Exploring Dance: Youth Arts Learning Journey

Emma Louise Barrass is delighted to be mentoring Kelly Whiteside for an exciting Youth Art Learning Journey through Fresh Start for the Arts and Dumfries & Galloway Arts Partnership. Over the next three months Kelly will be working on this inspirational project to develop her dance skills and experience the wider world of dance.

As part of the project Kelly will be recording her experiences in this blog. We hope you enjoy reading about Kelly's Learning Journey. 

A Busy Week!

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On Wednesday, I met with Emma to start working on our project. We went over how to plan a session and the things you must consider when doing so. This included health and safety and all the things you need to make a dance session successful. I found this very helpful and learned some new things. We then went on to planning the warm up for our taster session - which will take place on Thursday 22nd August at Douglas Ewart High School from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm. We talked about mobilisation, cardio and stretches which I must think about when choreographing my warm up routine!
We then watched a dance DVD - Pineapple Commercial Jazz - to get some ideas for the performance in October. I found that the moves in the DVD were quite similar to some of the moves that I have used in my own choreography. I really like this style of dance as it is very energetic and strong with lots of expression. I will definitely take some inspiration from this DVD when choreographing for the performance.
That night, we had rehearsals for ELDC girls' performance at Relay for Life. I helped the girls with their dances and saw a huge improvement by the end of rehearsals. As long as they smile and dance with lots of the energy, they will do great!
On Thursday, myself and Emma went to a course at Castle Douglas High School. It was ran by Scottish Disability Sports and was an introduction to the game Boccia - a game especially created for those with a disability. I wasn't really sure what the course was about beforehand except from knowing that it was to do with disability training. So when we arrived, we discovered that it was specifically for Boccia and I had no idea what it was. We did some warm ups and eventually learned how to play Boccia itself. I thought that there were a few things I could incorporate in dance and the course was also helpful in how to approach people with disabilities.
It was a busy week but I enjoyed it and learned lots of new things. I'm excited to see what next week brings!

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