Lads & Dads

Lads & Dads

(Target group aged 5-11yrs)

Tomorrow's Men will develop ways which enable boys to enjoy interacting and working creatively alongside their fathers / father figure relations in order to produce meaningful work. The sessions will give participants the skills to enhance, build on or develop long-lasting relationships and through task-based movement exercises will encourage verbal and non-verbal dialogue between boys and their role models. Dads will enjoy it too!

“I have always enjoyed dance, but now I feel I can do it much better. My little brother never had an interest in it, but after seeing me perform has asked me to teach him. I think I have inspired him.” Participant, Dagenham Park School

Just Us

Just Us

(Target group aged 11-17yrs)

This is about young men working together alongside their peers. By creating movement tasks that explore relationships and interactions between peer groups, Tomorrow's Men aims to identify the issues faced by these young men, and concurrently raise their aspirations, providing them with a safe space to explore their creative potential. The participants will work on relationship issues through movement. Significantly, we will encourage them to tell their stories - these will be drawn from personal experience and developed through group discussions.

"Before I did not have the confidence as I didn't think I could dance, but now I have gained lots of confidence and am not afraid to say or try anything." Participant, Dagenham Park School

"I enjoyed performing in front of an audience and feel more confident. My dancing improved and I feel proud of myself." Participant, New Rush School

Man 2 Man

Man 2 Man

(Target group aged 17+)

A shared experience where young men and authority figures work on an equal footing. Tomorrow's Men will aim to increase mutual understanding between young men and authority groups. Throughout the sessions there will be an emphasis on how to read body language / cultural expressions accurately, in order to open up a dialogue surrounding the breakdown of communication between groups. Specific skills transfer involved in all the above project offers will revolve around improving communications skills, which will enable participants to listen and respond more appropriately, both verbally and non-verbally.

“The project has been highly successful for raising awareness of dance for boys with many of them becoming outstanding role models for their peers…The potential to achieve was harnessed by Oliver and Rudeen who captured the boys' imagination and proved to inspire them at all levels”. Caroline Watkins, Dance Teacher, Dagenham Park School

“The pace of the classes was hard for me at first as I have never done this before and I wasn't sure if I liked it, but I am glad I carried on because Oliver and Rudeen encouraged me. I gained lots of confidence and I really enjoyed working with everyone. I was worried about the performance in London, but I was awesome and I felt proud at the end of it”. Participant, Dagenham Park School