Akademi has secured a grant from Paul Hamlyn Foundation for a pioneering new project ‘Reach Out and Reveal‘.
The initiative will place South Asian dancers ‘in residence’ at schools for young people with Special Educational Needs.
The aim of the project is to explore how the unique movement vocabulary of South Asian dance might support the physical and communication needs of children and young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders. Weekly dance and movement sessions will be offered in the partner schools by trained Akademi artists.
Over an 18-month period, the project will test and evaluate new approaches, creating knowledge transfer opportunities between teachers and dance practitioners.
Akademi’s Director, Mira Kaushik OBE, said:
“We are incredibly grateful to Paul Hamlyn Foundation for supporting this unique project which we hope will show some really valuable outcomes for children and young people with Special Educational Needs. This is an important area for development at Akademi, building on our extensive experience in a wide range of creative learning environments”.