Dance Manchester talks to….
STRIDE artist, David Willdridge
David Willdridge sat down with Chris Connolly to talk about returning to STRIDE & developing it…
Chris: How much did you take away from your last experience working on STRIDE?
David: With last year being my first on the project, I was impressed with the vastness of its outreach. As far as projects that introduce people to dance, let alone young lads, STRIDE is a great model.
CC: What are you expecting this time around?
DW: You never can guess what’s around the corner, however, I’d like to see some familiar faces from last year and maybe get some new guys interested in starting a path towards a dance career.
CC: You took on a very diverse group at the Whitworth last year, who were brilliant. How big a role does inclusivity play in making STRIDE what it is?
DW: Last year was the first STRIDE to actively be more inclusive. This year that process will develop. We’re lucky to draw together a great team that offers quality dance sessions for everyone.
CC: And finally, what makes STRIDE such a special project?
DW: I can’t sing STRIDE’s praises enough. As far as projects go that introduce dance to young guys in an accessible and fun way, you’d be searching for a long time to find anything that comes close to STRIDE.
STRIDE is our free young men’s dance project, presented in partnership with professional touring dance company, Company Chameleon. Dance with a difference. Get involved today!
Interview by Chris Connolly – DM’s Marketing & Social Media Co-ordinator