Thrive Dance Academy

The Dance Movement has received funding to deliver a 3-week pilot dance project for young people living in Waverley who are at risk of / or are currently excluded from mainstream education (NEETs).

Funding has been granted through the High Sherriff Youth Awards and the Community Foundation for Surrey.

The academy will provide an alternative curriculum by using ‘physical dance training’ and ‘creative dance making’ as a device to help young people:

  • develop key life skills
  • build trust with adults and their peers
  • implement stability and routine into their lives
  • consider & reflect upon their ability to achieve & succeed

During the 3-week pilot project the young people will: 

  1. Work with an experienced choreographer, who will be supported by a team of qualified dance artists and youth workers.
  2. Experience what it is like to work as a company of professional dance.  
  3. Take part in a daily morning dance class to develop fitness, build dance skills & confidence 
  4. Take part in a daily afternoon creative rehearsal where they will work with the choreographer & dancers to devise and develop a dance for a ‘graduation performance’.
  5. Perform their created dance at the end of the project to an invited audience made up of guests of the young people and key stakeholders.

The Thrive Dance Academy Pilot is about testing the concept of the academy as a rehabilitation programme for vulnerable young people living in Surrey.It is based upon the Wessex Dance Academy (WDA) model; a project set up and run in Hampshire by Clare Hobbs, financed and supported by Hampshire County Council, The Hampshire Cultural Trust & private donors.Clare Hobbs is mentoring the Thrive Dance Academy staff through the three-week pilot.

This project is being developed with support from Farnham Maltings, Surrey Families Team & Surrey Arts (Surrey County Council) and is modeled upon the Wessex Dance Academy.

To refer a young person on to this project contact us.