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Animated Edition - Autumn 2004
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Focus on: dancing communities
People, communities and the art of dance are central to what community dance is about. This issue of Animated explores with individual artists, companies and agencies the ways in which communities of dancers and dance communities are encouraged to flourish, and their reflections on this experience.

Linking with the last issue of Animated, with its focus on cultural diversity, Scilla Dyke takes an in depth look with Marie McCluskey at how Swindon Dance has worked closelywith culturally diverse artists and communities to build a continuum of developing practice that places the aspirations and ambitions of those artists and communities at its centre. We also feature an article by Eckhard Thiemann who describes the approach taken by Woking Dance Umbrella in building new relationships with their local Muslim community.

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In this issue
From the editor
Ken Bartlett, Creative Director, Foundation for Community Dance
Critical faculties
Roving dance reporter Donald Hutera gets the community buzz in Nottingham and Finland
The focus: dancing communities
If you go down to the beach today...
Kevin Isaacs on Motionhouse Dance Theatre's The Road To The Beach
More than just a brick in the wall
21 years on, Jenny Potkins looks back over the evolution of Chisenhale Dance Space and the development of thriving dance communities and of community dance
Desire of the Light Sweet Crude
Chris Lewis-Smith reflects on the shifting nature of 'community' through the making process of Desire of the Light Sweet Crude, a summer performance project with TAN Dance of South Wales
The skin of our nature/the nature of our skin
Angus Balbernie reflects on his experiences of creating communities of dancers and of the underlying philosophies of 'community'
Dance and the Muslim context
Eckhard Thiemann charts Woking Dance Festival's engagement with local Muslim communities
International exchange
Cath Sims reveals how Ludus Dance hosted an international youth dance exchange, helping to pursue a long-held aspiration to develop their community work internationally
Christina Tsoules reports on the first Community/Performance conference held at Bryant University, Rhode Island earlier this year
Policy and politics
Rachel McCartney on Random Dance's dance and information technology project in London schools
Professional development
Snakes and ladders/Reflecting on learning
Sue Smith and Stine Nilsen of CandoCo on the UK's first Foundation Course in Dance for disabled students
The interview
Living dance forwards, learning it backwards
Marie McCluskey MBE, Director of Swindon Dance and Patron of the Foundation for Community Dance in conversation with Scilla Dyke