Carers Collective Hackney
Course 2 - Creative Dance with Rachel Sparks
Over four weeks carers will have the opportunity to express themselves through creative dance. Led by Rachel Sparks, participants will reconnect with their body, mind and souls.
Participants will be invited to showcase their dancing skills at the Carers Rights Event on November 21st at the U7 lounge.
The course runs on Wednesdays from 30th October to November 20th, 1.30 - 3.30pm.
Make you sure you dress appropriately for light exercise and bring your dancing shoes! Refreshments will be provided.
2-4 Phillipp Street
about rachel sparks
Using dance to explore how people relate and communicate, Rachel offers a variety of dance classes, personal development coaching and community events in and around London.
Rachel likes to remind people that they are whole and that the resources they need to thrive are within them. She also aims to create a safe learning environment for people who feel they don’t belong in a dance class.
Be it because of their body type, their gender expression, their anxiety at meeting new people, their perceived lack of rhythm - whatever hurdles a person can face - everyone is welcome.
With a formal dance background, Rachel gained a Dance BA (Hons) from University of Leeds in 2007. Since then she's been finding ways to make dance fun and accessible and launched her own company, Rachel Sparks Dance, in 2015.
about The workshops
Working with carers who are over 50, the focus will be on restorative and uplifting movement and dance that offers a space for reflection and expression as well as energising the system and moving towards pleasure and joy.
Each two-hour session will be broken down into two parts. The first 45 mins - 1hr will be focused on dance exercise to music to warm up the body and engage in rhythmic movements that challenge the mind and body.
This will be a taught session which aims to build confidence whilst also helping the participants to discover new ways of moving.
After a comfort break the second half will be a creative dance and movement session. This will be facilitated rather than taught, meaning that the participants will be encouraged to create their own movement.
The group will be be exploring the theme of support and will draw upon the wisdom of nature and the four seasons.
Over the four weeks Rachel hopes that carers will feel excited to share what they've created at the Carers Rights Day event in November (21.11.19 at U7 Lounge, Hoxton), where we will also be showcasing the work created during the first Carers Collective Course in collaboration with Angela Groundwater.