Making a French connection

The Crossing Point project links up young dancers from both the UK and France.
The Crossing Point project links up young dancers from both the UK and France.

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A group of young dancers from Hampshire have been taking part in the first session of a scheme linking them with young performers in France.

In the Crossing Point project, The Point, Eastleigh, will be working with 12 young dancers aged between eight and 11 in a twinned project with the National Choreographic Centre of Caen, France.

During the project, Neil Callaghan, choreographer and associate artist at The Point will lead the UK dancers, while in France 12 young French dancers will be led by French choreographer Laura Simi.

Both groups will experience a range of ways to create dance from visiting an outdoor sculpture park to making dancing bodies with a bag of flour. The groups will also link-up through Skype, blogs, letters and even by sending messages in a bottle, though they will never meet face to face.

The UK dancers met at The Point for the first time yesterday and will present their final performance at The Point’s annual Hothouse event on June 22.