Dance resource launched by Sense and Studio Wayne McGregor

12 May 2017

Three people entwined

Making sense of dance, a new educational dance resource, was launched yesterday at Studio Wayne McGregor in east London. Developed in collaboration between Studio Wayne McGregor and Sense, the new toolkit, which combines an instructional guide with video demonstration, is intended to make dance and movement classes accessible to people with disabilities.

Free and available to download online, Making sense of dance provides support to anyone who wants to lead or participate in a movement session. It brings together games, tasks and exercises that have been developed during an ongoing collaboration between Sense and Studio Wayne McGregor.

The launch took place at the new Studio Wayne McGregor creative arts space at Here East in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, home to multi award winning choreographer and director Wayne McGregor CBE. For the event, dancers from Company Wayne McGregor, and participants from the Sense day-service, TouchBase South East, combined to demonstrate workshops from the toolkit.

Two people balancing and holding onto eachother

Head of Arts & Wellbeing at Sense, Kara Jarrold:

“Dance is such a powerful medium for people with complex needs because it enables them to express what they mean or feel when other forms of communication might be challenging. By enabling someone to express meaning in this way, it also helps build their trust, confidence and communication with others as well as develop physical skills such as mobility, balance, flexibility and co-ordination.

We have loved working with the dancers at Studio Wayne McGregor and through this resource we hope to impart some of the learning and insight so that more people, whatever their communication needs, can benefit from dance.”

Director of Learning and Engagement at Studio Wayne McGregor, Jasmine Wilson:

“Our company dancers have had an amazing experience working with the participants from TouchBase South East.  It was wonderful to see participants unlock their individual movement potential and to create new ways of understanding, through touch and physical thinking.

We hope the toolkit that we have developed in collaboration with Sense, provides the opportunity for others to benefit from what we learnt.”

Download the booklet and watch the videos for ‘Making sense of dance'