Meet the Artist: Alice Henry
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Alice Henry is a dancer who delivers on our Dance On programme. Alice delivers dance sessions for participants aged 50+ in settings across Doncaster and at The Point. We interviewed Alice to find out more about her own progression as a dancer and what she enjoys most about teaching people to dance.
What made you become an artist?
Dancing has always been a huge part of my life, both of my sisters danced, and I genuinely can not imagine my life without it. I have danced from the age of seven, progressing from dancing as a hobby to professional training. Dancing blends my love for physicality and movement with artistic creativity and escapism. I love the power of performance and the euphoric feeling you can access through dance.
Can you tell us a bit more about your practice?
I am a Community Dance Artist who works with all ages; teaching, choreographing, facilitating and chaperoning. I am super passionate about everyone having access to the joy of dance! I want to empower participants to access their own unique creativity, feel the freedom and liberation of dance, and to explore and discover escapism through moving their body.
What’s your favourite thing about working with darts?
darts feels like home to me. darts is an incredible organisation, supporting and nourishing my development and growth as a Community Artist. I am forever inspired and motivated by the incredible artists who occupy The Point, and the generosity and selflessness of each member of staff who works for this organisation. The atmosphere for both the staff and the community participants at Darts is one of warmth, kindness, support and possibility.
What would be your dream project or workshop?
My dream project would be to share my choreographic practice with participants who are in search of exploring their creativity. I would love to empower those who regard themselves as “uncreative”, to feel a sense of pride and escapism through movement, and to break down the barriers of self doubt and comparison, to unveil untapped potential, and a new-found excitement for their own unique individual artistry.
What do you love most about working with members of the Doncaster community?
I feel so fortunate to have been granted the opportunity to deliver for darts. When looking around the room, engaging and connecting with participants in the middle of a session, I often find myself in disbelief that this is my job! When I have a fun and joyful idea when preparing for a session, I find myself so excited to deliver it; imagining how a certain exercise may be received by a group, and then when it meets that expectation, it is the best feeling ever!
Any advice for someone wanting to get more creative?
Exploring other art forms, stimulus or topics of interest, whether these be an artistic topic or not, I feel are the perfect springboard into catalysing ideas. I also encourage trying to create space in your mind to formulate these ideas without pressure, and often find that the best ideas come from an unexpected place.
If something sparks interest, however small, it is worth following up; the small detail when feeling a creative block may eventually lead to the bigger picture.
Alice was photographed by James Mulkeen for darts. Find out more about the artists creating your darts activities here.
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