Colours of Dance Radiates
Established in 2019, Colours of Dance Radiates is a programme of creative dance classes to be delivered in schools as part of the normal weekly timetable. These classes are to be fully funded for the students and are focused on children who face challenges in learning - whether that is as a result of physical, emotional, social or mental illness, injury or condition. Radiates-Out is an extension of this programme that will take place at weekends or in holidays (ie when schools are closed) to supply extremely low cost creative dance classes to children, running concurrently with meditative or exercise classes for their parents.
Here is our story so far...
Imogen had become increasingly aware that there is a need for easily (and cheaply) accessible classes to be created and delivered for children facing challenges that might mean they are unable to attend normal dance classes. We are all aware at CoD that dance is an important part of an all-round education and that for some poeple it is also an incredibly valuable educational tool which allows space for processing, creativity and confidence building on ways that 'traditional' education does not offer. But with increasing cuts to the arts and to the arts in education, we have also seen that less artistic opportunity is available to children at the same time as more educational pressure is being applied to them. So it rests on the shoulders (and pockets) of parents to try to supply these opportunities and valuable learning spaces. For some families this is well outside their scope.
As part of her work as a trustee of the Royal Academy of Dance, Imogen was familiar with and inspired by the RADiate project. This project, sustained by the RAD and from funds given by the London Bridge Trust, developed and delivered creative dance classes for students with Special Educational Need and Disabilities (SEND), in their primary schools and at weekends. You can learn more about this project here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H357qRtv1pQ&feature=youtu.be
And so, late in 2018, Imogen gathered together a group of people at Colours of Dance to see if we could develop this programme in Cambridge. After many conversations (!) Colours of Dance Radiates was born, with Ali, Celia, Lili and Lucy as teachers, with Clive & Imogen in administrative support & development. We have applied to the Charity Commission to become a charity separate from the school, but until that application is approved, we are operating a special project team financed by, supported by, and grown from Colours of Dance School. The teachers are all donating their time for free to the project until funding is realised.
We are developing materials to advertise and inform people about Cololours of Dance Radiates and our prospectus can be found here. Colours of Dance Radiates Prospectus
If you would like to help, then please tell everyone about the project and consider making a donation towards the project. As soon as sufficient funds are received, we will start being able to pay our generous teachers, but we will not be formally fundraising until the charity is set up, partly so that we can benefit from Gift Aid, and partly because we feel that people who don't know us will be more comfortable with a regulated structure to donate to. However, if you know us well and are comfortable that we will account for the funds properly, then please do talk to Miss Imogen about making a donation.
If you would like to get involved in any capacity (trainer, teacher, fundraiser, admin, publicity etc), or would like to know more about Radiates, then please contact Miss Imogen, using the contact form https://www.coloursofdance.com/contact-us or write to/phone her personally if you are already a member of our school.
If you would like to participate in the Radiates Community Classes being developed for Sundays and holidays, please participate in our survey: https://forms.gle/rC7t93bZ6DWgJM8bA
See this article for recent findings on Positive Childhood Experiences - Radiates aims to boost positive and reduce adverse childhood experiences, by being trusted adults who take a genuine interest in children and providing positive community traditions and experiences. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-athletes-way/201909/seven-early-experiences-potential-benefits-in-adulthood