Everyone and everybody of all ages are welcome! The project is fully inclusive and accessible to disabled people and those with long-term health conditions, those with previous dance experience and those new to dance.
Don’t want to perform but still want to be part of it – Then VOLUNTEER! There are lots of different jobs that we need help with. Let us know that you are interested.
Neither of interest? Then please come and experience our performance from 11am outside the Spitfire Gallery at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery. Bring a flag! 🏳🌈
“With Soundness of Heart” – an intergenerational and inclusive performance project by FRONTLINEdance! To mark 70 years since Her Majesty The Queen 👑 ascended the throne. Thanks to #NationalLottery players, we’ve been awarded funding to host a creative and cultural event to celebrate.
Thanks to funding from the Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning group via their Long-Term Condition Fund, and People Dancing’s Live Well and Dance with Parkinson’s Initiative, we are introducing –
FRONTLINEdance’s ‘Moving Together’ programme is designed to provide an opportunity for those who have long-term health conditions to move together with others whilst reaping the benefits it has to offer in a relaxed and enjoyable way. These new groups have been created solely for those who have had a Parkinson’s, Stroke or Cancer diagnosis. It is unique to the local area, and FRONTLINEdance are seen as specialists. We’ll be combining physical, social, and mental health interventions whilst creating a rich new supportive community for each attendee to be part of.
Moving Together for Adults with Parkinson’s Starting 10th May Tuesday’s 1:15-3:15pm Swan Bank Centre Swan Square, Burslem ST6 2AA Registration form:https://forms.office.com/r/GNkw8KE7y6
“I arrived feeling unhappy but by the end I was enjoying seeing all that I achieved – I felt a sense of accomplishment”. (Moving Together Participant)
Moving Together for Adults who have had a Personal Cancer diagnosis Starting 27th May
“We see a sense of character in our patients when taking part in your sessions. It adds variety to treatment offered, it allows patients to express themselves and find a sense of themselves. We can see how it increases mood, engagement, adherence, and tolerance to exercise. It improves social interaction”. (Haywood Hospital)
COST:Sessions are FREE We welcome a Pay What You Can donation
BENEFITS OF TAKING PART:
FRONTLINEdance participants and our partners (including NHS staff feedback) echoes that of national and international researchers. This means that we are confident that our MOVING TOGETHER PROGRAMME’S methodology, style and approach supports the health, wellbeing, and independence of those who take part. We know that Moving Together offers an effective means of improving, and maintaining, each individual and the collective group’s wellbeing. It may help establish supportive relationships, and process thoughts and feelings that are often difficult to articulate or move beyond. It leads to more self-management, more peer support.
We know that having Cancer, a Stroke, or Parkinson’s can have an impact on your confidence and self-esteem. Being in a group with others in the same situation can help. You may have had a big change in body image and functionality, opposing new challenges. Our programme supports this.
For some this project will be an important extension of the rehabilitation they received in hospital. We’ll be providing a familiar activity to look forward to at the daunting time of returning home. Everyday life stresses may have become greater, and relationships at home and at work may have been strained and damaged. Space and release in our session will help. It will allow people space and time to adapt and come to terms with having a stroke in a safe accessible environment.
Please contact us for any further information; 👉 If you need support registering 👉 Have any questions you’d like us to answer 👉 To receive a detailed information sheet, about each programme 👉 To ask for the registration forms to be sent in different formats, such as via email or printed and posted. However, we do not provide an envelope or postage costs to return it
The performance will be co-created with the participants and is fully inclusive and accessible to disabled people and those with long-term health conditions. The project welcomes those with previous dance experience and those new to dance. 👉 Not sure? 👉 Can’t make this weekend? 👉 Need any further information?
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FRONTLINEdance is 20 years old! On reaching this key milestone we’d like to review our work and learn more about the difference we are making.
Your responses will support our evaluation and feed into funding applications that we’re writing to sustain and develop our work.
The survey should take about 10-30 minutes to complete and we invite you to be honest and thorough in your responses. We value all opinions – they help us to learn and grow! If any question feels irrelevant, please feel free to skip it!
The deadline for responses is 31st March 2022.
For further information or to provide feedback in a different format, please use the contact details below.
Join FRONTLINEdance – The Explorer’s for a multi-sensory, interactive adventure! The performance and participatory experience has been created to be relevant, inclusive, accessible, and welcoming to disabled children and their families, including early years.
Places are limited, so please book your place direct with the library in advance:
Mike King; FRONTLINEdance co-founder and performer.
We asked Mike to share his FRONTLINEdance journey with us and what he did next.
Here it is!
I had a passion for movement that hadn’t been realised in my late teens or early 20’s, wherever I was on the planet I always found myself drifting towards the dance floor. A near death experience in my mid 20’s forced me to re-evaluate my life and realise that you only get one chance so don’t waste it…
I met Rachael on a Candoco Dance workshop and we discussed the idea of creating an inclusive dynamic dance company based further North in the country. Sharing a desire to dance, no money and a mutual sense of humour we decided to create a dance performance from scratch. Begging free rehearsal space – thanks to Bretton Hall College, Wakefield/ Greentop Community Circus, Sheffield/ Candoco, Stanmore. Along the way Rachael diligently completed the relevant paperwork whilst working as a live-in carer with a spinal cord agency, that meant a formal company could be established. Meanwhile I trained to be a primary teacher.
We worked for a number of years in the Midlands, however I still had itchy feet (metaphorically – as I can’t actually feel anything below my knees) and I was given the chance to train with Graeae Theatre. That led to some acting work, which then lead onto teaching Drama in Secondary Schools. Which then morphed into some directing, then back to some dancing with Scottish Dance Theatre and eventually back to teaching. I’m now in my 20th Year of Teaching and am Head of Department at a Secondary School in Kent.
The attitude that Rachael and I started with remains strong where there is a will you can find a way.
In terms of perspective, it’s important to remember that we are all still on a journey.
Inclusion still isn’t a given – 25 Years after the Disability Discrimination Act – we are sitting on the shoulders of giants, but the campaign is not yet over – I recently had to fight for a ramp and a door handle despite being an employee for 10 years. Frontline is a positive advocate for all people at any stage in their life, embracing new and exciting ways of approaching creative movement whilst remaining true to its core values. By consistently opening people’s hearts and minds, wider society is able to appreciate the true wonders that everyone on the planet has to offer, and plus those involved get to bust some moves.
Over the weekend we have been informed of the sad news that John Borthwick has passed away. For those who didn’t know, John was a voluntary director for FRONTLINEdance for 19 years.
Born in Yorkshire, and at the age of 17, John had an accident that left him with a high-level spinal cord injury. John worked as a Computer programmer, Data analyst, Project manager, Business analyst, Business and Management consultant, Company Director and Non-Exec Director on NHS Trust. A job opportunity around 23 years ago, meant that he became resident in Stoke-on-Trent.
Rachael, our Artistic Director and Co-founder, met John through his National Spinal Cord Injury Care company – she went to work for him as a live-in carer in 2000. Luckily for Rachael, John had lots of experience setting up charities and businesses, so John helped Rachael and Mike set up FRONTLINEdance in 2001. He became FRONTLINEdance’s first voluntary director, a position he held until he became very unwell. He volunteered his time on many occasions for FRONTLINEdance and served terms as Treasurer and Chair. John was a constant support to Rachael for the 22 years that she knew him.
John did all of this alongside other voluntary work. This included being a non-executive director of NHS Primary Care Trusts, he’d been the chair of local disability charity, Disability Solutions, and a Patient Representative on two National Institute of Care Excellence (NICE) Guideline Development Groups.
From 1981-2014 he was the Trustee/Director of a national charity, Spinal Injuries Association where he served two three-year terms as national Chair and four three-year terms as Vice-Chair. The Spinal Injuries Association was very important to John. His first AGM with them was in 1974. He also gave his time and support to fellow spinal cord injured individuals; helping them fight for what they needed.
John has been such a great support to FRONTLINEdance since our story began. He will be greatly missed. FRONTLINEdance would like to send lots of love to John’s family and his other friends.