Reach Out and Reveal | End of year update

young people taking part in a dance workshop
Akademi's Reach Out and Reveal

Reach Out and Reveal is a pioneering initiative that places South Asian dancers ‘in residence’ at schools for young people with Special Educational Needs. It’s initial phase throughout 2018 has been supported by Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

2018 Project Report

This report follows the first year of the Reach Out and Reveal project; reflecting on context, challenges, relevance and success.

It considers the work of two dance artists at Papillon House School, where this project has been delivered, outlining the challenges that young people with autism spectrum disorder face and the value of bringing creative-classical Indian dance to these students.

Funding announced

We are excited to announce that we have secured funding from two major charitable bodies for Reach Out and Reveal; Children in Need and John Lyon’s Charity.

The continuation of Reach Out and Reveal at Papillon House will be supported by BBC’s Children in Need. The funding will support the role of a lead artist at the school, who will develop the project for a further three years.

John Lyon’s Charity will introduce Reach Out and Reveal to two London SEN Schools, in the boroughs of Brent and Hammersmith and Fulham. Artists in residence will deliver a three year program at these schools.

“These small but significant points of progress would not have been possible in a shorter-term project, or a project that did not fully engage the system and staff of the school, or indeed in a project that was focused on dancing.”

Reach Out and Reveal Project Report

Discover Reach Out and Reveal in a new video

We’re very excited to be able to share this first video capturing the Reach Out and Reveal project at Papillon House; featuring South Asian dance artists Anusha Subramanyam and Seema de Jorge-Chopra. Videography by James Williams.

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