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Doncaster Dances!
This summer The Royal Ballet, in partnership with Cast and Doncaster Council, set themselves a mission to get Doncaster Dancing. The special project, a first for The Royal Ballet, has resulted in a unique community dance film called Doncaster Dances. You can watch it now below: Inspired by the choreography of Kenneth MacMillan’s ballet Romeo and Juliet, with synchronicity to today’s lockdown themes of love and separation, family, friendship and solidarity. The film also features Doncaster local and Royal Ballet dancer Charlotte Tonkinson and fellow Royal Ballet dancer Joseph Aumeer. Doncaster residents, primary schools, sports clubs, care homes and dance schools were supported with online resources from the Royal Opera House, alongside remote direction from The Royal Ballet to learn routines inspired by Romeo and Juliet.  The project brought together more than 130 residents, 6 community groups, 2 care homes and 2 local schools to get Doncaster dancing and celebrate movement in this isolating and challenging time. In 2019 the Royal Opera House announced this exciting partnership with Doncaster residents through Doncaster Creates (Doncaster’s Culture Development programme). This programme of cultural learning activity includes a commitment to work in every school in Doncaster over the next three years. As part of this partnership The Royal Ballet was due to perform at Cast Theatre in July 2020, however sadly both events were postponed due to the pandemic. Eager to continue its commitment to Doncaster and to bring dance to the community, The Royal Ballet, Cast and Doncaster Council have worked together to get Doncaster Dancing. Member of Parliament for Doncaster North, Ed Miliband, helped to establish Doncaster Creates as the region’s first cultural community project to harness and nurture the creativity of Doncaster. Kevin O’Hare, Director of The Royal Ballet comments, ‘The Royal Ballet were determined that the pandemic would not interfere with our plans for engaging with Doncaster residents and sharing the enriching experience of dance. Kenneth MacMillan’s powerful setting of Romeo and Juliet has always fired the collective imagination and was the perfect springboard for a process of creative exploration during dark times. Doncaster Dances has proved just how empowering the arts can be and is a wonderful testament to the resilience of the human spirit. This beautiful film is both poignant and optimistic, demonstrating that everyone in the community, young and old, can unite through dance.' Deborah Rees, Director of Cast adds, ‘Cast is delighted to be working in partnership with The Royal Ballet and that despite the pandemic, together we have found a way to engage with Doncaster communities through the inspirational programme Doncaster Dances.  The end result of this programme is an amazing film showcasing Doncaster’s talent and resilience and our thanks go to The Royal Ballet and the people of Doncaster for making this happen.' Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster said, ‘This Doncaster Dances premiere is the culmination of a tremendous project with The Royal Ballet. It has involved local residents, schools, community groups and care homes from across the borough, giving them the opportunity to learn a new skill, get active and have some fun with dancers from one of the most prestigious ballet companies in the world. Making this happen during these most difficult of times is a big achievement.'
Tuesday 11th of August 2020Read More
Bags of Creativity – DCEP in action!
This summer IVE, the Bridge Organisation for Yorkshire and the Humber, has worked with us at Doncaster Cultural Education Partnership and Children’s Services in Doncaster to deliver the Bags of Creativity project. Over 1000 bags were packed with creative activities and inspiring materials to be delivered to children and young people in Doncaster.  The bags are designed to make sure all children and young people can be creative at home by providing everything they need in one place. DCEP recruited a team of local artists and creative organisations to design activities for Bags of Creativity which have been printed onto double sided postcards. Child development specialists, Dr Karen Dunn and Di Chilvers provided training and mentoring to the team to ensure that activities are both tailored to the contents of the bags and engaging for children in each age range. Bags of Creativity, containing the 20 specially designed activity postcards, were created for three separate age groups. For 2-6-year-olds, an orange bag contained vibrant chiffon scarves, a space blanket, and many other materials to enhance imaginative play. 7-11-year-olds received a bright green bag full of colouring pencils, pipe cleaners and further tactile materials for creative expression. 12-16-year-olds received a navy-blue bag with contents including watercolour paints and modelling clay, giving them additional ways to explore their creativity. LazenbyBrown of York designed the Bags of Creativity free of charge. Many thanks to everyone involved in making this wonderful project happen. A special mention to the DCEP members who packed up the bags with the postcards and resources.  The postcards can be downloaded from the Kids Activities page of Cast’s website here. Here's are a few examples: For ages 2-6 For ages 7-11 For ages 12-16
Tuesday 4th of August 2020Read More
Aladdin Poetry Competition
Cast have an exciting creative writing opportunity and competition coming up, and we thought it would be perfect for your students to get involved in. Every student who enters will receive a certificate to be presented in assembly, and their poem will be collected in a poetry book to be displayed in Cast's Book Nook in the foyer. One winner will be chosen, and they will receive a family ticket to our pantomime and their entry will be published in our panto programme. The poem must be about either Aladdin or pantomimes, or be inspired by either theme. All poems must be no longer than 1 side of A4 and entrants must be between the ages of 5-11. Form and style are not important, so we're happy for you to suggest something that works into your upcoming lesson plans. If you would like any further information please email or call 01302 303 950. Or send poems to either or post to Cast, Waterdale, Doncaster, DN1 3BU Entries must be submitted by the 25th June 2021.
Friday 13th of March 2020Read More

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