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Annual event championing women in hip hop among dance projects to share £15k in bursaries

Ideas Fund recipients Kate Scanlan, Joel O'Donoghue, Kasia Truefitt, Kloe Dean, Michael Simon and Grace Okereke. Photo: Shane Gentles
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An annual event championing women in hip hop and workshops for primary school children are among the projects awarded money by a fund for new ideas in dance.

The recipients of bursaries totalling £15,000, awarded by the Ideas Fund, were announced at the 2019 Ideas Summit, an event held by East London Dance at Stratford Circus Arts Centre.

Choreographer Kloe Dean was awarded £4,987 towards an event celebrating the 10th anniversary of her company Myself UK Dance, with the aim to launch an annual platform and discussion to celebrate female creatives in hip hop and urban dance.

Dance practitioners Kasia and Ross Truefitt were granted £4,980 and one week’s rehearsal space at Studio Wayne McGregor to develop Performance and Dancing Mindfulness workshops focusing on mental health and well-being. These will be delivered to 10 primary schools across East London.

Other projects to receive funding included 360-degree performance experience inspired by 37 years of hip hop in London and a new dance theatre work based on the biblical story of Cain and Abel to explore topics related to masculinity and knife crime.

Fifteen artists and producers pitched their ideas to a judging panel chaired by East London Dance director Polly Risbridger.

Risbridger said: “The Ideas Fund panel was hugely impressed with the breadth and quality of the ideas being pitched today, and the professional, impactful and often entertaining manner in which they were delivered.

“The shortlist offered us a welcome reminder of the creativity and entrepreneurialism alive in the UK independent dance sector, and each and every one showed such passion about the positive difference they want to make.”

As well as the four projects to be offered funding, two further initiatives were offered in-kind support, including Uprise Rebel Productions, which was awarded access to Sadler’s Wells senior producing team for a project to improve diversity in the dance sector.

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