We are delighted to announce we have been awarded funding from Dance Hub Birminghamfor our new project Pro Gati.

Pro Gati is a 15-month programme to upskill and engage with the South Asian dance sector. The first stage will look at taking stock of the sector as it currently is and looking to the future through dance labs, roundtables and knowledge sharing. The project will have a focus on Dance Labs for South Asian Dance practitioners to explore Dance and Digital, and Applied Dance in Health and Mental Health; Roundtable discussions on critical sector issues with showcase performances and documentation and sharing of the above for future reference and as teaching tools.

Sampad is delighted to have secured the support of Dance Hub funding to strengthen the South Asian dance sector in Birmingham and beyond, increase employability and encourage cutting edge work on diverse platforms including digital and film. This investment is vital in helping South Asian dance to thrive in this area.

Piali Ray

As well as funding for Sampad, Dance Hub Birmingham have also invested in projects by Arts Connect and Sonia Sabri Company.

The Dance Hub Birmingham Strategic Investment Programme aims to invest a total of £500,000 in a diverse range of projects that make dance a vibrant and resilient contributor to the economic life of Birmingham and the West Midlands. DHB seeks to grow a true partnership spirit, building on decades of dance achievement in Birmingham and the wider region and positioning this as a globally significant area for dance.

2023 Update

We hosted our first Pro Gati Dance Lab in January & February 2023, focusing on Dance in Health Settings. The three-day training was led by Rosaria Gracia with guest artists Bisakha Sarker and Amina Khayyam. Watch the video below for an overview of the training.

In April 2023, we also hosted some online sessions covering the basics of the dance in health settings training, you can find out more here.

Pro Gati Dance and Digital Lab took place over 3 x Saturdays in June 2023.
Watch Rebecca Evans and Divya Kasturi telling us about what can be gained at the Pro Gati Dance and Digital Lab

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