Participating Project

Project information

Our Future: Our Move(s)

A 3-week dance residency for young people who have been excluded from mainstream education to build confidence, self-esteem and complete their Bronze Arts Award. The nature of this work is that a range of personal, social and educational benefits extend well beyond the life of the actual project.

May 2018 - June 2018

Charity information: Greenwich Dance Agency

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  • Need


    Young people attending a Pupil Referral Unit have been excluded from mainstream education. The most common reason for exclusion is persistent disruptive behaviour, which is often an indicator of real problems at home.
    Disruption to their education can have a significant impact on their confidence, behaviour and life-chances. They are at increased risk of offending and for many "the negativism with which (they) feel they are perceived does not improve their chances of successful integration"


    Our Future: Our Move(s) provides an enriching experience in which young people can challenge and feel proud of themselves.
    By working with professional dancers, creating content for a final performance, performing in front of an audience and completing their Bronze Art Award young people increase their confidence, team-working skills and self-esteem. It provides an alternative model of education that is practical rather than academic and allows students to achieve in a different way.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Young people will improve self-confidence leading to better educational and social outcomes


    » Young people will work with nurturing professional dancers to physically and mentally challenge themselves to create movement for a final performance
    » Young people are supported to rehearse and perform a final dance piece in a professional environment for friends and family.

    Young people complete self-evaluation framework, including pre and post-project evaluation forms & weekly confidence trees.
    Observations by project team and pastoral support team.

    Aim 2

    Young people will complete their Bronze Arts Award, a nationally recognised qualification.


    » Trained Bronze Arts Award Adviser will work with young people to complete portfolios during the three-week residency and submit for moderation.

    Monitor the number of Arts Awards completed and submit all portfolios for moderation.

  • Impact


    We would like to see young people re-engage with education (either a return to mainstream education or within Newhaven) and be better able to manage their behaviour and work in teams. We would also hope that young people stay in contact with Greenwich Dance by attending our ongoing classes and opportunities for young people.
    We will monitor this through ongoing contact and feedback from the School and young people themselves who are encouraged to feel welcome at Greenwich Dance.


    *Young people leave the project before performance
    Participants are expected to meet minimum standards of behaviour, failing to meet these can result in being asked to leave and return to usual lessons. We work with highly skilled and nurturing artists and are supported by a pastoral team from the school - with the aim of focusing participants on the activity.

    *Young people feel unable to perform
    Artists and pastoral team meet regularly to identify participants requiring additional support


    If relevant film/photo approvals are given we will record the final performance and edit a short showreel, including interviews with participants, that will be available via GD and Newhaven websites.
    We will write and digitally disseminate a final blog/report on the residency.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £25,887

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      Amount Heading Description
      £13,057 Dance Artist Fees 3-weeks x 4 dance artists plus planning/training sessions
      £600 Costumes/Arts Award Costs Arts award portfolios and moderation fees, costumes for performance
      £4,550 Space hire Studio/rehearsal space for training & residency + theatre for performance
      £1,960 Project Manager Project Manager x 20 days
      £1,650 Production and Technical Costs Stage build, hires, staff
      £1,350 Marketing and Evaluation Invites, filming, photography, final evaluation
      £780 Refreshments & DBS checks Cost of breakfast/lunch for participants, costs for completing DBS checks
      £1,940 Overheads and Management Overheads and management @ 10%

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Greenwich Dance £4,550 Guaranteed
    Newhaven School £750 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Our Future: Our Move(s) takes place at our home, The Borough Hall, in the Royal Borough of Greenwich (RBG). Greenwich Dance work across RBG in a range of contexts offering dance activity to the least engaged.
    It is delivered in partnership with Newhaven School, a pupil referral unit based in West Eltham. Newhaven serves students from across RBG that are not, for a variety of reasons, accessing mainstream education.


    The main beneficiaries are the young people attending Newhaven School who are invited to take part in the residency through taster sessions and self-selection.
    Additionally, through attending training and planning sessions, dance artists develop skills for working with young people with complex needs.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Greenwich Dance is the Royal Borough of Greenwich's dance provider. We work across the borough in a range of contexts providing dance activity to the least engaged. We have a 25 year history of providing access routes into dance and the arts more broadly.
    We run a year-round programme of activity, which will offer progression routes to young people taking part in Our Future: Our Move(s) to encourage sustained engagement in dance, the arts and Greenwich Dance.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Caron Loudy

    Caron is our Creative Programme Manager and has overall responsibility for delivering the project - managing relationships and supporting fundraising

    Constance Gibbs

    Constance Gibbs will co-ordinate the project on a daily-basis - liaising with GD/Newhaven, completing Bronze Arts Awards, mentoring support

I feel privileged to be involved in this because PRU kids never get this opportunity to do well

Participant, 2016