4D Dance Dimensions brings together clusters of schools to collaboratively design a project that increases their confidence and ability to offer their young people a quality dance education.
The project involves a local Dance Director, and a collaborative process of project design to create the opportunities that will most effectively support the schools.
The first 4D project involved 15 schools from 3 clusters: in South Hams, in Cullompton, and within the Cornerstone partnership in Exeter and beyond.
“Sarah and Ben have been great, very inspirational and supportive. The children have responded brilliantly. It is also great for me having been at the school for 21 years to still be learning new things. They both have a lovely positive manner with the children and know how to get the best out of them.”
Sharon Badger, Deputy Head Teacher, 4D participating primary school
Activity included creative dance workshops with the children, professional development for staff, dance writing opportunities, Action research (with University of Exeter), filmmaking and dance, performance opportunities, and site-specific dance experiences (including in a swimming pool!).
4D seeks to encourage upper primary school children to consider dance as a healthy option, especially for those children who are disengaging from sport activities at this time.
4D 2016-17 was supported by the Bridge SW Challenge fund, and sought models of securing new sources of financial investment in arts activity that demonstrates benefit to outcomes for young people.