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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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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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News & Events Update – 31 March 2021

Weekly Update from Metro Blind Sport 31 March

News & Events Update

It is good to share the positive news that some of our activity has restarted, and more is on the way.

Football

Yesterday evening our football training sessions returned at the Score Centre in Leyton. These sessions will now continue every week from 6.30 pm until 8.30 pm.

We will be following the same safety protocols as last year. It is essential to know numbers in advance of who is coming, so please visit the Metro Blind Sport website and book sessions to gain the relevant information needed for track and trace purposes.

Players should not attend if they have not booked in advance. The session was at capacity last night, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

If you are interested in playing, please contact Charlie
charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046.

Please read further details about the return to play for Football below.

Football Arrangements

Tennis

I mentioned last week that tennis was returning on Wednesday the 14th and Friday 16 April. These sessions are now confirmed from 6 pm – 8 pm, as are sessions every other week in the future at the same time.

We will be following the same safety protocols as last year. It is essential to know numbers in advance of who is coming, so please visit the Metro Blind Sport website and book sessions to gain the relevant information needed for track and trace purposes.

Players should not attend if they have not booked in advance. Booking links below:

14 April 2021: https://tinyurl.com/BTennis14April
16 April 2021: https://tinyurl.com/VITennis16April

Please read further details about the return to play for tennis below.

Download – Word: Tennis Arrangements

If you are interested in playing, please contact Charlie charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046.

Ride Side-by-Side with Bikeworks and Metro Blind Sport

We started these new sessions yesterday, and we are out on the bike again this morning in glorious weather for the start of this exciting new project. We are fully booked for this first week, but we have spaces throughout April.

We have sessions that will be running every week, so please do get in contact if you want to attend sessions in April. We would love to welcome you along. They will be on the following days:

  • Tuesday 6 April
  • Wednesday 7 April
  • Tuesday 13 April
  • Wednesday 14 April
  • Tuesday 20 April
  • Wednesday 21 April
  • Tuesday 27 April
  • Wednesday 28 April

There will be two time slots available on each of the days. Session 1 is from 9.30 am until 11 am, and session 2 is from 11.30 am until 1 pm. If you are keen to come along to one or more of the sessions, please email Martin martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org.

The Disability Sports Coach Virtual Activity Programme Easter 2021

This is the Anniversary of the launch of Disability Sport Coach at Home and will be a week of celebration and reflection and looking forward. The programme they run from Tuesday 13th to Saturday 17 April on Zoom will include dance, basketball, circus skills and baking, to name a few activities. It is free for all disabled people.

Please register here:  http://blindsport.uk/1YearOn via Eventbrite. On registration, you will receive your zoom code. This code will provide entry for all sessions during the week.

Dance Dosti

Did you see our latest news last week about an exciting new Dance project? 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.
Read the full press release here: http://blindsport.uk/DanceD

Cricket

Following the ECB Roadmap for Return to Cricket and having analysed the Government’s Roadmap for the easing of lockdown. Blind Cricket England and Wales (BCEW) have decided that the 2021 Blind Cricket season will not start until the week beginning Monday 17 May.

Prior to 17 May, clubs are free to hold training sessions outdoors and may play local friendly matches outdoors. Metro Blind Sport will be seeking to arrange training and friendlies during this time. More details about the season will be released when we have them.

Would you like to play cricket? We are always happy to welcome enthusiastic new players, so if you are interested in playing this season or taking part in training sessions, please contact Hassan Khan at the Metro Devils h.khan25@googlemail.com 07792 004838 or contact Charlie charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046.

Shape up with Spurs

Sessions continue on Zoom on Wednesday’s at 2 pm. If you wish to register interest or find out more, please contact: Adam Millar  07392091327 Adam.millar@tottenhamhotspur.com

British Blind Sport

Along with their inclusive coaches, British Blind Sport have developed audio-led workouts, covering a wide range of activities such as Yoga, Pilates, HIIT, Boxercise and Strength Training as part of their Active at Home Programme.

Find out all of the details of the live session by clicking here https://britishblindsport.org.uk/the-active-at-home-programme/

Sense

Sense Active offer a range of inclusive sport and physical activities. They work with experienced instructors and providers who aim to make each session enjoyable, accessible, inclusive and fun. Please contact for booking sense.active@sense.org.uk, a link to the activities can be found here. https://tinyurl.com/SenseOnline

News

Sense Inclusive Art Club

Award-winning artist Tanya Raabe Webber is starting a new fortnightly arts group at Sense between 16 April and 25 June 2021.

If you are an art maker wishing to develop your skills, meet new people and extend your practice, this is the perfect opportunity for you. Led by Tanya, you’ll explore different ideas and techniques with an emphasis on developing work in your own time. No experience is necessary, but a passion for art is essential!
This opportunity is open to everyone Sense supports (ages 16+), free to join, and art materials will be sent out to your home.

For more info or to book a place, please email olivia.thiessen@sense.org.uk by Thursday, 1 April 2021 (deadline extended!).

Northern Ballet

Northern Ballet is delighted to share the news that they have created some audio described films for the first time. This is a pilot to creating further films and increasing their offer. There are two short films which you can find by using the link to the webpage here https://northernballet.com/digital-dance/audio-described-films.

Greater Manchester Sight Loss Council

On Wednesday 14 April (17:00-18:30) the Greater Manchester Sight Loss Council will be hosting a VI forum focusing on the benefits of sport and the arts.

Attendees will hear presentations from our expert panel and will be able to ask questions. There will also be a live poetry reading from award-winning poet Dave Steele and a low intensity breathing and chair yoga session from Claire Miller.

The panel

  • Paralympic world champion and food blogger Laura Fachie MBE
  • Actor and director Elizabeth Roney
  • Blind coach Sheraz Chohan
  • Performing arts graduate Ada Eravama

You can register your place here: https://tinyurl.com/CreativelyActive

London Vision

The London Vision team has produced their monthly London Scene newsletter, which informs people with sight loss about accessible activities and events happening around London, including local society events.

April’s newsletter is full of information so have a read here https://www.londonvision.org/Pages/Events/Category/all-events

Merton Sports and Social Club

Merton Sports and Social Club sent out their newsletter this week. It was full of opportunities and information, including information about when they hope to return to their fortnightly tandem rides. As things stand, they hope to start rides for couples and household bubbles from Saturday, 17 April. The first ride, open to all members, will be on Saturday 22 May. To register interest, please email cycling@mssc.org.uk and for further club news, visit http://www.mssc.org.uk/

Metro Blind Sport reaches the USA

Our sport lead for tennis, Odette Battarel, shared a website link for the “Focus” website which is a resource provided by a cooperative effort between the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB) and the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS). It was amazing to find that there was a link to our Yoga videos on there. I have included the link here as there are links to other activities as well
https://www.focusonvisionandvisionloss.org/leisure-and-learning-at-home.html.

Facebook

Our numbers are growing on the Metro Blind Sport Facebook page. We encourage you to get involved with our new Facebook page, perhaps sharing your weekly challenge results!

The link below is to the latest exercise challenge Rolling Press-ups with Mark: https://youtu.be/84EMKt9vt5k or by sharing any other activity that you might be doing.

To visit the Facebook page, please follow the link below. https://www.facebook.com/metroblindsport

Stay safe and best wishes.

Martin and the Metro Blind Sport Team

 

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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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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!

 

Free VI virtual Latin Dance Classes Starts 18 April – 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 Saturday 18th April at 11 a.m. We will run this every Saturday for 4 weeks.

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!