It has been a little while coming but here is the new edition of The Monthly, Community Arts Partnership's online arts sector magazine, which has separate editions covering, Community Arts, Poetry & Spoken Word and Dance. Here we have the February edition of the Monthly committed to Dance.
For this edition we interview Ann Godfrey from the Cushendun District & Development Association (CDDA) who outlines the resurgence of Set Dancing in the Cushendun area, and across the island generally. She offers us the history of Set Dancing, why it has re-emerged particularly in Cushendun, and where people can get involved. We also showcase a video of the Claddagh Set from teacher Matt Cunningham's series on YouTube, so that people can see the style of dancing Ann is referring to.
We take a look at the videos made by the young people who took part in the ‘Ode to Earth’ project. This was the collaboration between DU Dance, Beyond Skin and VILLA Leipzig as part of the #CulturalBridge pilot programme in 2022. The project brought together young people from Northern Ireland and Germany who combined their skills in music, dance and civic engagement to create these videos reflecting on cultural relationships to the land around us. The themes were, how we find balance, how we appreciate the beauty of the land, and how the land can be protected.
And finally we showcase the work of The Foundation for Community Dance, and its People Dancing organisation which is committed to community and participatory dance. We have two videos, "11 million reasons to dance" and "Beth's Story".
And that finishes off the February edition of the Monthly concentrating on Dance, looking at local and international practitioners.