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The Keep Moving Project is the next phase of our commitment to the Critical Mass project legacy.

We will continue to strengthen the trust built with over 200 young people, generating learning and insight about inclusion, access and disability for the region and wider sectors, whilst engaging young people in high-quality culture and dance experiences

Origins & Context

Critical Mass was a high-profile dance and movement project that engaged hundreds of young people aged 16-30, with and without disabilities, to come together to perform as a united dance group. The group performed at the Birmingham 2022 Festival opening weekend, the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony at Alexander Stadium, and most recently at Festival 23 in Centenary Square in Birmingham City Centre.

Check out the Critical Mass Dance Collective on our social channels to see what the project was all about: Instagram @critical_massdc

January 2024 – March 2025 Delivery

FABRIC will support the region to continue offering inclusive regular activity to young people in their community, ensuring that the arts sector can sustainably offer inclusive dance for years to come, changing the perception of disability.

We will be working with existing and new partners to deliver a programme of inclusive opportunities across the region, throughout the 2024 year.

Please take a look below at the current activities taking part in the West Midlands. The page will be updated as new opportunities launch and become available.

Keep Moving is programmed & managed by FABRIC, delivered by community partners, and funded by the United by 22 Legacy Charity as part of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Enhancement Fund.

Where are Keep Moving sessions happening?

SiD Darwin Dancers

Shropshire Inclusive Dance aims to ensure that young people with a wide spectrum of needs can contribute and benefit equally alongside their peers. It is hoped that our projects will continue to grow the region’s reputation further for great inclusive dance, encouraging more young people from diverse backgrounds, with varying needs, to participate in regular dance sessions

Darwin Dancers meet for a full day on a monthly basis and on bespoke performance projects. This includes:

  • Guest artist workshops
  • Summer camps
  • Theatre trips & socials
  • Creation of performance work
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Get in touch with Rachel Liggitt to find out more about the Darwin Dancers programme – rachelsidance@gmail.com

That! Dance Burton & Lichfield

That! Dance runs in both Burton & Lichfield, with two different groups. They deliver fun and friendly weekly dance classes that focus on developing confidence, creativity and performance skills. Each class contains a warm up, dance technique, choreography/creative tasks and a cooldown. They fuse contemporary dance with jazz and dance fitness and take inspiration from theatre in our work.

That! Dance often take part and deliver dance projects and performance opportunities, including creating films, performing at local events and festivals and undertaking skills development such as Arts Award. They also invite guest artists to do workshops and occasionally organise trips to the theatre to watch dance on stage.

Mondays | 5:30pm – 7pm | Burntwood Youth Centre, Lichfield

Tuesdays | 5pm – 6:30pm | Brewhouse Arts Centre, Burton

The group is led by fantastic dance artists, Natalie Haslam and Catherine Clissett, and supported by talented support workers. The Lichfield group is also in partnership with Liberty Jamboree and the young adults they support day-to-day.

For more information, and to see what our groups get up to, follow us on Instagram and Facebook: @itsthatdance

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If you are interested in you/your child being involved in That! Dance Burton or Lichfield, please contact leaders Natalie & Catherine to find out if there is space to join the group.

Email – info@itsthatdance.com

LYNNEBEC

LYNNEBEC is a multidisciplinary performance company making work for outdoor and unusual spaces (co-founded by Jessica Barber and Cat Butler). Using physical storytelling, dance and movement, they create interactive stories and adventures that are joyful and empowering.

LYNNEBEC are so excited to be a part of the ‘Keep Moving’ programme supported by FABRIC and the Commonwealth Games Legacy Trailblazer Programme.

From 23rd January-12March 2024, LYNNEBEC will explore their creative process with a new workshop series. These workshops will experiment with collaboration, creating choreography and devising; providing participants with their own toolkit for creativity, whilst exploring LYNNEBEC’s understanding of inclusive approaches to creating interactive performances.

LYNNEBEC’s workshop style is inclusive, fun, feel-good and empowering. You can expect games, dance and lots of time to play and experiment in a warm and inviting atmosphere. Led by Jessica Barber (dance artist and rehearsal lead for Critical Mass) and a super team of support artists.

This is a 8 week workshop series, with the aim of developing young people that are interested in exploring their own creativity and approach to making choreography/performances.

Tues 23rd January – Tues 12th March 2024 | 7:15 – 8:30pm | Studio 1, Level 5, FABRIC

Target Audience
These workshops are for young people between the ages of 18-30 who identify as disabled and non disabled, we encourage anyone who is interested in expanding their creative skills and working within LYNNEBEC’s unique creative process to get in touch.

If you want to know more about the company, head to their website Home | LYNNEBEC | Performance Company | Birmingham

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To find out more information or to sign up, please contact benita@lynnebec.org to request a sign up form.

Linden Dance Company

Linden Dance Company is an innovative professional dance company based in Birmingham, creating passionate and exciting new works. Directed by Christopher Radford and Sara Macqueen, the company champions positivity, individuality and free expression and blends positive physical and mental wellbeing training throughout all areas of its work.

As part of the legacy for their dance work UNBOXED and Limitless project, as well as Sara’s experience on Critical Mass as a Dance Leader, they will be launching a monthly health & wellbeing programme.

This programme will focus on inclusive movement and creative sessions that promote healthy conversations, shared community and positive physical and mental wellbeing.

They will be led by Sara Macqueen alongside guest artists & speakers from a variety of different disciplines at each session delivering a part of the programme.

These sessions have been born out of the recognised gap of provision for young people that don’t always identify as disabled, but may have a long-term health condition, or mental health related conditions, who crave a safe space to be together and feel a sense of belonging.

Important Info: These sessions will be for those aged 18+ and will be launched at a venue in Central Birmingham. They will be once a month, 11am-3pm on alternative Saturdays and Sundays

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By completing the form, you are signing up directly with Linden Dance Company who will confirm your attendance and any important info.

Click here – Sign Up Form 

You can also email Sara on lindendancecompany@gmail.com if you have any questions about the sessions.

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