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Make space 2012 is a 10-day summer dance camp for girls, which explores the relationship of the individual and group to movement and space. The girls will develop their self-confidence and desire to be creative through using street culture, dance and a skatepark as a starting point.

The project is aimed at girls between the ages of 13 and 16 who live in the districts of Ersboda, Ålidhem and Mariehem. It concerns making dance more accessible for girls who for different reasons haven’t had an opportunity for dancing. Furthermore it’s about creating a platform for dance and working with dance at Sparken (the skatepark by the embankment in the centre of the Umeå). The initiators are Emmalo Lundström, chairperson of Danscentrum Norr and Shirley Harthey Ubilla, dance instructor.

– We will make use of the inspiration and ideas that develop when the skatepark is considered in terms of space, says Emmalo Lundström.

The dance camp which will be held in the summer will include dance classes that feature different styles such as house dance, locking and hype, as well as workshops and the arrangement and performance of a small finale in Sparken.

– The goal of the dance camp is to give young girls the strength, energy and pep to take up more space. Dance can be used as a tool for developing their own ideas and at the same time they can practise cooperating with other girls, tells Emmalo Lundström.

During the year 2013 it is planned that a comparable dance camp will be held for boys in secondary school. Furthermore, in preparation for the European Capital of Culture year 2014 we are toying with the idea that professional dancers will meet with young people and together with skateboarders they can occupy Sparken for a big show.

The project has been granted SEK 20 014 from the Cultural Boost as cofinancing for the arrangement of the dance camp 2012.

Photo: Peter Lundholn. Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Organizer: Emmalo Lundström

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