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Bloom Inclusive Dance Festival 2018

25th – 29th June 2018

Sidekick dance is an Inclusive Dance company based in Leicester. We currently run weekly classes for our youth and adult dance companies. We are very excited about running the second ‘Bloom Inclusive Dance Festival’ in the summer of 2018. We would like to use the festival to raise the profile of dance and inclusive dance in Leicester and to give people with additional needs the opportunity to experience dance, perform, work with nationally recognised groups and be part of the wonderful dance community.

Who is Sue Rosenbloom?

The festival is named after Sue Rosenbloom who was the inspiration behind the inclusive dance projects and now the annual performances at Curve. Hundreds of young people have had the opportunity to perform at Curve over the last 10 years or so – much of this is down to ‘Bloom’!

Sue Rosenbloom
Here's what's happening at this years festival

Monday 25th June

Day of Workshops at Nether Hall school for children with additional needs. We are delighted that this will be run by the fabulous STOP Gap Theatre company this year. Workshops will be for children from a wide range of ages and abilities.

Opportunity or dance artists:
As a twilight session, we are offering a special technique class for local dance practitioners. A fantastic opportunity to work with an internationally renowned inclusive dance group.

Location: Curve Theatre
Time: 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Cost: Donation to Sidekick Dance (Suggestion £10)

If you would like a place on the twilight session please contact [email protected]

STOPGAP Dance Company

Tuesday 26th June

We welcome STOP Gap back for a second day at the festival – this time to Forest Way School in Coalville.

If you are a special school group who would be interested in bringing a group to either workshop at Nether Hall or Forest Way, please contact Simon Coopey:
[email protected]

Stop Gap dance photo

Wednesday 27th June

We are thrilled to have Sophie Alder from Northern Ballet Company joining us for this year’s festival. Sophie will be running workshops for Sidekick adult and youth groups as part of their regular classes at Curve Theatre.

What a fantastic opportunity for our dancers!

Sophie Alder from Northern Ballet Company

Thursday 28th June

We are delighted to welcome back Corali to the festival for the second year. They will be running a day of dance workshops for adults with additional needs. Last year’s session was great fun! Dancers will work through the day and then share their work together at the end of the session.

Venue: Leicester College, Abbey Park Campus, Painter Street, Leicester. LE1 3WA
10:30am – 3:30pm

To book a place please contact Charlotte: [email protected]

Corali QEH

Friday 29th June

Large Scale Inclusive open air, community performance

Open invitation to join us and be part of a very special community inclusive performance. All groups and individuals are welcome to join us in the beautiful setting of the Cathedral gardens.

The choreography is available online to learn for the day. This will be very simple so that everyone can join in!

If you would like a visit from one of our dance artists to help in learning the choreography please contact [email protected]

For more information please contact Simon – [email protected]
Friday 29th June – 11am

Venue: Leicester Cathedral Gardens. Leicester City

Support with transport

We are aware that one of the barriers to taking part in events such as these is transport costs. To address this, part of the funding that we have secured is towards transport costs. We will be able to offer a contribution of £100 to special schools and groups to support attending these events. This should allow for transport to the gifted and talented workshops and to bring a group to the community event on the Friday.

Profile and Partnership

We are aiming for this to be a high profile event with as many people involved as possible. We will be aiming for lots of local press coverage for all partners involved. We are also seeking to use the festival to build partnerships with schools, local agencies, national dance and arts groups and volunteering organisations.

Precise timings will be confirmed soon if they are not listed above. We are excited to share this information with you and very much hope that you will be part of the week’s events.

This is a truly inclusive festival and we would like to offer all workshops with the request for donations. Please give what you feel you can afford and what the sessions are worth. We do not want anyone to miss out due to cost.

If you have any queries or would like to get involved please contact either Simon Coopey or Charlotte Tomlinson from Sidekick dance

[email protected]

[email protected] / [email protected]

The Future of bloom Dance Festival

We are now fundraising and planning for next years festival. If you would like to make a donation, or be involved somehow by housing a workshop day at your venue, or of course by taking part then please do get in touch with simon or charlotte.

[email protected]

[email protected]

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