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Jody gained a Certificate in Education at The University of Greenwich in 1999 and trained in Community Dance at Laban London.
Over the past 20 years she has built an extensive and varied portfolio and has undertaken work for Laban, Greenwich Dance, Union Dance, East London Dance, National Youth Theatre, Magpie Dance Company and Cheshire Dance. She has also lectured in contemporary dance and choreography at Tameside College.
Jody first joined Cheshire Dance in 2007 as a Project Coordinator and today is the Dance and Health Lead Artist. She has extensive experience in working with children and young people with learning difficulties, complex behaviour and physical disabilities, as well older adults and those living with challenging conditions such as Dementia.
Her latest focus is on working to integrate arts, wellbeing and creativity into clinical settings through Chester University and working with Cheshire Wildlife Trust on a ‘Wellbeing with Nature’ programme. Jody also works with social prescribers to engage people with specific health or well being requirements.
Jody’s work is deeply rooted in community dance practice and she has a real passion for working with people within community, health, education and arts settings.
Dance to Health responds to the issue of older people’s falls. Dance to Health in Cheshire is delivered by professional dance artists from Cheshire Dance at a variety of community venues, including church halls and leisure facilities.
Using dance and person-centred creative practice to enhance the healing environment, prevent the early onset of Dementia and offer people a way to live well with Dementia in dementia friendly communities.
Live Well Dance welcomes older adults to enjoy fun and friendly dance classes and to explore creative movement for a wide range of health and wellbeing benefits, including improved physical strength, balance & motor skills, spatial awareness, and mobility to help prevent falls.
A professional inter-generational development weekend for artists led by Fergus Early from Green Candle Dance Company.
Dance is recognised as providing therapeutic benefit, it is a form of release and means of expression, using simple creative movements allows people to express something of their individuality.
Combining dance, live music, song and the opportunity for care home residents to participate and interact with performers, the Tea Ladies show has allowed residents, family members and staff to experience the transformative power of dance.
At Cheshire Dance, we provide opportunities for older adults to live in the moment and to engage physically, socially and emotionally through movement and dance in community sessions across Cheshire West and Cheshire East.
Golden Memories forms part of a Dementia Support Group for those living with Dementia (and their families/carers) in the Cheshire Area of Poynton.
Cheshire Dance has an established and growing specialism in developing dance opportunities with and for people with learning disabilities and people with Profound Intellectual and Multiple Disabilities (PIMD).
Cheshire Dance works with schools and educational facilities to integrate the art form into learning. Dance in Education forms an integral part of the Cheshire Dance annual programme.
A 2022 partnership project with Cheshire Wildlife Trust and Cheshire Dance to enable reconnection and restoration through spending quiet time in nature.
Cheshire Dance united with Cheshire Wildlife Trust for Wilder Weekend 2022 - a whole weekend dedicated to taking action for nature in our community.
Bringing together over 50s dance groups to share, devise and dance as a celebration of ageing creatively for Storyhouse Elders Festival.
Creative Health Sessions at University of Chester (Nursing & Midwifery), in response to research from the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing (APPGAHW).
Arts Council England is the national development agency for creativity and culture. Cheshire Dance is a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England.
The Hive, 49 Lever St, Manchester M1 1FN
Cheshire East provides a full range of local government services including Council Tax billing, libraries, social services, processing planning applications, waste collection and disposal, and it is a local education authority that supports Cheshire Dance and its groups within the Cheshire East area.
Delamere House, Delamere St, Crewe CW1 2JZ
Cheshire West and Chester Council is committed to celebrating diversity and promoting equality in everything it does, to improve the quality of life for everyone living, working and visiting Cheshire West and Chester.
Customer Service Centres, 1 The Arcade, Northwich
Dance Consortia North West (DCNW) is a diverse collection of dance artists, companies and venues that come together to generate, collaborate and celebrate dance across the region.
1st Floor, Winsford Library, High Street, Winsford, Cheshire CW7 2AS
Belong is a charitable organisation whose first priority will always be to offer a higher quality of life and a higher quality of personal care in a caring and committed community.
Market Street, Nantwich, Cheshire CW5 5DQ
Green Candle is one of the UK’s leading dance companies known for the high quality and originality of its work involving both young and older people with and without disabilities.
Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, Bethnal Green, London E2 6HG
Cheshire Wildlife Trust is a grassroots movement of people from a wide range of backgrounds and all walks of life, who believe that we need nature and nature needs us. Together with our members and volunteers, we fight for nature’s recovery across the region.
Bickley Hall Farm, Malpas
Brio Leisure is a Community Interest Company wholly owned by Cheshire West and Chester Council to make leisure accessible, affordable and attractive to the people of Cheshire West and Chester.