Online challenges…

Whilst we have managed to provide continued meaningful creative exchanges through weekly Zoom classes, maintaining independence, equal agency and small group work has been a real challenge. We have tried hard to keep the quality and person-centred approach, getting creative with props, breakout rooms and playlists. A carer from our Parkinson’s group raises some additionalContinue reading “Online challenges…”

Focus on: dance for people with Parkinson’s

SLiDE Dance Practitioner Katie Wheeler reflects on her involvement with our dance for Parkinson’s project. I have been spending the last couple of years working alongside Gemma learning about dance for people with Parkinson’s and moving with some lovely community groups. The lockdown and subsequent shut down of our class was a massive shock toContinue reading “Focus on: dance for people with Parkinson’s”

Dancing through the lockdown

“Dance is the hidden language of the soul.”Martha Graham Here we are again with a stay at home order, inevitable given the situation but difficult for us all especially given the mental health challenges at this time of year. SLiDE will continue our online programme throughout January and February and maybe beyond, hard to knowContinue reading “Dancing through the lockdown”

Happy Christmas!

It was certainly not the year we had all planned for and it was challenging like no other. The beginning of the lockdown heralded a new era and although we took time to consider it we took to Zoom and began our online dance journey. Fortunately the generosity of our funders meant we could refocusContinue reading “Happy Christmas!”

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!”