DANCE SIX-0 Christmas Sharing
Join us for an afternoon of contemporary dance accompanied by refreshments and a raffle!
There will be informal performances from DANCE SIX-0 and their open class members sharing works in progress.
Tickets available on the door or email Meg on email@example.com
2-4pm Wednesday 12 December
Salisbury Playhouse Rehearsal Room
I started dancing classes aged six. Later I specialised in Greek and character dance and continued until I left for college aged nineteen. At Birmingham University I danced with a group performing 18th/19th century dances in village halls.
Moving to Salisbury I joined contemporary dance classes at the Arts Centre and, on retiring, attended as many dance classes as I could find; including tap, Spanish and African, and have seen dance performances in Salisbury, Southampton, Bath, London, Exeter and elsewhere.
In 2014 interested members of Mind the Gap, our acting group for over sixties, were taken to see a performance by The Company of Elders at Sadlers Wells. The Elixir programme there looked so exciting I attended the whole weekend of performances, and workshops on choreographing older people. The slow and graceful movements of groups and individuals inspired me to join with Meg and then Philippa to form such a group for over sixties in Salisbury.
I have danced before but that did not prepare me for the experience of DANCE SIX-O. What has surprised (and delighted) me is the closeness of interaction with my fellow dancers. There is an intensity in our dance which is something I just don’t come across in everyday life. And this a delight! In a world where we are increasingly isolated at any number of levels. The opportunity to communicate so profoundly is welcome – and healing – and therapeutic. Then there’s another level of communication and interaction – and that’s with myself. My artistic expression has been with words or music – and this is my first opportunity to use my body to express myself. Again, it takes me to levels I have not been before. It’s exhausting, exhilarating, and leaves me feeling very renewed.
Despite a dislike of sport I always enjoyed gymnastics and swimming, but never had the opportunity to learn to dance. Although at senior school we were taught the rudiments of ballroom dancing because the dance floor was where ‘girls would meet nice young men’! I have always wanted to dance and could not believe my luck when I heard about DANCE SIX-O. It has been such a wonderful challenging experience, instilling confidence and a sense of elation. I have practised Yoga for 20 years which now combined with dancing, gives me flexibility and freedom of movement. I hope I never have to stop!
I have always enjoyed a love of music fostered by a music loving family where piano, singing and body movement were daily activities. I joined a local ballet school run by an ex member of a Ballet Company. After a couple of years I attended the Arts Educational Boarding School at Tring for a year before family finances were needed to provide professional training for other members of the family! This novel experience provided me with a lifelong love of dance and music. I feel compelled to express musical movement whenever suitable music is played on classic fm. In order to maintain body fitness, I enjoy yoga, pilates, swimming, beginner’s spin and recently zumba. Thanks to the enterprise of several ladies, I am now able to enjoy DANCE SIX -O dance sessions – fulfilling a lifelong ambition.
Born in Farnborough, Kent. My first ballet class was at 4 years old. My teacher Madeline Sharpe, later encouraged me to apply to the Royal Academy of Dance. I trained to the age of 17.
Later I moved to Wiltshire where my focus was on my lovely children and family life.
Never dreaming that an opportunity would present itself to dance once again, it was with great excitement that I discovered “DANCE SIX-0”.
Offering a chance to dance with a great Teacher, Debbie; and with like minded people. It was exhilarating. My body responded in a way that it had forgotten it could.
I was privileged to be accepted into the Company. Roz our Choreographer and Teacher has introduced us to so much, helping to achieve new things, embracing our individual styles, and always with a sense of fun.
The company members bring their own remarkable talents and willingness to support and share. What an inspiration!
My body and soul have a new lease of life because of Dance Six 0, which I feel so lucky to experience in my latter years.
What is old? How lucky am I!