Wiltshire: Stepping Back In Time

Youngsters in Wiltshire are getting the chance to step back in time and learn dances from the First World War.

First World War soldiers

Wiltshire Council has been awarded £34,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for Dancing Back to 1914, a project combining dance with learning the social history of the time. 

There will be Regular dance sessions are being held in Tidworth, Trowbridge, Salisbury and Malmesbury, aimed at 12-19 year olds and their families. 

People wanting to learn the dances or become involved in preparing for performances including costume and stage design, are being invited to attend. No previous dance experience is necessary. 

The project will include pop-up dances, performances and celebrations of learning and achievement which will be shared with peers, families and the wider community. 

As well as preparing dance performances, young people will gain an insight into social life during the decade by visiting museums and historic buildings, talking to inspirational people relaying stories from the time and reading letters from the frontline. 

The project will run for a year in term time only with performances in the summer, Christmas and spring 2016. 

Young people can sign up for one term or for the whole year. Venues are as follows: 

Trowbridge Town Hall, Market Street, Trowbridge, BA14 8EQ Starting Monday 27 April 2015 from 5.30-7.00pm 

Malmesbury Town Hall, Cross Hayes, Malmesbury, SN16 9BZ, Starting Monday 27 April 2015 from 4.30-6.00pm 

The Dance Studio, Wellington Academy, Tidworth Road, Tidworth, SP11 9RR. Starting Tuesday 28 April 2015 from 5.00-6.30pm 

Salisbury Arts Centre, Bedwin Street, Salisbury SP1 3UT. 

There will be a taster session on Thursday 7 May 2015 then weekly classes starting Thursday 4 June 2015 from 7pm to 8:30pm 

Those wanting to sign up for the project can email emily.malcolm@wiltshire.gov.uk

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