Funding from the Arts Council Wales and Barry Town Council has allowed Motion Control Dance to deliver a Big Barry Dance – a creative collaborations dance project in the Community First schools in Barry, this summer.

Motion Control Dance worked in a cluster of schools in Barry, providing the students, staff and parents with an opportunity to participate in a high quality dance project that was performed and enjoyed by the wider community in the sunshine.

The Big Barry Dance was a creative collaborative project between Motion Control Dance, Bryn Hafren, Cadoxton, Jenner Park, Oakfield and High Street Primary schools. Its aim was to engage students in physical activity over a 2 week period focusing upon Life Cycles.  The project raised community engagement by bring them altogether to share their experience in a large school performance with a Big Barry Dance.   The Mayor of Barrycame to witness the performance at Alexandra Gardens and was blown away with High StreetPrimary performance – he could not believe what was achieved in just 2 weeks!

The vision of this creative dance project was to allow the students to broaden their horizons by giving them an opportunity to access dance services making it accessible to all. This will give them self esteem to participate in dance and perform to a large audience of adults and their peers.   It also focused upon raising literacy and numeracy standards by incorporating set structures in the planning and delivery of the content.   Through movement students understood mood, expression and emotions as well as understanding numerical and spatial concepts which strengthened their performance


Thank you to the Arts Council of Wales Creative Collaborations Fund and the Barry Town Council for supporting this dance project financially.  Thank you also to all the schools, staff, students and families for making this dance initiative a huge success.


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