Shaper/Caper is a small, independent dance charity based in Dundee. The companys objects are:
The promotion and development of the arts and culture, with the focus on dance, as entertainment, a leisure pursuit or career; using creativity as a tool to connect communities and enhance social justice, encouraging appreciation and participation by all sections of society; and
to provide and promote education and engagement of the public, both in dance and though dance, with a focus on creative learning.
The main activities of the company are touring dance-theatre productions and delivering extensive creative learning opportunities to people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds, with a focus on social impact.
The charity works in partnership with third sector organisations, as well as with the public sectors education and health departments to achieve this. By networking with local associates such as Dundee Dance Partnership and with the wider Scottish arts
sector, we maximise our resources and the possibilities to engage with our beneficiaries.
Our volunteers support the governance of the charity at Board and Youth Advisory group The Body, as well as the running of our day- to-day activities, such as the Dance for Parkinsons dance classes. We value their contribution by investing in training and support within their chosen areas of interest.
Vision : Shaping Reality Through Creative Adventures, creativity and performing arts to facilitate social agency.
Mission : Dance for All, high-quality dance theatre access to people regardless of cultural and socio-economic background and/or ability.
Our Values : Kindness, Cooperation, Tolerance and Humour
Our three Working pillars are: Creativity, Resilience, and Wellbeing.
We tour the work of Dundee-born multi-award-winning choreographer and first ever BBC Radio 2 Artist in Residence- Thomas Small- nationally and internationally, as well as facilitate an extensive range of creative learning projects throughout Tayside.
We deliver Well Good in partnership with NHS Tayside, a schools project on smoking issues, reaching 7,000 pupils per year with this project alone. We also lead the Dance for Parkinsons Scotland Dundee hub sessions, engaging 26 regular participants living with this long-term condition.
We are committed to working at grassroots community level, providing opportunities to explore movement and creativity to anyone regardless of age, ability, or socioeconomic status. In 2018 through both our touring and creative learning work, we reached 22,284 people and our efforts were recognised by One Dance UK as finalists for the Inspirational Work in Education Award 2019.