Extraordinary Bodies Young Artists
Formally called, Moving On, Extraordinary Bodies Young Artists is a progression programme to support the young people in inclusive practice and ensure there are more routes into the performing arts. Only 1.5% of the current cohort on drama and dance higher education courses in the UK self-identify as disabled. They do not have a wide range of impairments. We believe the project will help develop a more inclusive approach to education and progression routes for young people.
Linked to our Remix East and West groups the new Moving On progression programme offers:
'Mapping & Research' exercise of Further and Higher Education courses in the UK that are positive towards disabled students and professional performance companies that recruit disabled performers;
launching an interactive website 'www.diversefutures.org.uk' on progression routes for young people, based on the above research, to assist young people and their families/carers in making choices about their future;
providing a series of coaching sessions for young disabled people with a progressions advisor;
advocacy to the further and higher education sector in and around Dorset (including Bournemouth and Poole) to support them to welcome more disabled students on to their performing arts courses;
offering training for artists and organisations in inclusive practice;
launching 'Remix Gold', a semi-professional integrated performance company which will, through residencies with professional artists, tour performances and provide young disabled people experience of being in a professional company and all its attendant roles.
Moving On is being led by Diverse City in partnership with Activate and is supported by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Arts Council England, Pavilion Dance South West, Dorset County Council.