Corby Borough Council is celebrating thanks to funding granted from the National Lottery Heritage Fund which will help us to recognise 50 amazing years of SHAPE Dance.
Following Corby Borough Council’s application, the National Lottery Heritage Fund has chosen the reunion as one of the events they will grant funding to. Thanks to them, £17,700 will help make the perfect celebrations for SHAPE’s big 50th anniversary.
SHAPE, formerly known as Playleadership, is Corby Borough Council’s long standing dance programme that has seen thousands of people come and go over the years and this year we will be holding several events which will include those who have been a part of SHAPE dance, past and present.
Events that the funding will be spent on will include a reunion mass dance which will be rehearsed weekly over the summer, recorded and shown at the annual SHAPE Dance Christmas show. Along with this, there will also be the delivery of oral history training, followed by community workshops which will give people the chance to share stories, memories and photos of their dancing journey, a collection of photos will be displayed on a photo wall and a commemorative booklet will be produced, along with other celebration events throughout the year.
Corby Borough Council’s Lead Member for Community, Cllr John McGhee, said:
“This is fantastic news and will help to make the 50th anniversary of Shape Dance bigger and better than we could imagine. A huge thank you to the National Lottery Heritage Fund for considering our application and I look forward to seeing the celebrations unfold.”
Anne Jenkins, Director: England, Midlands & East, The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said:
“Community is at the heart of what we fund, and we’re delighted that SHAPE will celebrate its 50th anniversary in the same year as the National Lottery’s 25th birthday, with a host of events that will bring the people of Corby together.”