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Dance festival shows talents

TALENTED people with additional needs will be showcasing their talent at Festival in Chichester next weekend.

 

The two days of performances will celebrate the creative talents of local people with additional needs at the Riverside Theatre at Chichester College. Performances will start at 7pm for both Saturday, March 16, and Sunday, March 17.

 

Performances will be from a variety of groups including Chichester FestivALL Youth Theatre Friday Late group, Chichester Down Syndrome Support Group and Theatre Inc.

 

The youth theatre is one of the most celebrate in the UK and aims to offer young people of all abilities from a variety of backgrounds the opportunity to lead a creative life.

 

Its Friday Late group for young adults with additional needs offers a safe and encouraging environment in which people over 18 can develop their artistic and social skills.

 

The support group is a charity supporting children and young adults and their families in the Chichester area. They raise funds to support speech therapy and the Dance Crew, as well as offering vital support to families. The Dance Crew were formed 18 months ago to produce a short film celebrating their talents for Down Syndrome Awareness Day.

 

Kath Lake, who set up the group, said: “The dance crew was set up in September, 2017, to create a dance video for world down syndrome day in March, 2018. The video was such a success that the group has continued to dance under Suzanne Hill’s expert guidance.

 

“It has been fantastic watching the children gain in confidence and skills over the last year.

 

“They now do dance displays with confidence and are gaining recognition in the local community. We are all so proud of them and everything they have achieved. The group is feeling very honoured to be involved in FestivALL and the children are very excited about it.”

 

The title of dance is ‘Unique… but all the same!’ and is inspired by the characters and talents of the wonderful dancers in the group.

 

The aim is for the group to show the audience that everyone is unique but in many ways, are all the same. Children with Down Syndrome are often underestimated and was choreographed by Suzanne Hill and dancers.

 

The music they will be dancing to is their mix of tracks, edited by Charlotte Mason, including Let’s get ready to Rumble, I am the one and only, Can’t stop the feeling and This is me, as these are songs that celebrate being your own person.

 

Other performers include Delta 7, a seven-piece rock band from Eastbourne, Sg Troop, a small group of committed dancers interested in inclusive practice and integrated choreography and Theatre Inc, an award-winning specialised training company based at Chichester College. For more information visit: cft.org.uk/whats-on/event/festivall

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