15th August 2008
Streetdance and Circus skills workshops for Artsworks in Teesdale.
The day began early at Middleton in Teesdale Village Hall where we were soon joined by the quietest group of girls we’d ever worked with. I think Sean and I have become used to boisterous inner city groups.
We started with circus skills in the morning, a break for lunch then a time of free play on the circus props. The day ended with a small showing for parents. Acts included a flower stick passing routine, juggling, some diabolo tricks and the dance routine to Flo Rida’s “Low.” Not bad for a day’s work.
Returning to work in Teesdale made me think about arts provision in rural areas and opportunities for young people to learn from arts professionals. There seems to be a lot of activity aimed at involving youth in urban areas in the arts under the assumption that somehow they are culturally disadvantaged. However, I think that those living in rural areas are at a disadvantage too, often living a long way from arts venues and cultural hubs and there seems to be a lot less effort at cultural engagement with these groups.
what can we do?