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Announcing the collaboration between London Youth Games and dance organisation Rambert Grades
11th May 2023
London Youth Games and Rambert Grades are delighted to introduce a new collaboration which celebrates dance across a two-day sporting event at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
This first-time dance collaboration will bring dance to young people of all backgrounds, including those from lower socio-economic groups and from diverse communities.
Rambert Grades will take over the Dance element of the ‘London Youth Games Finals Festival’ on 1 July at the Copper Box Arena where Londoners are invited to come together to celebrate Dance and Sport, and the School Games ‘Dance Final’ on 30 June.
The collaboration between London Youth Games and Rambert Grades will create memorable experiences for young Londoners. Empowering dance workshops run by Rambert Grades and Rambert dance company on 1 July will engage children, families and schools, with the aim to reach more dancers and broaden accessibility to movement. All attendees on this day will get the opportunity to be inspired by a unique performance from upcoming contemporary dance artists from the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance.
Furthermore, the collaboration with Rambert Grades will boost the experience of the Dance Final on 30 June, with young people and families getting the chance to join community workshops to boost their skills and confidence. Rambert Grades will also provide expertise and judges throughout the competition and in the lead up to the event.
For 45 years, London Youth Games Foundation has been delivering life-changing opportunities to thousands of young Londoners through the power of competitive sport.
Andy Dalby-Welsh, London Youth Games CEO, said: “We’re proud to launch this exciting collaboration with Rambert Grades to help young people from diverse backgrounds to access dance. Through London Youth Games Finals Festival workshops, young people from all 33 boroughs of London will get to experience the positive benefits of dancing on their health, including reducing stress- and improving mental well-being.
Our new collaboration with Rambert Grades gives young people the chance to give dance a go for free at our Finals Festival. Rambert Grades are hugely driven to make dance more accessible and together we’ll create memorable dance experiences to reach more young Londoners that may not have had the chance to benefit from dance before.”
Born from the collaboration between Rambert dance company and Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, Rambert Grades offers inclusive contemporary dance syllabi which are accessible for people from all backgrounds and of all abilities.
Amanda Britton, Joint CEO of Rambert Grades, said “It is a privilege to work alongside London Youth Games who share our vision and commitment to widening accessibility to movement. This event brings Rambert Grades, Rambert School and Rambert dance company together for the first time to celebrate dance with sport and we are really looking forward to offering opportunities to the schools, teachers and children of London.”