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August 1, 2019

I introduced my very first blog by discussing the ways in which dance will always manage to move me. It does indeed still move me, and has moved me through the hardest moments of my life so far since that very first blog. I’ve been grieving, heartbroken, lost, jobless,...

May 1, 2019

I’ve come to learn that there is a difference between solitude and loneliness. We can be alone and feel content and in the same respect, we can be surrounded by people and still feel alone. Loneliness does not discriminate, nor does it take your personality into accoun...

February 1, 2019

‘Nobody don’t dance no more – Kano’

Working with older adults has shown me many voids in contemporary society. However, one that is particularly apparent for me is the reduction we’ve seen, over time, in people socially dancing together.

My older participants have such a...

January 1, 2019

‘Some days I am more wolf than woman and I’m still learning how to stop apologising for my wild’

I don’t indulge in the whole ‘new year, new me’ thing but I do think the start of a new year is a great opportunity to reflect on what has happened, what is to come, and who...

December 1, 2018

‘Who are we as human beings if we ignore the suffering of others?’

Christmas 2012.

I lived in the YMCA hostel in Walthamstow.

It was Christmas, but it wasn’t Christmas that year.

Christmas is not a time of year. It’s a holistic experience.

Christmas 2018.

I’m asking you to j...

November 1, 2018

“Grief is like the ocean; it comes in waves, ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, sometimes it’s overwhelming. All we can do is learn to dance among the waves”

Grief does indeed come in waves. It does ebb, and it does flow. Sometimes the water does feel calm...

September 30, 2018

“For ageing is a privilege not a predicament”

Ageing is a process which scares me- as it does many of us. This fear is not centred on looks, as such, but rather on my body. As a dancer, my body is my canvas, my tool, my income. Accepting it in its youthful state hasn’t...

September 1, 2018

                                                                            “Progress is the attraction that moves humanity.”...

August 1, 2018

‘Write for yourself first’

The most cliché way to start this would be to say, “I’ve been dancing since I can remember”, but honestly, some of my earliest memories are centred on movement. My house was always alive with music, loud, loud music which would cascade into th...

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