1 May 2015

Dancing back to 1914

A dance project is going ahead in Malmesbury to teach young people about dance, culture and history from the First World War, with funding from GreenSquare.

The Dancing Back to 1914 project invites people aged between 12 and 19 years old to learn dances from the First World War while also gaining insights into social life during the decade.

GreenSquare donated £3,000 to project, which is primarily being funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Toby Roberts, Community Involvement Manager at GreenSquare, said: "This project is a fantastic way to bring this part of history to life and capture the imagination of young people, so we were pleased to be able to donate some money towards it. As well as learning dances from that era, the young people who take part will also be visiting museums and historic buildings, and hearing stories from the time. 

"We held the first free session on Monday 27 April and had a good turnout. But we still want more young people to sign up either for one term or for the whole year. You don't need any previous dance experience to sign up - and even if dancing doesn't particularly strike your fancy, you can still get involved behind the scenes, helping with costumes and set design." 

Sessions run every Monday at Malmesbury Town Hall from 4.30pm until 6pm, in term time only. Performances will take place in the summer, at Christmas and in spring 2016. 

Thanks to £34,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the project is also running in Tidworth, Trowbridge and Salisbury.

We use cookies to improve our website. To find out what cookies we use and what they do, please read our privacy policy.