New film celebrates the magic of dance in Sheffield

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A revealing documentary showcasing how dance influences younger and older people has been filmed in Sheffield.

Yorkshire Dance was chosen as one of only seven organisations by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation to create a documentary about its work in South Yorkshire.

More than 280 applications were made to the film fund and Yorkshire Dance’s proposal to document the We Danced project was selected.

The film, created in April by Day for Night Films, is a six-minute documentary about its current work in Parson Cross.

The scheme involved bringing together youngsters from Mansel Primary School and residents from Blenheim Court Care Home so they could talk about how dance has influenced their lives.

Charlotte Armitage, project co-ordinator of We Danced, said: “The project has been such a wonderful chance to get to know some local wonderful people and hear their fantastic - and often hilarious - dance stories.”

The film’s premiere was held at a corporate event at Leeds United’s Elland Road football ground last Thursday.

Project leaders now hope to screen the documentary in care homes across the country.