ISTA International Festival

ISTA International Festival

Workshop | Brannel School, Autumn 2014

A few weeks ago myself and Grace were invited to lead a dance workshop at Brannel School as part of an international festival ran by ISTA. The festival was organised by the head at Brannel School along with ISTA, who are an international arts organisation based in Helston who run various arts based festivals and workshops across the world. We were incredibly happy to be asked to lead two workshops to create flash mobs in the schools amphitheatre. Brannel School has the most incredible facilities for the arts, a beautiful dance studio and theatre, so it was a real treat to work with the students both inside and out.

Thankfully, the weather was kind to us! And the time spent working outside was focussed on our mission to create two high energy flash mobs, designed to encourage students taking part in the week long festival to let loose and perform their ideas¬†to their peers, teachers and festival organisers. Each group was made up of young students aged 14-18yrs from the American College of Greece, Brannel School, British International Cairo and Isikkent Education Campus, Turkey. Eager to share their own creative ideas me and Grace set tasks, taught a short unison phrase and shaped their ideas to create a final piece, complete with dance off’s and a vibrant, energised hub of cultural dances. It was exhausting, hilarious, heart warming and affirming in that dance can make wonderful things happen, bring people together to share information and learn about different cultures, backgrounds and experiences in life…all in a few hours!

It was a lot of fun, and the groups left rosy cheeked, bubbling and talking to each other about what the rest of the day held in store. Thanks ISTA and Brannel School for inviting us!


ISTA International Arts Organsisation
Brannel School, St Austell

Photo Credit: ISTA




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