Community Practice

“The residents at our home really enjoy the sessions with Lucy as there’s something different on every visit! Lucy gets them laughing, smiling, dancing and singing and that’s so important to the elderly. Couldn’t thank Lucy enough for the joy, laughter and happiness she’s brought to the residents”

– care home activities coordinator

“The women participated so fully and so movingly – there was laughter but it was light and joyous and they (we) took the ideas totally serious. There was clear commitment and willing participation. All engaged fully and for a few minutes, the real world went away”

– volunteer, women’s refugee group, Leeds

Lucy’s community dance practise expands across a wide range of areas, engaging with people of every age in a variety of inclusive dance settings. Lucy is experienced facilitating community projects and events, delivering workshops with groups in inclusive dance settings, dancing with all people from the under 5’s to the over 90’s, developing choreographic work with groups and teaching dance and drama in education settings. In 2014 Lucy travelled to Rajasthan, North West India with The Create Trust charity where she worked for 5 weeks delivering dance and drama creative education workshops to children aged 3-17. 

Lucy specialises in working with older adults and adults living with dementia and delivers sessions in care homes in and around Sheffield. Lucy’s delivery style and practise uses the person centered approach, placing the individual at the centre of a session. Lucy works collaboratively with other artists offering multiple levels of engagement including visual and body based languages such as dance and movement as well as music, singing, story telling, poetry and creative writing.

Lucy is PSI (Postural Stability Instructor) qualified and since January 2018 has delivered on a national falls prevention dance programme for older adults called Dance To Health, which combines evidence based physiotherapy exercises with the creativity and energy of dance. 

In January 2019 Lucy founded 50+ Contemporary Dance Sheffield. An open level contemporary dance group for people aged 50+ on Wednesday afternoons in Crosspool, Sheffield. This group was set up to offer classes which provide opportunities for dancing and learning with people of similar ages, abilities and mobilities and is open to those with experience and complete beginners.

Lucy has facilitated and delivered community projects for organisations including Yorkshire Dance in Leeds, Deda Dance centre in Derby, HOOT Arts in Huddersfield and DARTS in Doncaster. Lucy is passionate about creating and delivering projects which offer opportunities for people to explore and celebrate their creativity in a safe and judgement free space.