An update on the Dancing In Time Project…

by sophieinkster on May 18, 2015

Dancing in Time (Middleton)In January 2015, Yorkshire Dance teamed up with University of Leeds and Public Health Leeds to deliver Dancing In Time.

The project, which will take place in three areas across Leeds, aims to provide new dancing activity for older adults who have little access to dance, researching the impact of dance on the health and wellbeing of older adults, especially the impact of their physical activity levels, which is widely accepted as contributing to health and happiness. A 10 week project has now taken place in Middleton, in partnership with Middleton Elderly Aid, and the thirteen adults who took part seem very proud of their achievements.

The group from Middleton took part in twice weekly sessions creating work which they then showed to small audience to celebrate how well they had got on. The group loved the project so much that they are continuing to meet, and will carry on working independently with one contemporary dance session per week.

“At first, I didn’t know what to expect, I thought it would just be exercise but it’s nothing like exercising, it’s dancing, which is great and I’ve really enjoyed it. Making friends, meeting other people and just basically having fun.”
Participant

“At the beginning everyone was quite shy, and a bit weary, so we laugh alot and that made people relax.”
Participant

“From my point of view I can already see that people have benefitted, one lady has more mobility in her should than she had before, one lady has started to feel muscles that she forgot she had, that are starting to tone up, there’s already an improvement and an improvement in confidence levels.”
Artist

At the end of April 2015, the second phase of the project began with ‘Caring Together’ in Woodhouse. This project is now in its fourth week and has a group of approximately twelve adults attending the creative contemporary dance sessions each week.

“I’ve been a lot happier; I can move…I can nip my bum together. I can use my muscles in my bottom!”
Participant

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Yorkshire Dance is delighted to be continuing to develop a fruitful partnership with Trinity Leeds, creating everyday wonders in the shopping centre and helping to make dance performance accessible on a large scale.

The Dance Leeds Made, run by Yorkshire-born Tim Casson, is here to show Leeds that absolutely anyone can be a choreographer or dancer, no previous experience necessary!

In January, Tim Casson brought his project The Dance WE Made to Leeds with the support of Yorkshire Dance and Trinity Leeds. The dance piece is “a creative project that not only draws attention to public space and how we inhabit it, but exemplifies the creative force in each and every one of us.” (Huffington Post). The project, in which unsuspecting shoppers became the choreographers, was run by Tim with the help of three local dance artists (Rachel O’Neil, Bobak Walker and Ellen Turner). The group conversed with shoppers and turned their stories into movement. This movement was remembered and rehearsed by the dancers before being performed in the hub of the busy shopping centre, for hundreds of passing shoppers to see. The dances made by Leeds during January can be seen here and here.

Due to the success of The Dance WE Made, Yorkshire Dance and Trinity Leeds decided to bring Tim Casson back in a much bigger way. The project has previously been to a wide variety of places nationally and internationally but this is the first time that the project has been developed to involve a large number of community groups, rehearsing for a week in the run-up to a breath-taking performance on Saturday 6 June.

We are currently promoting open call outs to recruit as many people to take part as we can! Some of the different groups include a youth group, a 50+ group, an integrated group, a group of dance students and group of self-confessed non-dancers, who happen to be shoppers from Trinity Leeds.

Trinity Leeds has been a great support throughout the project, opening up its space to host Tim Casson and a group of dance students as artists in residence, before the rest of the groups to rehearse and performer at the weekend. By taking dance to this unusual space we are hoping to give people in Leeds a chance to see what Yorkshire Dance is all about. The dance performance will also intrigue and excite the unsuspecting shoppers, certainly making their trip one to remember.

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Katie Pearson

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