Viv Gordon, Artistic Director of Mean Feet has announced free dance training for people who have previously taken part in the One Step Forward Dance and Mental Health project interested to increase their involvement with dance. The sessions will run between January to April 2015 at Bridgwater Arts Centre:
“The training will be an opportunity to progress with your fitness, dance skills and creative development by committing to one day each week. You will be part of a small group of about 15 people in a supportive and friendly environment where it is fine to be yourself. You do not need any qualifications, special experience or fitness level to take part just a willingness to commit to the whole process and try different approaches to dance and movement. I’ll be leading the weekly training with specially selected guest artists and choreographers visiting us.
Places are limited so do get in touch as soon as possible if you would like to be involved and we will provide you with a simple application form which we can help you to complete if you prefer. Priority will be given to applicants who:
- are unemployed or working less than 16 hours per week
- live in Somerset
- have previously taken part in the One Step Forward Dance and Mental Health project and/or
- have an established interest in Dance and lived experience of mental health issues
The training is free and will take part weekly on a Monday from 10am-3pm (times to be confirmed). The training will culminate in a week long intensive in April and at least 2 performances. It is not a requirement that you perform – only that you engage with the process in some way – other possibilities include supporting with music, costume or publicity.
We can assist with thinking about travel arrangements by helping you look up public transport times, providing maps to the venue and in some cases arranging lift shares. We can also contribute to travel and other access costs.
We also want to support with wider access issues so we are happy to talk through what you need to be able to take part. In the past we have been able to offer people time off for therapy appointments, flexibility to accommodate different energy levels and mobility issues and other practical support.”
For further information please visit: www.meanfeetdance.co.uk