It’s SCLD’s learning disability week this week. Each day we are posting blogs from members of staff because we mistakenly think you might be interested in what we had for breakfast! (and maybe some of that dancing stuff in between.) Check back each day for different stories.
Today’s blogs are from Neil and Julie.
I get ready and organised the night before. I, Neil Joseph Price, start the day with a large Cappuccino in the morning, sometimes with fruit toast from Starbucks, or sometimes a cheese and ham toastie from Costa, near Central Station. I do this before I jump my train to go to my work at Indepen-dance, where I enjoy every minute of it. I am a dance artist and assistant for Indepen-dance. I set up the props and the music system for the dance teachers that I work with.
Before I start in the studio, I arrive earlier to warm up and stretch. I set up the room, before I warm up and after that I make notes about any sections of the dance I need to particularly focus on that day. I am a performer with IND4 and tour with them which I really enjoy doing. During sessions I get to lead at times and I enjoy this challenge. At the end of training, I may give and receive a massage, finishing off the day with a cool down – stretch to finish.
I have travelled worldwide with the company and have toured with IND4 to teach and perform in different places like Paris, Belfast, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Ireland and Canada, Essex and London, as well as closer to home. I have made many bonds and friendships with the teachers and assistants from Indepen-Dance and look forward to making more dance and continuing to make friendships in the future.
I woke up at 6:35am today, I put on my glasses and went to the bathroom and got washed and then got ready to go to the train station to head to work. I had a cup of tea and added cinnamon and a breakfast biscuit, I then brushed my teeth and washed my hands and went to my room to put my contact lens in and then my other glasses.
My taxi to the train station arrived at 7:25am and I headed to the train station to catch my 7:42am train into Glasgow. On the train I pre order my taxi to collect me at 8:30am to take me to the tramway, which I wait for my taxi I go and get a coffee then sit down at the chairs near the entrance and track my taxi on their app.
My first class is the pro class with George Adams we learned a dance sequence and did my travelling work.
I then was in the Performance Company class, we also were with George and Kelly as we were rehearsing. When those classes finished at 2 I chilled for a while and waited for some staff for the creative session where we had our two musicians Finn and Fif at first I was a little nervous as I didn’t know what to expect but then I got into swing of things. We also got to try some of the instruments and we got to improvise while Finn and Fif played their music. It was very relaxing and it felt like I was in my own world dancing away.
I waited for my taxi to take me to Pearce to start at 5:30pm I was supporting Amy we had a great session and we used instruments which the clients responded well with. I also noticed that one of our clients is starting to remember the routine and what we do using certain props which is good. Then I stayed for the Young 1z class with Wils and Fif, it was great fun and the clients enjoyed the experience of having a musician in the class. When the class finished I waited for my dad who picked me up to take me home and I had a chilled evening and a cuppa, planned my Thursday. I also set out my work clothes and organised my work bag.