Hi there - I’m Lizzie! That's me on the right with the fabulous Gemma Wright, Artistic Director.
I joined the Dance Network team back in April as Programmes Coordinator - three days a week I am either in the office or hopping from project-to-project. Although I’ve worked in arts organisations for several years, this is my first time working with such a small team - but my my, aren’t we a busy, buzzing bunch!
We may only be half way through the month, but The Dance Network Association have already had a jam-packed, fun-filled July - with last week seeing two important events in one day, which included an early start, some fantastic performances and some special visitors.
Wednesday 10 July: Summer Dance Festival & a special Dancing with Parkinson’s session
The day started early, with the team meeting at 7am in Colchester. Being Colchester-based, this is an easy task for me - but the rest of our team are based in Wivenhoe and London, so their morning started much earlier than mine! Once we were all gathered, we headed off to Honywood School in Coggeshall - the host venue for our Summer Dance Festival. After setting up the Hall, we were joined by Honywood’s new GCSE Dance students who were fantastic assistants to us and the school groups. throughout the day.
Above: students from Alec Hunter Academy performing at our Summer Festival. Photo by the DNA team.
This annual festival brings together schools and teachers from our Learn, Share, MOVE! programme, for an informal sharing of their work throughout the year. This year, we also welcomed schools outside of the programme to perform and watch.
We were joined by the following groups: Honywood School, Belchamp St Paul C of E Primary, Lyons Hall Primary, John Bunyan Infant School and Nursery, Whethersfield C of E Primary, Alec Hunter Academy and St Peter’s C of E VC Primary.
The DNA team opened the Summer Festival with an energetic warm up, then welcomed each group up one by one to introduce and perform their dance piece, as well as welcoming feedback and questions
after they had danced.
Our very own youth company Dance Station performed their Front Commission dance as part of 1 Day, 1 Dance, 1000 Dancers - our schools mass dance programme.