Finding Closure During the COVID-19 Pandemic

In 2018 Tara and I started working with a group of people living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) who visited the MS drop-in on Tuesday mornings in North Hull. In March 2020, like so many things, our sessions ended abruptly. We soon realised that classes were not going to resume anytime soon – in fact over a year later we are still not sure when the drop-in centre will be able to re-open. Last May we decided there was only one thing to do – start dancing together in ‘zoom world’ from our own homes. Moving online was a leap into

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A Journey that Began with Hull Dance

Over the course of the past 6 months I have worked alongside Hull Dance and other dance professionals, in order to gain experience, knowledge and broaden my skills within the dance world as a recent graduate. I have previously worked with Hull Dance assisting to deliver workshops and sessions weekly to a Youth Group leading up to the pandemic. I also worked with TIN Arts to teach a programme at Ganton Special School, a secondary school within the Hull area working towards a performance at the FRESH event during 2020. However, over these last 6 months I have had the

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Dance, Dance, Dance, Dance – You can Dance Through it

Snowdrops appearing and birds gradually sitting in pairs rather than on their own in the bare branches of the trees. These are two of the glorious sights that I always associate with the start of February and the first hints that spring is on the way. This year is no different, nature seems unaware that we are in the middle of a pandemic. Elsewhere it seems as if we are all waking up from a long hibernation and preparing ourselves to re-enter the world, however and whatever that we may be for us. Our present projects seem to reflect this

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Hello 2021

Happy New Year! We hope that you are staying safe and well in these challenging times and that the festive period brought you joy however you spent it. I think we can safely say that 2020 was a year like no other, and that entering a third lockdown was probably not how any of us wanted to start 2021. Am I the only one asking will we ever get out of this pandemic? However, hope is in the air, the vaccination programme is being gradually rolled out across the country and the end is in sight, even if a way

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Lockdown2 and Beyond

We all knew that it was coming but not precisely when or what it would look like, in the end Lockdown2 crept up on us earlier this month. The dance studios that had begun to open closed once more and the theatres that had booked performances to carefully adhere to infection control measures cancelled them. For some people knowing what to expect has made this lockdown easier than the first and they have returned to their lockdown routines. For others knowing what to expect makes it worse and for some whilst schools stay open and many businesses continue working it

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It Was A Thrill To Think The Stage Would Be Alive Again

5 months… it’s the longest break from live performance I have ever had in my life! It was quite pleasant for a few weeks in March to have some ‘time off’ of theatre attending, Following a busy work year I convinced myself it was ‘OK’ that the arts industry was shut down.  In the way you convince yourself you won’t miss chocolate when you go on a crash diet. This began to wear thin by summer and I found myself craving theatre even more than a chocoholic on health retreat!            After a cultural wasteland of a summer I was overjoyed

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Hull Dance Prize Trailer