Spotlight: Andrea Swainson

Andrea leads our Wednesday afternoon sessions and is a specialist in inclusive dance practice: ‘My Wednesday sessions with SLiDE are the highlight of my week. We have been exploring some of the SLiDE’s value’s this term and looking at connections, togetherness and empowerment. I’m always amazed at the groups willingness to give everything a tryContinue reading “Spotlight: Andrea Swainson”

Spotlight: Corinne Meredith

Having been part of the SLiDE community for over 7 years, this autumn Corinne returns to lead our youth company: ‘I am enjoying my time getting to know the youth company and am so lucky to get to dance with them each week. We have started the new term thinking about movement, stillness and theContinue reading “Spotlight: Corinne Meredith”

Creative dance for adults: relaunch

We are thrilled to relaunch our class for adults aged 50+ at Fairfield Halls this autumn. The group originally started in November 2019 but naturally had to pause throughout the lockdowns. Led by community dance specialist, Anita Wadsworth, the class is accessible, creative and joyful with plenty of moments of free dance (improvisation) and taughtContinue reading “Creative dance for adults: relaunch”

Audio described film launch

We have been working with VocalEyes who have created a beautiful audio described version of our film ‘Knowing Togetherness’. Please have a listen and let us know what you think: info@slidedance.org The audio description for this film was created by VocalEyes, and part-funded by an Arts Council National Lottery project grant (100 Videos Described)

Boost to dance programme for people with Parkinson’s

Thanks to some generous funding from Croydon Relief in Need we are working with the Croydon Parkinson’s UK local branch to invigorate and develop their dance programme for people living with Parkinson’s. Mondays 1-2pm Purley United Reformed Church, CR8 2LN, tea and coffee afterwards. First & third Thursday of the month, 12.45-2.15pm St.Mildred’s, Addiscombe, CR0Continue reading “Boost to dance programme for people with Parkinson’s”

Seeking new trustee: SLiDE Treasurer

Would you like to contribute to a small but vibrant inclusive dance charity? We are currently looking for a new trustee to join our board, which meets 4 times a year in Croydon: The treasurer is responsible for maintaining the annual accounts, raising and processing invoices. You will need to have bookkeeping experience and anContinue reading “Seeking new trustee: SLiDE Treasurer”

Insert Title Here: an invitation to view, to dance, to reflect.

Would you catch me if I fell? You arranged, positioned and orbited me with thought and care, responding to my body Together we revisited a memory looking deep, seeing a fresh Uncovering images, intention, authenticity and Summer filled the room. Is it really April? Yes, it was really April (in that heatwave) and we wereContinue reading “Insert Title Here: an invitation to view, to dance, to reflect.”

Introducing…..

Tomorrow our wonderful performers will take to the stage to perform <Insert title here>, the show which we perform and the audience name! Through improvised dance and music the performers reflect on the past, questioning what brings us together and how we create a sense of ‘us’. Putting the show together has been a gloriousContinue reading “Introducing…..”

Dancing at the Edges: Reflections from the artists

This year we had the privilege of collaborating with the patients and staff at St.Christopher’s Hospice. Choreographer Anita Wadsworth and Dancer Louise Klarnett share their reflections. Images by Ben Joseph ‘I knew that we had to create something that we could perform, but also adapt to the needs of the participants. I chose to createContinue reading “Dancing at the Edges: Reflections from the artists”

Come ceilidh with us!

Woo hoo! It’s time for the annual SLiDE fundraising ceilidh! SATURDAY 21st NOVEMBER 7.30-10.30pm VENUE: Selsdon Halls, 132 Addington Road, South Croydon, CR2 8LA (underneath Sainsbury’s) Great fun for ALL AGES as we skip, promenade and do-si-do our way through the evening! There’s time along the way for a quick ploughmans supper (that’s a platefulContinue reading “Come ceilidh with us!”