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Animated Edition - Winter 2013
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Focus on: Health and wellbeing

From the editor

In this issue of Animated we wanted to reveal some of the powerful and inspiring work that community dance artists are doing to contribute to health and wellbeing. It has long been our contention that active participation in high quality dance experiences contributes positively to the wellbeing of individuals and communities, not simply as an exercise and fitness regime but as something deeper and more substantial. Several of the articles in this issue are testament to this. Increasingly we are finding that a range of dance experiences are contributing to supporting people to manage better their clinical conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and dementia; person centred approaches pioneered by community dance artists are clearly of importance here.

We are also delighted to feature two articles that look at the kinds of impacts small projects had that were part of Big Dance. And finally to feature a report on the Barrowlands project in Glasgow led by Michael Clark’s company in partnership with Dance House which begins with Michael’s assertion “everyone can dance, everyone does dance” – a great way to start the year.

Ken Bartlett, Creative Director, Foundation for Community Dance
In this issue
Donald Hutera in Seoul. Photo: Wonyoung Noh, SIDance Festival
To be continued...
Grateful that the world failed to end, Donald Hutera muses on professional development globally
Michael Clark Company, The Barrowlands Project. Photos: Hugo Glendinning
The Barrowlands Project
Linda Robertson, Scottish freelance journalist, writes about the collaboration between choreographer Michael Clark, Dance House Glasgow and community dancers at the Barrowland Ballroom
The focus: Health and wellbeing
London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony, NHS section. Photo: Shimelle Laine.
Acting local, thinking global in arts and health
Mike White, Senior Research Fellow in Arts and Health in the Centre for Medical Humanities at Durham University, sets out the case for community based arts and health
Elisabeth Zeindlinger with Sue Lyttle, Arts Care concert. Photo: Colin Cairns
Communicating through the body using creative movement in health care
Elisabeth Zeindlinger, freelance dancer and project coordinator in Northern Ireland, sets out her manifesto for working in health care settings
Kate Swindlehurst and Partner, Milonga (a social dance), Cambridge Tango. Photo: Ellie McKenny
Tango and Parkinson’s: the view from the dance floor
John Connatty, Dr Ellie McKenny and Kate Swindlehurst discuss Tango and Parkinson’s disease
Kim Gregory and Alison Grace, Different Landscapes, LocoMotion Dance. Photo: Participant
Different landscapes
Kim Gregory and Gerry Turvey reflect on a life-changing journey to Cape Town
Rebecca Seymour with Joyce, Young at Heart programme, Salisbury District Hospital. Photo:Peter Ursem
“I haven’t had this much fun for years!”
Rebecca Seymour reflects on her work at Salisbury District Hospital
Rambert project with amputee group, St George’s NHS Trust. Photos: © Ellie Kurttz
Witness the magic
Joce Giles describes an initiative at Queen Mary’s Hospital working with amputees
Particpant, Leaps and Bounds project. Photo: Brian Slater / Yorkshire Dance
Invitations to dance
Zoe Parker shares her thoughts on dance and wellbeing for learning disabled adults
Big Dance Legacy
Rehearsals for We Dance festival. Photo: Brendan Maclean
We Dance
Gus Garside and Claire Marshall report on a Cultural Olympiad project in the West Midlands
Haringey Moves participants, Rosa and Zyon Belle-Fortune. Photo: Kate Belle-Fortune
What’s the point of community dance projects?
Esther Modu reflects on organising a Big Dance event in Haringey
Heneri’s smile. Photo: Louise Katerega
Between two smiles
Louise Katerega reflects on an Olympic-related exchange trip to Brazil to share dance practice