Dance is the perfect medium to bring people together. It has a positive impact on people’s lives. Above, Isle of Wight College Performing Arts Students and DanceMakers, participated in a workshop created for a celebrating age event. The participants were aged between 14-84!
I can offer one off workshops, a project or a series of dance sessions in community or school environments.
As a former school teacher I also feel ideally placed to offer Continued Professional Development sessions in schools for non specialist teachers who would like to learn more about teaching dance, either as a bespoke subject, or as a tool for teaching other subjects.
Workshops in the community have included island WIs.
“We spent a wonderful evening with Michelle Hainsworth dancing our way to laughter. ‘I can’t do that’ didn’t come into it. We warmed up gently playing ‘copy me’, seated and standing, strengthening our core and gaining confidence as we worked. Then supported by the chair, if required, exercises began to get really exciting! Each exercise was supported by an interesting story, creating pictures in the mind. This way of working connects with people with Parkinson’s and neurological disorders. You can’t help moving and raucously singing to Jerusalema, Sweet Caroline and Delilah while hanging on to a giant scrunchy with highly excited ladies of a certain age. It’s amazing how many different versions of ‘move to the right’ there are! Who knew what you could do with a paper plate? Well, we worked in groups to create some hilarious dances. ‘It was the best way to have fun you could think of!’ Thanks Michelle, it really was a fun evening. A combination of healthy exercise and laughter, good for body and mind. Can’t wait for another session!” Cheryl Downie Creekside WI