Inclusive Dance

Inclusive dance is a contemporary dance, drama and drumming programme for 12 young people with learning disabilities, aged between 16 and 25.

inclusive dance at Pembroke House

Classes are run twice weekly:

  • Open class: attendance is on a drop-in basis for anyone with a learning disability wanting to have fun using movement, creative dance, and drama. We start with alignment exercises and go onto the floor to work on core strength and spatial awareness through dance sequences. We then do a series of exercises that emphasise musicality and rhythm. With more advanced participants, we work in weigh-sharing and supporting exercises. We have choreographic exercises in which we work on decision-making, choice and assertiveness and create a small performance in each class. We end with some hearty drumming and a little discussion of what we have learned.There is live musical accompaniment in all our open classes.

Which day? Thursday (term time)
What time? 16:30-17:45
Any cost? Free

  • Creative workshops, mentoring, the Arts Award:  attendance is by invitation extended to participants who have engaged with the open class actively. Practitioners work with participants on a one-to-one or in small groups over the course of a term. We work either towards producing an art work – e.g. music video – or on a particular creative skill that has benefits for the participant’s wellbeing, for example developing pronunciation and verbal communication skills through vocal and singing exercises, or working on literacy through dance. Participants will have the opportunity to gain accreditation for their work, through the Arts Award up to Silver level.

Which day? Friday (term time)
What time? 16:00-17:30
Any cost? Free

Participants grow in confidence and independence by learning movement and social skills. They develop skills transferable to the world of work, such as physical coordination, self-expression, punctuality, and discipline, as well as arts-related technical skills, such as improvisation, composition, performing and directing that can be used in future performing arts-related employment.

We monitor the progress of every participant in great detail. Individual session-by-session reports are written on each participant and their performance marked against pre-set criteria decided either with them, their parents/guardians or the person referring them. We write all our observations on how they engaged with each exercise, in some detail. Short reports are shared with participants/parents/referrers at the end of each term. Longer session-by-session reports can be shared with referrers by arrangement. The programmes are most effective when we work closely with other professionals in the lives of the participants, as our classes provide a non-clinical environment to extend the work they do with their clients.

Classes are run by involuntarymovement, a dance-theatre company with a focus on using movement as a tool for inclusion, engagement and learning.

Who to contact?
Ali Kaviani, ali@involuntarymovement.co.uk, 07732 568484