FTM Dance are a Performing Arts respite day service for children and young people with additional needs, disabilities and medical conditions, aged 3 years old and above.
FTM Dance provides day time sessions both during the week and at weekends, consisting of dance, drama, music, arts and crafts, and sensory activities, for individuals with a range of needs and abilities, including those with Autism, ADHD, Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy and behaviours that challenge.
Our unique proactive care model not only gives families much needed respite time, but our fun dance, drama and music sessions promote physical and social skills and enable creative expression, enhancing wellbeing and promoting independence for our participants.
We have services in Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire, serving over 600 children and young adults across both counties.
Our children's services provide dance, drama, music and creative therapies 41 weekends a year (closing for Easter, Summer and Christmas). Our music and movement sessions for children actively promote turn taking, fine and gross motor skills, and listening skills through game related activities and action based songs, with prop exploration also.
In Dance, we promote our teens and adults to engage in choreography and create their own performances, alongside learning some techniques if they wish too. In Drama, individuals have the opportunity to learn social skills in 'understanding the world' drama pieces, alongside creating their own creative and imaginative drama pieces, as well as creating props. In Music, individuals have the opportunity to explore an array of instruments and create songs, rhythmic beats and more.
We also offer adult services in Leicester 3 days a week during term times. We provide dance, drama, music and arts & crafts between 9am and 3pm where individuals can attend for the whole day, or can choose to attend for a a certain time (e.g. 10am - 2pm). This service is mainly for 18 year olds plus although for young people aged 16+ this may be a suitable option whilst transitioning to adult services.
During half terms, Easter, Summer and Christmas holidays we operate our popular Play Schemes for children up to 16 years of age. These run Monday to Friday between 10am and 3pm, consisting of dance, drama, music, arts and crafts and sensory stories focussing on different themes each holiday.
We are also proud to have lots of exciting opportunities to perform to local, national and international audiences, which all individuals take part in, if they wish to. Since 2017 we have taken part in the Leicester Caribbean Carnival, where we took part in the procession through the city centre and a performance at Victoria Park in August.
We have also had the opportunity to go to Disneyland Paris to perform on their Vidoepolis stage to an international audience. We have also performed at The Curve Theatre for the past few years including performances such as 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory', 'Grease' and 'Scrooge'. In 2018, FTM Dance explored Pantomime as an art form and performed their version of FTM Dance presents Peter Pan at De Montford Hall and in 2019 followed this up with The Magic Lamp. We'll shortly be appearing in 'Cinderbrella' again at De Montfort Hall and are excited to announce we will also be performing at the Blackpool Tower in April 2023!
Working at FTM Dance
Working at FTM Dance is incredibly rewarding with a real sense of satisfaction from day one when you see the difference you can make.
We see our employees as our greatest asset, they are vital to the success and happiness of our service users by providing outstanding care to each and every person that attends the service.
We provide a comprehensive package of certified training courses to ensure everyone has the necessary skills to carry out their duties, and regular supervision and guidance ensures a culture where everyone feels supported and happy at work.
We’re looking for caring individuals who enjoy being creative to step forward and help support our children, adults and their families with their much-needed respite care.
So if you’re looking for an career in care with a difference then consider a role with FTM Dance.
FTM Dance Anthem
Take a look at some of the great work our incredible team of support workers do, and our amazing students singing the FTM Dance Anthem - Dance Forever!