Who are we?
Dancefest exists to enable anyone to experience the joy of dance. In our eyes everyone is a dancer, regardless of age, ability or experience.
Our work is about joining in – we run over 30 weekly classes across Herefordshire and Worcestershire, have three youth companies, lead projects in schools, colleges and universities as well as in community settings, such as residential homes.
We pride ourselves on delivering work of high quality that makes a genuine difference to people’s lives, all led by an experienced professional team.
What are we doing?
To celebrate the work of landscape designer ‘Capability’ Brown, we are creating a new community performance piece called Vista, with short pop up performances involving dancers of all ages animating the parkland around National Trust Croome in Worcestershire.
Alongside the pop up performances by our dancers and participants, we will be creating the Vista Movement Choir. We’d like to give everyone a chance to get involved and so we’re inviting 100 people to be part of a simple performance at the heart of the park. It’s free to take part in the Movement Choir and to support the costs of rehearsals, performances and generally get the show on the road we need your help.
The Movement Choir will be choreographed by David McKenna supported by Yael Owen-McKenna. David has been working professionally since 1997, starting out as a performer for Janet Smith and Dancers, Earthfall and Motionhouse, he choreographs his own work as artistic director of Being Frank. David was recently commissioned as movement director for ‘A Capable Encounter’ a performance enabling visitors to learn about the incredible changes that 'Capability' Brown made to Croome Court and the surrounding gardens.
Yael Owen-McKenna trained at The Laban Centre for Movement and Dance and has an MA in choreography from Nottingham Trent University. Yael is a dance educator, academic and project director. She is vice chair of the council of The Laban Guild and is a member of a research group at the University of Bedfordshire investigating the application of Rudolf Laban’s work in 21st Century education settings.
What will your donation pay for?
Your donation will support the cost of devising, rehearsing and putting on the Vista Movement Choir performance on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 July.
Our target is to raise just £1000 to contribute to the cost of two choreographers, two rehearsal days on 10 and 15 July and the two performances.
To make this an accessible opportunity to help create something extraordinary it's free to take part. Participants who want to contribute are invited to pay what they can by making a donation.
We aim to inspire a passion for dance, ignite creativity and show that dance makes a difference to people's lives. We really need your support to make this happen and appreciate any contribution you can make.
And finally, a thank you for your support
We have lots of ways to say thanks for any contribution you can make - have a look at the rewards tabs for more info. As an extra reward we have two prizes up for grabs no matter how much you donate. The first 25 people to donate will be entered in to an early bird prize draw to win a term of classes at Dancefest in Herefordshire or Worcestershire*.
Everyone who donates will be entered in to a prize draw to win a special edition, signed Dancefest print by Kate Brookes. We’ve got two to give away **.
Kate is one half of Makers of Stuff. Kate and Jason Brookes create original, imaginative and often strange and humourous pieces drawing on a wide range of art and craft techniques.
We would love to see you at one of the performances on Saturday 16 or Sunday 17 July at Croome. Full details of whats on can be found here. Why not consider taking part and being part of the Movement Choir yourself? Go to dancefest.co.uk/performances/vista to register to take part
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*The first 25 people to donate will be entered into a prize draw to win a free place in one of our classes during the Autumn term (10 sessions in total). The Autumn term dates are from Monday 19 September 2016 until Friday 2 December 2016. Free class must be selected from one of the following options: Hereford Chance to Dance, Contemporary Technique (Hereford), Hereford Dance Club, Hereford Dancemakers, Adult Dance (Hereford), Jigsaw Integrated Performance Group (Hereford), Contemporary (Worcester), Parents and Wobblers (Worcester), Parents and Minis (Worcester), Tenbury Mini Movers, Tenbury Dance Club, Tenbury Dancemakers, Urban Minis, Malvern Dancefit, Worcester Dancemakers, Technique (Worcester). The winner of the term of classes will be contacted by Monday 11 July. The winner must enrol on our online booking system by Monday 12 September 2016 to secure a place in their selected class.
**Two people will be selected to win a signed and mounted A3 print by Kate Brookes. Images of the two available prints are above. We have one of each. The winners will be contacted by Monday 11 July.