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Dancing can help children and young people to explore boundaries; it can boost confidence, self esteem and leadership skills and can act as a vital alternative to competitive sports to keep young people active and healthy. Dance can also help young people engage better with their education and has a positive impact on improving literacy and memory, problem solving and teamwork.

We play a significant role in co-ordinating and supporting dance work with, by and for children and young people across the region.

As a venue we provide performance opportunities for schools and youth dance companies across the South West and produce bespoke projects and workshops in collaboration with professional artists and schools in Bournemouth and Poole.

We work closely with schools because that way we can reach every child, regardless of their background, and give them the chance to realise their interest or talent in dance and reap the health benefits of engaging in dance.

Pavilion Dance South West is also an Arts Award Centre, with advisors delivering the qualification at all levels.

The Bounce Action Group meets twice a year to consider new opportunities and issues to do with dance and children and young people. Recent discussions have been around how to sustain youth dance companies and boys’ dance. Representatives from the regional dance partners bring young people with them to make sure they have a strong voice in our work. Current membership includes regional dance partners and young people.

The magazine below showcases some of the work with children and young people that has been happening in the region.

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