Diverse Dance

Diverse Dance describes our person-centred approach which values difference and the unique experience of each individual. It’s about meeting their interests and challenges with ambition to develop potential, grow and engage with others appropriately. We place dance at the top of the agenda, and provide inclusive, enabling environments for the participant to enjoy dance.

“ I can't walk, but I can dance! Inspiring day with Cheshire dance, sharing amazing stories & discoveries. Thanks!” (Cheshire Dance participant) <

'More Reasons to Dance'

A Practice Sharing and Artist Development programme for dancers with disabilities and those facilitating/creating dance with disabled dancers.

Cheshire Dance, Fallen Angels Dance Theatre and the Bluecoat's Blue Room are the organisations that make up the network for the People Dancings 11 Million Reasons to Dance Legacy in Cheshire and Merseyside.


Call out for dancers with disabilities and dance artists working with people with disabilities

The More Reasons to Dance practice network offers opportunities for all participants to learn from one another, to develop art form skills and to strengthen the links between the dance and disability communities across Cheshire and Merseyside.  Artists (both professional and non-professional) can share and develop their practice, connect with other artists in the region and to begin to identify what support they need for their own development and the development of this community as a whole.

For more information about this project and to book a place go here

Canal Street PIMD Film

Emily Hazeldene a final year student at the University of Chester assisted Lauren the Dance Development Artist for Cheshire West during PMILD sessions at the Canal Street Centre in Chester, during these sessions Emily created an informative dance film about the group

The group have been meeting and moving together since October 2014. The impetus for the group was to offer a session which would enable adults with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities to engage in dance activity which is specifically designed for them and encompasses their specific needs whilst remaining in a social, group setting. The session is delivered in partnership with Cheshire Dance and Vivo Care Choices (formally Cheshire West and Chester adult services).

Go here to view the film

Emily film blog post

'This project has been a real learning curve for me as an emerging film artist. I have worked with film in the past, but this is different to anything I’ve done before. When it came to taking the footage in to the editing stages, again this is something that I had done before, but I believe you never stop learning with this kind of skill.
My role within this session has changed since I began filming. I was already shadowing the session, and trying to juggle partaking in the session, and filming at the same time. When I looked back on the footage I had from my first few sessions, I realised that it was easier for me to take a step back and take on a more observant role. Although I found it extremely helpful to have prior knowledge of the session and the participants, it was more beneficial for me to see the bigger picture.
My idea for the final outcome of the film changed as the sessions went on. Each session is unique, meaning I had a broad range of material to work with. It is important to celebrate the diversity of the participants as this is an important factor in each session, but this made it challenging to find a way to bring all the different elements together. During the final stages of creating this film I am still working with this and finding ways to highlight this uniqueness.
This project has really sparked an interest for me in filming. I have begun to take on more filming roles in other areas of my studying looking in particular at how it can show something in a different light or from a new perspective.
This kind of session does not always lend itself to the creation of a final performance, so creating a filmic representation of what goes on allows an audience to see a snapshot of the movement potential of each participant and how that is encouraged and developed.'

Sessions in Cheshire

Monday - Let's Dance - Winsford Library, Winsford CW7 2AS- 10.45-11.45
A learning and physical disability creative dance session which allows individuals with a wide array of learning and physical disabilities to express themselves through dance in a fun and interactive way. This is a
dance class designed for adults with diverse abilities and their carers. The dance sessions allow you to explore your own body and ways of moving.
The sessions will stimulate creativity and allow you to create individually as well as with the group.

Tuesday - PIMD Canal Street House Day Centre, Chester CH1 4EJ- 10.45-11.45
These dance sessions are fun, healthy and inclusive for adults with profound and multiple learning disabilities. This is a multi- sensory dance session that involves movement, creative play, interaction and group connection.

“The aim of the dance activity has never been to teach groups steps and dance styles that require the pressure and judgement of learning, remembering and executing a technique. The activities are designed to support people to inquire into the expressive and creative body and mind, focusing on this connection in relation to others and the space, through a sensory experience.”

Wednesday - PIMD Coronation Centre, Ellesmere Port CH65 9AB - 10.30-11.15
These dance sessions are fun, healthy and inclusive for adults with profound and multiple learning disabilities. This is a multi- sensory dance session that involves movement, creative play, interaction and group connection.

Wednesday - PIMD Danewalk, Brio Memorial Court, Northwich, CW9 5QJ 11.00 - 12.00 pm
These dance sessions are fun, healthy and inclusive for adults with profound and multiple learning disabilities. This is a multi- sensory dance session that involves movement, creative play, interaction and group connection.

Thursday - Oakley Group - Macon House Leisure Centre, Crewe CW1 6DR - 1.30 - 2.30 pm

A learning and physical disability creative dance session which allows individuals with a wide array of learning and physical disabilities to express themselves through dance in a fun and interactive way. This is
a dance class designed for adults with diverse abilities and their carers. The dance sessions allow you to explore your own body and ways of moving.
The sessions will stimulate creativity and allow you to create individually as well as with the group.

Friday - Chrysalis - St Mary's Parish Hall, Nantwich, CW5 5RQ - 10.45 - 11.45 am

A learning and physical disability creative dance session which allows individuals with a wide array of learning and physical disabilities to express themselves through dance in a fun and interactive way. This is
a dance class designed for adults with diverse abilities and their carers. The dance sessions allow you to explore your own body and ways of moving.
The sessions will stimulate creativity and allow you to create individually as well as with the group.

 

 

 

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