Our Senior Dance Company is getting a new name….and we’re looking for new members!

We thought it was time we gave our Senior Dance Company a bit of a revamp so we’ve given them a new name!  From now on, the Green Candle Senior Dance Company will be known as:

Spinoff – A Dance Company for over 55s

Everything else about the dance company remains the same – the times of classes, location, contact details and it is still FREE for Tower Hamlets residents.

Spinoff will start back for the Autumn term on Tuesday 11th of September and we are looking for new members for the company so we would love to see some new faces too!

Here’s a few more details:

WHAT? Standing active dance sessions with optional public performances each term
WHEN? Every Tuesday from 10.30 to 12.30 during term time
WHO? Open to men and women over 55, no experience necessary, everyone welcome!
WHERE? Dance Studio at Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, E2 6HG
HOW MUCH? FREE for residents of Tower Hamlets, £15 for the term for non Tower Hamlets residents, but come along to a FREE taster session.
HOW TO JOIN? Contact Vicki Busfield on 020 7739 7722

These weekly dance sessions for older people are designed to develop each individuals’ skills using a variety of creative contemporary dance styles in a fun and supportive environment.

The sessions aim to provide an opportunity for participants to meet and socialise with other like minded people whilst gaining the physical and mental health benefits associated with dance activities. We provide a friendly but focused atmosphere to enable participants to work on improving their dance skills both technically and choreographically, with the hope of enabling a personally satisfying and enjoyable experience that gives a boost to participants’ self-confidence and self-esteem.

If you are interested in coming along to a free taster session, please contact Vicki Busfield on 020 7739 7722

We look forward to seeing you there!

Find our more information about Spinoff

Volunteer Dance Assistant for Autumn 2018- New opportunity

We are looking for a Volunteer Dance Assistant to join our team for the Autumn term 2018.

An opportunity has arisen for an individual to gain valuable experience within a leading community dance company. We are seeking an enthusiastic and motivated person who can assist in the delivery of our weekly ‘Remember to Dance’ sessions at Oxford House in Bethnal Green – a dance and live music programme specifically for people with early-mid stage dementia and their carers or companions.

This role is suitable for those interested in developing skills working with people with dementia and is a unique chance for an artist to gain practical learning and leadership skills in the community arts.

At Green Candle we believe in providing professional development opportunities and experiences for dance artists new to the field, or looking to enhance their knowledge.

The candidate will need to be available on Fridays from 9.30am-12.30pm consistently throughout the Autumn term, which runs from Friday 14th September to Friday 14th December.

Due to the nature of the environment where our dance sessions take place, we expect the candidate to be open-minded and have a warm, friendly persona. Because the successful applicant will be working with vulnerable adults, they must hold a current enhanced DBS certificate. This is an unpaid position; however, we will cover travel expenses within London.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please send your CV and a covering letter outlining your reason for applying to vicki@greencandledance.com with ‘Remember to Dance Assistant’ as your subject header or call 0207 739 7722 for more information.

Application deadline: 12 noon Friday 31st August 2018
Interviews: Friday 7th September 2018 by invitation only at Oxford House, Bethnal Green, London, E2 6HG.
Start date: Friday 14th September

Falling About and Moving About – DVD now available

We are pleased to announce that we have new copies of our Falling About and Moving About DVD back in stock and available from our online shop.

Falling About is Green Candle Dance Company’s entertaining and moving 2007 production which tells the story of Ruby’s life through the metaphor of falling-learning to walk as a baby through falling, the moral falls of a teenager, the mature woman falling in love, the physical fall of an older woman-and reveals the power of dance to help recovery from all these falls.

Moving About is a teaching resource, showing two model dance workshops for older people, one for seated and one for standing participants, with a detailed commentary on soundtrack and subtitles. All the elements of a safe and effective dance session are clearly demonstrated and analysed in both sample workshops: the warm-up, stretches involving all the main muscles group, some examples of choreography and a cool-down.

Buy it now from our online shop

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Diploma in Leading Dance for Older People – registration now open!


Now booking for its sixth year, this hugely successful course will begin again in October 2018.

The DIPLOMA IN LEADING DANCE FOR OLDER PEOPLE is a Level 3 OCNLR Course covering 13 accredited units over six weekends (one weekend a month for 6 months).

This in depth course will deliver an understanding of how to lead safe, effective and enjoyable dance and movement work with older people, providing a bal ance between three main areas:

1.Theory
2.Dance and movement work by participants
3.Assessed practice with older people.

The course is suitable for teachers, dancers and dance students, health care workers, occupational therapists and activity coordinators.

Find out more about the course content

Course fees: £1,200 (includes registration and certification)
Contact: suzanne@greencandledance.com for an
application form.
Closing date:  The deadline for applications is 31st August 2018.

NEW! There are also Level 3 OCNLR accredited LEADING DANCE FOR PEOPLE WITH PARKINSON’S units available as an add on to the Diploma (at extra cost) or they can be taken as a standalone certified course over two weekends

Please note:  Places are limited and we require a £200 deposit to secure your place

New Free Event – ‘Dance Together: Best practice in dance, health and aging’

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Green Candle and London Arts in Health Forum are coming together to present a free morning symposium exploring the way dance can impact positively on health in later life. The event will examine what is needed to ensure quality in provision of dance and how dance can build fruitful relationships with agencies such as the NHS in hospitals, community services and GP practices.

Confirmed speakers include:

Fergus Early, Artistic Director, Green Candle Dance Company
Debra Quartermaine, Falls Prevention Lead Nurse, Cambridge University Hospitals
Claire Farmer, Dance Well Project Officer, Akademi
Professor Emma Redding, Head of Dance Science, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
Kiki Gale, Director, Dance for Parkinson’s Network UK

Date:  Thursday 7 June 2018
Time: 10:30am – 12:30
Location: Oxford House, Derbyshire St, Bethnal Green, London E2 6HG

This event is FREE but you need to register and reserve your place.

Register your place 

New Opportunity – Participation and Communications volunteer – Summer Term 2018

Participation and Communications Volunteer Opportunity for the Summer term 2018

An opportunity for someone to gain valuable experience within Green Candle Dance Company working with children, young people and older adults.

At Green Candle we believe in providing professional development opportunities and experiences for dance artists new to the field, or looking to enhance their knowledge. We are currently looking for a participation and communications volunteer to join our team for the Summer 2018. This is a unique chance for an artist to gain practical learning and leadership skills in the community arts. We are seeking an enthusiastic and motivated individual who can assist in the delivery of weekly sessions for a variety of groups, and support the office with communications and general administrative support.

This role is suitable for those interested in developing skills working with children and young people and older people. The candidate will assist classes led by the Green Candle team at our home in Bethnal Green as well as in a variety of settings in the community that may include care homes, day centres, nursing homes and schools.

The candidate will need to be available on Tuesdays consistently throughout the summer term, which runs from week commencing Tuesday 17th April – Mid July.

The opportunity to assist will offer the successful candidate the chance to experience dance delivery in a variety of contexts. Due to the nature of the environment where our dance sessions take place, we expect the candidate to be open-minded and have a warm, friendly persona. Because the successful applicant will be working with children and vulnerable adults, they must hold a current enhanced DBS certificate. This is an unpaid position; however, the Company will cover travel expenses within London.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please send your CV and a covering letter outlining your reason for applying to vicki@greencandledance.com or call 0207 739 7722 for more information.

Application deadline: 12 noon Friday 6th April 2018

Interviews: Friday 13th April 2018 by invitation only at Oxford House, Bethnal Green, London, E2 6HG.

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Moving into Maturity – 2 day professional development workshop: 31st May – 1st June

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We are pleased to announce that we will be holding our Moving into Maturity workshop in May/June 2018. Booking is now open for this two day introductory course in leading dance for older people and dance for dementia.

Moving into Maturity is an introductory professional development course for people working, or intending to work, with older people. Suitable for professional dance artists, health care professionals and students, this course will introduce some of the key skills needed to lead dance sessions, both seated and standing, with older people and people with dementia. Attendees may take part in the two days or join us for one of the days.

Both days will include the unique opportunity to share in the knowledge and experience of participants who regularly take part in dance activities with Green Candle – on day one, the Green Candle Senior Dancers, and on day two, the participants of the Remember to Dance programme for people with early to mid-stage dementia and their companions or carers. This session will be accompanied by live music.

When: 31st May and 1st June 2018, 9.30am-4.30pm
Where: Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, London E2 6HG
Fees: One day – £70 / £55 concession; Two days – £120 / £95 concession (students, unemployed, 60+)
Deadline for booking:  Thursday 18th May, 2018

Day one: Leading Dance with Older People
Thursday 31st May 2018
Led by Fergus Early, participants will take part in practical sessions for older people as delivered by Green Candle (standing and seated), including warm ups, stretching, improvisation, a choreographed sequence and cool downs. A wide range of discussion about ageing and the empowerment of older people will be facilitated.

Day two: Dance and Dementia
Friday 1st June 2018
Our second day will address leading dance specifically for people with dementia.
Fergus Early will focus on the application of dance sessions for people living with dementia including practical activities and reflective discussions, and in addition a Dementia Awareness presentation will be led by experts from the Alzheimer’s Society.

To find out further details and book a place, contact:
Vicki Busfield – Community and Education Manager
email: vicki@greencandledance.com
tel: 0207 739 7722

Moving into Maturity is an excellent introduction to Green Candle’s Diploma Course ‘Leading Dance with Older People’.

We’re looking for new Board Members

Green Candle Dance Company have been producing high quality performances, participatory events and creative workshops in local communities for over 30 years.

We believe that everyone has the right to practise, learn and appreciate dance, regardless of age or ability, and that dance can make a meaningful contribution to the physical and emotional well-being of participants.

Our work explores important issues in inspiring and engaging ways. Using a rich mix of dance and music styles, both younger and older participants can explore, create, interact, and celebrate together through dance.

We are looking for energetic new Members for our Board to help oversee a continuous programme of workshops, productions, projects, events and fundraising. We would like to strengthen and diversify our Board, whose members have ultimate responsibility for the strategic direction, development and governance of Green Candle.

We are looking for individuals who have a passion for dance, arts and culture – along with high levels of energy, expertise and dedication.

We encourage applications from a diverse range of backgrounds, abilities and ages, and are particularly but not exclusively interested in hearing from individuals with knowledge, expertise and experience in the areas of finance, business, and education.

We are an inclusive organisation and proud to be an equal opportunities employer

If you are interested in applying, please send your CV and an email explaining in brief why you would like to become part of our organisation to: Suzanne Firth, Administrator on suzanne@greencandledance.com

Deadline for applications: 27th April 2018
Interviews: Week commencing 7th May 2018

There will be a Board Meeting on 12th June 2018 which shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend as observers.

Volunteer Dance Assistant – New Opportunity

We are looking for a volunteer dance assistant to support our dance and dementia programme, ‘Remember to Dance’ in Redbridge, East London on Thursday afternoons.

Remember to Dance’ provides weekly dance and live music workshops for people living with early to mid-stage dementia and their carers or companions. Research of the programme by the Sidney de Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health, Canterbury Christchurch University, has found that these sessions help improve the quality of life, functioning, motivation, creative and emotional expression, confidence, relationships, social competence, and overall wellbeing for people in different stages of dementia and those involved in their care.

This is a unique chance for an artist to gain practical experience in community arts and the role is suitable for someone interested in particular in developing skills working with older people and those with dementia. We are seeking an enthusiastic and motivated individual who can assist in the delivery of this weekly session led by the Green Candle team.

The successful candidate will need to be available from 1-3.30pm every Thursday during the spring term, which runs from week commencing Friday 12th January to Thursday 29th March.

Due to the nature of the environment where our dance sessions take place and project participants, we expect the successful candidate to be open-minded and have a warm, friendly persona. Candidates must hold a current DBS certificate.  This is an unpaid position; however, the Company will cover travel expenses within London.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please send your CV and a covering letter outlining your reason for applying to vicki@greencandledance.com or call 0207 739 7722 for more information.

Application deadline: 12 noon Friday 2nd February 2018
Interviews: Tuesday 6th February

Participation and Communications Volunteer Opportunities for the spring term 2018

We have an opportunity for two people to gain valuable experience within Green Candle Dance Company working with children, young people and older adults.

At Green Candle we believe in providing professional development opportunities and experiences for dance artists new to the field, or looking to enhance their knowledge. We are currently looking for two participation and communications volunteers to join our team for the spring term 2018. This is a unique chance for artists to gain practical learning and leadership skills in the community arts. We are seeking enthusiastic and motivated individuals who can assist in the delivery of weekly sessions for a variety of groups, and support the office with communications and general administrative support.

These two new roles are suitable for those interested in developing skills working with children and young people, older people and those with dementia. Candidates will assist classes led by the Green Candle team at our home in Bethnal Green as well as in a variety of settings in the community that may include care homes, day centres, nursing homes and schools.

Both candidates will need to be available for one or two of the following days a week – Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays – consistently throughout the summer term, which runs from week commencing Friday 12th January to Thursday 29th March.

The opportunity to assist will offer the successful candidates the chance to experience dance delivery in a variety of contexts. Due to the nature of the environment where our dance sessions take place, we expect the candidates to be open-minded and have a warm, friendly persona. Candidates must hold a current enhanced DBS certificate. This is an unpaid position; however, the Company will cover travel expenses within London.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please send your CV and a covering letter outlining your reason for applying to suzanne@greencandledance.com or call 0207 739 7722 for more information.

Application deadline: 12 noon Wednesday 10th January 2018
Interviews: Monday 15th January 2018 by invitation only at Oxford House, Bethnal Green, London, E2 6HG.

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