Greater Manchester Dancing

26 March 2020

This month, we continued our Greater Manchester programme with a series of opportunities for local communities to enjoy and participate in dance.  

Free performances of Amaranthine took place at Ashton Market, the Rock Shopping Centre in Bury and as part of Oldham’s marvellous Illuminate Light Festival, workshops also continued to be delivered with local groups.

In Tameside, we joined an established intergenerational project between older adults at The Lake’s Care Home and young people at Thomas Ashton School.

The two groups have been collaborating for a creative and cross art form experience for some time and the Chameleon team had the pleasure of joining them to deliver two movement workshops – the first collaborative dance experience for the group and a brand new way of working for Chameleon.

Kim McDonough, teacher from Thomas Ashton School, said, “Thank you for all of your hard work over the last few weeks. The pupils really benefited from this experience as I’m sure the residents did too – it was so amazing to see the looks on their faces. One of the boys commented to me how amazing it was to see everyone smiling, I think that says it all! It’s been so great to work with you guys, you are truly inspirational to both pupils and residents.”

Tracy Hannible, Senior Activities Officer at The Lakes, said: “A huge thank you to Company Chameleon for joining us here at The Lakes. What a fantastic opportunity for our residents and staff. A lovely time had by all!

Co-Artistic Director, Kevin, said, “It has felt really special for Company Chameleon to take dance into so many different settings as part of the Greater Manchester programme. From performances in shopping centres and town squares to workshops with young footballers to older adults, the project is a real testament to the transformative power of dance and the positive impact it can have on people of all ages and backgrounds.”

Co-Artistic Director, Anthony added, “It has been brilliant to see this programme come to life over the last six months. The big focus was getting the work out in Greater Manchester and in doing so, supporting the needs and priorities of each borough. With their support, it’s fantastic we’ve been able to achieve this. We’re now, thanks to the support received through the Greater Manchester Culture Fund and GMCA, looking forward to building and further developing the programme.”

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