Supported by the Welsh Refugee Council providing free ballet classes to refugee and asylum-seeking children, leading into a performance for The United Nation’s World Refugee Day, as of part Dathlu Cartref yn Abertawe – Celebrating Home in Swansea.
The project itself was hosted by the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea and funded by the Arts Council of Wales and the Welsh Refugee Council. Our dance academy generously donated pre-loved ballet uniform with Shelley teaching weekly classes to various age groups for the duration of the project.
The nature of dance as a form of non-verbal communication meant language, whilst a barrier to some extent, was never really an issue within the dance class environment. The children’s desire to move was a joy and in dancing together they not only found ways to have lots of fun, but also to become more self-aware and gain confidence in self-communication. Through physical activity and interactive movement, we helped to facilitate a wonderful, shared experience and appreciation of our collective humanity (2018)
With the support of a Swansea Winter of Wellbeing Grant, ICAD initiated a project whereby older people, regardless of gender, age, ability, or class cost had the opportunity to experience ballet and all its’ benefits for a period of eight weeks.
The holistic experience of moving to wonderful music, with other dancers was well received and the project a great success (2022).
Classes at local Primary Schools (ongoing) including St David’s Catholic Primary and Oystermouth Primary to broaden access to and encourage engagement with creative dance for more children. All classes are currently taught pro-bono.
Seated classes for residents of local Care Homes (ongoing) – research has shown that dance can be effective in improving mood, reducing anxiety, encouraging social interaction and a greater sense of self-awareness in elderly people with dementia. All classes are currently taught pro-bono.