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A white Cane & a Glass of Fizz

Fiona Musgrove attending the One Dance UK Awards

Fiona Musgrove shares her experience of attending the One Dance UK Awards

Balancing a White Cane and a Glass of Fizz…

original article from www.onedanceuk.org

The moment Step Change Studios was announced as the winner of the One Dance UK Innovation Award my whole body tingled with excitement. My mind flashed back to our weekly adventures through the throngs of tourists early each Saturday morning swishing our canes on a mission to make our dance class.

Hooked on Dance

Step Change Studios was founded by Rashmi Becker to provide opportunities for disabled and non-disabled people to dance. For the past six months I have been attending the ballroom programme for people with sight loss. I first met Rashmi when I was reporting for a radio station on her very first project: a ‘Strictly’ inspired dance event for people with a learning disability.  From that point I was hooked and wanted to learn too, so when I heard about her new ballroom dance programme with London Vision I quickly signed up.

Boosting Skills and Confidence
The dance programme means so much to me. I have made friends, learned to navigate a crowded dance floor, developed dance skills I never had, and even taken my first ballroom dance exam. This lovely lady had done this for us. As I travel on the London Underground, something I had previously been nervous to do until the draw of dance boosted my confidence, many of the TfL staff ask me how my ballroom dancing is going. They even ask me to demonstrate to the amusement of startled passengers. It breaks the stereotype of a blind person – ‘wow they can dance’, and Step Change Studios made it happen.

Just as I had watched my dance friends walk forward one-by-one to collect their exam certificates and medals and the end of our dance term, I experienced the same pride when Rashmi stepped forward to receive the One Dance Award. As a radio presenter, I have attended various events but nothing as glamorous and exciting as the One Dance UK Awards. Here the stardust and glitter sparkled around the audience which included leading talent from dance, education, health, and media.

Celebrating Talent

Balancing a glass of fizz in one hand and my white cane in the other I managed to have a quick word with One Dance UK Head of Industry and Artist Support, Helen Laws about the purpose of the awards. She said:  ‘We wanted to create awards that recognise all the different types of people that work in dance to create the vibrant sector that it is’.

The importance of dance being accessible to everyone and the breadth of talent in the sector was also emphasised by One Dance UK CEO Andrew Hurst, both on stage and when he congratulated us personally.

What was striking about Step Change Studios receiving the Innovation in Dance Award is that it recognised its ‘groundbreaking and cutting-edge approach to dance’ in a mainstream category. This gives me encouragement that ‘inclusive’ practice is starting to be understood as central to excellence in dance.

Free Latin dance lessons until 23 march 2019- check  out below

https://blindsport.uk/FreeLatinDance

 

 

Square dance with live band!

Square dance with live band - London Vision South East

London Vision South East: Square dance with a live band

Following the success of last year’s Square Dance, the band and caller are back for another fun evening of music and dance!

Date: Saturday 2 March Time: 5 pm – 8 pm

Venue: Lewisham Irish Community Centre, 2A Davenport Road, London SE6 2AZ

Located between Catford and Ladywell train stations. Trains run from London Bridge, Charing Cross, Waterloo East. And if coming from the other direction from Orpington and Hayes.

Nearest bus stop: Rosenthal Road on bus routes 47, 54, 75, 136, 185, 199 and 208

Please contact us for travel advice or to arrange a meeting.

All are welcome, bring your friends and family to make more squares!

Square dance is a country dance of American origin. Four couples face each other to make the sides of the square. All steps and movements are shouted out by a caller during the dance. We will practise the steps before the dance.

We are delighted to be joined again by Isabel Boothby and Julian  Marshall with their band to play their old-time American folk music for our dances.

Hope you can join us for another fun evening.  Refreshments provided although can bring your own too.

To book your place please contact London Vision South East on 0203 815 3660 or info@LondonVision.org

 

 

Square dance with live band

Square dance with live band - London Vision South East
Venue:
Lewisham Irish Community Centre, 2A Davenport Road, London SE6 2AZ
Time:
5.00 pm - 8.00 pm
Phone:
0203 815 3660
Date:
02nd February 2019
Cost:
Call Contact to confirm


London Vision South East: Square dance with a live band

Following the success of last year’s Square Dance, the band and caller are back for another fun evening of music and dance!

Date: Saturday 2 March Time: 5 pm – 8 pm

Venue: Lewisham Irish Community Centre, 2A Davenport Road, London SE6 2AZ

Located between Catford and Ladywell train stations. Trains run from London Bridge, Charing Cross, Waterloo East. And if coming from the other direction from Orpington and Hayes.

Nearest bus stop: Rosenthal Road on bus routes 47, 54, 75, 136, 185, 199 and 208

Please contact us for travel advice or to arrange a meeting.

All are welcome, bring your friends and family to make more squares!

Square dance is a country dance of American origin. Four couples face each other to make the sides of the square. All steps and movements are shouted out by a caller during the dance. We will practise the steps before the dance.

We are delighted to be joined again by Isabel Boothby and Julian  Marshall with their band to play their old-time American folk music for our dances.

Hope you can join us for another fun evening.  Refreshments provided although can bring your own too.

To book your place please contact London Vision South East on 0203 815 3660 or info@LondonVision.org

 

 

Free VI Ballroom & Latin Dance

Free VI Ballroom & latin Dance

Free Latin & Ballroom dance programme for blind & vision impaired people

In partnership with London Vision and supported by Sport England
Launching Date: Friday 25th May Time: 11-12pm every week
Venue:  Greenhouse Centre, 35 Cosway Street, London NW1 5NS
Contact: contact@stepchangestudios.com or Call 07976 363861

This unique programme will support people to learn Latin and Ballroom dance over a 30-week programme. There will be opportunities to take an exam and perform for people that would like to – or participants can dance socially.

Participants must register in advance.

For registration details please email or call. contact@stepchangestudios.com

or Call 07976 363861

 

Have sight loss and love to dance?

Have sight loss and love to dance

Experience SOSA Dance Fitness with Michelle Felix Group. Bringing you international dance styles seated, supported or standing.

Experience to treasure:

  • You will be shown how to move in the best way that suits your fitness level and abilities – seated or standing with audio description to enable you to follow each dance move successfully
  • Enjoy the environment where you can leave your cares behind, feel at home and lose your inhibitions
  • Gain the benefits of our full body workout whether it’s managing a health condition, or simply exercising for longevity, you will feel energised.
  • Enjoy a variety of International dance styles with authentic steps including: Cha-cha-cha, Disco, Funk, Jive, Salsa, Samba and more!

Venue: Waltham Forest Feel Good Centre, 170 Chingford Road, London E17 5AA
Date: Thursday mornings, Time: 10am – 11am.
Cost: £8 per session or special monthly package available.
Contact: Tel: 0785 323 4747 or  Email: michelle@michellefelixgroup.com 

Metro would always advise to phone or email the event contacts to confirm there have been no last-minute changes or cancellations.

SUCCESS STORY:

‘’I had no fears or worries at all about attending the classes. During the classes I felt that I really worked out and I felt great and happy. The classes have been very helpful because it keeps me moving. I recommend the class to friends. It’s brilliant!’’ (Des from Chingford)

A meet and greet service will be available. Places are limited so register your interest now to secure a place

Email: michelle@michellefelixgroup.com or Tel: 0785 323 4747.