Dance & Community
Based in South East Cornwall Dance Centred is recognised for a collaborative and inclusive approach to developing creative projects and supporting people to explore the potential of their bodies and creative ideas. Through performance, workshops, choreography and training, they inspire the imagination and share a love of dance with community, arts, education and health partnerships.
Dance Artists and Co Directors Sam Lawrence and Lois Taylor bring a wealth of experience in workshop facilitation, choreography and project development. They delight in finding creative solutions to enabling everyone to participate, whatever their age and experience. Recent projects include: The Dis Dance Ball an improvised performance created for Sterts Theatre, Breathing Space – collaborating with local partners to create a vibrant community based dance programme targeting a key need in the area, and Physical Postcards - sending beautiful postcards through the post to an identified target group with uplifting images on the front and dance and movement ideas on the back, to inspire the imagination and motivate the body to keep moving at home. Described as "a total life saver", over 1000 were posted weekly for 12 weeks to adults isolated due to Covid 19. Funding support for these key projects has included: Arts Council England, The National Lottery, Active Cornwall, Cornwall Community Fund, Cornwall Councillor’s Fund and Sport England.
Artistic Director: Lois Taylor
Lois is an improviser and deeply creative facilitator and choreographer, who through dance, explores the potential of ideas with others. Her work is often embedded in a non-theatre contexts. She takes risks and is ambitious for the potential of dance to be transformative for herself, the individuals and communities involved. She has been a dance lecturer for Plymouth and Falmouth Universities and co founded and established a diverse range of creative companies and initiatives including Attik Dance, Physical Postcards, The Vital Spark and Dance Centred. Lois’s own performance work includes improvisational work with Physical Postcards, Trans - Form - an improvised response to the work of artist Trevor Bell, Shallal dance Theatre and solo performances. She is an established mentor for dance artists, and contributes to the strategic development of dance in Cornwall and the SouthWest.
Artistic Director: Sam Lawrence
Sam is a dance artist with a wealth of experience and a passion for creative collaboration. Over many years of community arts practice, Sam has developed a strong belief in the value of the arts as a tool for change and the vital role it plays within our lives. Her artistic career began in Visual Arts and Theatre, working for many years as a community artist in a diverse range of contexts, later training in Contemporary Dance. This multi-disciplinary and rich background informs Sam’s work as both dance facilitator, maker and performer.
Current and recent work includes: weekly Contemporary Dance classes for adults, workshops in Care Homes and Age UK Day Centres, performer and choreographer in ‘Grace’ a collaboration with writer Claire Owen for Unit 3, performing in Rosemary Lee’s Passage for Par as part of the Groundworks Festival, choreographing a community cast in The Moon is Huge Tonight for Bodmin Moor Poetry Festival, performing in Deep Space – a Mayes Creative project, weekly Fun and Funky dance classes for adults, Lostwithiel Flying Monkeys – a creative dance project for children aged 6-9 and running Big Little Movers - creative dance classes for pre-school children and their carers.