Could you be a SLiDE Champion?

SLiDE is recruiting a small group of champions to help us grow. We need people who know a little bit about SLiDE and would be interested in contributing to the future direction of the company. That means helping us to make decisions about the types of projects we run. We’d also like our champions to tell people about our work, so more people know about it, and attend some our events/performances, such as the SLiDE annual ceilidh.
We are looking for a diverse group of people. You might be a young person, or retired. Maybe you have a disability. You could be a parent, teacher, active Croydon community member or simply you LOVE the arts. These are not the only options, our champions could be anywhere!!!!!
You might need support in this role, and that’s ok too. We will be offering some training and mentoring to our champions so you fully understand your role.
The champions will meet up to 3 times a year in Croydon, as well as attending some SLiDE events/performances.
If you think this is something you would like to do please get in touch with Gemma on 07887 781361 or email us:
We can also provide you with more information if you need it.

People vs Slide: 2 day countdown….

THIS weekend we are sliding for slide and we are looking for your support!

SLiDE Artists, Directors, Dancers, family and friends will be sliding and dancing all weekend across Croydon. You can get sponsored and slide with us for a day, meet us for a boogie in one of the parks en route* or (and equally as helpful) EMAIL US with a pledge. We have so far raised over £300 but we know we can do better than that!


10 am meeting point Seldson Halls (CR2 8LD) sliding through Selsdon and onto New Addington. Finish approx 6pm.


10am meeting point playground at Addiscombe Rec (CR0 7HR) and onto South Norwood then Upper Norwood. Finish approx 6pm.

Why are we sliding? 

Well apart from it being immensely fun we do need to raise essential funds to keep SLiDE dancing in the community, so we can deliver projects like ‘5 with SLiDE‘.

Thank you for any form of support you can give us! For more info get in touch 781361

Gemma, Anita and the SLiDE Team

*The route!

10am meet at Selsdon Halls (CR2 8LD)
10.30am Seldsdon Recreation Ground (CR2 8PH)
11.30am Edgecoombe play area (CR2 8AA)
12.15pm Courtwood Playground (CR0 9NA)
1pm Addington Park (CR0 5AR)
2.30pm Rowdown Fields (CR0 9DY)
3.30pm Northdown (CR0 0LJ)
4.30pm Addington Vale/Queen Elizabeth Drive (CR0 0HB)
5.30pm Hares Bank (CR0 0HB)
6pm finish 

10am Addiscombe Rec (CR0 7HR)
11am Ashburton Park (CR0 6NN)
12pm South Norwood Country Park (SE25 4RN)
1pm Apsley Road (SE25 4XS)
3pm South Norwood Lakes (SE19 2SG)
4pm Westow Park (SE19 3PN)
5pm The Lawns (SE19 3TZ)
6pm finish


The Art of Asking

This book literally just popped through my letter box, pretty good timing as we’re reaching out to ask for your support! Our fun-raiser is almost upon us and already we’ve had some pledges of support in, we’re so grateful. We’ve also had some

fun challenges, so you’ll probably find us sliding whilst trying to drink a coffee (flat white thanks) and painting our nails.
This time, we’ll be sliding “live” on air via Periscope. We’re excited about the possibilities of this new format, and it’s potential to connect people from all over the place (world!), something you know we love doing. If you haven’t had a look yet, here is the app:

We’ve been thinking a lot about how we use the Internet recently: how it can bring us together but can also sometimes isolate us. So, while of course you can follow our antics on social media, we would LOVE to meet you, dance and laugh with you in person as well.
It’s not too late to come along with us, or even to just meet us at one of the parks on the way. Just email us to let us know you are coming along for the slide!!
Right, back to my reading…

On a myth busting mission…

At SLiDE we think it’s time to demystify some dance myths and really get to the bottom of that age old question: so what is creative dance?

We’re going to start by explaining what it’s not. It’s not…..

…spending time in a dance studio channelling your inner tree.

…being asked to devise a 30 second post-modern reinterpretation of ‘Thriller’ (Although that does sound rather cool)

…just rolling around on the floor.

…learning a set dance routine

But, equally, it could be all of the above, if any of it sounds appealing. Because creative dance is about YOU! It’s about playing, discovering, exploring and celebrating the different ways we all like to dance.

So, for us, creative dance is:

…getting people together in a room for a defined period of time, generally about 2 hours.

…forgetting everything else apart from being in that room and having fun.

That’s pretty much it. Oh, except you will also be given the time to drink tea and listen to a fantastic array of music which cannot fail to make you want to move.

And if you still don’t think you’ve grasped what it is (and actually we wouldn’t blame you) there are two things you can do:

And, we’re not ending there. ‘Lucy and the Party’ hits Croydon next week when adults get to be kids in theatre for all.

SLiDE Dance. Here to serve.




New journeys, new destinations

We (that’s Anita & Gemma) seem to be all over the place at the moment. But in a really good way, as SLIDE is moving upwards and all kinds of ways.

2015 is about developing our community projects with new monthly dance workshop for adults with learning disabilities, in collaboration with CALAT and Club Soda. We kicked off in January when we were joined by 20 brilliant dancers. We can’t wait for the next one: 21st Feb. Book here.

In the Spring we will be delivering a series of workshops for families to promote active and healthy living, supported by a grant from Croydon Heart Town (CVA). More details on this to come!

AND…..SLiDE  and The BRIT School have been selected to perform at Trinity Laban as part of U.Dance, a national youth dance festival led by Youth Dance England. Performance date: Sunday 26th April.

Excitingly we are both Artists in Residence in the coming weeks. Anita was selected to spend a week in Stanley Halls developing a new piece for families with storyteller Naqiya Ebrahim, as well as her own children who are 5 and 3. Stanley Halls is about to open after 15 years so we are excited to be part of this special event for South Norwood! The event is 13th February, tickets: Invention Theatre. Whilst Gemma will be Artist in Residence at Brandon Library in Southwark, part of the SPINE festival with Apples and Snakes.

On February 14th, we head to Move It! We will join the inclusive dance conversation, represented by Candoco, Stopgap and SLiDE, when we will share insights into our practice through our work in schools and the community.

Phew! really excited about the coming months. Keep up with us, if you can! @Danceslide, Facebook, Flickr

The winners are…

Last time I looked we were dancing in a park in glorious sun! But time has flown and what with little people starting school, Gemma dancing in Japan, sliding down slides AND a nomination to be Croydon Art Champion, we have been busy!

So what next? We are excitedly planning our ceilidh for Saturday 29th November! Anita is working with The Friends of Oasis Shirley Park Academy and Director Owen Kingston to create a magical installation for the Christmas fare, taking a new look into performance for families. Gemma has been working at the Royal Academy of Dance on Step into Dance’s first ever integrated community project. Fun times!

Finally, drum roll, we want to show you the winning drawings and poem our Come Slide with us event!


 There are more drawings, poems and photographs taken by the children in our new Children’s Gallery.

Now that was awesome….

We are only just recovering from the celebrations of SLiDE and sliding, it was a truly great 10 days of creativity in the community.

SLiDE’s Southank performace for the Unlimited Festival was tremendously well received:

I wanted to say how
much I enjoyed SLiDE’s performance. There was a lovely structure to the piece, which enabled each dancer to shine and be challenged.

Hannah Dye, Learning Manager, Candoco Dance Company.

Naturally our visit wasn’t complete without trying out the ‘Sliding gate’, an installation of slides by artist Sean Griffiths, which couldn’t have been better timed!

My challenge Woman vs Slide, was completed with style and panache. Apart from the size 9 flip flops I had to wear for most of the second day (long story!) I raised a whopping £928, which will enable SLiDE to hire space for approx 44 hours, setting up some new pilot groups. As a thank you to our 40 backers and various supporters, check out this compilation of my slides!

‘Come slide with us!’ last Sunday drew the celebrations to a close, with SLiDE joined by Levantes Dance Theatre and Parkour Dance. The weather was fantastic and, by the finale in Lloyd Park, the audience had reached over 100. The aim was to bring our SLiDE values of play, fun, accessibility and creativity to Croydon’s parks and that was definitely achieved!

We have so many people to thank, including the Univetsity of Brighton, Economic and Social Engagement department, Snappy Snaps Croydon, Kevin Ahronson, Beanies, and all the Artists and staff who made the event a success. Plus the man and his dog who took Anita and I on a much appreciated short cut from South Norwood Lakes to Westow Park!



The celebration continues….

We are quite literally on the cusp of a 10 day slide extravaganza! And you can join in….there’s something for everyone!

4th September: Performance in the Clore Ballroom at the Royal Festival Hall, between 5-6pm. This is part of the Unlimited festival and we will get to dance alongside many of our friends such as Stopgap and Corali. Nearest BR Waterloo.

5/6th September: Woman vs Slide, still time to pledge! Gemma is sliding around Croydon to raise money for SLiDE to reach more people. Wooooo hoooo.

7th-13th September: keep your eyes out for competitions and give aways on our Facebook and Twitter.

14th September: Come slide with us! A fun family afternoon in Croydon Parks, from 2pm. We will be joined by our friends from Levantes Dance Theatre and Parkour Dance…to bring you drumming, drawing, edible tattoos, photography, free running demos, performances and CAKE!!!!!!!! Start off in one of two Croydon Parks and then we all seamlessly join together for a finale in Lloyd Park!

North Down tickets (nearest tram King Henry’s Drive)

Wandle Park tickets

We hope to see you virtually or literally during our celebrations!

Anita & Gemma

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A celebration of SLiDE!

Join us in celebrating slides and help SLiDE reach new audiences!!

Woman vs Slide: Gemma will be kicking things off on 5/6 Sept with her challenge…she will be sliding down every single slide in the borough of Croydon. That’s 42 slides in 24 hours, WOW! And….you can sponsor a slide, just go to our campaign page on Indiegogo!

The celebrations will continue with competitions and give aways and will culminate in Come slide with us! We have been awarded a grant from the University of Brighton Enterprise Team, Beepurple, to run a community day to celebrate playgrounds and slides in Croydon. This will take place on 14th Sept, invitations out soon.

With these initiatives we have have big plans for new classes and projects:

Dance for carers and toddlers
Integrated workshops for ages 5-8
Classes for adults with learning disabilities

So help us make a big noise about SLiDE by sharing our campaign on social media and to your family and friends.

Anita & Gemma


SLiDE travels to Japan!

In September Gemma and Kumi, a participant in three SLiDE dance intergenerational dance projects, will travel to Japan to share SLiDE’s values and practice. They will spend two weeks, mainly in the Fukushima region, working with school and community groups.

For both Kumi and Gemma this will be a very special trip. Kumi is from this region of Japan and following the 2011 disasters set up Fukushima Friends UK, a pen pal exchange between school children in London and Fukushima. She is exceptionally passionate about inclusive dance, having personally experienced how life changing it can be.

Gemma spent two years in Japan, 2001-2003, teaching English in a senior high school,’To return to Japan after 11 years, during which time I have trained in community dance and am now an experienced inclusive Dance Artist, is so exciting. I can’t wait for the chance to engage with communities in Japan through creative dance. Although I am familiar with the culture, seeing how my UK based experience translates to working in Japan, will be incredibly interesting. I am also hoping to meet with local Dance Artists whilst we are visiting, to compare practice and ways of working’.

We will keep you posted as the plans develop.

SLiDE celebrates inclusive dance during their project ‘Park Life’ in July 2013. Photo: Sophie Standford