Dance Well provides regular opportunities across the Borough of Camden, for older adults to attend dance and movement sessions, partnering with charity organisations, care homes, day centres and hospitals, as well as community learning and education providers.
Akademi’s Education and Community department also works in schools across the borough, and this Bollywood Intergenerational project provides an opportunity to bring together these two areas of work and provide an opportunity to explore a new experience together.
Bollywood For All is run in collaboration with Holborn Community Association and will provide 6 hours of Bollywood classes for older adults attending Millman Street Community Centre. A separate series of workshops will be run with the younger people attending Ballet classes at Bedford House. These two groups will then come together to choreograph a Bollywood performance to be shared with the local community as part of Camden Kala, Camden Intergenerational Festival and Bloomsbury Festival.
Not only will this project bring together different ages, but also in a context of learning an entirely new dance style. Many young people and older adults will not have previously experienced Bollywood dance and music. They will experience this new activity together, learning together as equals and incorporating all cultures, backgrounds and movement abilities; breaking down barriers, and fostering new, creative partnerships.
The workshops will be led by Archita Kumar, a British-born Kathak dancer who has been performing professionally for the last 16 years.
|Dates||Older adults @ Millman Street Community Centre||Young people @ Bedford House|
|Wednesday 6th September||11am – 12pm|
|Thursday 7th September||1pm – 2.30pm|
|Wednesday 13th September||11am – 12pm||5pm – 6:30pm|
|Wednesday 20th September||11am – 12pm||5pm – 6:30pm|
|Wednesday 27th September||11am – 12pm||5pm – 6:30pm|
|Wednesday 4th October||11am – 12pm||5pm – 6:30pm|
Combined workshop – Older adults and young people
Wednesday 11th October – 5pm – 6:30pm
Wednesday 18th October – 5pm – 6:30pm
Thursday 19th October
Senate House, University of London, 5pm
Saturday 21st October
University College London, as part of the Vitality Wellbeing hub, time tbc
Dance Well is Akademi’s 3-year community participation project funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund.
Image credit: Simon Waller