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eMotion in Motion

eMotion in Motion is a creative therapies collaboration project, founded by Clair Byrne and Hakim Saber and is funded by the Arts Council for development in Nottingham and East London. It's ethos is to empower young people between the ages of 12 & 20 through dance, Hip Hop culture & psycho-education. Our aim is to utilise what is familiar to young people to engage and help create positive change, build resilience, increase socialisation, create positive emotional release/regulation and build life skills in a safe and non-judgemental environment supported by specialists and professionals in mental health and dance. Young people in deprived and inner city areas are often described as being at risk and are often exposed to various risk factors in their communities that may have a negative impact on their quality of life. Our belief is that dance has the ability to change attitudes, challenge perceptions and improve social and cultural cohesion within communities. Dance is broadly universal and crosses cultural barriers, with almost every culture rooted in some type of dance form. Young people accessing and engaging in the project will have the opportunity to develop street dance foundations, techniques & drills and improvisation will be encouraged to express thoughts, feelings and emotions. They will be encouraged to study performance pieces to enhance their knowledge and understanding of the art form and culture whilst developing transferable life skills around creating positive change, social inclusion and positive mental health through the delivery of psycho-education.  We work closely in accordance with the goals outlined within the Arts Councils 10 year strategic plan. The experience the young people will gain will be in accordance with the quality framework as outlined by the Arts Council following the 7 principles of: * Striving for excellence * Being authentic * Being exciting/inspiring/engaging * Positive child-centred experience * Actively involving young people * Providing a sense of personal progression * Developing a sense of ownership Our long term goal within this project is to a achieve to develop a nationwide therapeutic evidence based creative practice implementing and achieving goals set out by government policies and initiatives (Future in mind – promoting, protecting and improving our children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing DOH, 2015 & The Government’s Green Paper on mental health: failing a generation, 2018). Project access is via referral from education, healthcare and  youth/social organisations. Schools and colleges can book for the workshops to be delivered within their settings or referred students  can attend the workshop intensives at one of the Arts Councils bridge organisations. 

For more information check out the website or get in touch with Hakim.

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