We are delighted to have delivered Falling on Your Feet – a new dance programme for anyone over 65, in partnership with HELIX ARTS from 2015-2017.
The free workshops took place every week, at West Denton Community Centre, where an hour of dancing was followed by time to relax and socialise with new friends.
In May 2016 the group performed their first choreographic work to an audience exploring their own memories of movement.
‘The piece was incredibly moving, I had a few weeps! Beautiful to watch people moving, enjoying their bodies, working with others. Their journey together was evident.‘
Audience member – Betty Hill
‘Wow! What an incredible performance. As soon as the dance began, I found myself incredibly moved, and the emotion stayed with me. Each dancer was magnificent and I enjoyed the unique interpretation each dancer brought to the movement.’
Audience Member – Lisa Robinson
These are some of the words the dancers have used to describe their experience with us:
Less isolated, Independent, Make friends, Dance, Coordination, Balance, Concentration, Friendship, Exercise, Fit, Community, Avoid falling, Stronger, Get out, Reduce isolation, Wobbly, Breathing, Movement, Creative, Enjoy, Fun.
Evaluation of the programme is supported by Public Health Senior Research Fellow at Northumbria University.
This project is supported by NHS Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Groups.