University’s Generations Dancing project receives Big Lottery funding

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Generations dancing

A community arts project, led by the University of Bedfordshire, has been awarded Big Lottery funding to continue its work in bringing generations together through dance.

Generations Dancing aims to create community cohesion across different age groups and community sectors, including school children and older people, to increase their access to arts and culture, improving social inclusion.

The £9,000 Big Lottery funding has been awarded to develop the legacy of the initial project, including trialling a ‘Community Collective’ to deliver intergenerational dance activities and artistic collaborations.

The Community Collective led by Sadie Hunt, a senior lecturer in dance at the University of Bedfordshire, will feature participants from all areas of the local community.

Generations dancing

Ms Hunt said: “I am delighted to have successfully been awarded the funding to be able to continue building the intergenerational dance community that we have begun with this work.

“Dance is such a wonderful activity to participate in regardless of age, mobility or experience.  It is good for your physical health, your wellbeing and it is sociable – we have a lot of fun and laughter in the classes.”

The collective will work together over 40 weeks engaging in intergenerational dance, taking part in weekly dance classes at a residential home, older adult’s classes at the University (New Chapter Dance), termly workshops in school and termly school visits to residential homes amongst others.

The project aims to enable all participants to find a shared language for communication and provide a shared community arts legacy; all the while breaking down societal barriers.

The Generations Dancing project is part of the University of Bedfordshire’s continued commitment to the development of civic and public life, involving students, staff and communities through events, skills exchange and volunteering programmes.