On Saturday 20 July Dance4 opened its doors to families with children of different age to come and enjoy FREE dance and movement-based sessions as part of the Dance4 Family Fun Day.
Children and their families enjoyed a range of activities including Little Movers where children aged 0 – 5 could explore stretchy fabric, feathers, scarves and more with their grown-ups and older siblings. Little Movers sessions will continue at Dance4 twice monthly, on Friday mornings led by Oksana Tyminska from 27 September 2019.
Creative Jump Start sessions were led by Emily Thurston and supported by Freya Coles. Children spent the session creating their own movement sequences using the theme of summer holidays. The short sequences included movement interpreting surfing, applying sun cream, going to the beach and playing with their friends. Jump Start sessions are held at Dance4 on Monday evenings during school term for 7 – 11 year olds.
Gareth Woodward and Jamal Sterret led Street Dance session which were popular with children and adults alike. Participants enjoyed trying different street and breaking moves and finished the sessions feeling like they had worked hard and learnt new skills.
Julia Frier and Claire Taylor led Stretch and Sound sessions which combined Yoga stretches with the sound of 16 large gongs that filled the room with an immersive soundscape. With adult only sessions also available, some parents took time to relax and enjoy the Gongs while their children were happily enjoying the other sessions in the other studios.
With around 170 participants enjoying the sessions throughout the day, families took time between sessions to have snacks and drinks in the Dance4 foyer space, watch films about other Dance4 projects and enjoy their packed lunches.
The Dance4 Family Fun Day was part of Sneinton Festival 2019 and supported by Nottingham Together.