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Animated Edition - Winter 2004
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Focus on: older people, disability
Sustaining a career as a community dance artist is an amazing achievement - keeping true to yourself, your art and the community you live in, as a mature/older/senior artist is even more amazing. So, how do you keep creative and fresh, what keeps inspiring you and what are your reflections about yourself and the people you work with?

For this issue of Animated we asked a number of our most experienced practitioners each with over 30 years experience to describe some of their recent work and to reflect about themselves, their practice and the communities they work in. All of them choose to work with other older people, but not exclusively. Tim Rubidge and Virginia Kennedy working in the North East of England describe their work in relatively small communities whilst Bisakha Sarker, Tamara McLorg and Cecilia Macfarlane work in more populous Liverpool, London and... Read more

In this issue
Dance for regeneration and renewal
Virginia Kennedy on what inspires her and supports community regeneration in her work
The seriousness of having fun: the political agenda of community dance
Dr. Sara Houston argues the importance of putting the fun back into community dance
Mission accomplished?
Deborah Baddoo on the Mission initiative for black dance
Ballroom bliss
Maria Benjamin on Free Summer on the South Bank at the Royal Festival Hall
New victories - old battles
Carl Reid responds to New Victories, an article by Jo Parkes in the Autumn 2003 issue of Animated, and reflects on the role of the individual artist within collaborative work
From the editor
Ken Bartlett, Creative Director, Foundation for Community Dance
The focus: older people
Marks of time
Bisakha Sarker on challenging conventions as a mature dancer
Making the invisible people visible
Tamara McLorg argues for the place of the mature dancer in community dance
Rule breaker
Cecilia Macfarlane offers a rare insight into the evolution of an independent dance artist spanning 32 years... Here she speaks candidly of her beliefs and aspirations to Dr Scilla Dyke
Meeting other worlds
Tim Rubidge, co-director of Body Stories shares his experiences of working with older people
Dance and disabled people
Quality and equality
Jo Verrent on the latest researchof the Department for Education and Skills on opportunities for disabled people in accessing dance and drama awards
Above and beyond
Paddy Masefield excites the delegates at the Above and Beyond international disability arts conference
Xposure
Katherine Phillips reviews the Xposure festival and asks how we can address issues of artistic quality as well as the social value of dance with disabled people
International
The making of refugee dance communities
Pegge Vissicaro and Danielle Cousins Godfrey on the work of Freedom Inc. in Phoenix, Arizona
What is the reality of dance?
Paula Varanda on a community dance programme in South East Portugal