Social Engagement

Bridlington Waltz

2003

A community project with a focus on Audience Development which drew new people to dance as participants and active viewers through a series of creative dance workshops taking place over 5 weeks across the Yorkshire region. These sessions led to a large scale intergenerational, mixed ability, public performance involving 75 performers in the Royal Spa Ballroom, Bridlington on 1st June 2003.

Working in partnership with the East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Vincent Dance Theatre collaborated with Woldgate secondary school in Pocklington, Mind Group in Bridlington, Norton College in Sheffield, Cherry Tree Youth Group in Goole, Driffield Day Centre and a Young Carers group from Beverley, exploring different ways of moving and creating work.

The final production of Bridlington Waltz was attended by around 150 friends, families and passers by at Bridlington Spa and involved live music from The Dizzy Club and a ‘free for all’ dance session for performers and audience members to conclude the event.

The project was also designed to test the possibilities of dance attendance through formal marketing techniques aimed at the general public alongside word of mouth attendance, and also provided a focus for the people living in and around Bridlington to meet and dance with each other.

Funded by Regional Arts Lottery Programme and commissioned by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

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