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

New opportunity – Volunteer Dance Assistant for ‘Spinoff’

An opportunity for someone to gain valuable experience within a leading community dance company working with ‘Spinoff Green Candle’s long established over 55’s performance group.

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 Volunteer Dance Assistant for the 2019 Summer 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 candidate will assist Spinoff Green Candle’s 55+ dance performance group at our home in Bethnal Green as well as in a variety of settings in the community that may include community centres, theatres and outdoor festivals.

Ideally the candidate will be available on Tuesdays from 9-5pm consistently throughout
the Summer term, from week commencing Tuesday 7th May – Tuesday 16th July.

The opportunity to assist will offer the successful candidate 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 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, 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 with ‘Spinoff -Volunteer Dance Assistant’ in the email subject header or call 0207 739 7722 for more information.

Application deadline: Tuesday 23rd April
Interviews: Friday 3rd May
Start date:  Tuesday 7th May

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Moving into Maturity – booking now open for this 2 day professional development course


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 8-9th April 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: Monday 8th April and Tuesday 9th April 2019, 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+)

Find out more about specific course content on each day

To book your place, please contact Vicki Busfield on 0207 739 7722 or email vicki@greencandledance.com

Moving into Maturity is an excellent introduction to Green Candle’s Diploma Course ‘Leading Dance with Older People’ accredited at Level 3 

Welcome to Annie Gargya – our new board member


We recently welcomed Annie Gargya as the newest member of the Green Candle Board. Below Annie tells us a little bit about herself and her life before Green Candle.

“I trained at The Royal Ballet Upper School before joining the company for a few years and before having my children.

“I then worked freelance for different organisations including the LSO, various museums, colleges and schools leading dance, drama and art workshops.   I also worked for The Royal Ballet Education Department going into schools and colleges with dancers from the company leading workshops culminating in performance pieces all over the country.

In my 40’s I thought it was about time I got a proper job and wanted to train as a teacher.  However, having left school at 16 to go to the ballet school and without a degree I discovered that was not possible.  Fortunately, an inspiring woman at the Institute of Education suggested that my experience of performing and teaching dance might be a good foundation for a Master’s Degree in Dance at The Laban Centre, accredited by City University.

Much to my surprise I was accepted for a 2-year part time Masters Course which I found challenging and very rewarding.  My dissertation ‘Colliding Words’ drew on my experience as a dancer and of working in schools and colleges in dance in education.  Again, to my amazement I was awarded a distinction.

I then took on a PGCE at The Institute of Education and worked for 20 years as a primary school teacher in Tower Hamlets, eventually becoming Deputy Head at a primary school in Poplar and finally retiring in 2014.

I discovered Green Candle in 2016 and have loved being part of a diverse group of older dancers where the underlying ethos is ‘everyone can dance’.

I have been a trustee of Stitches in Time, another Tower Hamlets charity, for the last 12 years and since my retirement have taken on the role of Secretary.

I have 2 grown up children and 1 adorable grandson.”

We are delighted Annie has joined us and we know she will be an invaluable addition to the Green Candle board

Find out more about our other board members

We are looking for a Participation and Communications Volunteer for the Spring Term 2019

An opportunity has arisen for someone to gain valuable experience within a leading community 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 Spring term 2019. 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 successful applicant 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 volunteer will need to be available on Tuesdays and Fridays consistently throughout the Spring term, which runs from week commencing Tuesday 15th January – 12th April 2019

The opportunity to assist will offer the successful volunteer 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 our volunteers 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 volunteering with us, 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.  Please state ‘Participation & Communications Volunteer’ as the subject of your email.

Application deadline: 12 noon Friday 25th January 2019

Interviews: Friday 1st February by invitation only at Oxford House, Bethnal Green, London, E2 6HG.

We are also looking for volunteers to help with our Remember to Dance sessions in Tower Hamlets on Fridays.  Find out more and apply

Find out what it’s like to volunteer for us from some of our past volunteers

New opportunities – 2 Volunteer Dance Assistants needed for the Spring term 2018/19

We are looking for two Volunteer Dance Assistants to join our team for the Spring term 2018.          

An opportunity has arisen for  two individuals to gain valuable experience within a leading community dance company. We are seeking enthusiastic and motivated people 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.  Find out more about Remember to Dance.

These roles are suitable for those interested in developing skills working with people with dementia and are a unique chance for artists 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 volunteers will need to be available on Fridays from 9.30am-12.30pm consistently throughout the Spring term, which runs from Friday 18th January 2019 to Friday 5th April

Due to the nature of the environment where our dance sessions take place, we expect our volunteers to be open-minded and have a warm, friendly persona. Because the successful applicants 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 to become one of our volunteers, 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.  Please state ‘Volunteer Assistant – Remember to Dance’ as the subject of your email.

Application deadline: 12 noon Friday 21st December 2018

Interviews: Tuesday 8th January 2019 by invitation only at Oxford House, Bethnal Green, London, E2 6HG.

Start date:  Friday 18th January 2019

We are also looking for a new Participation and Communications volunteer for the spring term 2019. Find out more and apply

Watch a video below from two of our previous volunteers to find out what it’s like volunteering with us:

Our Diploma in Leading Dance for Older People is underway!

October 2018 saw the start of our Diploma in Leading Dance for Older People – our Level 3 OCNLR Accredited Course. The course is comprised of 13 units over six intensive study weekends. It also requires a minimum of ten hours per week private study. Tutorial support is also available and participants  complete a detailed placement portfolio.

This course provides an understanding of how to lead safe, effective and enjoyable dance and movement work with older people and provides a balance between three main areas – theory, dance and movement work by participants and actual practice with older people.

During the first two weekends of this year’s course, the students covered the following units:

  • ‘Understanding well-being in older people’
  • ‘Planning a dance session for older people’
  • ‘Health, Safety and welfare in a dance session’
  • ‘Planning a warm-up for a dance session for older people’

They also took part in practical dance sessions incorporating technique and did some work on preparing and choreographing a solo piece.

Listen to feedback from some of our current students about the course so far:

At the conclusion of the course, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate the basic practical requirements for running a dance session
  • apply relevant anatomical and physiological information – both general and with specific reference to ageing
  • understand some of the psychological effects of ageing and have positive strategies for dealing with these
  • demonstrate the ability to structure dance sessions
  • define the physical imperatives – flexibility, dexterity, strength and cardiovascular fitness – and be able to use various safe and effective approaches to achieving them
  • use various paths to creativity in older people’s dancing
  • use with confidence different choreographic approaches
  • use appropriate music for dance sessions
  • select music for choreographic purposes
  • identify the different broad categories older people fall into – active elderly, people with age-related conditions, people with dementia etc. – and be able to demonstrate appropriate strategies for them
  • apply different teaching and learning strategies

If you would like to register your interest for next year’s intake for The Diploma in Leading Dance for Older People, please call 0207 739 7722 or email suzanne@greencandledance.com 

         

Watch the film from our older people’s dance project in Brentwood

On 16th October 2018, we waved farewell to our lovely participants at Chichester House in Brentwood, Essex.

For 12 weeks, we ran weekly dance sessions on Tuesday mornings for the residents of Chichester House, Victoria Court and Danbury House – a group of retirement flats in Brentwood.

Our classes gave the residents the opportunity to participate in free, fun, weekly dance sessions and to exercise and socialise with friends.  We received nothing but positive feedback from all the participants and they were very sad to see us go:

“Wonderful teachers. We enjoy every week.  Apart from keeping fit, it is a very good chance to socialise.  Long may it continue!”

“We all look forward to Tuesday, we have a wonderful time”

“I enjoy the exercises every week and I do benefit from them”

“I have had a bad stroke and I really look forward to the workout with Vicki and Emma”

We had a great time running these sessions at Chichester House and we hope to get back there soon!

A big thanks to our partners Brentwood Borough Council and Essex County Council who  commissioned a short film about the project.

Watch the film below

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 out more information about Spinoff