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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.

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Flamenco Sessions for Blind & VI People – 3 Aug!

Flamenco Dance Workshop with SELVis
Venue:
Greenwich West Community and Art Centre, 141 Greenwich High Road, London SE10 8JA
Time:
12.00 noon - 1.00 pm
Phone:
07866 926668
Date:
03rd August 2017
Cost:
TBC - call to confirm


We are delighted to offer four more flamenco sessions for blind and visually impaired people.

The sessions take place in Greenwich but are open to anyone who can get there! Join us for these fun sessions. Learn sequences of rhythmic foot stomping, clapping and arm movements to traditional Spanish music

Dates and times:   Thurs 3rd August, 11am-12pm
Where: Greenwich West Community and Art Centre, 141 Greenwich High Road, London SE10 8JA
Two minutes’ walk from Greenwich DLR and Rail station. Buses 177, 180, 199 and 386 all stop close to the centre. Please contact us if you would like to arrange a meeting point.

Please wear comfortable clothing. You will need to wear shoes with a hard heel, no trainers. For further information or to register your place

please contact Jess Beal on: T: 0203 815 3660. M: 07866 926668.
E: Jessica.Beal@selvis.org.uk

 

Flamenco Sessions for Blind & VI People – 7 July!

Flamenco Dance Workshop with SELVis
Venue:
Greenwich West Community and Art Centre, 141 Greenwich High Road, London SE10 8JA
Time:
12.00 noon - 1.00 pm
Phone:
07866 926668
Date:
07th July 2017
Cost:
TBC - call to confirm


We are delighted to offer four more flamenco sessions for blind and visually impaired people.

The sessions take place in Greenwich but are open to anyone who can get there! Join us for these fun sessions. Learn sequences of rhythmic foot stomping, clapping and arm movements to traditional Spanish music

Dates and times:   Fri 7th July, 12-1pm, Thurs 3rd August, 11am-12pm
Where: Greenwich West Community and Art Centre, 141 Greenwich High Road, London SE10 8JA
Two minutes’ walk from Greenwich DLR and Rail station. Buses 177, 180, 199 and 386 all stop close to the centre. Please contact us if you would like to arrange a meeting point.

Please wear comfortable clothing. You will need to wear shoes with a hard heel, no trainers. For further information or to register your place

please contact Jess Beal on: T: 0203 815 3660. M: 07866 926668.
E: Jessica.Beal@selvis.org.uk

 

Flamenco sessions for blind & VI people – 2 June!

Flamenco Dance Workshop with SELVis
Venue:
Greenwich West Community and Art Centre, 141 Greenwich High Road, London SE10 8JA
Time:
6.00 pm - 7.00 pm
Phone:
07866 926668
Date:
02nd June 2017
Cost:
TBC - call to confirm


We are delighted to offer four more flamenco sessions for blind and visually impaired people.

The sessions take place in Greenwich but are open to anyone who can get there! Join us for these fun sessions. Learn sequences of rhythmic foot stomping, clapping and arm movements to traditional Spanish music

Dates and times:  Fri 2nd June, 6-7pm Fri 7th July, 12-1pm, Thurs 3rd August, 11am-12pm
Where: Greenwich West Community and Art Centre, 141 Greenwich High Road, London SE10 8JA
Two minutes’ walk from Greenwich DLR and Rail station. Buses 177, 180, 199 and 386 all stop close to the centre. Please contact us if you would like to arrange a meeting point.

Please wear comfortable clothing. You will need to wear shoes with a hard heel, no trainers. For further information or to register your place

please contact Jess Beal on: T: 0203 815 3660. M: 07866 926668.
E: Jessica.Beal@selvis.org.uk

 

Flamenco Dance Workshop – 14 Feb – SELVis!

Flamenco Dance Workshop - 14 Feb - SELVis!
Venue:
Greenwich West Community and Art Centre, 141 Greenwich High Road, London SE10 8JA
Time:
12.30pm - 2.00pm
Phone:
0203 815 3660
Date:
14th February 2017
Cost:
Please ask Contact TBC


“Listen to the guitars playing, feel the Spanish sunshine and join SELVis for a Flamenco dance workshop!”

Flamenco dance is known for its sweeping arm movements and rhythmic feet stomping. At this session we will learn some basic movements. Our experienced instructor has been performing and teaching Flamenco for over 10 years. She lived and studied in Jerez, Spain.

When: Tuesday 14th February 2017
Time: 12.30pm – 2pm
Where: Greenwich West Community and Art Centre, 141 Greenwich High Road, London SE10 8JA
Contact: Jess Beal on:  T: 0203 815 3660 M: 07866 926668
or Email: Jessica.Beal@selvis.org.uk
Nearest train station: Greenwich British rail, and DLR station is a 2 minute walk from the centre.
Buses: 177, 180, 199 and 386 all stop close to the centre.

Please contact us if you would like to arrange a meeting point.

Flamenco dance is known for its sweeping arm movements and rhythmic feet stomping. At this session we will learn some basic movements. Our experienced instructor has been performing and teaching Flamenco for over 10 years. She lived and studied in Jerez, Spain.

Please wear comfortable clothing. You will need to wear shoes with a hard heel, no trainers.

We need at least 8 participants to run this workshop. For further information or to register your place please contact Jess Beal on: T: 0203 815 3660. M: 07866 926668

E: Jessica.Beal@selvis.org.uk