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Marina Studios Foundation

Marina Studios Foundation is the “front facing name” for Brighton Marina Studios, a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) founded in 2013. We change lives through the power of Dance & Movement. We are committed to being equitable, diverse and inclusive. We bring opportunities to people of all ages from underrepresented demographic groups.

Inclusive in all we do

The Marina Studios Foundation in partnership with DanceHub CIC are committed to being diverse, equitable and inclusive in all that we do. Achieving this is critical to our vision of ensuring Dance and Movement is accessible to all with a positive and supportive culture. 

Space:

  • We have developed an adult changing/WC space and 5 gender neutral changing/WC cubicles which can be accessed and used by all
  • Wheelchair accessible doorways throughout
  • Wheelchair-friendly floors in 2 out of 3 studios
  • We have created an artist/student breakout room for those who may need this
  • We have adapted the staff/reception area; lower desk, no imposing structures
  • We have adapted the sign in and customer service process: lower height tablets, accessible fonts and colours
  • We re-designed the logos and signage to include lowercase lettering and easy to read fonts
  • Review fire evacuation policies and exits: doors that can be opened independently, clear identification of fire escape root

 

Workforce:

  • Welcoming and Friendly staff
  • Staff members representative of diverse demographics (neurodiverse, LGBTQ+ and global majority)
  • All staff trained to integrate current members with additional needs into all classes
  • Staff are available and ready to provide emotional and verbal support where needed
  • Staff are open to listening to feedback from those who have lived experience

 

We have trained our existing workforce in the following areas:

  • Adapting and delivering Dance and Movement to different abilities and ages
  • Inclusivity training focusing on language with LGBTQ+ members
  • Enhanced safeguarding
  • Enhanced First Aid
  • Fire training
  • Mental Health Training

We are working closely with partners and organisations to establish a clear timeline which we are completing in phases.

Space:

  • We aim to ensure all 3 studio floors are wheelchair bearing
  • Digital clocks to be added around the venue for easy read purposes
  • We will create clear movement channels around the building for wheelchair users with easy to follow signage
  • We will offer multiple seating and table options with different heights, raised arms and bench seating in the foyer
  • We will add new lighting in the studios: low level lighting, colours etc
  • Install air con and heating systems
  • We aim to update the quality of our sound systems
  • Automatic front door

 

Workforce:

  • Staff have regular opportunities to participate in CPD up-skilling and training through DanceHub Academy and our annual training calendar
  • Developing opportunities for external workforces, including annual training calendar, community events and artist support and development

 

Studio Classes:

  • Classes to suit all abilities – diverse range of adult classes accessible to all levels/ demographics, including the addition of junior classes
  • Diverse range of styles to welcome all abilities
  • We have created an Intro To Dance 4 week course for those completely new to Dance and Movement
  • Addition of holistic and movement classes

Find out more about our partners and projects

DanceHub is a Community Interest Company with an asset lock to Marina Studios Foundation. We work in partnership with DanceHub who deliver services on our behalf. To compliment their community projects as a Social Enterprise, they also deliver high quality Dance and Movement sessions, events, dance leadership, and Youth Voice to schools, organisations, local authorities, and youth clubs.

The Y.E.S Project brings exciting and engaging Dance and Movement opportunities across Sussex. In our weekly sessions participants develop key skills such as leadership, creativity, and teamwork through sessions designed by young people for young people, creating a space for all to flourish.

The sessions are taught by our dynamic team of professional young choreographers and up-coming youth dance leaders.  

The Y.E.S Project is committed to being diverse, equitable and inclusive in all that we do. Achieving this is critical to our vision of ensuring Dance and Movement is accessible to all with a positive and supportive culture. 

We also provide dance leadership opportunities and courses for young people to learn, grow and become qualified dance leaders. 

We believe that young people are active agents of change in their communities and beyond and we are committed to amplifying the voices of young people. 

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