The political aspiration of a "Britain for everyone" has left many within the multiple divides of UK society with the question "Then who does Britain belong to?”


The mostly white Anglo-British members of controversial groups such as the English Defence League and UKIP say they feel like foreigners in their own country. The rapid growth of support for these groups and the media attention they attract forces on the public their question 'Does Britain belong to the British or the foreigners?’

Photo by Julia Testa







We aim to provide educational activity that nurtures psychological development, emotional capacity and social change. Through both physical and intellectual exploration, we aim to stimulate personal growth and social empowerment sensitive to the inclusion of those who feel marginalised by mainstream society.


The arts and dance in particular have a natural urge if not a duty to explore and reflect the truth about the society in which it is made. Making work that only uses the aesthetic of one culture (if this is not the specific aim) is something that should be openly questioned.




(16 - 18) Contributing citizenship study (Key Stage 4)


(16 - 18) Students studying culture, politics or dance.


(18+ Students) studying culture, politics or dance.


(16 - 21) Not in Education Employment or Training (NEET)

Group Size & Duration


The number of participants we can cover are from10 - 30. The workshop is available in standard 2hr or 4hr sessions. It can be readily adapted to fit other timeframes.


Requirement for all workshops


Clear space with a floor suitable for dance and a sound system that can be connected to an mp3 player.



  1. Awareness of social influences that alter our perspective of "otherness"


  1. A distinction between cultural ‘integration’ and cultural ‘appropriation’


  1. Differentiation of ‘assimilation’ as a voluntary choice or as a survival mechanism


  1. Value of having a distinct identity within a group structure or larger society of other identities


  1. New perspectives on “what it means to be British”


  1. An applied physical study of identity and culture through creative devising tasks and group sharings



"We have failed to provide a vision of society [to young Muslims] to which they feel they want to belong,… We have even tolerated segregated communities behaving in ways that run counter to our values. All this leaves some young Muslims feeling rootless. And the search for something to belong to and believe in can lead them to extremist ideology."


British Priminister, David Cameron

As our theme this year tackles identity within a changing Britain, we believe the key question isn't who is British but what is "British"?


To arrive at a well-considered answer many aspects need to be examined. As culture is an intrinsic part of the issue the arts have a crucial role to which it can play in the debate.


This workshop will provide participants with a selection of topics to prompt discussion and dance/movement-based study led by cast members in a studio setting. There will be options to create work for sharing or purely for exploration and research purposes.



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I would like to thank Breakin' Convention, the Association of Dance of the African Diaspora (DAD), We Move, Haringey Sixth Form, East London Dance and TALAWA Theatre Company for all the support they have given my work and the development of FBO.


I would also like to thank the Arts Council England for their contributed R&D funding which was of tremendous assistance in launching our path in early 2015. FBO Creative Director, Sean D Graham.

THANK YOU to our partners & supporters


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