Middle Eastern Dance with Anne Kingston

[“MC3“] Saturday 1:30pm, methodist church – tickets – programme

I have been dancing since the age of 3, ballet in those days (and asked to leave as I was too wild!)  To me dancing is an expression of individuality but can also be very much about the collective (as with folk/group/circle dances). 

With Middle Eastern dance, there is the opportunity to express the aspects of life that connect us to each other, to nature and ultimately to joy.  It offers direct response to how the music moves the individual, a mixture of spontaneity and discipline, an interplay of dark and light, sharp and soft, fast and slow.

My workshops and performances have a strong emphasis on pleasure – fun, laughter, enjoyment, learning, healing and mutual support and encouragement.  When we dance together we connect in an honest natural way, we realise the beauty that shines through all of us. We realise that we all breath the same air, share the same emotions and have a common destiny.

As well as teaching Middle Eastern dance throughout the UK for over 20 years Anne also organises trips to the Moroccan Sahara and other areas of Morocco, for dancers, musicians and anyone who wants an adventure. 

Find out more about Anne and her adventures at www.annekingston.com or find her on Facebook annekingston22.

Natraj Meditation with Madhuri

[“YC3“] saturday 13:30  yoga centre  – tickets – programme

Nataraj Meditation was devised by the mystic Osho, as an opportunity to let “the dancer become the dance.” It consists of 40 minutes free-form dancing – eyes closed as much as possible – to beautiful, wild, stirring music; then 20 minutes lying on the back, in Corpse pose; then 5 minutes more of dancing.
Natraj is the name of Shiva when he is dancing. This is a free-form, inward-looking yet fully expressive Osho moving meditation with a silent phase as well.
The dancer can become the dance…and silence blooms after movement.

Nataraj - free dance meditationThat’s all; but in that time the energy moves profoundly, comes to deep watchful rest, and then rises again. One emerges all silent and reborn, the body fluid and glowing, the face like a Buddha’s.

Madhuri Z K Ewing lived in Osho’s communes from 1973 to 2003. She is a poet, artist, metaphysical healer, and meditation teacher. The most recent of her five books, The Poona Poems, came out in January. Born in California, she has lived in Hebden Bridge since 2012.

 

Everybody Dance with DanceSyndrome

[“RS3“]Saturday 13:30, riverside school  – tickets – programme

All our dance activity is led and informed by people with learning disabilities. DanceSyndrome activities give people confidence, respect, value and self-belief through our philosophy of ‘anything is possible even though you have a learning disability’.

Dancesyndrome is an inclusive charity for all. We offer an inclusive and innovative way for everyone to improve their health, wellbeing and confidence –regardless of age or ability

Everybody Dance is a fun, accessible and inclusive dance session for anyone who wants to get moving and have a good time. The sessions include both upbeat and gentle dance, together with movement to music, which all helps participants to build their confidence, exercise their creativity and have fun…

Come along and enjoy a fun accessible workshop.

For more info:  dancesyndrome.co.uk

Appalachian Beginners with Fiddle ‘n Feet

{“TH8“] sunday 1:30, townhall  – tickets – programme

Fiddle ‘n Feet are a mixed Appalachian dance team formed over 15 years ago. 
We currently have 10 dancers and 5 musicians and practice in Shipley, West Yorkshire.

We choreograph our own dances which are lively and energetic consisting of traditional Appalachian dance steps from the Appalachian mountains of America.  Our musicians play old-time and bluegrass fiddle tunes.

We perform at festivals, dance and charity events mainly in Yorkshire and Lancashire and sometimes further afield.

Anyone wishing to join our workshop will be required to wear hard soled shoes or tap shoes. No experience necessary.  Complete beginners welcome. 

Our workshop will consist of a performance of one of our dances.  We will teach simple Appalachian steps from this dance which hopefully at the end of the workshop we will all perform.  The musicians play old time and bluegrass fiddle tunes.

Our website is www.fiddlenfeet.co.uk

Northern Rascals Workshop with Anna Holmes

[“MC8“] sunday 13:30, methodist church  – tickets – programme

With an extensive background training in an array of different styles such as modern, ballet, jazz and most notably, contemporary, this class is a combination of all that have influenced me in my dance career; therefore, this has led to the development of my own distinct style. Expect the workshop to be high energy, as we delve in and out of the floor and up in to the sky, all set to the background of great music. In this class for teenagers and young adults, I welcome people with all varying levels of experience of the form, including beginners.

Previous dance experience is preferable but not necessary! Just bring an openness and trust in the capacity of your body as we follow a series of exercises and set material from my own company. I am passionate in helping as many people connect with dance as possible.

So be brave and come join us!

Seated Dance for all – with Natalie Speake

Verd de Gris Parkinsons Therapy session 11 July 13
with Natalie Speak
Photo by Paula Solloway

[“RS8“] sunday 1:30pm, riverside school  – tickets – programme

Join us for a fun filled dance session suitable for anyone curious about moving while seated.
Expect a variety of dance styles and techniques, playful exercises with props, uplifting improvisation and maybe the odd poem or song.

Wear bright quirky socks!

Natalie is a local dance artists / choreographer who specialise in providing quality dance experiences for those who are living with a range of neurological conditions – eg Parkinson’s, Dementia, MS.
Through encouraging partners and carers to join in with sessions she firmly believes that the work is beneficial for ALL.