15th February 2018
Who can believe we ‘re half way through the second month of the year already? How time Flies!! We hope you’ve had a great start to the year so far!
We were delighted to end 2017 with a spectacular crew of dancers and musicians, each boasting a wealth of talent and bringing that to the continuing development of 6 Feet, 3 Shoes, supported by Arts Council England, Tasgadh, BEMIS and a range of wonderful partners.
We took to touring the land performing “6 Feet, 3 Shoes”, #6F3S ,in seven intimate, rural and unusual city centre venues located within Yorkshire, Cumbria, Edinburgh and Perthshire where we celebrated St. Andrews day in style on our closing night with a packed village hall.
We had the pleasure of meeting old and new friends along the way including the Lord Mayor of Leeds and John Swinney (Scotland’s First Minister) who sent a personal message of support for our closing performance on St Andrews Day.
To all who supported us throughout the tour – from assisting with funds to make it happen, promoting events, transporting crew, volunteering in workshops or at front of house, providing accommodation, supplying us with vital nutrients to keep us going and to each and every audience member who came along to see the shows. We LOVED dancing with everyone at the SD ceilidhs and look forward to getting back on that dance floor with you again later this year.
Particular thanks go to Arts Council England, BEMIS, Tasgadh, Dance Studio Leeds, Kirkgate Arts, The Storytelling Centre, Traditional Dance Forum Scotland, Dance Action Zone Leeds, Leeds University Union, Rural Arts, Seven Arts and the National Rural Touring Forum Dance Initiative.
SO what now?!
After a well deserved break we have managed to hit the ground running (dancing!) in 2018 and are already ahead of plan for the year.
January started with a fantastic event at Celtic Connections in Glasgow where we were invited by BEMIS Scotland to celebrate Burns night. With an array of international folk and traditional art performers taking the stage it a brilliant night and celebration of sharing of cultures and of the inclusive ethos which BEMIS Scotland proudly emanate, which resonates with strongly us here at Slanjayvah Danza.
Back in Leeds, Jen spent a morning with students from Leeds Beckett University students teaching some company rep, Flamenco and Spanish folk dances. Much fun was had and it was a pleasure working with the group who picked up all the materials super fast! Great work all!
Meanwhile at the admin hub, we have been adding ingredients to our cauldron and brewing some more magic to bring to you. Additions and tweaks are now starting to take place on the new website (head over there for a peak) and we continue to fundraise for the next stages of our work. If you wish to be involved in any fundraising efforts, share ideas or offer any support in donations or sponsorship to the company please do contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
On a practical note…
Next week sees us heading back to Madrid to meet with partners for future activities including Emilio Serrano from Espacio de Danza y Creacion, Oscar Losada, Director of the Escuela Municipal de Música Buitrago and Flamenco musician and singer Tito Fernandez. During our visit we are delighted to deliver a traditional Scottish Ceilidh with MonteHoliday weekend ecotourist camp for a night of burling each other around like crazies!
At the end of March Jen will join Kae Sukari and her Sound of Dance project for a week in Lismore as she develops new work with her troup and Nic Gareiss.
We look forward to posting some videos of all the shenanigans along the way so do head on over to our Slanjayvah Danza page for most up to date info. https://www.facebook.com/slanjayvah
KEEP IN TOUCH!
Now into the swing of things, we aim to issue a monthly / bimonthly newsletter throughout 2018. See you then.