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Step Change Studios: Fairly Tales!

Step Change Studios: Fairly Tales 27 June

Step Change Studios’ new production Fairly Tales, which will premier at Sadler’s Wells LBS on 27th June at 7.30pm.

Supported by Arts Council England, Fairy Tales brings together 20 talented disabled and non-disabled artists to present original dance. The show is approximately 60-minutes including an audience Q&A with the cast. We will also be delivering dance in schools and to older people in the local community as part of the project.

Following the success of its premier show Fusion in 2018, Step Change Studios returns to Sadler’s Wells Lilian Baylis Studio with Fairy Tales. This latin and ballroom-inspired show brings together disabled and non-disabled artists to present dynamic, captivating dance that cuts across convention placing artistry, ability and storytelling at its heart.

Venue: Lilian Baylis Studio, Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R
Date: Thu 27 June Time:  7.30pm
Cost: Tickets: £17, £8.50 (under 18s, students, over 60s)*
Booking link: https://blindsport.uk/FairyTales
Access for all info:  https://blindsport.uk/AccessForALL

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+44 (0)20 7863 8000
(Monday to Saturday, 10am – 8pm)

The stories we experience as children inform our imagination, aspirations and sense of self. Within the naïve narrative of ‘Once upon a time, and happy ever after’ are universal themes that transcend physical and social boundaries. Drawing on these themes, Fairy Tales celebrates the art of storytelling through creative, engaging and original dance.

In just 2-years of establishing Step Change Studios, we have supported over 2,000 disabled people to dance, and received a number of accolades including the One Dance UK Award for Innovation. I remain committed to improving wellbeing through community dance, and supporting a more diverse dance sector by showcasing talent.

 

 

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

 

 

Free Latin & Ballroom 23 March

Free Latin & Ballroom dance for Blind & VI starts 2 Feb
Venue:
The Abbey Centre, 34 Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3BU
Time:
3.30 pm - 4.30 pm
Phone:
07976 363861
Date:
23rd March 2019
Cost:
Free


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

This free programme supports people to learn Latin and Ballroom dance in a fun, supportive environment. For all abilities.

Date:   last class on 23rd March.   Time:  3.30-4.30pm
Venue: The Abbey Centre, 34 Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3BU

 Age 16+ Participants must register in advance. 

For registration details please email or call

To contact Step Change Studios: 

Email: contact@stepchangestudios.com
 or Phone: 07976 363861

 

Free Latin & Ballroom 16 March

Free Latin & Ballroom dance for Blind & VI starts 2 Feb
Venue:
The Abbey Centre, 34 Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3BU
Time:
3.30 pm - 4.30 pm
Phone:
07976 363861
Date:
16th March 2019
Cost:
Free


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

This free programme supports people to learn Latin and Ballroom dance in a fun, supportive environment. For all abilities.

Date: Every Saturday,  The programme starts on Saturday 2nd February with the last class on 23rd March. There is no class on 2nd March.  Time:  3.30-4.30pm
Venue: The Abbey Centre, 34 Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3BU

 Age 16+ Participants must register in advance. 

For registration details please email or call

To contact Step Change Studios: 

Email: contact@stepchangestudios.com
 or Phone: 07976 363861

 

Free Latin & Ballroom 9 March

Free Latin & Ballroom dance for Blind & VI starts 2 Feb
Venue:
The Abbey Centre, 34 Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3BU
Time:
3.30 pm - 4.30 pm
Phone:
07976 363861
Date:
09th March 2019
Cost:
Free


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

This free programme supports people to learn Latin and Ballroom dance in a fun, supportive environment. For all abilities.

Date: Every Saturday,  The programme starts on Saturday 2nd February with the last class on 23rd March. There is no class on 2nd March.  Time:  3.30-4.30pm
Venue: The Abbey Centre, 34 Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3BU

 Age 16+ Participants must register in advance. 

For registration details please email or call

To contact Step Change Studios: 

Email: contact@stepchangestudios.com
 or Phone: 07976 363861