dt17 is a performing arts and social skills programme for up to 20 young people aged 9-13.
We use contemporary dance, techniques for training actors, creative exercises and competitive activities to work with local young people over the long term, to develop emotional, social and transferable skills and to provide them with a positive alternative to gangs operating in the area. The programme is fully inclusive and open to participants of all backgrounds and physical abilities.
Classes are run once a week:
Open class: attendance is on a drop-in basis for anyone wanting to have fun using movement, creative dance, and drama. We start with a warm-up, and proceed to exercises that involve both physical and social interaction with others. Each class ends with the sharing of the outcome of these exercises and a little discussion of what we have learned.
Which day? Tuesdays (every week, no breaks)
What time? 16:30-17:45
Any cost? Free
Our focus is on developing emotional maturity and social skills in the participants, giving them the confidence to speak and show who they are, learn to trust themselves and each other, develop assertiveness in place of aggression, learn how to sit, stand, shake hands and present themselves, learn to collaborate and compete, understand how their actions affect others physically and emotionally, develop an understanding of power structures and have an outlet for energy through intense physical exercise. We address issues of friendship, rivalry and leadership in an attempt to steer young people away from gangs who operate in the area.
Classes support two parts of the National Curriculum, to complement and extend work started in school (Secondary Personal, Social & Health Education; Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning).
Gifted and talented young people from our programme are signposted to the relevant dance and drama training centres and schools across London.
We monitor the progress of each young person in detail and have devised a quantitative way of assessing participants’ engagement, contribution, co-operation / social interaction, physical skills and safety awareness. After each session, staff write a detailed report of each participant’s engagement with every aspect of class and evaluate every participant in each of these categories. Termly reports are communicated with parents and guardians, as well as local agencies, in the case of young people with mental health issues who have been referred to us by them.
Classes are run by involuntarymovement, a dance-theatre company with a focus on using movement as a tool for inclusion, engagement and learning.