Blog: Dance Artist Charlotte
Charlotte is the Dance Artist on the front-line of Doncaster’s Dance On, running workshops and helping set up dance groups throughout the community. Here she shares how she got into dancing, what she enjoys about the project and a few of her favourite memories…
When I was a little girl I always wanted to be a ballet dancer for the Royal Ballet – I originally got into dance through attending ballet school. Then I fell in love with contemporary dance as a teenager and that hasn’t changed. I went on to study contemporary dance at university. I’ve been working in the arts sector for over 20 years now, specialising in inclusive dance for all ages and abilities. I am constantly taught new styles (often by my older participants) and just love them all!
I was drawn to work with Dance On because I love that it focuses on the social and fun side of dance, whilst increasing physical activity. Music is also a key aspect of the sessions too and we dance to a really wide variety of different music choices, so there should be something for everyone – from nostalgia to new.
Dance is a wonderful way to build friendships, and we all know that it’s a great way to stay physically active and healthy, but we also have so much fun too. We laugh a lot, try out many new styles, learn sequences, sing and get creative, so it’s great for your memory too. A tonic for your heart and mind!
I think my favourite dance-related memory would have to be the time I saw the Bolshoi Ballet perform on a huge raked stage in Battersea Park when I was about 10. It was just such an incredible experience!
If you love dancing, Dance On welcomes any and all adults over 50. You don’t have to have past experience. Just come along and it will fill you with a weekly dose of joy!
We are running dance workshops for adults over 50 on Tuesday mornings (11am – 12pm) at The Point, along with sessions out in the Doncaster community. You can find more information on current venues here.
If Tuesday mornings or meeting at The Point doesn’t suit you, but you’re still interested in dancing, why not get in touch with us to discuss setting up a new group? Charlotte will be on-hand to support you – you can contact her on firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information.