A Busy 2019 for Spinoff

Spinoff, our dance company for over 55s has had an incredibly busy year with lots of great performances all over the capital.

In April, they performed at The Bull Theatre in Barnet, London as part of the ‘Keep On Moving 111’ festival. The festival was The Bull Theatre’s third annual intergenerational Dance Festival, celebrating the joy of dance across the ages. In addition to Green Candle, the festival featured Susi Earnshaw Theatre School, D2D Dance Company and Counterpoint Dance Company.

Watch a video of Spinoff performing at the festival below

In early June, Spinoff took to the streets of Aldgate and performed as part of Fluid Boundaries – a collaboration between Shobana Jeyasingh Dance and ft work for the London festival of Architecture

July saw them perform at Chrisp St Market as part of an event for Poplar Harca and also at an Age UK team event where the staff thought they were brilliant.

“Thank you again for making our event so much fun and inspiring our staff.” Bethan Dickson, Age UK

We gave them a bit of a break over the Summer but September came around and they wowed the crowd at the Museum of London in DocklandsOctober saw them perform at Sutton House in Hackney and in November Spinoff delighted commuters and passers by at Kings Cross Station.

Finally, during December, they received a standing ovation for their performance at the KCL Dance Society‘s Christmas Showcase and were invited to do one last special performance at the Markel 3rd Sector Care Awards.

We think that’s probably enough for this year and they deserve a nice long Christmas holiday!  They love their performances though and and will be back again in the new year.

Thank you to all our Spinoff dancers and everyone who turned out to support them and cheer them on in  2019.  See you in 2020!

Our 2019 Moving Into Maturity workshops

From 8-9th April 2019, and 28-29th November 2019 we held our two annual Moving into Maturity workshop here at Oxford House in London.  This two day professional development workshop is aimed at those interested in leading dance for older people and dance for dementia.

Moving into Maturity is a specially designed introductory professional development course for people who are working or intending to work with older people. Suitable for professional dance artists, health care professionals and students , the course introduces some of the key skills needed to lead dance sessions, both seated and standing, with older people and people with dementia.

This year we welcomed 16 new students in April and 12 more in November who took part in sessions with our Artistic Director Fergus Early and Dementia Friends Champion Jerry McNeilly.

Students also got first hand experience of dance classes with older people as they got the chance to join in sessions with Spinoff – our dance company for Over 55s,  and Remember to Dance – our dance and live music sessions for people living with dementia and their carers/companions.

We are delighted that we’ve provided 28 more people with valuable insight and knowledge that will help them better understand leading dance for older people and dance for dementia.

Watch a video from the November workshop below

Watch the video from our April course

 

Moving into Maturity 2019 – booking now open for 2 day professional development course in November

We are delighted to announce that bookings are now open have for our Moving into Maturity professional development workshop. This two day introductory course in leading dance for older people and dance & dementia takes place Oxford House in London from 28th-29th November 2019.

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.

When: Thursday 28th and Friday 29th November  2019, 9.30am-4.30pm
Where: Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, London E2 6HG
Fees: One day – £80/ £60 concession; Two days – £130 / £95 concession (students,unemployed, 60+)

Find out more about specific course content on each day

To book your place, please contact fergus@greencandledance.com, Tel: 07812 024129 or email fergus@greencandledance.com

New Volunteer Opportunity at Green Candle

Volunteer Dance Assistant Opportunity for the Autumn term 2019

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 one or two Volunteer Dance Assistants for the 2019 Autumn term.

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 and support the office with project administration.

This role is suitable for those interested in developing skills working with older people. The successful applicant(s) will work with Spinoff Green Candle’s long established over 55’s performance group, assist at other dance sessions in and around East London, and will support the Green Candle office with general project administration tasks.

Ideally the applicant(s) will be available on Mondays from 10-12pm and Tuesdays from 9.30 – 5pm consistently throughout the term, from week commencing Monday 14th October – Tuesday 17th December. However, we are flexible on how these sessions might be covered by the successful applicant(s).

The opportunity to assist will offer the successful applicant(s) the chance to experience dance delivery for older people. Due to the nature of the environment where our dance sessions take place, we expect the applicant(s) 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, 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 fergus@greencandledance.com with ‘Autumn -Volunteer Dance Assistant’ in the email subject header or call 0207 739 7722 for more information.

Application deadline: Friday 4th October

Interviews: Wednesday 9th October (afternoon)

Start date:  Monday 14th October

 

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Watch the video from ‘Growing Together’ – our intergenerational project in Redbridge

We are delighted to share the film from our recent intergenerational dance and documentary film project – Growing Together

Between March and July 2019, Growing Together brought together children from Redbridge Primary School and the Remember to Dance in Redbridge group to take part in weekly dance workshops led by Green Candle’s Vicki Busfield alongside documentary film making workshops led by an accessible film production team of Vita Terry and Joe Mannion.

Remember to Dance is Green Candle’s dance project for people living with dementia and their carers/companions.

Through the process of the workshops the children learnt about dementia, how it affects people in different ways and that just because they have dementia doesn’t mean they are no longer a valid member of society. When asked the question: Do you feel more confident in socialising/talking with people from a different generation and/or with dementia after taking part in this project? All children answered yes.

During the process new connections were formed and friendships were made. By coming together through regular dance workshops the participants developed close bonds.

“Old and young can and do mix well” older person

“anybody can be friends and it doesn’t have to always be the same age.” child

The project had a profound effect on those involved in it, including the participants, school staff, film team and dance artists, as well as the audience who came to the sharing event at the end of the project.

“Amazing emotional performance. Great sense of community transcending the generations. This shows that we need to always look after our older generation and age gaps are without barriers. Inspiring!!” Audience member

After the project , one daughter of a person with dementia commented, “Mum really enjoyed being with the children, she came ALIVE again for a short while.”

We would like to thank our partners, funders and supporters for making this project possible.

Redbridge Primary School
The National Lottery Community Fund
London Borough of Redbridge
Vision Redbridge Culture and Leisure
Age UK Redbridge, Barking & Havering
Redbridge Respite Care Association
Redbridge Carers Support Service
North East London NHS Foundation Trust

Watch the video below

Diploma in Leading Dance For Older People – registration now open

ANNOUNCEMENT 23/08/2019:  Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, we have had to postpone the start of our Leading Dance For Older People diploma course for 2019/20.  We are still welcoming expressions of interest to fergus@greencandledance.com and will update you as soon as possible with new dates. 

Now booking for its seventh year, this hugely successful course will begin again in October 2019.

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: fergus@greencandledance.com for an
application form.
Closing date:  The deadline for applications is 15th September 2019.

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

Farewell to Students on our 2018/2019 Diploma in Leading Dance for Older People

In May 2019, we wrapped up our Diploma in Leading Dance for Older People and said goodbye to our current intake of wonderful students.  They all worked very hard and passed with flying colours.

Watch the video below to find out who they were and what they though of the course.

Watch Spinoff performing at The Bull Theatre

On April 27th 2019, Spinoff – our dance company for over 55s,  performed at The Bull Theatre in Barnet, London as part of the ‘Keep On Moving 111’ festival.

The festival was The Bull Theatre’s third annual intergenerational Dance Festival, celebrating the joy of dance across the ages.

In addition to Green Candle, the festival featured Susi Earnshaw Theatre School, D2D Dance Company and Counterpoint Dance Company.

Thanks to the amazing audience who gave us such a great reception.  Spinoff and Green Candle were delighted to be involved and had a fantastic time!

Watch a video of Spinoff performing at the festival below

KCL Dance Society raise money for Green Candle

At the beginning of 2019, we were selected by the committee of the Dance Society of Kings College London to be their official charity of the year, along with Magpie Dance.

KCL Dance society is one of the largest and most successful society’s within Kings College London and this year they celebrated their 20th Anniversary with their “This Is 20!” Annual Show which took place on March 20-22nd 2019 at the iconic Greenwood Theatre in London Bridge.

The show involved 150 dancers and 36 choreographers in an entirely student produced show that ran for 3 fantastic nights, with the Friday show being completely sold out!  The amount of hard work and effort that went into the show was incredible and we were delighted to be there to watch.

The events raised over £7500 which was split equally between Green Candle Dance Company and Magpie Dance.

We would like to say a huge thank you to KCL Dance Society for choosing us and for raising much needed funds to help us continue the work that we do!

Watch a video from our Moving into Maturity 2019 professional development workshop

From 8-9th April 2019, we held our annual Moving into Maturity workshop here at Oxford House in London.  This two day professional development workshop is aimed at those interested in leading dance for older people and dance for dementia.

Moving into Maturity is a specially designed introductory professional development course for people who are working or intending to work with older people. Suitable for professional dance artists, health care professionals and students , the course introduces some of the key skills needed to lead dance sessions, both seated and standing, with older people and people with dementia.

This year we welcomed 16 new students onto the course who took part in sessions with our Artistic Director Fergus Early and the Alzheimer’s Society and also got the chance to join in sessions with Spinoff – our dance company for Over 55s and Remember to Dance – our dance and live music sessions for people living with dementia and their carers/companions.

Watch a short video below which includes feedback from some of our students

 

If you’re interested in signing up next time please keep an eye on our professional development page and our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for news of future dates

 

“Thank you so much for a brilliant day on Monday, it helped & inspired me both professionally & personally”Hannah Dawson, Moving into Maturity student 2019