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Whether you like to shake your thing like nobody’s watching, have a boogie with friends or simply appreciate someone else’s skills on stage or screen, it’s a fact that dancing can be fantastic for our wellbeing. And today we’re sharing some great ideas and stories as to how you can bring a little dance into your life to inspire creativity, get active and, most importantly, boost your mood.

Pushing boundaries, making it happen

Candoco is a world-leading professional dance company continually expanding perceptions of what dance can be. In their own words, they “celebrate different ways of seeing, of being and of making art, putting us at the forefront of conversation around dance and disability.” And boy, do they make incredible pieces of work, or what?!

As with many in the arts sector, they’ve had to put a lot of live work on hold, but they are still offering digital classes, commissions and content, and will be performing live as part of BBC Arts Dancing Nation live stream on Thursday 14th January: BBC Arts Dancing Nation if you want to experience some breath-taking dance from a company that bridges the gap between mainstream and experimental, we strongly suggest you tune or catch their performance in BBC iPlayer.

Dance your way through life

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If you don’t know them, Dance in Devon are a charity who believe that dancing our way through life will make us happier, healthier and more connected to our community (we think they might be right on the money there). They run all sorts of projects, from ‘Best Foot Forward’ – a dance class aimed at improving confidence, strength and balance for older people at risk of falling – to ‘Shall We Dance?’, which works with children and young people with severe and profound learning difficulties.

And recently, with their latest project ‘Arts on Call’ they’ve been bringing pavements and windows alive with colour, music and movement and are reaching out to some of the people in Devon who are hardest hit by the pandemic: those at greatest risk of increased isolation, loneliness and poor mental health. Through socially distance doorstep dancing, creative activities in the post and dancing on the radio (yes, you did read that right, and yes, it is absolutely possible!), they’re bringing the joy of dance and connection back into people’s lives.

Please note: to comply with current national lockdown guidance, Arts on Call will now only be delivering on care home outdoor premises rather than individuals' gardens/doorsteps, until mid-February.

Take a look at the flyer below for more details:

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Dancing in bubbles

The National Youth Dance Company thought their dreams had been chattered when covid-19 struck and suddenly they couldn’t dance together, go to the studio or tour. But Sadler Wells opened its door for a very special, socially distanced dance project that changed all that. Take a look at the video below to find out more:

Go for it, Grandad!

If you ever needed proof that you can a) never be to too old to try new things and b) never to be too old to become and internet dancing sensation, then look no further than the TikTok account of @GrandadFrankk. If you’re not on TikTok, then it might be worth making an account just so you can enjoy this funky grandad’s short and sweet videos. Jumping on the latest viral dance crazes and giving them his own unique twist, Frank is often joined by his granddaughter, Kiera – a successful TikToker in her own right. Grandad Frank is sure to bring a smile to your face – just a take a look at the videos below:

Get your Monday groove on

Need to bring a little joy to your Mondays?

Check out Joy in Dance - Facebook Page for fantastic dance workouts, posted every Monday! Led by the ever bubbly Grace, these dance workouts are beginner level, inclusive and will have you grinning from ear to ear and shaking off the Monday blues in no time.

Tune in live at 12 noon on Monday's via Grace’s Joy in Dance Facebook page, or watch the video and dance along in your own time later.

Take a look at one of her brilliant dance work outs in the video below - click on picture for link: