Silver Swans having a great time!

October 9, 2017
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SILVER SWANS HAVING A GREAT TIME! Silver Swans have been coming to class for the past 3 weeks in Leatherhead and both learners and teachers are having a great time! The dancers are becoming more confident with the barre work , ports de bras and gentle allegro and getting to grips with the French terms! […]

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Silver Swans and Diamond Dancers

September 9, 2017
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SILVER SWANS

After the overwhelming interest in Silver Swans from the media publicity, we held our first class on Thursday 8th September 2017 at the Leatherhead Parish Hall.  14 Silver Swans turned up with ages ranging from 55 – 72.

We had a lovely time and it didn’t  matter whether the SSs had danced before or not – everyone got stuck in and enjoyed learning about turn out and feet positions, not to mention the French terms!

We look forward to the future and hope the classes turn into jolly social times as well!

 DIAMOND DANCERS

The ballet class for the Diamond Dancers (youngsters from the ages of 35+!) on Tuesdays at the Oxshott Village Centre is developing well and we have 7 ladies and 2 gentlemen.

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Dance for Lifelong Wellbeing – CD of gentle exercise music

April 29, 2016
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DANCE FOR LIFELONG WELLBEING

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!

DANCE FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART

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!

Suki

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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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