Liverpool dance company, Movema are launching a free accredited training programme for adults who are unemployed and out of education, based in the Liverpool City Region, supported by the European Social Fund.

The programme will be led by professional world dance and arts specialists, and has been developed with key sector partners and stakeholders to ensure the topics are relevant and fit for purpose with the goal of developing participants into further learning, completion of an accredited qualification, and/or employment.

Movema’s Co-Director, Ithalia Forel, said “We are delighted to be able to offer this opportunity at such a crucial time of uncertainty, increasing unemployment and reaching out to BAME dance artists as a response to the Black Lives Matter Movement. Our goal is to provide opportunities and training to those who may experience barriers with their career progression within the dance sector.” 

Desi Cherrington, Relationship Manager for Dance, Arts Council England  “Movema design and develop their services and programmes with artists and communities at their heart. I’m excited to see the future development of this timely programme and its continued support of and dialogue with Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic dance artists enabling them to fulfil their creative ambitions and aspirations. Arts Council recognises the valuable contribution made by ethnically diverse artists to the richness of arts and culture in this country.”

The programme has structured teacher led sessions, as well as on the job training and independent study hours for participants to attend free Movema dance classes, use Movema’s hot desk for tasks and develop their independent learning plan.

Movema are also working in partnership with Capoeria for All, Global Grooves and Milap; key arts organisations in the North West who share the same importance of accessibility and diversity for talent development and personal growth. 

Holly Prest, Artistic Director at Global Grooves, said “We draw on worldwide cultural art forms to deliver jaw-dropping, inspirational Carnival experiences through music, dance and visual arts. We are passionate about connecting young people, communities, and organisations by creating the most extraordinary opportunities, moments and memories.

Through providing training, mentoring and consultancy coupled with volunteering, participation and performance, we have witnessed that the immersive nature of Carnival can take people on phenomenal journeys, allowing them to discover everything they need for their own personal growth. We are very excited to be working in partnership with Movema on this programme and look forward to developing ways of supporting people into diverse arts”.

Lisa Smalley, ESF Community Grants Project Organiser, said “We are looking forward to working with Movema on this exciting new project “Making Moves”, it will bring the community together and offer unique training to help people back into employment.”

Applications are now open! Email admin@movema.co.ukfor an application pack and do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions. Just ask to speak to Ithalia! Deadline for applications Friday 16th October 2020.  

The course will cover the following topics personal development,Teaching Inclusive Dance, Dance Techniques, Choreography, Business Skills, Masterclasses on Indian and Afro Brazilian dance and culture (delivered by Global Grooves and Milap).