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Activate – Dance Generations Project

Dance Generations Project provided dance activities for 265 people in residential care homes, day care centres, special schools and pre-schools.

Name of Organisation:



Title of project/programme:

Dance Generations


Dates of project/programme:

2006 -2009


The Dance Generations project, a partnership between Activate, Dorset’s Theatre and Dance Development Agency and Dorset County Council, was designed specifically to provide opportunities for dance and movement for those who do not usually have access to it, due to age, health conditions, access requirements and financial circumstances.

The project used professional dance artists to deliver dance sessions for service users, to deliver training to care staff and teachers to increase skills and capacity, and to deliver training to local artists to develop the skill pool. The training was facilitated by a toolkit created by dance artists Sally Ann Donaldson and Carly Annable-Coop, who delivered the initial training. Local dance placements Annabel Canavan and Christella Mavris worked alongside Carly and Sally to receive further training and mentoring in delivering dance. Christella and Annabel developed skills enough to lead on the last part of the training programme.

Dance artists Louise Katerega, Thomas Clark and Annabel Canavan worked with filmmaker Sergio Cruz and his assistant Silvia Alexandra during a 4 day residency to create the Dance Generations film. This constituted the performance outcome of the project.

‘Gets all your bits working you don’t normally use…I needed encouraging to join in but happy I did’

(Service User)

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