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Focus on: dance companies in community dance
The New Year begins a period of celebration for community dance in the UK, with significant birthdays for key dance organisations embodying the best of community dance practice. Happy 30th birthday to Swindon Dance, Rubicon Dance and Ludus.

Thirty years of community dance is a good point to reflect on what we have achieved as individual practitioners, dance organisations and dance companies. The guiding principles of community dance have stood the test of time: we see time and again that every body can dance with intention and purpose; we know that participation in community dance has transformed the lives of millions of individuals and their communities; we know community dance has made a significant contribution to health and well-being; we have seen how, by participating in dance, people's self-esteem and confidence grows so that they are better able to... Read more
In this issue
Critical faculties
Donald Hutera goes behind bars to try and discover the most criminally beneficial moves
From the editor
Ken Bartlett, Director, Foundation for Community Dance
The focus: community & education work by dance com
Experiencing dance with visually impaired people
Wieke Eringa, Director of Learning and Access at Northern Ballet Theatre outlines the work the company is undertaking to make dance more accessible to blind and visually impaired people
Playing along with the audience
Award-winning independent artist Niki McCretton's is a strong consideration for her audience and the part that they play alongside the performer
Emerging in the 21st century
Oliver Scott on his company Mercurial Dance, combining his passion for dance with new media
Alfresco - intergenerational performance
Luca Sylvestrini describes the process of making Alfresco a large scale intergenerational piece for Yorkshire Dance's second community dance festival in Leeds Summer 2005
Building deep relationships through apprenticeships
Kathy Williams, Youth Dance Manager at RJC Dance outlines the apprenticeship scheme they have been running in the Chapeltown area of Leeds for the past five years
Ideas of British-Asian dance
Ruth Oakley, Touring & Education Manager of Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company (SJDC) outlines a recent initiative the company undertook in primary schools in Surrey
International connections
A journey to Bangladesh
Dancer Charlotte Darbyshire on her visit to Bangladesh making connections with dance, disabled people, and communities of people recovering from illness or injury
Professional development
Learning through doing
Ruth Till reflects on ten years of the Rubicon Community Dance Apprentice Scheme and unravels the secrets of its success
The Bedroom tour
Angela Praed on creating and touring dance to people's bedrooms, and the importance of her sense of place and space as an artist within a rural community
Still burning bright
Jane Scott-Barrett, on Ludus Dance Company's thirty years of work across the UK and abroad
The interview
Something always happens
Antony Waller in conversation with Scilla Dyke