South East Dance in association with the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts are a bit excited about the forthcoming performance of Dad Dancing. It’s a project developed by Rosie Heafford, Alexandrina Helmsley and Helena Webb from their experience as dance students trying to enlighten their dutifully supportive Dads who were clearly grappling with contemporary dance and their career choices. Coaxing them into a dance studio with the promise of a nice lunch and some good music, their intention was to celebrate unique family dynamics through dance…as well as spending time with each other in a profoundly different context.
Two years on from that experiment, they are still dancing with their dads in a show that uses idiosyncratic, embodied movement, humour and storytelling to explore father-child relationships. They’ve invited other dads and daughters, father-figures, sons, uncles, mentors and grandparents to take the stage with them to ‘reclaim fatherly grooves’, applaud the sharing of generational soundtracks and send the message that we should all dance our own dance.
We’ve been putting the call out for participants of all ages; from 3 months to 101 years, and all abilities; from novice walker to chorus line professional, to join us for workshops and potentially be part of the performance at the Attenborough Centre. It’s a joyful experience where new friendships are made and dance moves cultivated; as one Dad said when asked to sum it up in three words; “enjoyable, dancing, fun”. Led by Rosie Heafford, the first workshop was attended by dads, step-dads, grandads and their sons and daughters keen to try something new and exploring what it means to be a dad and what it means to be a daughter or son through storytelling, movement and games.
If you’re interested in joining in a workshop (with no commitment to staying involved!), please check What's On for more information in how to take part. We’d love to see you there!
Book here for the performance on Friday 27 October; Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, BN1 9RA