Dancing during COVID-19 crisis

Sadly we had to suspend our group sessions in March 2020 because of the Coronavirus crisis and we’ve not been able to restart the groups yet. We’re all trying to find ways to cope during this incredibly difficult time.

Among the many sayings being bandied about to give us hope and strength, here’s a lovely one that is particularly relevant to all of us in Dancing for Well-Being –

“Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain”

So, to help members and volunteers keep dancing and lift your spirits we successfully applied for funding to provide you with your own bag of colourful props – pompoms, shaker eggs, scarves and ribbon sticks. When it’s possible to start the groups again we’ll ask you to bring these with you so we can all enjoy dancing with the props again together. But until then we hope you’ll have some fun with them at home.

Here’s Anne Cliff (from the Monday Friends Meeting House group) delighted to be receiving her prop bag  from Nicola – Ta da!

We are very grateful to Persimmon Homes, Two Ridings Community Foundation, and Sport England (through North Yorkshire Sport) for the funding that has made this possible. And we’d like to say a big thank you to the staff at the Hospital & Medical Care Association (HMCA) in Knaresborough for their support too.

At home you can use your props when you listen to music on the radio, or on radio stations on your TV, or when you join our Thursday Zoom sessions. Also, Jackie, Nicola and Jann from our staff team, together with Bilton group volunteer Fiona, have filmed some sessions of dances with props so you can dance with us any time you like by clicking on any of the sessions below.

We may be a good bit past Christmas now, but if you’re in need of some Christmas spirit to get you through this third lockdown you may like to join us for our special festive dance sessions –

We invited members and volunteers to send us photos of themselves dancing with the props at home.

Here are Chris Matthews from the Friends Meeting House group with her pompoms and Pat Littlewood from the Tuesday Knaresborough group with her ribbon sticks. Keeeep dancing ladies!

And here are Kate (left) from our Friends Meeting House group with her friend Esther (right) taking part in one of our Prop Dances films –

Kate said “The films on YouTube are so convenient for doing whenever you like and the dances are FUN!”. Esther said ” It was challenging, but enjoyable”. Kate often attends our weekly Zoom sessions as well and enjoys the interaction and social side of these.

If you’re a Dancing for Well-Being member or volunteer and you’re interested but haven’t got round to joining in our Zoom sessions yet, please do get in touch and we’ll give you all the information you need to take part.

We ran Facebook sessions over the Spring and Summer and these are still available of course, so you can have a go at them too. Just click on – https://www.facebook.com/dancingforwellbeing/?modal=admin_todo_tour – to get onto our page. Please note that you don’t need a Facebook account to be able to access these sessions. We’ve also put a selection of our favourites below, which you can access by clicking on these links –
















Here’s Pat, one of Tuesday Knaresborough group volunteers , dancing along with us at one of our Facebook sessions –