Education & Outreach
Citymoves Dance Agency offers a number of different educational opportunities and outreach programmes.
Please contact if you would like to get involved in any of our programmes. Citymoves is always looking for new projects, programmes, and tutors. Please feel free to contact us with any suggestions.
The Dance for Parkinson’s programme was first created by the Mark Morris Dance Group in New York and was devised by Programme Director David Leventhal. Dance for Parkinson’s was founded in 2001 and offered specialised dance classes to people with Parkinson’s, their families, friends and care partners, originally delivered in New York City and then rolled out to 100 communities in 20 countries around the world.
Citymoves is delighted to be hosting a weekly class designed especially for people living with Parkinson’s, their families and carers. These classes are suitable for people with no dance experience and will develop confidence and creativity, whilst addressing Parkinson’s specific concerns such as: balance, flexibility, coordination, gait and social isolation. The session is followed by tea/coffee, cake and a blether!
This programme is delivered by qualified and experienced dance artists, musicians and volunteers. If you are interested in supporting the programme as a volunteer or as musician, please contact either; Éowyn or Amy. If you are interested in the national programme please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SQA Higher Dance Programme
Citymoves Dance Agency offers the SQA accredited Higher Dance Qualification. The dance qualification covers: ballet, choreography, contemporary, jazz, theory.
The 2020-2021 course began with digital delivery via Google Education on Mondays and Wednesdays using virtual learning through the Google Education Classroom and has now returned to the Anatomy Rooms Studio.
The new session for 2021-2022 will commence in June and run until May 2022.
Students will train in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Choreography and theory. It is recommended that students have previous dance training at a high level as this course moves along quickly. Students are expected to attend all classes, wear appropriate dance attire, have appropriate footwear and complete all coursework on time. Citymoves Dance Agency has been running Higher Dance for 7 years with a 100% pass rate. Students have gone on to further training at The Space, Dance for All, Royal Conservatoire of Dance Scotland, MGA, Northern School of Contemporary Dance and Trinity Laban.
Spaces are limited, early booking is advised.
Mondays & Wednesdays
14:00 - 16:30
Anatomy Rooms Studio
Project Strive is a targeted project, funded through Cashback for Creativity, Creative Scotland, for young people age 10-24, targeting areas of deprivation within Aberdeen City running until March 2020. We currently offer free weekly dance/art activities as a form of alternative engagement for young people who are at risk of exclusion from school or those who are at risk of anti-social behaviour. We aim to develop participants confidence and self-esteem while offering transferable employable skills and life skills. Our current partners include: Denis Law’s Street Sport, Transition Extreme, Sport Aberdeen, Cummings Park Community Centre and Aberdeen City Council. Over the course of the Project we have had some fantastic results and achievements from the young people we have worked with, including several groups performing at large scale events in the city, such as the opening of the Music Hall, opening of Aberdeen Art Gallery, several NuArt launches, and Dancelive 2019. We hope to secure further funding in order to sustain Project Strive and continue with our work in Aberdeen communities.
Project Strive has now come to a close. Citymoves hopes to retain some of these classes, once studios and classes are allowed to resume.
Work Study Programme
To be determined
10:00 - 16:30
The Anatomy Rooms Office
Citymoves Dance Agency hosts work experience students throughout the year. S3 students will come through their local authority work experience department in Aberdeen or Aberdeenshire Councils. These students will experience shadowing class tutors, observe artists residencies, take part in classes and events throughout their week and create their own projects. Older students will contact us directly to create a bespoke training experience to complement or enhance a module the are working on. Previous students have come through Aberdeen University, RGU, NESCOL, The Space Scottish School of Contemporary Dance and Edinburgh College.
Saturday 14th & 28th November 2020
Saturday 19th December 2020
Online Open Sessions
Horizons Aberdeen is our FREE Aberdeen based inclusive youth dance company for dancers aged 12 to 19, with and without disabilities.
Horizons Aberdeen is run by YDance in partnership with Citymoves Dance Agency.
Dancers develop their technical dance skills and take part in choreographic workshops and performance opportunities throughout the year.
We will be delivering Open Sessions for young people who are interested in joining Horizons Aberdeen. These sessions will enable you to take part in the Horizons class and ask any questions you may have about the Horizons company. Participants are welcome to take part in all of the Open Sessions. From these sessions we will select a number of young people to form the Horizons Aberdeen company. The company will meet once a month throughout 2021 and work together with two professional and experienced dance teachers.
To become a member of Horizons you must:
Be aged between 12 and 19
Be from, or living in Aberdeen
Be able to commit to the Company Monthly Meet Up dates.
DATES Horizons Open Sessions
Saturday 14th November 10am – 12pm
Saturday 28th November 10am – 12pm
Saturday 19th December 10am – 12pm
COMPANY MONTHLY MEET UPS
These sessions are for the selected dancers who will form the Horizons Aberdeen Company
Saturday 30th January 10am – 2pm
Saturday 27th February 10am – 2pm
Saturday 20th March 10am – 2pm
Classes would normally be held at The Anatomy Rooms Studio in Aberdeen, but due to the current COVID-19 restrictions we will be delivering classes via Zoom. We will return to the studio as soon as it is safe to do so.
What costs are involved?
There is no membership fee for being part of Horizons.
How do I apply?
To take part in the Horizons Aberdeen Open Sessions please complete the application form via the YDance Horizons Aberdeen web page. The deadline to book is the Wednesday preceding each Open Session. We will email all applicants with the Zoom link, password and our health and safety guidance document.
After all the Open Sessions, if we feel your experience will suit the group, we will get in touch and invite you to be one of the final dancers to form the Horizons Aberdeen Inclusive Youth Dance Company.
Contact Hayley Durward for further details.