Freefall's outreach work
For almost ten years Freefall has been extending its reach through its innovative and collaborative dance development initiatives. Alonside a rigorous disability awareness intervention (designed and led by Fox Hollies School), members of the Freefall company frequently lead workshops with primary and secondary groups in special and mainstream educational settings. To date they have developed relationships with 19 schools, led teacher and dance artist INSETS and worked directly with over 300 young people.
More recently the Freefall company has developed a reputation for its work with universities. Partnerships have been extended with the University of Birmingham, School of Education and Coventry University, Department for Occupational Therapy. These have resulted in Freefall company members performing and leading workshops with trainee PE teachers and Occupational Therapists respectively and in both cases form part of thei annual on-going programmes.
'I just wanted to say thank you for organising that trip today. It was so moving and powerful and very emotional. I gained such an insight and admiration for people with different needs from my own, and it really made my career as an Occupational Therapist more real' Third year Occupational Therapy student, Coventry University
'I have spoken to xxxx about yesterday's performance and I know that both she and the students not only enjoyed the experience, but allso have learned a huge amount about both dance and learning disability that will stay with them for a very long time. Please could you thank Freefall on our behalf and say how much we enjoyed ourselves.' Occupational Therapy course leader, Coventry University
'Absolutely awesome day' 'thank you so much for an amazing experience' PGDipEd Physical Education students, Birmingham University