"At This Is Us, our mission is to give access to the arts, to provide opportunity for all to express themselves, be seen, heard and belong." [Read More]
This Is Us gives everyone access to the arts and allows them to express themselves. In doing this, everyone is able to be seen, heard and belong.
We are an inclusive company that have been based at Bishops Down Primary School for almost four years. We run in association with Stopgap Dance Company as one of their IRIS syllabus youth groups. This is a specialised inclusive syllabus to allow our dancers to work towards an end goal as well as developing their dance and social skills.
Our inclusive class is open to anybody who loves or wants to dance and be creative. We are delighted to have formed a well established group of dancers and over time we have seen them flourish and grow from strength to strength.
At ‘This Is Us’, we work very hard throughout each session to make sure all children are growing in confidence, independence and have the opportunity to be themselves.
Our vision is to continue sharing the importance of this very resonant statement which is:
“Diversity is being invited to the party; but Inclusion is being asked to dance.”
- Verna Myers
This Is Us pride ourselves on the impact we are making within the inclusive arts. Please take a moment to have look at what people have to say about us and what we have been doing since we began almost 4 years ago.
Our Company is filled with young, excitable and creative dancers! We range from the age of 8 - 14 years.
We are lucky enough to have an amazing team of support staff, a fantastic choreographic assistant and wonderful senior dancers who help and support the younger company members.
Earlier this year This Is Us became a Community Interest Company. Up until now we have been entirely self funded. However, with this new status we are able to look towards applying for local grants and receive business and personal donations too - these personal and business donations are key to the success and longevity of the company.
Throughout the year, This Is Us is involved in various performances locally and further afield. We have performed in theatres, at festivals, outdoors and have even explored dance for camera. We support each other, watch each other grow and love developing our creative voices in a safe environment.
Our dancers follow the IRIS syllabus created by Stopgap Dance Company. The syllabus is a way of a dancer monitoring their progress - it allows disabled dancers to follow the same level of ‘structure, balance and rigour of dance education’. We have successfully completed our Dance Skills section and are currently exploring our textures slice. We are very fortunate to be one of Stopgap’s IRIS groups and love visiting Stopgaps headquarters every year for their Winter Platform performance.
This Is Us have had the joy of delivering outreach sessions at Oakley School throughout 2019 and 2020. We love seeing how our sessions are making such a difference to these individuals.
If you would like This Is Us to come to your school to deliver a workshop or have more of a continuous relationship with us, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Equally if you know of a young person who would like to get involved in our company whether it is as a dancer or a DofE volunteer. Visit the CONTACT US page to make an enquiry.
FRIENDS OF THIS IS US
Please see who our friends are below! If you want to find out more, hover over their logo and click on the photo to be re-directed to their website!
Renre are in huge support of the work we are doing and have generously donated towards This Is Us and The Be You Festival. We are honoured to have such a prestigious company behind our work. Thank you!
We met Cripps Pemberton Greenish at our TEDx talk in January 2019. Since then Cripps have shown a huge interest and support towards This Is Us. We are very grateful to Cripps for believing in our ethos and we are excited to continue this relationship.
THANK YOU TO ALL OUR SUPPORTERS
Thank you to all those who continue to support This Is Us and watch us grow. If you would like to be thanked and acknowledged as a supporter, or donate - please visit our DONATE page where you can buy merchandise or simply donate. You would be contributing to the operation of our company and providing support necessary for us to showcase
'the importance of inclusion, the power of imaginative dance and the need to create a company to communicate with in years to come.’
Classes run every Monday
(term-time), 4:00 - 5:30 at:
Bishops Down Primary School
Alternatively you can get in touch using the form to the right or our live chat in the bottom of this web-page (when we're online!).
We can't wait to hear from you!