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Dance Ihayami’s outreach programme covers our social and community work, and links directly to the audience development objectives for our performance work.  The purpose of our outreach work is to develop audiences and introduce people to Indian art forms, and making them more accessible to a wider audience.

Our community engagement work uses South Indian art forms to create imaginative, enjoyable and artistically inspiring projects for people of all ages, ethnic origins, backgrounds and abilities.

We create workshops and residencies to suit the specific needs and interests of each group we work with. These take place in a wide range of settings - including schools, youth clubs, day centres, residential homes, hospitals and community centres, and are led by highly skilled and experienced professional artists. 

We current have three ongoing programmmes

MONDAYS AT THE ROYAL HOSPITAL FOR SICK CHILDREN - we visit the hospital wards performing for children and their families, and engaging the children in Indian dance activities (run in partnership with the Edinburgh Children's Hospital Charity)

WEDNESDAYS AT CAMHS (Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services) -  indian dance related activities with teens (run in partnership with the Edinburgh Children's Hospital Charity)

FRIDAY CARERS INDIAN DANCE CLASS - we run a free dance class for older carers and ex-carers with mental/physical health issues

In addition to this, we run a number of community engagement programmes during the year, with grant support from our funders (Awards for All, Robertson Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation and Henry Duncan Fund)

REGULAR SESSIONS AT MILAN SENIOR WELFARE ORGANISATION - we run free dance classes for elderly people with physical health difficulties in Lochend, Edinburgh


What people say:

"I can't thank you enough for the wonderful work you did with our P3's.  They have gained so much from the experience and the performance was wonderful.  I hope that we can work together again in the future and I will be passing on your details to any other schools that could work with you within their curriculum."  – Vice head teacher, Torrance Primary school, Dunbartonshire

“Thank you for the workshops provided at the Beacon Club [day care group for older people with dementia]. We all thoroughly enjoyed them and learnt a lot.  The instructor was great - very patient and clear, keeping the sessions very interesting and enjoyable for the clients” – support staff member, Beacon Club, Edinburgh

“Thank you so much for teaching me Indian Dancing. I would give you 100%. The moves were really cool. It was really cool learning how to do Indian dancing. My favourite move was the special flower in India that grows in the water.” – Oliver, P3 Stockbridge Primary School, Edinburgh

“Great opportunity for children to experience dance from another culture.” – Teacher, Primary School in Shetland

“You were brilliant, I really appreciate you doing this. You have brought a smile to our faces on a difficult day for us” - parent of patient at hospital

"We love your visits to our ward, and the kids love it!" - Nurse at hospital


For more information about our community engagement programme, please contact Tina Frank, Dance Development Officer.

Email: tina@danceihayami.org