The Point, Eastleigh curated Elevate Summer School and Elevate Integrate throughout July and August, led by some of the country’s leading dance companies. The courses, which were designed for dancers aged 14-25, provided opportunities for participants to gain invaluable new skills in bespoke workshops.
Elevate was followed by Elevate Integrate which was created to engage disabled and non-disabled dancers in a week of improvisation and choreographic workshops led by Stopgap Dance Company. Founded in 1995, Stopgap Dance Company is paving the way for integrated dance, creating opportunities for dancers both with and without disabilities wanting to embark on, or further, a career in dance. The company has worked closely with The Point having become one of the venue’s first Associate Artists. They are led by Artistic Director Lucy Bennett.
21 dancers attended the Summer Schools, held at The Point between Monday 31st to Friday 25th August, with Elevate Integrate welcoming returning participants from 2016. Both weeks were designed to inspire and support dancers wanting to go into professional dance training, as some of the country’s most exciting companies led intensive classes.
Elevate workshops were steered by artists including Ceyda Tanc Dance and Jasmin Vardimon Companyand focused on creating and choreographing new dance works. Integrate saw participants devise a new piece which was presented to an intimate audience in The Point’s on-site Creation Space on 25th August.
The Point is dedicated to the support and continued training of young and emerging dancers, frequently collaborating with acclaimed companies to present innovative workshops and exclusive dance classes, suitable – and tailored – for all.