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Dance Dosti Launched! Free Bollywood, Latin & Street Classes

A head and sholders photo of a dance insructor holding her arms and hands in a Bollywood style also there is a Dance Dosti and Vision Foundation Logo and the text says www.dancedosti.com

Dance Dosti:  Free Contemporary, Bollywood, Latin & Street Classes

Fun and fitness together with free digital dance sessions.

Dance is a fun and creative way to be active and to support our physical and mental health. Dancing can help lift our spirits along with our heart rate. Dance Dosti is created by the award-winning dance company Step Change Studios. In partnership with Metro Blind Sport, and supported by Vision Foundation, we want to support more people to enjoy the benefits of dance. This is why we have created Dance Dosti digital.

Dance Dosti is here to support you to take part in regular dance, and to improve your wellbeing while enjoying the experience. Our free sessions are created as short-bursts of activity to help you fit it in around your daily life, when and where you want.

All video and audio sessions are free to the Dance Dosti community once you register for free. You only need to register once to start dancing.

Try a Dance Dosti class

Sign up for free to start dancing.

You can then access all sessions for free in future by entering your email to log in.
Dance Dosti website: https://www.dancedosti.com

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For Transcripts, please use this Contact Form and request the ones you want. A transcript is available for all videos.

 

A Dance instructor is holding her right arm and hand up diagonally in a contemporary style - also there is a Dance Dosti and Vision Foundation Logo, and the text says www.dancedosti.com

 

The Programme

Dance Dosti is based on an 8-week programme. We encourage participants to do two classes a week but you can repeat classes you enjoy, vary the order, and do as many classes as you like. Each session is around 15-minutes.
The Dance Dosti sessions are arranged by language, and choice of standing and seated dance. Our dance content is available in four different languages: English, Gujarati, Hindi, and Bengali. You can choose between video and audio format.

Our Dance Dosti sessions are led by experienced dancers from a South Asian background. The dance sessions are inspired by a fusion of different styles including Bollywood, Latin, Street and Contemporary Dance. Our sessions provide different options for different abilities.

Try a Dance Dosti class

Sign up for free to start dancing.

You can then access all sessions for free in future by entering your email to log in.
Dance Dosti website: https://www.dancedosti.com

Accessibility options

For Transcripts, please use this Contact Form and request the ones you want. A transcript is available for all videos.

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Dance Dosti project awarded £44,000!

Dance Dosti project awarded £44,000

Dance Dosti: Get Down, Get Going dance project awarded £44,000

Metro Blind Sport, in partnership with inclusive dance company Step Change Studios and British Blind Sport, will launch a new inclusive dance project, thanks to a grant from the Vision Foundation of nearly £44,000.

The ‘Dance Dosti’ project will engage blind and partially sighted young people and adults from the Asian community to be active through dance.

Martin Symcox, CEO of Metro Blind Sport said: “People from the Asian community have reported greater inactivity, isolation and loss of independence as a result of Covid-19. For this reason, this new project specifically focuses on people from an Asian background.

“We are extremely grateful to Vision Foundation for its support with this project and delighted to be working alongside specialist dance organisation, Step Change Studios and British Blind Sport.”

Rashmi Becker, Founder of Step Change Studios said: “this grant is important recognition of the need to support people at greater disadvantage in our communities. Physical activity plays a critical role in improving health and wellbeing, yet data from Sport England has found greater reductions in activity levels among people from an Asian background, and Activity Alliance data has shown that disabled people are twice as likely as non-disabled people to be inactive.

‘Dance Dosti’ is a creative initiative that will promote physical activity and use the benefits of dance to bring people together and improve quality of life. The project combines different elements including home and community-based dance, engaging local partners and volunteers to support participation, and providing advice for dance and fitness providers on inclusive practice. We are excited to be working with Metro Blind Sport on this innovative project that is committed to tackling health and social inequalities.”

Olivia Curno, Chief Executive of the Vision Foundation, said, “The Vision Foundation supports projects that reflect the real issues impacting blind and partially sighted people. The pandemic has had a huge impact on the visually impaired community over the past year and we are committed to projects that address the isolation that people are experiencing.”

41% of the London population identifies as Asian or Black – 38% of which are in poverty;[1] Sport England highlights that gender inequality in sport and physical activity is more pronounced for Asian women and the sector has ‘failed to engaged women of different ethnic backgrounds’; [2]  ‘Dance Dosti’ will especially target girls and women, providing dance in different styles, languages, and both standing and seated dance options to cater for diverse needs.

On-demand online classes will be available from June this year. The community-based programmes will be piloted in five London boroughs from Autumn 2021: Brent, Ealing, Harrow, Newham, and Tower Hamlets. The project will monitor the impact of dance on a range of measures including mental and physical health, confidence, friendships, increasing independence and learning new skills.

Anyone interested in taking part in ‘Dance Dosti should email: contact@stepchangestudios.com

 

[1] https://www.trustforlondon.org.uk/data/populations/ethnicity/

[2] Sport for All? January 2020. Sport England

 

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Sight Specific Moves – Virtual Dance Course!

Sight Specific Moves - Virtual Dance Course with Rationale Arts!

Sight Specific Moves Dance Course bought to you by Rationale Arts.

Rationale Arts are offering people with a visual impairment aged 16 and over the opportunity to learn to dance virtually via Zoom!

Don’t let covid get you down. Learn cool dance moves that will improve your spatial awareness and emotional wellbeing from the comfort of your own home.

You can listen to the Audio Trailer below.

Music featured in the audio trailer: All that by Bensounds.”

What’s that I hear? You don’t have enough space in your own home to take part? Our sessions are tailor-made to suit each person’s individual access needs. If you have a small space in your living room that’s fine, if you have mobility issues and need to stay seated, we can teach you great dance moves from the comfort of your own chair.

So let’s have some fun and dance our way to happiness and health with Rationale Arts Sight Specific Moves Dance Course.

For more information, please email info@rationalearts.com and put in the heading “Sight Specific Moves” and we’ll get back to you.

We look forward to teaching you some great moves!

 

Kind regards

Nathan

 

 

Sight Specific Moves – Virtual Dance Course!

Sight Specific Moves - Virtual Dance Course with Rationale Arts!

Sight Specific Moves Dance Course bought to you by Rationale Arts.

Rationale Arts are offering people with a visual impairment aged 16 and over the opportunity to learn to dance virtually via Zoom!

Don’t let covid get you down. Learn cool dance moves that will improve your spatial awareness and emotional wellbeing from the comfort of your own home.

You can listen to the Audio Trailer below.

Music featured in the audio trailer: All that by Bensounds.”

What’s that I hear? You don’t have enough space in your own home to take part? Our sessions are tailor-made to suit each person’s individual access needs. If you have a small space in your living room that’s fine, if you have mobility issues and need to stay seated, we can teach you great dance moves from the comfort of your own chair.

So let’s have some fun and dance our way to happiness and health with Rationale Arts Sight Specific Moves Dance Course.

For more information, please email info@rationalearts.com and put in the heading “Sight Specific Moves” and we’ll get back to you.

We look forward to teaching you some great moves!

 

Kind regards

Nathan

 

 

Free VI virtual Latin Dance Classes – Step Change Studios

Free VI virtual Latin Dance Classes Start 18 April - Step Change Studios!

Free VI virtual Latin Dance Classes: Step Change Studios

We are delighted to share that we are starting free online live VI Latin dance sessions.

Our professional Latin dance teacher Clair will be running a 40 minute live online class starting this Saturdays at 11 a.m. We will run this every Saturday  in May.

We will be using the video platform Zoom which is free to use. The classes with be free. All you need to do is:

 

  • 5 minutes before the class starts, click on this link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/558911739
  • You may get a dialogue box pop up, if you do, select ‘open link’ – this will link you to the class
  •  You will then get a message saying the host need to accept you, which we will. After a quick intro we’ll get going.

That’s it!

You have the option of having your video & microphone on or off during class – choose what you prefer. The class is suitable for a small space, just make sure there are no hazards in the way and please only join in if you are well, and not had any medical advice against exercising.

It will be a fun session, no partner needed but if you have family that would like to join in with you they are very welcome. Clair will be giving clear voice instructions to help you follow. Please feel free to send feedback after class so we know what works and if there are things we can improve. The most important thing is that we want you to enjoy yourselves.

So remember – just click on the link above at 11 a.m. this Saturday to join in!