Bodysurf Scotland’s Community Dance Programme was established in August 2015 with the engagement of Dance Development Officer, Ellen Shaw, who has worked with nearly 2,000 participants (and rising) since its inauguration. Offering regular classes, one-off workshops and performance opportunities across the length and breadth of Moray, our Community Dance Programme offers pre and primary school aged children, young people, older people and people with additional support needs new opportunities to experience and take part in dance.
If you would like to hear more about our Community Dance Programme, or speak to us about providing dance and movement activities for your group, please don’t hesitate to contact Ellen on 01309 691661 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wee Dancers (ages 0-10)
Our Wee Dancers programme encourages pre and primary school aged children to partake and become interested in dance and movement, with the aim of increasing their health, wellbeing, creativity and sociability in a safe environment. Working both independently and in partnership with such organisations as Active Schools Moray, we provide dance activities for parent and toddler groups, nurseries and primary schools that are tailor made to suit the needs and abilities of those participating. Lead by our Dance Development Officer, these activities can be delivered directly to schools, nurseries and in community venues, or from our base at the Universal Hall, Findhorn.
Bodysurf Youth Dance (ages 11-19)
Bodysurf Scotland’s Youth Dance Programme (BYD) is aimed at young people aged 11-19 who want to explore dance and performance as a recreational activity. As well as benefiting physical health and fitness, participation in dance and movement can also help to increase a young person’s confidence, supporting the understanding of one’s own physical ability and promoting a positive body image. Encouraging creativity and expression, Bodysurf Youth Dance provides young people with the opportunity to hone their technical, choreographic and performance skills, learning from both professionals and peers from diverse backgrounds.
Bodysurf Youth Dance classes take place at the Elgin Academy Dance Studio every Wednesday, 3.30-5pm, during term time and we are currently exploring the possibility of creating satellite groups in rural areas and towns across Moray. A Contemporary Youth Dance Summer School is also run in Elgin each July.
Older People (aged 55+)
The Dance Development Officer works closely with the Older Persons Development Team at the Moray Council to provide dance and movement activities to Be Active Life Long groups, as well as the Elgin and Lossiemouth Sing, Exercise and Tea groups. Adapting content to suit the needs and capabilities of those participating, dance is mixed with gentle standing and seated exercise to increase mobility, strength and fitness. The demand for such activity has been particularly high and the Dance Development Officer has also provided activities for those living in Sheltered Housing and Residential Care Homes across the region.
People with Additional Support Needs
At Bodysurf Scotland, we’re keen to develop new and creative ways of working with people who have additional support needs. As well as dance being an enjoyable and creative way to develop overall health and wellbeing, it can also positively impact a person’s communication, expression and sociability. Working in partnership with local authorities, social care services and organisations that exist to support people with additional needs, the Dance Development Officer has a strong level of expertise and interest in this field. Since the establishment of our Community Dance Programme in 2015, the Dance Development Officer has delivered dance and movement activities in day care centres, for charities, to community groups and as one-to-one private sessions for people with additional support needs across Moray.