October Newsletter 2021
Luke Pollard Plymouth MP
To start off the month, on the 1st of October we were joined by Plymouth Labour MP Luke Pollard who came to look around our new shared premises Oxford House Creative Hub.
During Luke’s visit ADAPT – one of our community groups greeted Luke into their session for a boogie!
Here is what Luke had to say about his visit:
“It was a real treat to visit Exim Dance Company last week and have a boogie with some of the students in the ADAPT group. We’re bursting with amazing talent and initiatives like Exim here in Plymouth”.
Nick Kelly Plymouth City Council Leader
Nick Kelly also visited Oxford House Creative Hub to see what both Exim Dance Company and Rhythm City Dance Studios have been up to since we opened.
Here is what Nick had to say:
Cllr Kelly said: “Listening to everything they do is nothing short of amazing and to have a gem like this in our city is fantastic.
“The work they have put in to transform this building for the community is unbelievable; not only teaching a range of dances but offering a safe haven for young people to just hang out or do their school work. Their passion for what they do is remarkable, and it was an absolute pleasure to meet them.”
We’re honoured and thrilled to be noticed for our efforts in the community, thank you to both Nick Kelly & Luke Pollard for your visits.
Tesco Community Grants Scheme
We have been successful in the Tesco Community Grants Scheme for the delivery of our dance & wellbeing program
How can I help?
Voting will take place from the 1st October – 31st December 2021
- You can now vote in store, you will receive one token per transaction
- Cast your vote as soon as you receive your token
- Only submit the Community Grants token to cast your vote
If you do manage to vote in store, make sure you take a selfie or photo and tag Exim so we can remind others too!
With thanks to Tesco & Groundwork and Tesco Bags of Help.
Traverse Youth Dance Platform
Earlier this month on Saturday 23rd October we hosted our fifth Traverse Youth Dance Platform in partnership with University of Plymouth & Next Steps South West.
Over the course of the day we welcomed two of our very own community groups – Making Waves and Communities Together North Prospect.
As well as this, we also welcomed 5 youth dance companies and dance films were presented. 66 young people were involved from across Plymouth, Devon & Cornwall and a special guest artist – Kadus Smith who led a Hip Hop workshop and closed the evening show.
The evening was a great success!
We are so proud of the outcome, it was a brilliant opportunity for young people to celebrate performing once again to their peers, parents/family/guardians and the general public!
Check out some of the feedback we have received since the event:
“Thanks for having us! We loved it. Well done to all that took part!”
(AP Creative Dance Company)
“Looks like it was an amazing event and all the dancers had a great time! My daughter came back tired but so grateful for that day, so thank you for doing this.”
(Parent of young person)
“It filled my heart with happiness to see live dance again and the inclusivity of the evening really brought home why we dance…. to share joy. Thank you again, the Exim team should be incredibly proud to put it all together in such a difficult year.
(Dance teacher and audience member)
Keep a lookout for our next Traverse Youth Dance Platform event happening mid 2022.
We want to give a massive shout to the youth dance companies that performed or shared a film…
Another big shout out to Brett Lockwood for the beautiful images captured throughout the day!
Family Movement Session
Chloe & Hayley had a brilliant time leading the first pilot Family Movement Session.
This free session was for those aged 3 – 5 years with their parents/guardians, we have used these sessions to gather insight and feedback for future sessions.
If you missed our last session, you can attend the next one on Monday 13th December 2021, 10am – 11am at Oxford House Creative Hub.
Please register your interest by acquiring a ticket through Eventbrite:
This month our ‘Change Makers’ group met at Oxford House Creative Hub for their regular meeting.
The group comes together three times a year. The young people are a huge part of the company’s organisational development period that is currently being undertaken. They are making vital decisions and providing advice around the company’s vision, mission and strategic plans.
Kaitlyn & Hayley facilitated a mature & insightful session, drawing upon suggestions made at our last session and how they have been implemented, reviewed Positivity Packs and resources that they young people have received, updating the group with our past, current & upcoming events/news and building developments.
We left space to chat about their own mood & feelings this term, providing the opportunity to reflect on the community sessions that they attend and evaluate if anything could be carried forward into the next term to further improve overall wellbeing.
Here is a testimony left from a young person who attends Change Makers:
“I am part of Change Makers and enjoy being part of it because I can express my ideas in a safe place, where I feel they can be listened to and helpful for all the other young people in the future.”
Open Company Class with James Finnemore
James Finnemore has been facilitating the next block of Open Company Class, we are thrilled to have James leading this block – check out their biography below:
As a dancer, James has extensive touring and performance experience through working with Hofesh Shechter Company, Carte Blanche, Olivier Dubois, Gary Clarke Company and Punchdrunk. Alongside this, James has taught at various institutions and dance companies, delivering workshops and re-staging Hofesh Shechter’s repertoire.
As a choreographer, James has developed and presented his own full length work, TERRA, through his associateship at The Point and as part of The Place’s Hot house project. Most recently, James was commissioned to begin research on a new work as part of Choreodrome.
In the class:
The class will mostly consist of guided improvisation; the focus will be on inhabiting a full, available body whilst maintaining a sense of economy and sustainability. We will finish the class by building some simple phrases that aim to help you apply the ideas discovered through the guided improvisation to set movement material.
Open Company Class with James Finnemore
Mondays, 7:00pm – 8:30pm at the University of Plymouth, The House Studio
£6 per class, or £40 for a Dance Card (10 x sessions, with no expiry)
We have a limited number of FREE spaces for University of Plymouth Theatre & Dance Students
Your support matters…
If you have experienced our services at Exim Dance Company, you can leave us a Google Review, just like this one below!
It is really important for us to receive this feedback, it helps to ensure the continuation of FREE services in the community, as well as being useful to put forward to funders, partners and future users of our services.
Beth Tiner – Internship
Since September 2021 Beth Tiner has joined us as our new Intern, in partnership with University of Plymouth.
Have a read of their blog which has featured on our Website and Social Media.
Lastly, we would like to provide a huge heartfelt thank you to our newest and continued funding partnerships; Devon Community Foundation, Heart Research UK and Sport England.
Thank you for believing in our mission “Improving Lives Through Dance” without your support people of all ages couldn’t continue accessing our services for free and further development at Oxford House Creative Hub wouldn’t be possible!