Fifty years after Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, 30 school children are floating around a field in slow motion, enjoying the weightless feeling of aerial dance.
Over the course of the week, EVERYBODY DANCE had around 60 children flying and swinging around at our base at Longlands Farm, Whitbourne.
The children, from local primary schools, learned how to buckle up their harnesses, and begin practising the art of aerial dance. They started with the basic, although sometimes dizzying, skills of spinning, swinging, rolling and inverting. Collisions were avoided and all flyers made it safely back to earth!
For the afternoon, the story of “The Man In The Moone” was used as inspiration for the young dancers to create their own pieces using themes and images from the story. With ideas they picked out ranging from ‘moon’ to ‘moustache’, the brilliant story telling sessions with Ben Haggarty had clearly left an impression.
“Our Man In The Moone” by EVERYBODY DANCE comes to the stage on the 31st of August, starring childen from these workshops and members of the local community. There is still time if you would like to be involved, so please get in touch!
by Jessica Abouzied – EVERYBODY DANCE