Movement and Dance

Movement and Dance

Over the last ten years we have really developed our provision in terms of movement, dance and somatic approaches to working with people. Sometimes, particularly when words “don’t cut the mustard”, finding non verbal and physical approaches to expression can be a really useful tool for people.

This have proved particularly true working with people with mental health challenges, but also with other groups such as the elderly frail and people with learning difficulties.

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Some past projects include:

Fire and Water an arts wave devon project in Torrington 2015

Bluecoat Primary school Bollywood dance

bluecoatdance01Year 2 students at the Bluecoat Primary learned the art of Bollywood dance under the expert guidance of dance teacher Karina Gracia.

Bollywood is a fusion of Eastern and Western dance and evolved from the Indian film business. It’s highly addictive for the mind, body and the soul. It’s colourful, it’s vibrant, it’s beautiful and it’s infectious

Two groups from the school worked throughout the autumn term to create unique performances exploring the significance of fire and water in Indian culture.

The children performed as part of the Fire and Water Celebration event at the Torrington ‘Christmas lights switch on’ 2015.


“The Movement Project” – Ilfracombe, North Devon (UK) – 2014

This Peoples’ Health Lottery project developed in collaboration with the Ilfracombe Link Centre is a weekly group that brings together Link Centre members and other people from the wider community the explore the relationship between our bodies & movement, and our mental health.

The group recently went and delivered their own participatory workshop for professionals and fellow service users as part of the North Devon Mental Health Day.

It’s enjoyable and you have a laugh. I miss it when I don’t come. It’s helped me come out of myself more

It’s something to get up for, to look forward to. And it has helped me join a group, because for me, I don’t cope with groups of people, so it’s been a really big thing for me

The Exwick / Nordic Black Theatre Exchange – 2014

A week long creative exchange between some of our young people from Exeter’s Exwick estate and members of Oslo’s only multi-cultural and community based theatre / arts facility – Nordic Black Theatre. Working in music, drama, film and dance, it was the most memorable of weeks – during which some life long bonds were formed. Dance was quite a major part of this process – and for some of our group the first time they’d ever taken such a “risk”.