What is the Community Dance ethos?
Community dance celebrates collaboration and diversity. It is not elitist. It’s about professional artists working with people from all walks of life, enjoying dance, expressing themselves creatively, learning new things, and connecting to each other.
Michelle Hainsworth runs community dance and education workshops on the Isle of Wight and also offers training workshops. She has a BA(Hons) in Dance and Drama with Language and Literature and also a PGCE in Dance (Secondary). Michelle has undertaken further training including Dance for Parkinson’s, Dance and Disability, Older People’s Dance and Arts Award Advisor Training. Whilst school teaching she was responsible for mentoring and training PGCE, GTP and NQT teachers. After 25 years of teaching dance, drama and English in schools and colleges, Michelle is now focusing all of her time on community dance and outreach projects and training.
In Hampshire, Michelle managed ‘Commonweal’ a dance company for adults with learning disabilities and NRG a youth dance company. Since moving to the Isle of Wight, she has led dance, drama and creative writing workshops and projects in a variety of educational and community settings including: ‘Spin Off’ an integrated dance project, and ‘Gestures’ a dance project for gifted and talented. She is well known for delivering quality dance for wellbeing projects. Michelle founded ‘Samphire’ a dance company for mature movers in 2016.
Michelle enjoys the opportunity of working with other artists from dance and other disciplines. She can also offer training to those interested in running dance workshops to older adults.
What can dance offer an individual?
- It can improve your physical condition, eg muscle tone and strength, stronger bones, better coordination, improved balance
- It works your brain as well as your body
- It’s fun
- It creates opportunities for self-expression
- It can improve your communication, negotiation and problem solving skills
- It can give you greater self-confidence and self-esteem
- It offers social interaction and can reduce your feelings of isolation
- It can lift your spirits – reducing depression, anxiety, and stress