About Dance Creative
Dance Creative is a new dance collaborative, not for profit organisation based in Oxfordshire, that works with older people in the community. We produce work that raises awareness of dementia and young on-set dementia, as well as working with older people in the community to increase health and well-being through dance.
Dance Creative aims to:-
create unique performances combining dance, theatre, music and film which raise awareness of dementia and young onset dementia.
create interactive performances which offer audiences structured interactive moments and opportunities for reminiscence
create visually stunning performances that take our audiences on a journey
offer an extensive community outreach programme in order to extend our offer and allow audiences a more in-depth experience of the work.
We premiered our first production ‘A Million Memories’ at the cornerstone in Didcot on September 8th 2018. This production told the raw and poignant story of a mother with young onset dementia and her daughter through dance, poetry and music. Comments about ‘A Million Memories’ from audience members included: -
‘Very moving, taught people how to deal with what’s ahead of them…helps you to adjust – beautifully executed and performed. [It helps you to know] how to keep in touch with that person’
Who are Dance Creative?
Angela Conlan | Co-Founder & Dance Practitioner
Angela is a freelance Dance Practitioner and Creative Producer who specialises in working with older people. Her vision is that everyone, regardless of background, should have the opportunity to be celebrated and empowered through dance.
With over 20 years of experience working with all ages and abilities, Angela is currently working with people with dementia and their carers as well as children and young people. Angela is also a Postural Stability Instructor and has completed Level 2 Dementia Awareness training.
Caroline Colclough Moss | Co-Founder & Dance Practitioner
With 20 years’ experience of teaching dance to all ages, in a range of community, arts and educational settings, Caroline also works as a freelance Project Manager and Fundraiser. She initially trained in Performing Arts at Middlesex University, specialising in Community Dance and Inclusive Practice. Caroline is a Postural Stability Instructor, and works with both Age UK Oxfordshire and the national Dance to Health programme, which aims to reduce the number of falls in older people through dance.
Rhonda Sparrey | Co-Founder & Dance Practitioner
Having trained in Community Dance at Coventry University, followed by graduating with a BA (hons) degree in Dance Performance at Middlesex University, Rhonda has worked for over 20 years as a freelance dance artist. Her experience in both teaching, choreographing, and performing in a variety of settings. has included teaching in schools, art centres, hospitals and care homes with the focus being on leading dance for people with dementia. Rhonda is currently working with Dance to Health leading dance sessions for adults in Abingdon with a focus on falls prevention as well as focusing on working with people with young onset dementia.
Dance for Life classes
Dance for Life’ is a creative health project for older people in Abingdon, East Oxford, Bicester and Witney which aims to improve physical and mental health and wellbeing and reduce social isolation
Tuesdays 10.30 –11.30am followed by refreshments, £4/£5 per class.
Abingdon Health and Wellbeing Centre, Audlett Drive, Abingdon, OX14 3GD
New gentle and creative dance class in Oxford, focusing on strength, balance, fitness and friendship, Tuesdays 1.30-2.30pm. First 12 weeks are free
East Oxford Community Centre, 44 Princes St, Oxford OX4 1DD
Start date - 25th February 2020
Classes are run by Dance Creative and supported by Oxfordshire CCG
Tuesdays 1.15 -2.30pm followed by refreshments, £5 per class
Kingmere Community Centre, Whitelands Way, Bicester OX26 1EG
Wednesdays 1-2 PM followed by refreshments, £4/£5 per class
Witney Congregational Church, Welch Way, Witney OX28 6JF
For more information contact Caroline at Dance Creative
Our outreach work
All classes are designed to help you to get fit, build strength and improve your flexibility through dance. They are fun, creative and cater for all abilities. You will learn dance movements in different styles, as well as participating in exercises, games and relaxation.
A Million Memories - the journey we are on..
‘Brilliant. Powerful. Expressed phenomenally…the poetry was amazing. Feel like you are in it…understand their experience’
‘Beautiful, poignant, powerful, profound. Surprised by how emotional it made me’
‘Lot conveyed through metaphor – better than words. Dance is very intimate – makes you feel other people’s pain’
A Million Memories tells the story of a mother with young onset dementia and her daughter through dance, music and poetry.
Dementia is a terrible, isolating condition which can cruelly rip people away from loved ones and from themselves, but if we learn to adapt our communication and learn how to keep our connection with the people suffering from it, we can still reach each other, no matter for how fleeting a moment, and in that message, there is hope.
A Million Memories was informed by the stories that were told to the company through workshops with Young Dementia UK in Oxfordshire in 2017 and 2018.