The group of Year 9 and 10’s were professional, energetic and up for a challenge during the morning workshop!
Several of the group expressed their enjoyment and interest in joining our weekly services after the session.
The teacher of Dance and Drama at Lipson Co-operative Academy left the following testimony…
“Our students really enjoyed the workshop yesterday with Kaitlyn. I know some of them are keen to join Making waves as a result. Kaitlyn was great with the students and made the workshop really accessible and fun for them.”
Here’s what Kaitlyn had to say about her time at Lipson Co-operative Academy…
“I thoroughly enjoyed working with the group and Ms Price and hope to see the group again in the near future or within our weekly Making Waves sessions on Mondays at Oxford House Creative Hub.”
Thank you for having us, Lipson Co-operative Academy!
Keyham Barton Catholic Primary School
Lastly, Chloe delivered a one-hour taster session at Keyham Barton Catholic Primary School on 8th November for Year 6, in order to recruit for our newest strand of the Communities Together Project.
The project will be taking place in the community of Keyham in January 2022.
(Please see more information below)
During the workshop the students were fully engaged. We look forward to welcoming the students to the weekly Communities Together Dance Session.
The Year 6 teacher at Keyham Barton Catholic Primary School had this to say in relation to the workshop…
‘All the children had a great time and we’re looking forward to the club starting up next year!’
Communities Together Keyham
We’re excited to be commencing our new strand of Communities Together Keyham in January 2022.
The Communities Together project aims to increase levels of confidence and community engagement among young people in the area’s and bring more people together to build strong lasting relationships in and across communities.
The FREE Weekly Dance Sessions commence from 21st January (term time only) at Keyham Green Places, 5pm – 6pm.
If you wish to sign up, or would like further information, please do contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Earlier this month we released our promo from this year’s Traverse Youth Dance Platform.
Thank you to Amber Amare for capturing the event and many youth dance companies that joined us!
We already can’t wait for our next event, which will be taking place in 2022, more details to follow soon!
Family Movement Sessions
Coming up this December we have our second pilot Family Movement Sessions, taking place on Monday 13th December, 10am – 11am at Oxford House Creative Hub.
The FREE sessions are for those 3-5 years old alongside family members or guardians.
The sessions are open to families or guardians with and without movement experience. They will consist of theme-based fun movement activities incorporating games and props as well as socialising time with other families.
Here’s some feedback we received from our last session in October…
“The class felt really inclusive, safe and really well tailored to suit younger children. The pace, variety and playfulness really shone through in all the activities and the energy of the two dancers leading the session was wonderful. Lots of effort was made to ensure that the children were very much included in the conversations throughout the session too.”