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Dance and movement is a significant part of the creative programme at Sense. It is a powerful art form for people with sensory and communication barriers, as it enables people to express meaning physically and without the need for spoken language.

Dance helps improve physical skills such as mobility, balance, flexibility and co-ordination and has a positive impact on interpersonal skills such as trust, confidence and communication.

We have been developing our dance programme since 2013 and work with fantastic partners who are pushing their practice further by developing sensory and inclusive opportunities.

Making sense of dance

A collaboration between Sense and Studio Wayne McGregor, presenting a creative resource for dance and movement.

We started working with Studio Wayne McGregor (led by acclaimed choreographer Wayne McGregor) in 2015 on a week long residency project Proprioceptional at Sense TouchBase South East in Barnet, London. The project was a huge success in terms of developing creative outcomes for the company and Sense participants, and assisted in demonstrationg the need for more creative enquiry into movement as communication.

As a result of this partnership, Sense and Studio Wayne McGregor have collaborated on Making sense of dance, a booklet and video resource to support more people to enjoy and engage in dance.

This resource is intended to support anyone who wants to lead or take part in a movement session. It will help you generate new ideas and equip you with the initial skills to run one-to-one or group movement sessions.

It is intended to help support staff and participants interested in developing creative movement-based and provides tips and ideas for creative activities which can be adapted and developed to suit people of all abilities.

Read the booklet

Cover of booklet Making Sense of Dance

Download the PDF (1.1 MB)

Download Word document (641 KB)

Watch the videos

View the instructional videos on the YouTube playlist.

First published: Monday 8 May 2017
Updated: Wednesday 10 May 2017