Dance for Lifelong Wellbeing – CD of gentle exercise music

April 29, 2016
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Some of you may know I have a ‘Record Label’: DanceMusic … and I’ve produced a CD of a selection of Gentle Exercise Music. This music has been used by the Royal Academy of Dance [RAD], of which I’m an Associate, in a project to develop on-going provision of dance and exercise for the not-so-nimble, called Dance for Lifelong Wellbeing! The CD’s have also been used extensively by teachers in an organisation called Extend, who deliver exercise classes in residential homes.

But just recently, I’ve been invited by the RAD to take a major part in their Dance for Lifelong Wellbeing project; I’m now trained up as one of a new team of specialist Dance Artists (or Coaches) to deliver courses myself.   So now I travel off frequently to residential care homes in London and the Isle of Wight, having great fun creating dances and exercises for older men and women who have to remain seated or who are frail and cannot stand well.

If you’d like to try it, or know someone who might benefit from some gentle dance (seated or standing) do get in touch with me!


Recent research shows that participating in dance has a huge benefit for the more elderly in our society, not just the youngsters! The combination of music, exercise and creativity has a powerful impact on the wellbeing of participants. Apart from the obvious physical advantages of dance, the sense of community and sharing the same experience is also highly beneficial.

Dance for Lifelong Wellbeing, a new dance/exercise programme created by the Royal Academy of Dance [RAD] is designed for the over 50s, and can be taught as a seated or standing class – or a combination. Dementia and Parkinson’s disease sufferers show improvements after experiencing a series of these classes. Dance for Lifelong Wellbeing is not just a set of exercises, but by using props, imagery, music and dance it creates an overall sense of positivity and energy.

Healthy living, exercise and wellbeing is gaining popularity, and Dance for Lifelong Wellbeing for men and women over 50 attending just once a week for an hour, is enough to stimulate improvement in physicality, mentality, therapeutically and thus a participant’s quality of life.

If you’d like to try it, or know someone who might benefit from some gentle dance (seated or standing) do get in touch with me!


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A Memory of 2016

April 22, 2016
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lizzie1A documentary musical production, performed by our all-girl, teen drama group, of a scene from the childhood of Lizzie Borden, who was notoriously accused of murder.

Set in Fall River Massachusetts, USA, 1892.


The Royal Scots Club, 29-31 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh, EH3 6QE (The Hepburn Suite)

BOX Office: 0131 226 0000 Venue: 241 Group: C4

DATES: Aug 9-11 16:00 (1h) Ј10.00 (Ј8.00 conc) (Ј26.00 Family)

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Suki Turner

December 9, 2015
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suki2Suki Turner

Suki started dancing at the age of three and attained her dance teaching qualifications in Ballet, Modern, Tap, National and Latin-American dance in Altrincham, Cheshire.

After graduating she danced professionally, touring Europe and Africa. On her return to the UK she taught dance and movement as a freelance at some of the top UK Drama Schools, and many dance schools in England, as well as adjudicating many regional dance competitions. Suki joined the permanent staff at the Bird College of Performing Arts, where she obtained her Licentiate Diploma.

As well as being Director of Centre Stage Dance and Drama, Suki is also Head of Dance and Drama at Danes Hill School in Oxshott, Surrey, a leading independent Prep school.

Under her record label Dancemusic, Suki produces tapes and CDs for Tap Dancing. Dancemusic was commissioned by the ISTD to provide music for all their Tap Grade Examinations.

Suki’s professional work has been varied. Her Choreographic credits include Pantomimes, Old Thyme Music Hall, Oklahoma, The Wizard of Oz, Much Ado About Nothing (Nuffield Theatre), Three Cheers for Mrs Butler (Polka Theatre) amongst others. Suki has performed as an actor as well as a dancer in shows such as The Boyfriend, No No Nanette, Mack and Mabel, Stepping Out, Cider with Rosie, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Wizard of Oz, as well as in Christmas Pantomimes. As an assistant choreographer she has worked on many shows including Hello Dolly & Bugsy Malone in the West End, HMS Pinafore, Gypsy – and the films The Return of the Jedi, Absolute Beginners, and Privates on Parade.

Suki Directs and Choreographs local charity dance performances, she Produces regular holiday courses for Centre Stage and an annual Musical Theatre Course.

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Festival Results 2015

May 19, 2015
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CSD&D picked up a number of nominations and special mentions at this year’s Leatherhead Drama Festival.

Junior Actresses Nomination:
Frankie Cragg
as Rachel in ‘Spakleshark’

Special Mentions – Junior Actress (the only two):
Sarah McKellar
as Jane –‘Spakleshark’ – Centre Stage Dance and Drama
Lauren Ewer as Polly –‘Spakleshark’ – Centre Stage Dance and Drama

Special Mentions – Junior Actor:
Theo Advocate
as Finn in ‘Sparkleshark’ – Centre Stage Dance and Drama

Special Mentions – Best Director:
Hayley Birkbeck
–‘Spakleshark’ – Centre Stage Dance and Drama






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Taking Steps 2014

December 16, 2014
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Taking Steps by Alan Ayckbourn

The play, directed by Graham Pountney, featured as part of Arts Alive 2014 Festival.

The five day run at the Leatherhead Leisure Centre, featured a vocational youth training experience in theatre lighting and sound.

Marketing and advertising was handled by Dick Jones of Jones’ Creative Services featured: banners, posters, flyers and the programme.
All efficiently produced to the tight deadlines.

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