News: Rambert education project wins award

Wednesday 26 May 2004

A Rambert Dance Company education project has won a major award for innovative learning in heritage projects.

Dancing Across Time

,a four day residency which took place in July 2003 at The National Trust-owned Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire, is one of six heritage learning projects to be commended in the first Roots and Wings Award, a new awards scheme from Curiosity & Imagination, the national network for children’s hands-on learning, funded by the Carnegie United Kingdom Trust and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

‘Dancing Across Time’was part of the National Trust’s Redrow Schools Partnership Project, an initiative linking rural and urban schools to a local National Trust property. Rambert dance animateur Cheryl McChesney, musician/composer Christopher Benstead and Indian dance artist Anusha Subramanyam worked with 50 pupils from two Derby secondary schools to create an original performance inspired by the house and its connection to India. Embracing elements of Bharata Natyam, yoga and Bhangra, the project culminated in a promenade performance through the house and its grounds.

‘Dancing Across Time’ is one of six heritage learning projects to have been selected by a team of judges to be commended as part of the first Roots and Wings scheme. The six projects will be used in the future as examples of best practice in heritage learning. The projects will be celebrated at a party on 24 May at the Royal Society of Arts, with awards presented by Estelle Morris MP, Arts Minister and Lloyd Grossman, Broadcaster and Co-Chairman of Museums & Galleries Month.

Rambert’s Director of Education Fiona Ross said: “We are delighted to have won such a prestigious award. Rambert Dance Company is committed to providing opportunities for young people to access dance and use it as a tool for learning and exploring. This award is recognition of the quality and integrity of our education and community outreach work.”

Commenting on the awards, television presenter Lloyd Grossman said, “This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the excellent work that is going on around the country engaging children in hands-on learning activities. I know that these awards will bring deserved prominence to those people who strive so hard to give our children fantastic learning opportunities.”

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