Case Studies

Embody Dance

  • Artist(s):
    Embody Dance
  • Artform(s):
    Dance
  • Venue(s):
    Residential Homes, Day Centres, Schools, Colleges, Leisure Centres, Disability Venues and Community Buildings
  • Health Need(s):
    Older Adults, Adults, Disabled Adults and Children with Special Educational Needs, Young People Suffering from Abuse, Children and Young People
Summary:
Embody was formed in June 2009, by Dance Graduate, Emma Breeze with the ethos of, “Giving everyone the chance to dance”

Project Information

Embody Dance started as a dream that dance could be made accessible to all. Embody was formed in June 2009, by Dance Graduate, Emma Breeze with the ethos of, “Giving everyone the chance to dance”.

Embody Dance provides classes for ages 6 months to 100 years, working with the whole community: Older Adults, Adults, Disabled Adults and Children with Special Educational Needs, Young People suffering from abuse, Children and Young People are all taught within their own unique environments. Embody has created classes in Residential Homes, Day Centres, Schools, Colleges, Leisure Centres, Disability Venues and Community Buildings. All classes are open, friendly and relaxed focusing on the enjoyment that can come from dancing as a group.

Embody has never applied for, or received any funding to provide dance. However, Embody Dance has grown rapidly in three years and now reaches approximately 600 dancers per week.

Participants have said that by taking part in the classes they have:
- Increased physical fitness, health and sense of wellbeing. Individuals
- Overcome physical and emotional restrictions.
- Created new dance communities Deaf, Blind, and Non--‐Verbal participants have said that they have to
communicate through movement.
- Gained Respect, Individual Triumph, Weekly Progression, Team Work,
- Understanding and Laughter!

Embody continues to push the boundaries of what dance can be perceived to be. When many people first attend a class they are often nervous of whether they can 'dance'. Embody continues to grow and strive to reach wider into communities surrounding Warwickshire and the West Midlands. Emma would like Embody to be regionally recognised for its work in the community and its reputation to grow. The dream of making dance accessible to all is beginning to become a reality. Emma would like to see the dream spread far and wide.

Read more: www.embodydance.co.uk

Parents:
"My daughter who has Down’s Syndrome has been dancing with Embody Dance for over a year now. She absolutely loves the lessons, not realizing how much exercise she is getting while she dances. Her co-ordination is improving as is her fitness."

"‘I am writing this on my daughters behalf as she can't write as she is severely Mentally disabled. She can access very few activities. Embody dance she can and she loves it. It is fun, inclusive and great exercise. I have
spent years looking for a group like this."

"Our daughter is six and has Down's Syndrome, she started with Embody just over a year ago and when she first started she was very shy but has quickly settled in as one of the group and is now far more confident."

"It is so encouraging to see how people improve skills, fitness and a healthier way of life, through the classes offered."

Participant:
"I attend the mature movers group. The atmosphere is welcoming and friendly. Everyone , whatever their ability can join in. I've even seen someone leave their walking sticks at the side of the room and join in."

Head Teacher, Herbert Fowler Junior School:
"Taking part in the class involves high intensity exercise which has its obvious benefits. Being an art form, a physical activity and a class held in the school community, the dance session fits all the criteria."

Centre Manager:
"We have worked with Embody Dance for nearly four years and I have been impressed with the commitment and professionalism of the Emma and the Embody Dance Team."