Groundbreaking dance form pioneers in Ballydehob

Posted on: 6th May, 2014

Category: Arts & Entertainment

Contributor: West Cork People

The first of a series of outdoor dance performances took place last Tuesday in the Ballydehob Playground. It forms part of West Cork Inclusive Dance’s (WCID) programme of events coming to various locations all around West Cork this spring and summer.

WCID is a ground breaking new dance form where people with and without disabilities dance together in an enjoyable, playful and creative environment. Developed through the partnership of COPE Foundation, Co-Action, Croi Glan Integrated Dance and West Cork Art Centre, Inclusive Dance is for people of all physicalities and abilities.

Since the beginning of February, facilitated by Tara Brandel, director of Croi Glan Intergrated Dance, the dancers have been workshopping and rehearsing each Tuesday at the COPE Foundation, Skibbereen. They are now taking their performance to the public and are inviting everyone to join them. In the next month they will make a further two appearances; one in Ballydehob Community Playground on Tuesday, May 13, 12:30pm and one in Schull Community Playground on Tuesday, May 20, 12.30pm. Participation is welcome from everyone and admission is free.

The principle event that these dancers are working towards, and the culmination of all their hard work, is a grand performance on the 12 Arch Bridge in Ballydehob at the end of May. It will be performed by dancers of all abilities and include aerial dancers who will be suspended from the bridge. Rehearsals for this will take place from Monday 26 to Friday, May 30 at the 12 Arch Bridge in Ballydehob and will give passersby a glimpse of what to expect from the grand performance, which will happen on Saturday, May 31 at 6pm.

For further information on Inclusive Dance and all its upcoming events, contact West Cork Arts Centre on 028-22090 or like Inclusive Dance on Facebook at www.facebook.com/InclusiveDanceWestCork

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The inaugural Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition will take place in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen this Friday 23rd February. As part of Engineers Week 2018, leaders and members of Ballineen Foróige Club have organised an exhibition which will showcase a diverse and exciting range of engineering projects that have been undertaken by members of the club over the last few weeks, with the aid of leaders and a number of local engineers.

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