This month has highlighted just how much we’ve missed seeing our participants and dancing together in person. Whilst it’s been fun meeting up on Zoom, there really is nothing quite like dancing together in the flesh, which is why it’s been so amazing to be back hosting our Improvising Generations workshops in ‘covid-safe’ indoor and outdoor settings.
Our monthly cross-generational music and dance workshops were held at Trestle Arts Base on Sunday 18th October, with markings on the floor to ensure social distancing, plenty of hand sanitiser for enhanced hygiene and face masks for those able to wear them.
“Despite the new regulations and the extra time and consideration that this takes when organising a group activity, it really is worth it,” explains Carrie Washington, Director of BEEE Creative. “Seeing how much the participants enjoyed last Sunday’s workshop and hearing how much they’ve missed seeing us and one another in person, really highlighted how important our Improvising Generations project is.”
As well as our monthly workshops, we are continuing to run Zoom calls, which have become a popular feature over the past few months and see us regularly host virtual afternoon tea and a chat, along with dance and movement activities.
Our new weekly outreach program, in Priory Gardens, Royston and Manor House playing fields, Abbots Langley, provide further opportunities for participants to meet and dance in person and are already attracting a lot of interest, with the first sessions fully-booked.
Carrie continues “BEEE Creative delivers bespoke programs that offer everyone an opportunity to participate in a dance activity. It has been really important for us to keep in touch with those involved in our Improvising Generations program during lockdown and as we have emerged from it.
“It is great to see so many people still very much interested and engaged with the program and it is now vital for us to continue to reach out to the local community and offer opportunities to communicate and connect through dance.”
For further information about our Improvising Generations Program visit http://beee-creative.co.uk/wp/improvising-generations-main/
Improvising Generations is funded by the ‘Building Connections Fund’ thanks to both Her Majesty’s Government and National Lottery players (The National Lottery Community Fund).