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Challenge 59 - Evaluation Research Report

“Children are so creative and really understand the health issues they face.” Dance professional

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From our first Film Residency

​Last term Challenge 59 explored psychosocial health through dance residencies with 180 children from across three East London primary schools. This term we are co-producing their 59 second dance films with a health message through our film residencies.

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The Power of Dance in Primary Schools

Last week Challenge 59 began in one of our three East London Primary School partners. We are using dance as a vehicle for learning about health and wellbeing and psychosocial health, through embodied learning and creative processes. We have been thinking a lot about the importance of reflection as an artist and what that brings back to your practice. We also use reflection as a tool in our sessions with participants and would like to share a few thoughts with you from a group of 5-6 year olds!

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'Dance….an essential part of every child’s education’

This month we were pleased to launch our primary school resources that utilise dance and film to explore issues of health and well-being.

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​Ten years ago I piloted Challenge 59

​Ten years ago I piloted Challenge 59 in, what was at the time, the 13th most deprived ward in the U.K. Child obesity levels were increasing and local health professionals were looking to create a child focussed strategy towards health and wellbeing

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​Challenge 59 - what’s that I hear you ask?

Challenge 59 - what’s that I hear you ask? It’s a dance and film project that empowers primary school children and their teachers to actively engage with health and wellbeing issues within their communities.

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