As our campaign comes to an end, we’ve taken some time to look back and reflect on some of the wonderful stories we’ve heard over the past 6 months.
“I do not think I would be at this point of my career and continually growing as an artist without DanceEast.”
“The CAT scheme has challenged me and really opened up my eyes to the dance world, overall changing my ‘hobby’ into something I am seriously looking at as a career path; a future I wouldn’t be thinking of without DanceEast.”
“I have really enjoyed being in a boys’ only dance group – I think it is special, as there are not many of them around.”
“DanceEast shaped and nurtured Freya as a dancer, as well as giving her many fantastic opportunities within the dance world.”
“Dancing at the CAT has been a great focus for James, not only because of the obvious health benefits, but also from the creative and wellbeing perspectives.”
“DanceEast has been a part of my life recently with Boys United and the U.Dance Festival since 2017. This has given me the opportunity to work with different age groups and styles.”
“As soon as I started at DanceEast, I knew I wanted to stay and be a part of it. My tutors have supported me through all sorts, everyone is so friendly and positive, and being part of the DanceEast community makes me feel so lucky!”
“Dancing has helped with my fitness and my health. I look forward to dancing every week and my enthusiasm has grown every year.”
“Dancing with Boys United has helped me be more confident. I like that we work as a team and have a voice to make suggestions that can influence the choreography.”
“I have been doing dance for a few years now and have really benefited from doing it and hope to continue to take pleasure in doing it in the future.”
“DanceEast have been a major part of my life and have supported me through so many obstacles.”
“I have gained a lot of self-conﬁdence from my classes; I used to have bad stage fright but I have overcome it. I have made a lot of friends and had a chance to work with experienced dancers.”
“DanceEast continues to be the regional hub to which I owe much of my success and happiness in dance.”
‘I can’t explain how much it has changed how I think about Dance, it’s exposed me to so many opportunities and opened so many doors for me within the dance world.’
‘DanceEast has been a large part of my teenage years, spent in a fun, friendly and healthy environment, where I’ve made lots of great friends.’
‘I feel honoured and privileged to have such a glorious historical relationship with DanceEast; long may it continue!’
“Having an opportunity to dance at DanceEast has enabled me to realise my ambition, as well as making me not only physically, but also mentally strong.”
“As a school we love being included in the different opportunities DanceEast provides.”
“DanceEast offers people with additional physical, intellectual, mental and emotional needs (and more), to participate in dance, and that is in itself a beautiful thing.”
‘DanceEast gave me an invaluable insight into the professional world of dance, which helped me greatly in pursuing my dream career as a dancer.’
“A relationship with DanceEast is not something that breaks. Time may pass, interests may change but their desire to inspire and encourage never falters.”
“DanceEast have supported and helped me grow throughout the last 5 years. They have become not just a place of work, but a second home.”
“I’ve met some incredible friends on the scheme, who share my aspirations and I’m grateful for the support of the C.A.T. scheme.”
“Dancing has become a massive part of our lives and we are so grateful for the opportunities at Danceeast.”
“Being part of CAT is proving to be an incredible benefit to Isaac’s well-being and to his outlook on the future.”
“I think CAT has made me more mature as a person and now I’m more confident in what I do, what I say and how I dance.”
Our 2018/19 GET DANCING campaign raised over £5,000 to support our vital work with children and young people. This has enabled us to increase access to dance by breaking down barriers to participation – allowing more children and young people throughout the East of England to experience the benefits of dance.
We believe in Great Dance for Everyone – dance has recreational, social, educational and therapeutic benefits. Dance as an expressive artform can enhance self-esteem and confidence, raise aspirations and promote physical and psychological wellbeing. Regular access to dance can improve physical fitness and co-ordination, with significant clinical evidence proving that a little physical activity each day can build concentration levels and help to prevent obesity. Dance releases endorphins and is a natural form of stress-relief, which is increasingly being recognised as vital for young people going through exams and pressure at school. Dancing is also a great way of socialising and meeting new people.
You can continue to help children and young people access dance by donating today – donate online by clicking here.