Young people taking part in Silence Between Waves (Richard Chappell Dance). Photographer: Emily Appleton
The Elbow Room is a dance project for young people 10-18 yrs. We support expression, peer-support, social skill development & physical play for young people who are learning disabled or dealing with challenging circumstances. We co-create dance activity with our partners to spark the imagination, inspire playful problem solving and explore new ways to make sense of the world through dance and the arts.
The Elbow Room is part of our All Aboard! strand of work and aims to;
• Ignite imaginations – by awakening creative, collaborative responses and providing access to joyful dance and arts experiences.
• Inspire diverse voices – encouraging proliferation of new perspectives, taking risks, sharing and listening.
• Tackle health and social issues – enabling young people to discover and reach their potential – building resilience, raising confidence, exploring and expressing identities.
Some of the things we do as part of this project;
Work with social care partners Lifeworks College and Play Torbay to develop out of school activity and creative performance participation for example Silence Between Waves on Berry Head and Ordinary/Extraordinary Festival at Dartington
Bespoke activity in special schools with staff and young people – linking into school holiday activity
Flexible dance activity with community partners eg youth clubs, community events.
We are very grateful to be able to make this project happen with the support of Ragdoll Foundation.
I’ve learnt a lot of new things and I want to do more
Young person 2018 - Dance in Devon/Play Torbay
I cannot believe I didn’t get a call from you asking me to come and pick up my boys: this is a regular occurrence at their schools. Dancing was as far as you could imagine from their choice of activity but they both had a great time and I had a very welcome time for myself, which never happens! I’m really sad it’s over for the summer