From my studio in rural Cheshire, I work with adults who have long standing or deep rooted emotional difficulties which affect their ability to fully enjoy life. This may be a reaction to past trauma or bereavement, and can result in anxiety, depression, addiction and sometimes medically unexplained symptoms such as physical pain or discomfort.
I taught dance and movement for over 45 years. My earliest dance passion was ballroom dancing, although over the years I added other disciplines and styles to my training. I still enjoy helping couples learn to dance together and have great satisfaction in creating first dances for weddings. Early in my career I realised that there were underlying reasons why people came to my classes other than the obvious one of learning a new skill. The relational and expressive aspects of dance were as important to me as the actual steps, if not more so, but there was also something about the way I related to my participants. I saw my role as helping to fulfil their potential, rather than criticising their technique I wanted to accompany them as they discovered the joy of movement for themselves. I found that my classes attracted participants who were finding their way again after bereavement, illness or injury and some came because it helped them manage their challenges with mental health. When I discovered that Dance Therapy was actually a profession, I knew I had found my calling and embarked on studying for a Masters Degree in Dance Movement Psychotherapy. I graduated from Canterbury Christ Church University 10 years ago and soon acquired my licence for private practice.
My fascination with all things mind-body related inevitably drew me to the study and practice of Tai Chi and Qi Gong which now form part of my wellness programme – Movement In Mind.
"I was drawn to this profession out of a lifelong passion for dance and a fascination with the connection between mind and body".Shirley Brocklehurst
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).
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.
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.
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.
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
Arts Enterprise with a Social Purpose, Aesop is a bridge-builder between the health and arts sectors helping arts enterprises in health grow.
1st Floor, 3 Welch Way, Witney, Oxfordshire, OX28 6JH
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 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
A registered charity, Cheshire & Warrington Carers Trust offers information, advice and support to Carers and those they care for across Cheshire, and deliver a wide range of activities, training and events throughout the year.
146 London Road, Northwich CW9 5HH