Young people build body confidence in Torbay
Published by Sophie Willett for Sanctuary Housing Association in Communities and also in Housing
My Body My Life
A South West dance company receives a financial boost from Sanctuary Housing to help support young people in Torbay in developing confidence and drama skills.
My Body My Life, a ten-week programme organised by a community of artists from Impermanence Dance Theatre, allows the youngsters to set an agenda and tell a story that’s important to them through their choice of expressive arts.
The dance workshop, received a donation from Sanctuary Housing’s regional investment fund, in order to help the young people of Torbay to cover key issues that affect body confidence. The ranging topics include gender, sex, drugs, weight, self-esteem and pregnancy.
The ten-week programme will conclude with a public show organised and performed by the attending youngsters at Space, Dartington Hall, Devon, on Thursday 8 May, between 5pm to 7pm.
Impermanence Dance Theatre recently became one of five artist companies receiving support from the Dartington Hall Trust charity on Dartington’s Associate Artists programme – funded by the Arts Council England.
Roseanna Anderson from Impermanence Dance Theatre, said: ‘This is a chance for the young people to tell their stories about their bodies and the pressures they do or don’t receive from society. They can explore their feelings about pregnancy, fitness, sex, eating disorders, alcohol, power in relationships and questions about gender and gender stereotypes.’
Bill Gee, Dartington’s director of arts, added: ‘Dance is an accessible art form that allows participants to explore the issues without having to find the words to describe how they feel. The professional dance leaders are expert in facilitating a safe space for this – in an unthreatening and non-competitive way which plays to strengths and engenders a sense of personal achievement, not failure.’
Alison Kenny, Sanctuary’s head of neighbourhood partnerships, continued: “Everyone here at Sanctuary Housing is thrilled to be involved in such a unique project for the local young people. Our donation has helped make the programme possible and we are proud to be working in partnership with The Dartington Hall and Public Health Torbay.
“We hope all the young people involved have an enjoyable time and we can’t wait to hear how everyone gets on in the final production.”