Sarah and Michelle worked tremendously hard last month to produce Dance Umbrella 2017. Sarah sums it up:
"Our 14th year of Dance Umbrella has just come to an end and what a fantastic year it was. This was our first year to do five nights and we had 2,367 children enter stage left to dance their hearts out on the Bath Forum stage.
Each night was incredible and we had a full audience every night clapping, laughing and crying at the beautiful and fun performances.
We are so proud of all the schools that took part. The ethos of Dance Umbrella follows that of Make a Move - to offer a chance for everyone to move, be creative, playful and imaginative, and to use movement as a way of boosting confidence and self-esteem. We witnessed so many children smiling and coming alive when they performed and even on the wings when they were about to walk on stage - it was about being together with their class, being a part of something special and being a part of a model that offered self worth and well-being for each child.
We look forward to seeing you all next year."
We would like to thank everyone who volunteered their time and contributed to making this year's Dance Umbrella possible:
Matt Cleary, Billie Jones, Henry Rochester, Charlotte Foley & husband, Laura Foreman, Nicole Peccia, Lou Riddock and Bella Lagnado.
You are all stars! Thank you.
Just a small selection of our favourite Dance Umbrella 2017 images...
You can find more images & tweets from schools involved if you search #danceumbrella2017 on Twitter.
Dance Umbrella 2018!
We're thinking about choreographing a collective staff dance next year.
Someone suggested this (click on the image to go to the video) - we love the energy! Do you have any suggestions?
End of term report
Movement for the Mind
Community dance drop-ins for over 55s
Paula Smith has been running these sessions since January this year. Paula says:
"We ran a six-week programme of dance and movement for older people in Weston, Bath with a particular focus on people with dementia and their carers. The Movement for the Mind sessions have just come to an end.
The sessions were really lovely. We had a core group of people who came each week, all of whom said how much they had enjoyed moving and laughing together. We had a mixed session with some seated movement and then the opportunity to move around the space. We took inspiration from the group - the kinds of dance they enjoyed - and so our final two sessions focused on rock n roll and jive. A lot of fun was had by all!
The overwhelming consensus was 'when can we do more?'"
End of term report
Following a successful pilot project in 2016, our Community Wellness courses are now an integral part of the Make a Move programme. Jules Allan, our Creative Wellbeing Officer, reports...
We all need a moment to pause,
find some calm
and slow down.
"The Weekday Wellness and Weekend Wellness Courses are proving very popular. Jules and Sandhya, the facilitators, have just completed the winter term, with our course participants having the opportunity to explore different ways to take care of their wellbeing.
We offer movement, mindfulness, gentle yoga, yoga nidra and relaxation, and most importantly we offer a safe space to meet with other people in the local community, to share, develop friendships and to learn wellbeing tools to take into everyday life.
Our next Weekend Wellness Course is already full and we have a waiting list for future courses. The next Weekday Wellness Course starts on Monday April 24th, 10-11.30am, in Keynsham, with only a couple of spaces left - it's a very relaxing way to start your week.
We have new workshops coming up, details to be confirmed soon....
We are able to offer these courses with funding from The Wellbeing College."
Here's what recent participants say...
"Thank you so much for this lovely course which I thoroughly enjoyed. I felt very nervous and shy to begin with, but the space felt very safe and it was just the time I needed at the right time too. It has really helped me to take time to pace myself in life and know that my time is important and I am important. Simply slowing down and taking time to breath has helped so much."
"Excellent course. Jules and Sandhya are very good facilitators. The pacing was perfect. I loved the content of the course. There was a good balance between meditations and gentle mindful movement and deep relaxation. The course has reminded me that I need to become aware of my emotions and nor ignore or repress them."
"The strategies you demonstrated were simple enough to be able to use in every day life and make a real difference to (my) outlook on the world."
"The balance of physical and mental exercises was good and I left the workshop each week in a positive frame of mind."
"I would recommend your class to anyone who feels they need to rebalance and will look forward to any future events."
Curo Wellbeing in the Workplace
Katie Brown, our corporate liaison, has been developing a project with Curo, Bath-based supported & affordable housing provider. She tells us more:
"We've been working with Curo's HR Director, planning the new sessions, which start on May 4th.
Make a Move will be working with around 10 employees, at Curo's head office, delivering sessions which aim to improve employee wellbeing by decreasing stress and depression, anxiety management, and preventative approaches to maintain wellbeing in future. This is a weekly course running every Thursday throughout May and June."
We're really excited to continue our working partnership with Curo, who were great supporters and mentors through our Bath Bridge experience.
Other Make a Move news this month...
We've got a new cute little social media widget on our website so our home page looks even more interesting than ever! Check it out here.
We've also rejigged our page about the work we do with businesses and organisations - to make it clearer how we can boost employee wellbeing and productivity - have a look here.
About Make a Move
Make a Move: a creative approach to wellbeing
We use movement and other creative techniques to improve the lives of vulnerable groups, communities and organisations, including mums with low mood, children at risk, and older people with dementia.
We design and run sessions and projects tailored to the needs of the people we work with, delivered by expert and experienced practitioners.
The importance of connection is fundamental to our work – the connection between body and mind, and connections between people. We take our work seriously but aim to inspire laughter, encourage a sense of fun and promote happiness.
Make a Move is a registered charity, number 1143982.