DE MONTFORT UNIVERSITY
We work in close partnership with De Montfort University to deliver a number of outreach programmes as part of their DMU Local initiative. As alumni of the university, all of our staff aim to bridge the gap between young people and higher education through Arts Award programmes delivered on campus. In addition to this, we have become embedded in the DMU Global annual student volunteering trips to Manav Sadhna in Ahmedabad, India. We deliver the dance element of these trips, working to support DMU dance students and coordinating a variety of sessions with the local community centres linked to Manav Sadhna.
ARTS AWARD PROGRAMMES
We provide opportunities for young people age 11-18 from across Leicestershire to access the upper 3 levels of Arts Award on campus each week. Our 100 strong cohort meet throughout the year to take part in practical and theory sessions utilising De Montfort University facilities, performing at various events and working with placement students from the dance course. Past pupils have used UCAS points achieved from their Gold award to attend an undergraduate degree at De Montfort University. Participants enjoy additional performance opportunities at annual Diwali celebrations, University Open Days, Loughborough Town Hall, Unite the Scene and our summer showcase at Curve Theatre.
MANAV SADHNA PARTNERSHIP
Since January 2017, we have visited Ahmedabad in India 5 times to deliver practical dance sessions to the communities of Manav Sadhna. Our staff have developed long-lasting relationships with leaders and participants providing opportunities to experience and access workshops in different dance styles, create and showcase routines, and to take part in a cultural sharing of expertise. We regularly raise money for the charity to be able to continue their incredible community work in the Gandhi Ashram.