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  • Writer's pictureBeth Wardell

Contemporary dance made accessible to rural communities.

"Jumpers For Goalposts" returns for a second year.

Returning for a second year in a row, Meta4 Dance Company are proud to announce they will be bringing Jumpers For Goalposts to communities across Northumberland this summer. Following on from the success of last year's tour and funding from Arts Council England, Meta4 directors Lily and Charlie, have big plans for this year's performances.

Blending fancy footwork and athletic prowess, seven dancers have created a piece that combines football with contemporary dance. The team includes costume by Daisy FitzPatrick, dramaturgy by Joe Hufton, music by Bridie Jackson and produced by Moving Art Management.

The Meta4 Dance professional dancers will be performing Jumpers for Goalposts in multiple festivals across the North East this summer. Tour dates are as follows:

  • 24th June - “Feltonbury” Felton Village

  • 8th and 9th July - Mouth Of Tyne festival

  • 5th and 6th August - Stockton International Riverside Festival

Being a rurally based contemporary dance company, Meta4 Dance are passionate about offering opportunities to those that face the biggest location based barriers.

As part of the Jumpers For Goalposts project, Charlie and Lily are going to be delivering ten workshops with Northumberland schools, held at Dance City in Newcastle city centre.

They have been able to offer this experience to schools for free thanks to the funding from Arts Council England. Workshops are running between 12th -23rd June.

For rural schools, Meta4 understands that access to quality training in these disciplines can be challenging, the workshops will be a valuable opportunity for students to learn new skills and gain valuable experience. This is a unique opportunity for students to access high-quality training in a professional setting, without any financial burden on the schools.

Meta4 had the pleasure of delivering this transformative program to five schools last year (2022). Some of the positive feedback they received were:

"The workshops were so much fun, and I learned so much about dance and football. I wish we could have them every week!" - Student, Year 5

"Our students came back from the workshop buzzing with energy and enthusiasm. It was amazing to see their confidence grow in just one day." - Teacher, Physical Education

"The coaches were exceptional - they were engaging, patient, and really knew how to motivate our students. We are so grateful for the opportunity to work with them." - Headteacher

Showing the impact this programme and performance can have on students as well as those living in rural communities across Northumberland. Meta4 Dance are excited to bring this unique opportunity to schools and communities, whilst creating an unforgettable experience, for a second year in a row.

You can read our own review of Jumpers For Goalposts from last year or watch the trailer on YouTube.

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