Inclusion in Dance

Inclusion in Dance


Lucy Joannou
Lucy Joannou
Inclusion in Dance

Inclusivity is first and foremost the action of bringing all people together in one space, no matter the ability level, race, background, and so on. This is a priority in every aspect of Bushey Meads School, and the Dance department prides itself on how well it promotes inclusion in dance.

 

Much like the art of dance, inclusivity brings people of all backgrounds, skill levels and ways of life together. Inclusivity is something to be celebrated and embraced in order to create learning environments and dance spaces that thrive. Our dance lessons provide just that environment, and our curriculum has been designed to meet the needs of all ability levels.

 

Our KS3 curriculum looks at a range of dance styles, cultures and skill sets that cater to all of the students in our school. It is important that all students feel valued and we create a safe space for our dancers to express themselves. One of our sixth form students Jia Patel delivered specialist dance lessons to Year 8 students when they studied Bollywood. This allowed her to share her wisdom and talent to the students and I, as well as displaying her culture which was such a pleasure to experience.

 

Our GCSE dancers look at a range of dance styles and professional works, including Artificial Things which showcases phenomenal disabled dancers. Similarly, our A Level dancers study the development of Jazz Dance, specifically the pioneers of dance, their roots and how dance has developed by being open to inclusion, diversity and equality.

 

Inclusion is promoted in dance across the multi academy trust, and I believe that the MAT Dance Showcase really highlighted this. We are thrilled to have such talented dancers across all three schools and will continue to encourage and advocate inclusion within our subject.

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