Since 2012 I have been working within community dance expanding across a wide range of different dance settings; I am experienced in facilitating community projects, I deliver workshops with groups in inclusive dance settings, I dance with all people from the under 5’s to the over 90’s, I develop choreographic work with groups, I teach dance and drama at primary and secondary education level and I also deliver regular teaching work.
I specialise in working with older adults and adults with dementia and have focused on this community practice for the past 3 years. From Jan 2016 – Dec 2018 I have delivered on a 3 year intergenerational project in Sheffield between care homes and primary schools called ‘We Danced’ run by Yorkshire Dance. The project brought together a team of dance artists and musicians and worked across 2 care homes and 2 primary schools in Sheffield. In 2017 I undertook training to become a PSI (Postural Stability Instructor) qualified instructor. Since Jan 2018 I have been delivering on a nationwide pioneering falls prevention dance programme for older adults called ‘Dance To Health’, combining the evidence based physiotherapy learnt through the training with the creativity and energy of dance.
In 2014 I traveled to Rajasthan in North West India with a charity called ‘The Create Trust’ where I worked for 5 weeks delivering dance and drama creative education workshops to children aged 3-17.
My dance practise combines performance, choreography and community dance and I believe that by keeping a balance of the three, one may inform the other.
” The women participated so fully and so movingly – their reactions to the music, the lightness of touch; none seemed embarrassed or threatened. There was laughter but it was light and joyous and they (we) took the ideas totally serious. There was clear commitment and willing participation. In three years of women’s group, I have rarely seen such concentration and enjoyment of a communal activity. All engaged fully and for a few minutes, the real world went away” – volunteer at a women’s refugee group, Leeds