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Saying goodbye to the #NottinghamNinjas!

Posted by on 4 November 2014

So the EDN project has come to a close and has left me with mixed feelings! On the one hand I am so proud of the young people I have worked with and was great working alongside Rebekah, but I can’t say I’m happy that it has come to a fast approaching end.

Photo by Ali Johnston

Photo by Ali Johnston

The auditions were grueling but so valuable. Being put through our paces I was determined to come out better than I was going in to it. Kenrick and Mikey’s words, methods and advice have left me motivated and inspired to keep going and to be proud of what I do. The main thing I took from it (besides the aches and pains) was that it’s ok to be different…scratch that, it’s amazing to be different! You then have something else to share and create with so many other different people. Celebrating and acknowledging our differences goes a long way and the work Kenrick and Mikey have done with Boy Blue is a prime example of that!

Photo by Ali Johnston

Photo by Ali Johnston

Back in Nottingham getting the session underway was more fun than work I have to say. With such a great concept to work from (The Five) it was hard to control the many ideas running around in my head and churn out something that captured the majority of the ideas both me and Rebekah had. But of course this was made easy by our Nottingham Ninjas! Eager well behaved young grasshoppers they were! The constant help and check ins by Emma from DTP and Dance4 provided comforting support the session seem to just go by so quick and after plenty of warm up games, katas, street dance foundations, and being animals; before you knew it we had a piece! A big thank you has to go to the parents who made life so easy by organizing their busy schedules around the rehearsals and keeping me and Rebekah updated.

Photo by Ali Johnston

Photo by Ali Johnston

Then it got to show day, having met some of the cast the night before thanks to Rebekah the Ninjas were left inspired and ready to go. Such amazing confidence, and passion to perform I couldn’t have been more proud!  But I was…after they performed the happiness in their faces was exactly what a teacher wants to see from their students. They’re definitely an amazing group of young people! Keeping in touch was my last bit of teaching I had to give them from this project as that’s the whole purpose of such amazing opportunities like this. Then watching the show. Let’s just say I’m still struggling to find the words to describe it now. Definitely one of the best dance theatre productions I think I will ever see. The ending left me mouth wide open and shaking my head saying, ‘That is just evil!!!’

Thank you to DTP and Boy Blue for creating this opportunity and more. You have left me with a mission I aim to accomplish. One was be a ninja but the other more important one was to strive to keep providing and encouraging these kinds of opportunities that show the importance of art and culture in our communities.

Photo by Ali Johnston

Photo by Ali Johnston

I was asked to write a paragraph…I’m sorry! So much to say but I’ll end on just a big thank you to every single person who was involved and supported.

Written by Ruthba Choudhury; EDN support artist Nottingham

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