2004 2015, Dance Cumbria

Vista Projects Ltd was contracted by Cumbria County Council between 2004-2015 to project-manage Dance Cumbria – a £650k community dance programme focusing on participatory work for children and young people.

We managed all aspects of the programme from researching & developing strategy through to fundraising and appointing dance artists to deliver. We set up an annual countywide schools & youth dance festival (U.Dance Cumbria) which over a quarter of Cumbria’s schools now take part in each year. We organised a Dance in Education Conference for school teachers & practitioners. We formed new district youth dance companies in Allerdale, Copeland, Eden & Carlisle. We shared regular e-information to the local dance sector.

We planned and managed a major 18 month professional development programme funded by EQUAL which developed the skills & competencies of 29 local dance practitioners. We fundraised for & appointed 2 full time dance worker posts for 3 years to work across Eden/Carlisle and Allerdale/Copeland. We devised and managed an award-winning pan-county dance project for young people with learning disabilities. We established Cumbria’s first countywide youth dance company, b-boy crew & a series of boys-only groups. The programme we managed supported 100+ young people through their Dance Leadership or Bronze/Silver Arts Awards.

We increased participation, developed the local workforce, regularly celebrated excellence & made high quality dance provision accessible right across Cumbria. The Dance Cumbria programme reached over 58,000 people in a decade and supported the sub-regional work of Youth Dance England, Arts Council England & The North West’s Centre for Advanced Training Scheme at The Lowry.  As a testament to the success of the Dance Cumbria project and the commitment of local practitioners, much of this activity continues today.

For further information contact lynn@vistaprojects.co.uk

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