Transition & Legacy Project 2022

Following successful funding applications to Arts Council England and numerous charitable trusts and foundations, Anjali started work on their Transition and Legacy project in January 2022. The 1-year project focuses on career development for our learning disabled dancers, organisational development and change management, all with our dancers at the heart of the activity.

In December 2022 Anjali’s Founder and Artistic Director Nicole Thomson will retire, after leading the company for 27 years. To stay true to our vision and inclusive practice, the dancers’ inclusion in leading the change in leadership is crucial.

People with learning disabilities are severely under-represented in the dance sector. There are very few learning disabled dancers with the training and professional experience that the Anjali dancers have; multiple barriers are still faced. So it is imperative that our six dancers continue to develop their skills and career, and are supported as required through this significant period of change in their professional lives.

The 2022 Transition and Legacy project will prepare the company and dancers for the next exciting stage in Anjali’s history, while celebrating achievements to date. Activities include:

Career Development 

A new course supporting the Anjali dancers to explore options and identify any support and/or training needs.

Teaching practice

Buddying up Anjali’s dancers with non-disabled freelance dance practitioners to work in pairs to devise and deliver workshops, with training and mentoring provided by the Anjali team. Partner organisations include: Birmingham International Festival, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Freefall Dance Company, Northern Ballet and Expressions Dance Festival. We will also compile teaching documentation and course materials for future users, and it is hoped that the team teaching partnerships will continue their work together beyond the scope of this project.

Dancers leading the change 

Work with our dancers to develop and deliver a recruitment process for Anjali’s new Director that they are integral to.

Sharing our practice 

A campaign to promote Anjali’s new extensive collection of online resources, a curated book drawing on Anjali’s archive and an article to document the company’s impact.

Anjali’s 2022 Transition and Legacy project is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England; as well as funding from The Angela Gallagher Memorial Fund; Backstage Trust; Christopher Laing Foundation; Doris Field Charitable Trust; HDH Wells 1965 Charitable Trust; Leche Trust; PF Charitable Trust and Stanton Ballard Charitable Trust.

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