Aspire Arts Foundation
Street Dance for Aspire Arts Foundation in Manchester
Ri Ri’s Charity arm, Aspire Arts Foundation, received funding from Forever Manchester to aid the Communities of Tameside and Stockport through the arts. Dance entertainment, such as Street Dance, was provided at Care Homes. In addition to this, creative work such as Arts & Crafts, were arranged in Special Needs Schools, around the Greater Manchester area. All the Projects were, of course, extremely rewarding for those facilitating.
Ri Ri’s Dance Academy provided Aspire Arts Foundation with a range of Dancers and Drama teachers for their Community projects.
Street Dance at the Seashell Trust
In 2014, a Street Dancer from the Academy performed a powerful routine which underlined inspiring and extreme flexibility! The routine combined a medley of a number of the top R&B songs, which everyone instantly recognised. This performance was for the children at the Seashell Trust Charity, who are based in Cheadle Hulme. The reputable Seashell Trust is a Charity for children, young people and adults who may have sensory impairment, profound and multiple learning difficulties, and profound communication difficulties.
Street Dance Workshop
Ri Ri’s Street Dancer created a tailor made mini Street Dance Workshop for the children to participate in. It was beautiful to see that they couldn’t wait to start dancing and were itching to rock some moves to the music!
Street Dance is a global phenomenon which has been inspired by the hip-hop scene of the eighties. The dance form itself is an incredible cardiovascular workout as well as numerous other health benefits. A few examples include maintaining strong bones, improving posture and muscle strength and combating stress.
The positive impact of Dance …
Music, Drama and Dance have a huge positive impact on children with complex needs and disabilities. These art forms give children a new way to communicate and express themselves and this was easy to see during the Street Dance Workshop at the Trust. The children were interacting with each other in non verbal way whilst simultaneously building their confidence, through the sound of the music and movement.