Dancer in residence leaves valuable mark on pupils and teachers alike

The Creative Dance Residency which has been in full swing for the past three months is coming to an end. During her time in Shetland, dance artist Lisa Sinclair has been working in both educational and community settings, encouraging people of all ages to develop their enthusiasm for dance.

To celebrate the residency there will be a one-off performance tomorrow night at the Town Hall. The performance is called Wir Here and features pieces created by Lisa with two separate groups.

One piece is by the Bridges Project and the other by a group of young dancers who have worked with Lisa during her time here. The students involved in Bridges have also been involved in the technical support for the performance and recording the process. The production will also feature music performed by local artists.

According to Lisa the performance is the icing on the cake.

She said: “With any residency, most of the work happens in a quiet way with a special shared experience between the participants and the dance activity.

“It is important however to take this a stage further and challenge some of the dancers to share their skills and creativity with a wider audience. This is a great way to celebrate both their achievements and the joy of dance itself.”

During her time in Shetland Lisa has been working with all age groups from pre-school to 60 plus. She has also been creating movement with pupils from the Anderson High School. Some of this activity was also developed towards a performance which took place in the school where pupils were able to show fellow pupils their new skills.

Having a dance artist in residence has been a valuable experience for the pupils and for the teachers too who have enjoyed additional sessions in contemporary dance with Lisa so they can continue with dance in the future.

The performance of Wir Here starts at 7.30pm and although admission is free booking is recommended. Bookings can be made from Shetland Box Office on Lerwick 745555.


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