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Mid October saw up to forty Year 8 students take part in an exciting day, working with a broad range of leading arts practitioners, as Astor College hosted four separate workshops in Dance, Drawing, Music and Poetry.

Dover Arts Development's DAD4DADS, 6 Ways to Wellbeing project, in partnership with the Jasmin Vardimon Company, began by inviting ten Dance students along with their chosen significant male figure, to be part of the audience at The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, to see the Jasmin Vardimon Company's performance of Park, a striking production which took the audience on a captivating journey through the emotional relationships of the people frequenting the park, referencing myth and using powerful dance, music and movement to explore relationships.

The following day students, each chosen from Music, English, Dance and Art, worked with the practitioners in their specific arts field, to explore the theme of fathers and relationships, swapping to take part in a further workshop later in the day.

Reflecting on the day Joanna Jones from DAD commented:

Building on the legacy of the Inspire Nautical Threads project, Dover Arts Development (DAD) is delighted to work once again with Astor College with its DAD4DADs 6 Ways to Wellbeing project. The organisation on the day was seamless and it was exciting to meet Astor students and staff in the creative atmosphere of the school where everywhere one looks there is art, something very rare and special in our society.

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