Watch out world Rollator Classes are coming to Wheel Be dancing!

I’m really excited to announce that we will be very soon incorporating Rollator Dance in our sessions!  Our very own Wheelchair Dance Instructor Patricia Reilly (Tricia) is attending a three day Rollator Course this weekend at the Stoke Mandeville Olympic Lodge – no rest for the wicked!

What is a Rollator? I hear some of you ask!  See below one type of Rollator.  Great for people whose balance is not very good to give them support and confidence.

Tricia will try to get some video footage or photos to share with you so keep tuned!  Check out our video page for a one page video diary from the first ever course she attended (let’s hope she’s not as exhausted as this time!) and some footage of her learning to wheelchair dance.

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Patricia Reilly (Tricia)                              Rollator

 

 

Art Exhibition at Block 336, 336 Brixton Rd, London, SW97AA

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Our Artist colleagues at Block 336 have a new exhibition.  It’s running over the next 2 months so do try to get along to it if you can!

IT IS AS IF
 Vong Phaophanit and 

Claire Oboussier
Private View: 1st May 2015 | 6-10pm
Exhibition: 2nd May – 26th June

Block is pleased to announce IT IS AS IF, a new video installation work by Vong Phaophanit and Claire Oboussier.Vong Phaophanit was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1993 and the artist duo are best known for their architectural and site specific works that examine themes of identity and dislocation. Fully supported by the Wellcome Trust, IT IS AS IF extends these concerns to explore topographies of memory and deterritorialisation and their confluences with the landscape of the human body.

Featuring a film work from a specially performed operation by Professor Roger Kneebone alongside two new video works, the maze-like installation invites us to become lost within its network of passages and a discoverer of a new sense of place, time and meaning.

News about our next Term of Wheel Be Dancing in Lambeth

Great news! As our free classes are coming to an end we are able to open up the Lambeth Wheel Be Dancing Class to people from any Borough.

The new term will start Tuesday 21 April 2015 2pm – 3.30 pm.  This term is still subsidised so don’t miss out! £4 per session Pay as you go or Pay for the 10 week course up front and pay £3 per class – I do love a bargain!

If you want to discuss anything before you attend give me a call on 0779142463 or drop me a line at wheelbedancing@yahoo.co.uk.  I look forward to hearing from you!

Tricia

Patricia Reilly

I can’t believe our very first term of Wheel Be Dancing is almost over!

Can it really be nine weeks ago that we started our very first wheelchair dance class Wheel Be dancing?  Where has the time gone?  It is true time flies when you are having fun!  Here are some snaps of our first and second classes.  Stay tuned for more photos of us in action – to follow shortly.

Week 1 – our very first class!

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Week 3 – our membership had grown and has been consistent ever since!

Below is our beautiful Line of Dance.

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Over 50’s Tea dance at the Copper box

So yesterday I was privileged to be one of the Wheelchair Dance Sport Association UK (WDSA UK) Instructors teaching at an over 50’s Tea Dance organised by Motivate East & Active People Active Park (APAP) at the Copper Box Arena in Stratford.  Targeted at older people the event promoted good health and regular exercise and featured a variety of information stalls.  Over 330 people attended and feedback was favourable.  There were Champion Ballroom Dancers and Champion Wheelchair Dancers present who performed several routines.  Participants then chose to learn the moves to a Samba either as a Standing Dancer or a Wheelchair Dancer.  Lunch was provided (and very nice it was too!) before the open session of the Tea Dance begun when everyone had a chance to dance freestyle and dance with the professional dancers and instructors present.

As I was on the floor  a lot I didn’t get to take my regular photos but others did so I will post as and when I have access to them.  For now check out the pictures below.

I had a fantastic time and hope to see a regular Wheelchair Dance Class happening at the Copperbox in the near future!

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The St Bernards Waltz

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Me above in the blue Polo shirt showing participants the moves

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Wheelchair Dance Champions Stephen and Linda

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Wheelchair Dance Champions Stephen and Linda

Wheel be Dancing! at the Copper Box, Olympic Park

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Patrick McGeough from WDSA UK and Patricia Reilly (Tricia) from WBD

Check out our Instructor Patricia Reilly (Tricia) and Patrick McGeough from the Wheelchair Dance Sport Association UK (WDSA UK) at the Copper Box, Olympic Park.

A big thank you goes out to WDSA UK, Motivate East and Newham Recorder! Tricia had a wonderful time and is very much looking forward to being one of the instructors involved in the Tea Dance for over 50’s at the Copper box on the 19th February 2015. For more details on how to book click on the picture above to be taken to the full article.