About Dance Creative

Dance Creative is a dance collaborative based in Oxfordshire. We specialise in working with older communities, and people affected by conditions such as Young Onset Dementia.

 

We are a not-for-profit organisation working towards charitable status.

 

Our vision is to:

Change lives through dance, for people living across Oxfordshire and beyond. 

Our mission is to:

  • Improve health and well-being

  • Connect people and communities

  • Enable creativity

  • Provide opportunities for people of all ages to dance together

  • Listen, empower and support

We do this through:

  • Our extensive community programme, including our ‘Dance for Life Oxfordshire’ hubs

  • Our unique, interactive performance work combining dance, theatre, music and film

 
 

Our Community Work

Participants say:

 

’I feel so much more alive after a session’.

‘The highlight of my week’

‘Lifts my spirits

Dance for Life Oxfordshire

 

‘Dance for Life Oxfordshire’ is our programme of creative hubs for older people wanting to dance and socialise together. Delivered by professional dance artists, assistants, and volunteers, weekly creative dance classes followed by social time/refreshments aim to:

  • Improve strength, fitness, mobility and balance

  • Increase confidence, creativity and skills

  • Offer friendship, peer support, and a sense of belonging

 

Hubs are based at:

ABINGDON

TUESDAYS 10.30 –11.30 AM FOLLOWED BY REFRESHMENTS £4/£5 per class 

Abingdon Health and Wellbeing Centre, Audlett Drive, Abingdon 

OX14 3GD

BICESTER

TUESDAYS 1.15 -2.30 PM FOLLOWED BY REFRESHMENTS £5 per class 

Kingsmere Community centre, Whitelands Way, Bicester OX26 1EG

 

EAST OXFORD

TUESDAYS

East Oxford Community Centre, 44B Princes Street, Oxford OX4 1DD

 

WITNEY

WEDNESDAYS 1-2 PM FOLLOWED BY REFRESHMENTS £4/£5 Per Class 

Witney Congregational Church, Welch Way, Witney OX28 6JF

 

NB ALL HUBS TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED but to see if these are the right classes for you in the future, please contact us via our contact form, or email dancecreative@outlook.com

 

Online Classes

While normal classes are suspended, we are delivering three classes a week online

to older people through Zoom. 

 

The online sessions include 60 minutes of Creative Dance & Exercise followed by social time

and are now more vital than ever as a way of bringing people together and keeping moving.

Classes take place on Tuesdays at 10.30 am/1.15 pm, and Wednesdays at 1 pm. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Newsletter

Our weekly newsletter, ‘Happy and Healthy at Home’, outlines local creative events,  opportunities, and ideas from across Oxfordshire, to keep people connected, moving, and busy at home.  If you would like to receive this newsletter, sign up for our e-mailing list, or use our ‘Contact us’ form.

 

 

 

Creative Conversations – Dance Creative would like to talk to you!

 

Dance Creative’s new initiative is the launch of ‘Creative Conversations’.

 

You are invited to record snippets of conversations with family, friends, neighbours and others, during this time of lock down and social distancing. They could include funny exchanges, or discussions about both the hardships and the positives of our current situation. They could also capture memories from the past sparked by recent events.

 

We will then dance the conversations, fusing them into a future dance piece, to be shared or participated in digitally, live, or both.

 

If you would like to be involved, or would like to find out more,  please email dancecreative@outlook.com, or use our ‘Contact Us’ form

Participants say

‘This is a lifeline’

‘We all have a laugh, and dance together’

‘I have made lots of new friends, and I love coming’

‘Makes my spirits lift’

‘I can now walk…with confidence’

Productions

A Million Memories 

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’

 

Team

Caroline Colclough Moss | Co-Founder

With over 20 years’ experience as a Dance Artist in a range of community, arts and educational settings, Caroline is also skilled in developing, managing and fundraising for community projects. Following a degree in English and Modern Languages from The University of Oxford, Caroline trained in Performing Arts at Middlesex University, specialising in Community Dance and Inclusive Practice. Caroline is the Project Manager for our Dance for Life hubs, and teaches classes in Abingdon, Bicester and Witney as part of this programme. She is a qualified Postural Stability Instructor, and also delivers classes for Age UK Oxfordshire, and the ‘Moving Tales’ Early Years dance project for The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury. .

Rhonda Sparrey | Co-Founder

Rhonda is a Community Dance Artist with over 20 years of experience. Her work includes teaching, choreography & performance in many settings, including schools, art centres, hospitals & care homes, and leading dance for people with Dementia & Falls Prevention. Rhonda teaches classes for our Dance for Life programme in Abingdon and East Oxford, as well as leading a Parkinson’s dance group and other schools’ based projects. Rhonda has an HND from Coventry University in Community Dance Practice, BA (Hons) in Dance Performance from Middlesex University and a National Diploma in Arts Management.

Angela Conlan | Co-Founder 

 

Angela is an experienced Arts Manager / Dance Artist. Current work includes managing the Creating with Care programme for Oxford Health, delivering dance for older people in acute/community hospital settings, and Dance and Reminiscence for Oxford Museum. Angela has a BA (Hons) in Dance from the University of Surrey, a Post Graduate qualification in Dance Performance, Level 2 Dementia Awareness training & is a Postural Stability Instructor.
 

 
 

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