Penny Brohn teams up dance initiative to offer dancer classes to women living with cancer
PUBLISHED: 15:51 17 November 2019
A cancer charity and a London-based dance initiative have launched a new scheme to support, through dance, women affected by cancer.
Pill charity Penny Brohn has teamed up with creative dance project Move Dance Feel to offer dance courses for women affected by cancer.
The partnership will offer courses at Penny Brohn's centre in Chapel Lane, and a number of taster sessions at venues across Bristol and North Somerset.
Move Dance Feel is designed for women with any type of cancer at any stage of their treatment. Women caring for someone with cancer are also welcome to attend.
No previous dance experience is necessary as participants will be guided through different tasks and techniques.
Successive studies into the effect dance has on well wellbeing have determined that it conferred a number of physical and mental health benefits to participants, including improving fitness and coordination, boosting confidence and reducing levels of anxiety.
The project is being run by dance artist and Move Dance Feel founder, Emily Jenkins, who has worked within participatory dance for ten years and specialises in Dance and Health.
Emily said: "I set up Move Dance Feel to help women affected by cancer to reconnect with their bodies and access group support.
"The project is centred around artistic practice, where women come together to dance instead of talk about their cancer experience.
"I'm very excited to be partnering with Penny Brohn to offer dance courses to women living in North Somerset.
This national development enables Move Dance Feel to expand outside of London, helping more women in need."
Marian Naidoo, services director at Penny Brohn, said: "We are delighted to be partnering with Move Dance Feel to offer creative dance workshops for women affected by cancer.
"At Penny Brohn we recognise that people affected by cancer need more than medicine to live well and empower them to have more control over their health and wellbeing.
"Dancing has been shown to enhance wellbeing through positive emotion and self-expression as well as reducing feelings of isolation through peer support."