DanceEast host the Hullabaloo project, a series of intergenerational community dance classes, encouraging everyone to get involved, with no dance experience necessary. With the support of Babergh & Mid Suffolk District Council the project will take place across two towns, Stowmarket and Hadleigh.
Dance as a shared activity makes an enormous contribution to our physical, social and creative health and wellbeing. DanceEast anticipates that the Hullaballoo project will be effective in connecting the communities together, allowing them to learn about each other’s lives, while sharing experiences of their locality and being active.
Over the next three months, four professional dance artists (two in each town) will run weekly dance classes working with a variety of community groups. Groups will be encouraged to share stories and memoires of their town and communities. These stories will be used to create movement that will culminate in a sharing in each town, at the end of March.
The Hadleigh sessions will be led by artists Karen Pratt and Anna Rowe. Participants of the classes will include café church members, local families from Tadpole running group, town tour guide Jane Snowdon, a musician Folk group, students from St Mary’s Primary School and local families from The Ark. On Wednesday 27 March, the group will come together to share what they have created with friends and family.
The Stowmarket sessions will be led by artists Tommy Norris and Lizzie Hawes. Participants of the classes will include local family groups from Homestart, older adults from Chilton Care Home, students from Abbot Hall Primary School and two groups of children and adults with additional needs from Achieving Aspirations. On Thursday 28 March, the groups will come together to share what they have created with friends and family.
All artists are being mentored by professional artist and life coach Danielle Teale, who is supporting the final performance showcase.