Step Change

Step Change was a two-year dance and health project for Somerset that has touched the lives and lifestyles of over 1,900 people living in rural communities, residential homes, schools, special needs centres and the work place.

Step Change was conceived as part of a national drive to create healthier and more active communities by enabling people to take greater control over their lifestyle choices.  It ran in schools and youth groups; with adults and active over fifty-year-olds; with people with learning and physical disabilities, and with the frail elderly in residential care centres and homes. Between September 2008 and March 2010, a team of 12 dance artists worked with at least 70 dance groups in over 40 locations across the county. 

Step Change built upon Take Art’s increasing knowledge and experience of delivering major participatory dance projects.  By developing the organisation’s relationships with Arts Council England, Sport England, NHS Somerset and Somerset County Council, Step Change addressed their shared Arts and Health objectives through an ambitious programme of dance in the community.

The project has had a signficant impact on people and communties across Somerset and has left a tremendous dance legacy for the county.
To find out more about the project, please watch the Step Change short film or download Step Change: the impact.

photos by Richard Tomlinson

To request a full version of the film Step Change: The Story on DVD please contact Kim

"I was attracted to this new adventure. I liked the idea of doing something active and creative that wasn’t fuddy-duddy or bop-bop. It’s been a breath of fresh air. "

Dancer in Porlock

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