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Summer Newsletter 2017
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Would you like to practise your performance skills? We’re inviting all to perform and share at our Summer Shindig for two weeks during the summer.
A youth program focused on identity and jackets, and an adult program based on swing dance will run alongside each other at Maryhill Community Centre.
Ages 13 -21
Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays
10:30 – 12noon – Creative movement class
12-1pm – Lunch (not provided)
1-2pm – Choreography development
Wednesday 19th July
1pm – Choreography sharing and performance
Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
10:30 – 12noon – Creative movement class
12-1pm – Lunch (not provided)
1-2pm – Choreography development
Thursday 20th July
1pm – Choreography sharing and performance
Maryhill community centre
35 Avenue Park Stree
Glasgow G20 8TS
Price for full two week course: £60
Deadline for registering interest/paying: 23 June 2017
If your interested in joining these exciting courses, please get in contact with the office on 0141 559 4930 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a place.
We’re so excited to let you know about our new pilot class for older people taking place on Fridays for ten weeks. Details below!
This is our last update of A Day In The Life of Indepen-dance for now, but you might have noticed there are some smashing people who have yet to share their blogs. So hopefully we’ll bring this back at a later date as its been such a great success.
With our last in the series, artistic director, Karen, shares an entire week and we think it’s fascinating to hear the variety of things she gets up to.
A Week In The Life Of Karen
I went to the Hidden Garden to put the floor down in our Tipi, which was featuring in a BBC Drama which was being filmed all week in the garden.
I started my day with a site visit to Sighthill to check the performance space for Indepen-dance 4 who will perform their new show 4 Go Wild in Wellies as part of the Mela on Your Doorstep event on Saturday.
The remainder of Tuesday was spent in the office finishing off reports to The Robertson Trust and Shared Care who fund Indepen-dance.
Every Wednesday I always start my day by picking up 3 dancers who attend our Adult Performance Class, I pick them up from home and drop them at Tramway, I left the dancers and went to a sound hire company to pick up equipment for an outdoor performance later in the afternoon then picked up more sound equipment which was generously donated by Confidance. I went back to Tramway to have a meeting with some carers who will travel to Belfast with us in June to support our dancers on a creative dance residency and then I went the nursery school in the park to set up for a practice of an outdoor performance (first time for this show). Myself and the 2 stage managers Jamie and Brian laid a dance floor on top of the school astro turf – before this I had to comb the astro turf for any sharp objects like sticks and stones, I found a few squashed blueberries, cherry tomatoes and other interesting things which all had to be lifted before laying the floor.
The performance went extremely well, the weather stayed dry (thank goodness) and the children loved the show, they especially loved the part when the other dancers hide from Neil in their tents and he tries to work out where they went, the children were telling Neil to “LOOK IN THE TENTS!!! LOOK IN THE TENTS!!!” The head teacher was delighted with the show and said she’ll definitely have us back again.
I had to help pack up the van at the end of the day and take the sound system back to the hire company, when I got home I washed all the costumes, hung them up and went out to see a show in the DIG programme. Wednesday was a long day but really varied and enjoyable.
Today I went to see a venue which our Adult Performance Company are performing in at the end of the month, it’s a secret Flashmob so I can’t say very much about this except it’s going to be really great.
I bought 29 return tickets for our bus journey to Belfast today for our creative residency later in June, the lady was laughing about the amount of tickets her machine was spitting out and she was trying really hard to fold them all up for me to take away.
I also bought a train ticket to go to London as I’m off to see Amici Dance Company perform ‘Tightrope’ at the Hammersmith Lyric on the 26th May.
Tonight I need to go back to the Tramway to pick up the flooring for the Tipi. The film company are going to make a nice donation to Indepen-dance for borrowing it.
I’m meeting with our Chair Mairi Brackenridge today at 9.30, we have regular meeting to discuss the regular business of Indepen-dance.
I will leave the office at 12.30 to go to Tramway to attend an event called ‘In Conversation’ organised by The Workroom. I’ll be staying at Tramway until late into the evening as I’m going to see Joan Cleville’s new show, The North.
It’s been a good week.
Last night we are proud to say that Sean Harrigan received a highly commended award at The Learning Disabilty Awards.
Today catch up on our Day In The Life Of Indepen-dance from Kelly and Wils.
Kelly and Wils
‘A day in the life of Kelly and Wils’
Grand National Saturday…
Kelly: Woke up, showered,
got dressed, ate a
and walked Toby (cheeky black pug) On Saturdays I teach creative dance classes for families in Kilmarnock; just doon the road.
Wils: Woke up, took a stretch, walked the girls (Roxy and Brogan- King Charles spaniels.) Jumped in my new red fiat 500
and went to Kilmarnock to pick up John. We are off to the Kilmarnock class to surprise everyone…
Today is Grand National day and with chiffon scarves the kids all picked their jockey colours in preparation for the big race. Dancing, spinning, jumping, bouncing, sliding!! Three groups connected to make marvellous twisting shapes to be placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd
with a photo
finish taken by the royal photographer (Wils)… Presented by the Queen of course (Kelly)
After class, off to Kelly’s for a coffee
as she does her usual whirl wind around the flat tidying, cleaning, organising
Before we knew it she was out in the garden hanging out washing.
All dressed and ready to go… I’ve decided to take Wils on his first experience…to the bookies to place a bet on the National!! He did great and even won £10!!!
Off we go again up to Glasgow to get Wils measured for his suit for Kelly and Sams wedding. He’s an usher on the big day!!
Tonight is SCLD’s learning disability awards! All week we’ve been sharing our Day In The Life Of Indepen-dance to celebrate employability and learning disability. Tonight we head to the awards with our Sean who you heard from on Monday. We can’t wait to let you know what happens.
Today’s blog is from Ruth.
Woke up at 7am, went for a shower and got ready for work. Had a coffee and a banana. I drove to Johnstone, to Corseford school and set up for class with Fif. Had 2 classes with lots of dancing and playing instruments, the children had lots of fun. We finished at 11.45 and drove to Kelvinbank in Kirkintilloch. Had a great class with the adults, Fif played the flute beautifully for the relaxation part, you could have heard a pin drop! Everyone loved it. After class I drove to the Briggait to meet Claire for my appraisal. I now have a new title… Dance Development Worker. Finished for the day and drove home. Did a few emails then relaxed for the night, had dinner, watched a bit of TV, then off to bed. Another rewarding day at work.
It’s SCLD’s learning disability week this week. We’ve decided to blog about our work days to satisfy the curious, the confused, the bored and the inspired. Also we mixed up the words biog and blog in a staff meeting. Sometimes amazing ideas come from making mistakes. Check back each day for different stories.
Today’s blog is brought to you with Marco.
I woke up at 6am, had a shower, got dressed, then had breakfast. I left the house at 7:45am. I get the bus at 8.05am. I get to the tramway for 8:40am. I like to have a cup of tea before I start. I’m an admin assistant my job involves taking the class fees and ticking their names off the register. I then add up the totals on the register and make sure that they tally up with the money on the sheets. Today there are 4 classes. 2 Dance Your Socks Off baby classes (D.Y.S.O.) and 2 Adult Classes. There are 2 D.Y.S.O. Classes the first one starts at 9.30am and the second one starts at 10.15am. Whilst waiting for the parents and babies to attend I set my table with the registers, receipts etc. The parents pay for the class and attend it. I bag and tag the money. As I watched the classes I realised that ironically the parents enjoy it more than the kids did which goes to show that we are all kids at heart.
There are 2 Adult Classes the first class is from 11am-12pm. We then break for lunch 12pm-1pm. The second class is from 1pm-2pm. The clients pay for their class and attend it after I bag and tag the money. I watch the class as I realise that most of the clients that attend are disabled this doesn’t stop them from enjoying and interacting within the class as different types of music and props are used. Once the second class has finished I go back to the office hand in the money and wait until the registers are typed up onto the main computer I leave the office get the bus home have dinner and watch T.V.
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.
This week is SCLD’s Learning disability week. We’re celebrating employment of people with learning disabilities by all joining in and sharing our day to day lives. Each day this week, our dancers and other staff are going to write a day in the life blog showing exactly what they get up to at work. Check back each day for different stories.
Today’s blogs are from Adam and Danielle.
Today I get up at 6.45am! This feels really early for me and I’m tempted to ignore my alarm clock, but I need to be in town to meet IND4 at 8.15am, so I get up, get ready and have breakfast . Normally I take the bus into town myself, but as it’s an early start, Dad takes me in by car on his way to work. It’s a lovely sunny day, so I wear my favourite hat!
Today IND4 are performing our children’s piece, Four Go Wild in Wellies for the pupils at Oakwood Primary. We go there in the mini bus and I have a laugh and a chat with the others on the way there.
When we get there, we unpack the props and costumes and set up the stage. Then after warm up, we do some technique practice then change into our costumes ready for the first performance. The children love it. They all laugh and shout when they see the tents jump into the air, and they go wild trying to help Neil find the girls when they hide from him. It’s great when the audience gets really involved like that – it helps us dance better. The jumping tents is my favourite part because it’s so funny.
After lunch we do a second performance, and afterwards we are interviewed by two of the older pupils who record it on their phone. They want to know a little bit about how we started dancing and what we enjoy most. Fame at last!
After that it’s time to pack up and get everything back into the van. Today we go back to the office for a quick meeting with Karen about tomorrow’s performance. Afterwards I go with Neil for a coffee before I get the bus back home. It’s nice to unwind after the show.
Back home, I have a chat with mum and dad for a while and then have a shower before dinner. Tonight is the last episode of one of my favourite programmes, Grimm, so Dad and I enjoy watching that. Mum is not really a fan! The ending was very dramatic and a bit confusing, but I am sad that it is finished.
It’s nearly bedtime, so after a cup of coffee (decaff!), I do some writing in my note book as it gives me somewhere to keep my thoughts before I go to sleep. Next thing I know, the alarm is ringing and it’s time for another day’s dancing.
It was another grey morning this morning. I usually have oats for breakfast with coffee or tea depending. And I try to wake up between 7 – 7:30 and spend some time looking at the news. I travelled by train to work this morning and read my book (The Third Policeman by Flann O’Brien. Quite a strange one!) When I got to work, I checked in my diary, two meetings today. We have a lovely admin placement with us at the moment so I ensured she had a plan of work for the day then I continued trying to catch up on emails that I was sent last week while I was away in France visiting my mum.
The morning meeting was a finance meeting with our treasurer Irene. We hash out some costs and expenditure and struggle with the wifi in the corner office. I usually try to go for a walk at lunch time. On my way back, Ruth and Amy were heading off for the first Tea Dance class (a new class for older people in Polloksheilds that includes a tea and a locally sourced cake as a part of it. I’m really excited by this project.)
In the afternoon was a meeting with our fundraiser Juliet. Then I go back to emails. I scheduled a meeting with two students who are coming from the University Glasgow through the Find A Solution placement scheme. They’ll research into the oral history of Indepen-dance feeding into a larger heritage project that we’ve got planned. I’ll need to make an agenda for the meeting. It feels like witchcraft that there is a time this week when we are all free to meet.
And at the moment I am writing this blog and updating the website.
It’s now lovely and sunny for my journey home at 6pm. We have these beautiful windows in our office in the old Briggait fishmarket, so I decided to include a picture.