Dance has enormous potential as an agent for personal transformation and community development.
Dancing together, we grow together, opening the way to change while reaffirming our communality.
In seeking creative solutions to artistic challenges we acquire understandings and skilld that spill over into our daily lives.
Dance, approached as balanced social, physical, emotional and spiritual activity touches every part of us.
Dance can give a voice to the voiceless.
Through dance we can connect both to our inner selves and others, transcending barriers of language, race and gender, with the potential to overcome negative attitudes to our differing economic, social, religious and cultural background, and at the same time maintaining our own particular identity.
Dance is about people, and to develop and be of relevance to us all it needs many contributors. Increasing and maintaining access is essential for a healthy and meaningful dance culture.
As dance can contribute to the health and development of individuals and communities, so individuals and communities contribute to the health and development of dance.
PhilosophyRoyston Maldoom is an international choreographer known particularly for his work in the field of 'community dance'. He has worked with people in very different situations: children and young people in, and excluded from, mainstream education, street kids, the displaced, people with disability, men and women in prison, communities in conflict or marginalised or divided by cultural, religious, social or economic circumstances. His passion is to give all of them the opportunity to transform, through the medium of contemporary dance, their view of themselves, their abilities and their potential. And to change where necessary the way in which others view and judge them. He is convinced that dance and performance can transform the lives of individuals and communities; supporting and encouraging comprehension, cohesion, sympathy and dialogue.
His perception of community dance is “to dance with anyone, anywhere, at any time” regardless of their experience, age, gender or social or ethnic background. He particularly enjoys working with groups that are intercultural, differently abled, and inter-generational.He is always open to working in the formal education sector but his passion is for projects that take place in the community, outside schools and mainstream education establishments.
To bring all of those interdependencies together is one of the major motivations of community dance artists. For many, Royston included, the artistic component predominates with the social elements emerging as a strong inevitable by- product. Widening access to contemporary dance is also a means to enrich the art form. Out of the cooperation with people from different ethnic or social backgrounds, talent or physical abilities, new forms of expression can be developed. Dancers from different cultures bring diversity to contemporary dance which can find its way into the professional dance world through the emergence and encouragement of performers and creators with different 'voices'. Maldoom sees his work from an artists viewpoint. Important for him is the love and involvement in dance as an art form, the practice and process of which can lead to positive, powerful and long lasting social, physical, emotional and psychological transformation for individuals and communities.
His aim as an artist is to personally initiate and deliver dance projects, as well as to counsel engaged organizations, and mentor artists looking to create and establish sustainable dance programmes, to
provide the best possible experience and working practice and to support projects that can be strengthened, deepened and transferred to other individuals and communities. Royston's aim wherever possible is to create a foundation/basis, on which the work with can be continued and its positive effects established and developed as an important element of community life.
Royston Maldoom believes in the importance of developing a “Community Dance Network” in order to connect, support and strengthen local and national artists and institutions.