SATURDAYS | GREENWICH MOVES
All are welcome to this friendly community dance practice. There is a little facilitation and lots of time just to dance. More about Greenwich Moves is here.
Time: 11.30am–1.30pm. Doors open 11.15am and close 11.45am.
Place: Greenwich West Community and Arts Centre (main hall), 141 Greenwich High Road, London SE10 8JA.
Travel: 3 mins Greenwich overground / DLR station; 177 stops outside; 53, 180, 188, 199 and 386 stop nearby. With the ongoing works to London Bridge station, there are sometimes no trains on the Greenwich line on a Saturday; however, there are usually plenty of trains from London Bridge to Lewisham. From there you can get the DLR – three stops – to Greenwich. Lewisham mainline and DLR stations are in the same place. This will add about 15 minutes to your journey. As ever with Saturday travel, check TfL / South Eastern trains before you set out.
Costs: £13 / £11 low income / £7 concessions. No booking necessary – just come along. To decide which rate is appropriate for you, please read the Fee Policy.
On 24 June – our summer solstice dance – collaborative sound artist and Greenwich dancer Sarah Kent will be bringing her full complement of gongs, bowls and other musical instruments to Greenwich Moves.
For the first part of the class I will be offering recorded music with a few movement suggestions as usual. For the final half-hour, Sarah will create an improvised soundscape for everyone to move to. Sarah describes what she does as sound shifting. Most usually, this kind of sound is received in stillness and the journeying happens internally. We are curious to find out what happens when we invite physical expression into the mix.
Sarah and I have collaborated with sound and yin yoga several times before, and these events have been very special. We think this dance will be too. All are welcome to come along – no need to book.
Classical Wave with Jane Belshaw
On 15 July, Jane Belshaw will be bringing a Classical Wave to Greenwich. I’ve done quite a few of these with Jane, and I love them. I've found that classical music has the capacity to open the emotional space out wide, and with that comes an expansion in the possibilities for movement. I'd like us all to have as much of that as possible on our dance floor! Jane says:
“I'm struck by the depth and breadth of classical music and what it brings to the movement classes I offer. Perhaps it's my imagination but I sense its capacity to hold people in the places we can feel most powerless or clueless – in times of great sadness, depression, death and birth. Not that this is the only reason to come. Perhaps you would like to experiment with trying something new? I imagine pieces as a reflection of the composers themselves – arrhythmic, like Beethoven's heart; manically beautiful like the long stretches of Tchaikovsky not writing at all and then his bursts of extraordinary activity. I invite you to come and explore how classical music-scapes interact with your moving body, however that is moment to moment.”
I’ll be there on the dance floor too, and look forward to seeing you. No need to book – just come along.