1. A brief insight into Dance and Health work both in the UK and internationally, written for the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS):
Whilst the benefits of dance as a physical activity are widely known, it is perhaps the components of dance that transcend physical activity which render it an effective, holistic movement form capable of improving our global health. As a physical means of self expression dance enables communication, both internally reinforcing mind and body unity, and externally promoting social cohesion.
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When going through cancer treatment the body is surrendered, handed over to doctors and controlled by the cancer itself. This can cause a degree of trauma to the body, whereby sensory and emotional connections to it become damaged and in some cases severed. What dance offers in this context is a means of returning to the body and reclaiming control, taking back ownership and in the process reigniting lost connections.
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3. A blog post for Shine Cancer Support, a UK charity that is exclusively focused on supporting people in their 20s, 30s and 40s with cancer.
We are all capable of dancing, despite the self-conscious mind telling us otherwise. Far too often people concern themselves with the aesthetics of dance: how it looks, rather than how it feels.
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4. A poem written by Mary Powell - a participant of Move Dance Feel:
“When my husband Richard was diagnosed with a Grade 4, glioblastoma in April 2017, our lives changed overnight and the future became fore-shortened to a day at a time. The kind staff at Paul’s Cancer Support Centre encouraged me to try out Move Dance Feel to help with stress.
After one term of dancing, I wrote this poem. A snow day being a metaphor for a dance day; a day of freedom, like the days when school got cancelled and all the children were freed by the snow, to move and play. It is a day of renewal, connection to the self, in spirit, mind and body and a connection to others, that is beyond words.
The care, support and wisdom we experience at Move Dance Feel gives us courage and strength to keep going, and I therefore dedicate this poem to my dancing sisters.”
On a snow day I see beyond the self conscious, only of silence.
Its eerie stillness and weighty dark on the dormer above and lo!
The garden is whited and the sky scurries.
What of the cold when I unlatch the door,
on a world transforming and gasp at the blast
that burns the breath in my lungs and gathers beneath me.
Nothing moves in the ghosting snow
but I am moving into deepening white
shoeless and wild arming snow from piling walls
becoming the snow flying and fragmenting in the air
knowing that no one has wandered this mad proliferating night
and I do as I please, flying all at once hither and thither
and that yelp that fills the air with joy is mine
in these moments of drift in and out of the hereafter
for this day is not that awful day.
This day is here, always here,
like a single one moment between a tic and a tock
elasticising its eternity as if it were my one holy life
resounding over and over…