meet the artist: lucy haighton
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Lucy is one of the artists working on our Dance On programme for adults aged 50+. Here Lucy shares how the pandemic has affected her work and what inspires her to keep creative.
How long have you been dancing for and what inspired you to become a dancer?
I have been dancing since the age of 5. I can’t really remember what made me want to go, but as soon as I started my dancing lessons I loved it. Then at secondary school I began learning contemporary dance and fell in love with that too.
What do you love most about dancing with people?
I love the joy of dancing with other people! It’s always so much fun!
How has the pandemic impacted your work? What have the challenges been and how have you adapted your practice?
Since the pandemic hit all my dance workshops, classes and projects have been online via Zoom. I haven’t been able to do any in person work or live performances but because of the amazing communities I work with, we have continued to dance online, which has brought so much joy to our weeks throughout this past year. We haven’t let anything stand in our way of dancing together!
What’s your favourite kind of music to dance to?
Anything, I love the variety! From 50’s to 80’s motown and pop, from classical indian music to flamenco. I love how different music inspires the body to move in different way.
Where do you get your ideas and inspiration from?
I am so inspired by the communities and people I work with. I ask people if they have any requests or what their favourite songs or dance styles are and will plan workshops and classes to make sure there is a real variety and something for everyone! For example one group were telling me how much they loved Doctor Zhivago, so for the next week I created a beautiful and elegant ballroom sequence set to the music from the classic film. They were all very pleased. One lady even brought me her copy of the DVD so I could watch it! I like to take inspiration from the time of year too and often make my sessions themed. I like that choosing a theme makes me find new music that I wouldn’t have necessarily used before. For example, it’s been raining a lot recently so I did a rain themed session and found Buddy Holly’s song ‘Raining in my heart’ which is so delightful!
Lucy was photographed by James Mulkeen as part of our ‘Meet the Artist’ series. Find out more about the artists creating your darts activities here.
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