Wriggle has an expansive education and community strand to their work, in order to further extend the company’s offer. Our priorities are to engage audiences who do not currently or regularly access arts provision, as well as to establish more meaningful creative opportunities for children and their families as well as other members of our community.
Wriggle’s work takes the company into schools, children’s centres, libraries, care homes and other community settings with sessions planned specifically to support children’s learning, as well as offering a high quality arts experience to children, their grown-ups, intergenerational groups and residents of care homes.
Wriggle also offer Continued Professional Development days for artists, practitioners and teachers wishing to develop their skills in certain areas.
Contact us to to find out more about our Learning & Participation Programme.
To access our free resource for families - 'Fantastic ideas to develop your child's brain and body'
Below is a selection of projects wriggle is currently working on, or that are available to book. Please contact us for further information or for a bespoke project for your setting.
Creative Dance DVD for the elderly
Wriggle have been busy during lockdown, producing this DVD which was distributed to 12 Northamptonshire Sure Healthcare Care Homes.
The DVD is a series of warm-ups, sing-along dances, dance routines and stretch and relax routines aimed at older, frail participants. It can be used as a pick and mix to make up a group session or for 1 to one interaction with individuals.
Presented by Lucy Knight and Kath Kimber-McTiffen, Co-directors of Wriggle Dance Theatre this DVD is available FREE to view on our Youtube Channel
Early Years Dance & Movement Development Training Course
A continued professional development course suitable for early years practitioners and teachers who don’t necessarily come from a dance background but would like to gain skills and ideas in working with creative dance and movement.
The day will be co-delivered by Lucy Knight and Kath Kimber-McTiffen, Co-directors of Wriggle Dance Theatre and will be packed with ideas to use in the community, schools and other early years settings.
The training day will be largely practical, participants need to be prepared to move and try out ideas physically, offering the opportunity to learn about Wriggle’s child led approach to movement play, utilising creative dance and props. Participants will come away with a wide variety of practical ideas and approaches which will give them confidence to design and deliver their own creative dance sessions for early years and/or gain ideas to integrate into their existing sessions eg. story stomp/rhymetime.
Participants will also receive FREE, a copy of Wriggle’s Early Years Resource Pack, a toolkit of dance, movement and craft ideas and a copy of Wriggle’s music CD, ‘Music for Early Movers’, a collection of original compositions by Anthony Kimber-McTiffen for use in early years sessions.
When: Thursday 28th November 2019
Time: 10am to
Where: Towcester Library
BOOKING INFO: Please email / 0785 4143163
Include your contact details (name, email & phone number) to reserve a FREE space (places limited)
Priority places for library staff & volunteers if booked before Thursday 31st Oct
DEADLINE FOR BOOKING: THURSDAY 21ST NOVEMBER
Below is a small selection from a vast array of projects Wriggle has delivered, to give you a flavour of what we do. Please contact us for a bespoke project for your setting
FREE families Creative Dance sessions in South Northants - Starting Jan 2020
For 10 consecutive weeks we will be running creative dance sessions for families with children 2+ years in 4 South Northamptonshire libraries.
Sessions will run on Mondays as follows:
Towcester Library - 10.45am - 11.30am
Brackley Library - 10am - 10.45am
Middleton Cheney Library - 1.45pm - 2.30pm
Bringing arts to rural communities
Funded by Northamptonshire Community Foundation’s Yelvertoft Community Wind Farm Fund, ‘Bringing Arts to Rural Communities’ will enable Wriggle to bring together 3 professional performers with children from 2 rural primary schools (Crick Primary and Yelvertoft Primary) to devise a performance over 5 weeks in June/July 2018 to be performed to members of the local communities in a charming outside theatre space in Yelvertoft.
5 Weekly sessions in each school will consist of a programme of creative movement and dance activities and opportunities for the children to develop their own creative ideas. The performance will be inspired by wind energy and the aesthetic of the wind turbines. This theme will enable opportunities for the children to understand more about how wind energy is produced, how the turbines work and respond creatively devising their own movements, utilising patterns, shapes and energy as stimulus.
Performance date: Sat 14th July 2018 Yelvertoft village Hall
Into The Rainbow workshop
To either run alongside Wriggle's touring show for non-theatre spaces 'Into The Rainbow', or as a separate event this sits with our extensive programme of outreach workshops for early years and families.
Come and move, play and be creative with your little ones. Explore a magical world or colour and emotion.
Suitable for 2 to 6 year olds. Can be booked within a nursery, school, children’s centre, library or community setting.
Families Creative Dance at Lillington Library
As part of Wriggle's research & development into the links between creative dance and child development we will be delivering a series of 7 weekly creative dance workshops for families at Lillington Library in partnership with Warwickshire Libraries Service and funded by Warwick District Council Arts Development.
Sessions are running from 7th November for 7 weeks, every Tuesday:
10am-10.30am for under 2's and babies
10.45am-11.30am for over 2's
Places are limited so book early by speaking to a member of staff at Lillington Library or email firstname.lastname@example.org
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TRAINING WITH ELAINE COWLEY FROM MEANINGFUL MOVEMENT
UNDERSTANDING & EXPLORING BABIES & YOUNG CHILDRENS' PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT
Are you a movement and dance, or early years’ practitioner who.......
Wants to understand more about how babies and young children develop physically
Wants a year by year guide to the kind of movements and skills that children can – and should - be exploring?
Wants to be able to use simple Laban Movement Analysis to help children explore movement?
In partnership with Wriggle and The Core at Corby Cube, this course is delivered by Elaine Cowley from Meaningful Movement Ltd. She is a Sherborne Developmental Movement Practitioner, consultant and trainer, and creator of the highly successful Big Moves intervention programme used in primary schools in Leicester City and Leicestershire.
DATE: Monday 19th March
TIME: 10am – 4pm
VENUE: The Lab, The Core at Corby Cube, George St, Corby NN17 1QG COST: £55 (including full resources and a book, Moving on Up worth £20)
Warwick District Council workshops in Childrens centres
The project will start in the last week of February and run for 3 consecutive weeks in each of the 3 targeted centres:
If you are interested in taking part in the sessions contact you nearest centre on the number below or contact for further information
Dale Street - 01926 423621
Westgate and Newburgh - 01926 490629
Whitnash - 01926 315586
Dance Across the Years
Supported through funding from Northamptonshire Community Foundation, The Compton Fund for Arts Wriggle are delivering an inter-generational community dance project with participants from St Crispins Retirement Village and St Lukes CEVA Primary School in Northampton.
The project is running for 10 weeks and culminates in a performance to an invited audience of friends and family at St Crispin Village Hall in March. The group has 30 participants between the ages of 8 and 93 who each week, working with Wriggle Dance Theatre, create dances together and learn fun dance routines.
The project is an opportunity to bring young and old together and reduce social isolation. Maureen, one of the residents taking part, said 'I enjoy the sessions as much as the children do and they take me back many years, they are magical'.
The group has been sharing their stories and memories with each other and expressing them through creative dance.