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Engaging the body to help the mind. A positive, non invasive approach to mental wellbeing.

Dance artists Sam Lawrence and Lois Taylor are working with IntoBodmin and Restormal MIND and the Bodmin Wellbeing Centre to create inclusive dance and movement opportunities.

We are transforming an empty shop into a creative dance space for a programme of sessions and drop in opportunities.  Alongside this we will have 5 artists in residence to create work in response to the project.

The pilot project takes place 11th - 31st  March in Bodmin.  We aim to build on this working with our NHS, health care and community partners in Cornwall to role out the project in 2019/20

“I believe it would be brilliant for people to access a menu of creative activities rooted in dance and movement and this would complement current wellbeing practice”.
— Dr Maureen NewmanChief ExecutiveMind Restormel Association for Mental Health.
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WEEK ONE: MONDAY  11TH - 16TH MARCH

Artists residencies and closed group sessions, taking dance to where people meet up. If you think your group would like a session in your space, get in touch.

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WEEK TWO: TUESDAY 19TH - SATURDAY 23RD MARCH.

TUESDAY
12pm-1pm CUPPA AND CHAT.
1.30pm-2.30pm JUST MOVE.

WEDNESDAY
10.30am-11.30am FIRST MOVES.
11.30am-1pm  CUPPA AND A CHAT.
2pm-4pm  CONVERSATIONS WITH DANCERS.
5pm-9pm ARTIST RESIDENCY.

THURSDAY
1.30pm-2.30pm CREATIVE EXPLORATION.
2.30pm-4.30pm CUPPA AND CHAT.
7pm-8pm.  FIRST MOVES

FRIDAY - AVAILABLE FOR CLOSED GROUP SESSIONS/Artist residencies

SATURDAY
10am-1pm. ARTIST RESIDENCY. 
2pm-3pm MINDFUL MOVING.
3pm-4.30pm CUPPA AND CHAT.


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WEEK 3: TUESDAY 26TH - THURSDAY 29TH MARCH.

TUESDAY
12 pm-1 pm JUST MOVE.
1.30 pm-2.30 pm MINDFUL MOVING.

WEDNESDAY
10.30pm-11.30pm DAY TIME DISCO.
1 pm-3 pm CONVERSATIONS WITH DANCERS.
7pm-8pm CREATIVE EXPLORATIONS.

THURSDAY
3 pm-5 pm DROP IN FOR CUPPA A SHARING OF IDEAS, EXPERIENCES AND ARTISTS WORK.


First Moves: Gentle exercises and ways into moving. Ideal for those who feel they have lost touch with or confidence in their body.

Day Time Disco: In one hour we build up the energy and bring you back down again, so you leave feeling energised and freed up. Come and have some fun, do your thing, let it go, all movers welcome.

Mindful Moving: Guided movement using inner focus, visualisation and following the breath to engage with your body, the space and other people.

Creative Exploration: A chance to express yourself and find your own movement ‘voice’. Enjoy creating your own dances based on your ideas, mood, and inspirations.  No set steps, do as much or as little as you like.

Just Move!: Lively, uplifting dance routines to raise your heartbeat and your spirits.

Conversations with dance: dancers Lois and Sam will dance, sometimes in response to their own ideas, and conversations they have had with you and others. You can write, draw, share your thoughts or just quietly observe.

Individual Sessions: If you would rather not work in a group, let us know, and we will do our best to facilitate a session that works for your needs.

Cuppa and Chat: drop in and chat to us about what interests you, what dance and movement you would like to do.

Everyone is welcome. We only ask for a donation from individuals and organisations for sessions, to make it affordable for all.

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BREATHING SPACE – ARTIST CALL OUT

New Flash ——We are very excited that all artist places have been taken up. Do get in touch though if you are an artist of any art form, interested in more opportunities like this.

We look forward to welcoming Nicky Harwood, Francesca Willow, Anna Willis

A really different opportunity for artists, whatever your art form.
Breathing Space 
is a dance and movement project offering adults in Bodmin a chance to take part in activities aiming to improve mental health and well-being.

Led by Dance Centred, we will be running a series of sessions taking place at our creative space converted from an empty shop on Fore Street. Dance is an inexpensive, non-invasive way to feeling good, and our activities are open to everyone interested in how dance and movement could help their well-being,

As part of the project we are offering artists a creative space for a half or full day, and a box of inspirations, to selected artists.

We invite you to explore what Breathing Space means for you: painting a wall red, running down a hill, singing your heart out, lying on your back looking at the sky.

To kick-start your creativity, we will leave you with a box of inspirations: questions, objects and tools, a surprise to take you in new directions.

Dates available: Wednesday 13th, Thursday 14th, Friday 15th, Wednesday 20th Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd February.

What we offer:

  • A space

  • A box of inspirations

  • A link to other artists and a creative project

The space is quite large, you can paint the walls, make loud music, photograph, dance, sculpt.  We have a sink, toilet and wheel chair access. Fully disabled toilets are not in the building but we have access to one in very nearby location.

Fees for the day/half day

  • £35 for full day

  • £20 for half day

How to apply:  Tell us in a short paragraph why this offer interests you. Links to your work will be interesting, but we are not judging your work, more your interest in Breathing Space. Send to dancecentred@gmail.com by Wednesday 27th February.

We will allocate places on a first come first served basis. This is a pilot project, we hope to develop similar offers in the future, so if you are interested do get in touch and we can keep you informed about future opportunities. 

For more information: Dance Centred or Facebook: Breathing Space

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