Dance artist Caroline Bowditch led two creative dance workshops at Elmwood College recently for groups of young people from the College Student Development Department. The workshops were a huge success with students experimenting with different aspects of contemporary dance. The students were really enthusiastic about their experience. Students, Laura Lorimer and Jackie Smith said, “It was unusual and good fun. We liked the style of dancing. It would be good to do it again”.
Elmwood Lecturer, Jo Aitken, is a volunteer with Cupar Arts Festival who wanted to cater for this young age group during their recent Festival. Jo explained, “Elmwood seemed like a logical option as it has great facilities, a willing group of staff and extremely enthusiastic students. This was a great way for the young people, mostly with additional support needs, to take part in the Festival“.
In 2008, Caroline was appointed Dance Agent for Change by the Dundee based Scottish Dance Theatre. Part of her role is to expand the thinking around who can dance and change the way people in Scotland think about the way disabled people are involved in dance. Caroline explains more about her post on the website www.danceagentforchange.co.uk.