DanceSyndrome COVID19 Update – September 2020: As you probably know, the DanceSyndrome team have been very busy over the last six months. In March we closed our indoor dance sessions and hoped that we would return in late April. Here we are, more than 7 months later, still planning a safe return.
This update will give you all the information that you need about our continuing online dance sessions, forthcoming outdoor dance sessions and potential indoor sessions.
Online Dance Sessions
We are so glad that people are enjoying this new way of dancing! Because there is so much demand from across the UK we want to try and offer as many different opportunities for our participants as we can and we have some new sessions that are now enrolling.
Wake N Dance
A wake up dance session every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10:00am. Start the day with an upbeat dance session guaranteed to make you smile. This 30 minute session will get you ready for the day ahead. Thanks to funding, these sessions are FREE! You don’t need to attend every day, just choose the days that suit you. You only need to sign up once, then drop in when you like! Sign up here: https://bit.ly/WakeNDance
Contemporary Dance Monday 11am
A new style class looking at Contemporary Dance technique. This is a block of 6 sessions and in each session you will practice a contemporary dance routine which will be performed via video in the last session. Starts Monday 2nd November. 6 sessions costs £15 (£2.50 per session). You can sign up here: https://bit.ly/ContemporaryZoom
Street Dance Monday 1pm
The first block of 6 sessions has been a real success and at the request of the participants we are putting on a second block. This starts on 3rd August for 6 more weeks. You don’t need to have done the first block to join in, it’s suitable for all levels and no experience is necessary. Starts Monday 2nd November. 6 sessions costs £15 (£2.50 per session). You can sign up here: https://bit.ly/ZoomStreetDance
NEW DAY/TIME – Everybody Dance Tuesdays at 2pm
Our inclusive community dance workshops have been adapted for Zoom. Each session is brought to you by a different pair of leaders, one with a learning disability and one without a disability. Working together they deliver a fun, accessible and inclusive dance and fitness session for anyone who wants to get moving and have a good time. The sessions include both upbeat and gentle dance, together with movement to music, that can be adapted to meet your own needs. £2.50 per week. Find details of the next session here: https://dancesyndrome.co.uk/events/
Funk out on Zoom Tuesdays at 7pm
At the end of a busy day, Funk Out with Dave and Helen! A free 30 minute dance workout session that will help you end the day the right way! We hope to see lots of new faces at this new evening session, please join us: http://bit.ly/DSFunkOut
Rave with Dave & Bex
Our Rave with Dave & Bex sessions have been so much fun! Everyone has really risen to the challenge and the performance is going to be amazing! If you would like to watch the performance live, please sign up for free tickets on this link: https://bit.ly/RavePerformance
A new Christmas themed block of sessions will be starting on 5th November. If you’d like to join us, please sign up here: https://bit.ly/RaveWithDave
NEW DAY/TIME – Infant Dance led by Max and Cristina – Saturday 10:45am
Max is our youngest Dance Leader at just 3 years old! Join him and his mum Cristina for this fun movement to music session. Max decides the moves and your children can join in and copy him or do their own thing. Children of all ages are welcome, but the session is aimed at pre-school aged children. The session is free thanks to funding. Sign up here: https://bit.ly/DSinfants
A new YouTube session will now be released every Thursday and you can still access previous sessions too on this link: https://bit.ly/DanceSyndromeYouTube
Indoor dance in community venues
A phased return to indoor dance sessions has been planned by our team.
When the time is right, the first phase of our return will be restarting sessions at Plungington Community Centre in Preston and St Mary’s Centre in Clitheroe. The centres are our largest community venues and have both been classified as COVID secure. Extensive risk assessments have been completed and adaptations have been made to ensure the sessions will be safe. If you are usually a participant at these sessions we should have contacted you about this to see how you feel about it, but you are always welcome to get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss any questions you may have.
If you usually attend one of our other community sessions, we are still looking at ways to return safely to indoor dancing in your area. We will contact you as soon as we are able to return so that we can give you the information you will need before returning.
In the meantime, there may be outdoor dance opportunities coming in your area soon or you are welcome to join in any of our online sessions.
We have been running a trial of small outdoor dance sessions in MIller Park in Preston for our Create & Connect group members. When the weather has been kind, these sessions have been really successful! As a result, we have secured funding from Sport England’s Tackling Inequalities Fund and the Comic Relief Community Fund (England) to enable us to offer more outdoor dance sessions to enable people to get out of the house and do some dancing, while they wait for a return to indoor dancing.
If you know of a group of people who may be interested in an outdoor dance session elsewhere in Lancashire, please get in touch via email@example.com
Whatever way you choose to dance, we hope to see you at one of our sessions soon. In the meantime, please contact us if you have any questions.
Thank you for your support throughout 2020!