Cheshire Dance
Let's Connect

PRESS RELEASE
22nd July 2013
Let’s Connect dance again.

Dancers at Let’s Connect have just celebrated the end of their first term of dancing following their reunion.  The celebration was held on Thursday 11th July at Brio Leisure, Northgate Arena in Chester, which is the groups usual meeting place every Thursday between 11am and 12 noon.

The group was first established almost two years ago and many of the participants took part in The Moment When…, one of the major cultural Olympiad projects in the North West, which welcomed the Olympic torch to Chester back in May 2012.  Let’s Connect is a mixed ability group which reaches out to those across Chester and Ellesmere Port with either a physical or mental impairment.

In April this year the group got back together and supported by Cheshire West and Chester Council, Arts Council England and Brio Leisure the sessions could start again.  The sessions are co-ordinated and delivered by Cheshire Dance, who was the lead organisation for The Moment When… project.
“It was important to all of us that these sessions were continued” said Jacqueline McCormick, Dance Director at Cheshire Dance, “Cheshire Dance is committed to providing a diverse and fully inclusive dance programme for all Cheshire residents and the reunion of Let’s Connect, alongside similar work in Northwich, Winsford and Nantwich, shows just how much activities of this kind are needed in our community.  We are very grateful for all the support we receive to continue our community programme.”

Cllr Brenda Dowding, Executive Member for Adult Health and Social Care said “The power that dance can have in transforming people’s lives is unquestionable.  So many of our service users look forward to dancing every week.   Each session is engaging and Jessica, the group leader, is very aware of all the participants’ needs and structures the sessions around them.”

The celebration was attended by organisations that provide services and care for individuals in our community, families of the participants and local dignatories.  Afterwards there was an opportunity to talk to the participants and officers from Cheshire Dance and Cheshire West and Chester Council.

If you know of a community group that would benefit from some type of dance activity or are a dance artist interested in learning more about this area of Cheshire Dance’s work then contact them on 01606 861770.

Photos attached.
(MG1106)  Lets Connect dancers in full swing
(MG1141)  Lets connect dancers celebrate with Cllr Brenda Dowding, Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Executive Member - Adult Health and Social Care; Cllr Sam Dixon, Cheshire West and Chester member for Chester City; Tony Dean, Chair of Cheshire Dance; Staff from Adult Provider Services at Cheshire West and Chester Council;  Jacqueline McCormick, Dance Director at Cheshire Dance and Cheshire Dance staff Leanne Cardill, Sadie Walker, Jane McLean and Group Leader Jessica Lovell.

CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION:   Evelyn Thomas, Business and Marketing Manager, Cheshire Dance       Tel:  01606 861770 or 07875 026490

NOTE TO EDITORS

Cheshire Dance is a local charity that in partnership with Cheshire West and Chester Council, Arts Council England and others, provide a wide range of dance activity and professional development opportunities for dance artists, and other professionals in community, health and education settings teachers, youth and care staff across Cheshire.  Cheshire Dance has six values of creative practice that are at the heart of their work.  Authenticity, Diversity, Ownership, Awareness, Flexibility and Inquiry.  These values ensure that every participant and artist has the richest and most rewarding dance experience possible.
Cheshire Dance is a National Portfolio Organisation of the Arts Council England and delivers an Education and Artist Development stream of work alongside its community participatory work.  More information is available from www.cheshiredance.org

Brio Leisure is the local provider of 16 venues across Cheshire West and Chester Council including
11 Leisure Centres, 3 Golf Courses and 2 Entertainment Venues.  Brio Leisure is the trading name of the Cheshire West and Chester Leisure Community Interest Company (CIC) which was formed in May 2011.

As a CIC Brio Leisure is a not for profit social enterprise company providing a range of activities including fitness, swimming, golf, entertainments and venue hire for the local community.  More information is available at www.brioleisure.org

 

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