Last July, I had the good fortune to attend a Contact Improvisation workshop organised by London-based dance community, Irreverent Dance. Any reservations I may have had about how my body and its abilities would be received by my new peers were immediately quelled as soon as I walked into the studio. I was surrounded by a group of people of all shapes and genders and ethnic backgrounds. All had one thing in common: they were there to dance.
The workshop lasted three hours: the most positive three hours I had had in a long time. At no point in the class did I feel ‘incapable’ or judged’. What I did feel was this: fun, a sense of community, and joy at finding my body was able to do so much more of this contact improv stuff than I had thought it would be.
I left that workshop feeling energised and happy. I had got a workout, flooded myself with happy hormones, and met some really amazing people in the process.
Recently, I learnt Irreverent Dance is looking to take the next step. With 500+ students, jam-packed class schedules, and two years of experience below the belt, Irreverent Dance is looking to settle into its own premises: Europe’s first ever gender neutral and body positive dance studios.
Irreverent Dance needs our help to make this happen. By donating even just £5 to their Kickstarter campaign, we can be a part of this project and, I like to think, a little part of dance history.
If you believe that movement is fundamentally human, and should not be policed; if you believed that every person, regardless of gender or size or ability, should be able to enter a dance studio without feeling judged or inferior, and just be able to get out there and celebrate their bodies, please consider helping out. You can find more information on the Kickstarter campaign and make your donation here.
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