Salute for grant in aid of dancers

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WEST Lan­cashire MP Rosie Cooper has wel­comed the Arts Coun­cil’s fund­ing sup­port for the Par­bold-based ‘Swati Dance Com­pany’.

This Arts Coun­cil has an­nounced that £64.8m has been awarded to 7,484 cre­ative prac­ti­tion­ers and 2,182 in­de­pen­dent or­gan­i­sa­tions as part of its Covid-19 Emer­gency Re­sponse Fund.

These grants have been made pos­si­ble through their ex­ist­ing fund­ing from Govern­ment and the Na­tional Lot­tery.

In West Lan­cashire £2,500 has been awarded to a sin­gle cre­ative prac­ti­tioner and £18,000 has been awarded to the Swati Dance Com­pany.

Swati is a south Asian dance com­pany based in Par­bold, which teaches and tours dance based on the In­dian clas­si­cal dance form of Bharatanat­yam.

An­nounced in March, the Arts Coun­cil’s Emer­gency Re­sponse Fund has been de­signed to help al­le­vi­ate the im­me­di­ate pres­sures faced by artists, cre­ative prac­ti­tion­ers, mu­se­ums, and li­braries over the sum­mer – sup­port­ing them as they con­tinue to serve their com­mu­ni­ties dur­ing the cri­sis and af­ford­ing them the time to sta­bilise and plan for the fu­ture.

Ms Cooper wel­comed the in­vest­ment, com­ment­ing: “We are well aware of the sig­nif­i­cant im­pact the pan­demic has had on the arts so I very much wel­come the in­vest­ment and sup­port be­ing pro­vided by the Arts Coun­cil through the Emer­gency

Re­sponse Fund. I am de­lighted that West Lan­cashire’s Swati Dance Com­pany is just one of the re­cip­i­ents and hope it will sup­port them to con­tinue teach­ing, train­ing and tour­ing their dance.”

Artis­tic di­rec­tor Swati Raut added: “Ex­cit­ing times for Swati Dance Com­pany.

We are very de­lighted that our Arts Coun­cil Na­tional Lot­tery Projects Grant for Or­gan­i­sa­tional De­vel­op­ment has been suc­cess­ful.

“A huge thank-you to the Arts Coun­cil and Anita Sri­vas­tava.

We have come a long way since 2010 and there is still a long way to go.

“We kept danc­ing through Covid-19, keep­ing com­mu­ni­ties es­pe­cially young­sters en­gaged.”

A mem­ber of the Par­bold­based Swati Dance Com­pany

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