Dance for All Workshops

Laura Sarah Dowdall is pleased to offer workshops on an ongoing basis, based on the concepts and ideas explored as part of Running Blind.

The integrated workshops inspire all ages and abilities to dance!

Encouraging people to reconnect with their bodies, their senses and natural creativity! It improves self- confidence, body-awareness, social skills, physical and mental wellbeing.

This workshop programme has been developed in collaboration and exchange with members of the blind community.

Dance for All Integrated Workshops featured as the cover story of Health & Living in the Irish Independent newspaper in 2018-

Dancing in the dark – A pioneering dance workshop is helping people experience the world without sight.”

 


 

Workshop Content

The programme will support participants in — 
  • discovery and expression in dance, 
  • increasing their self-confidence and body-awareness, 
  • improving their strength, coordination and stability, 
  • acquiring practical skills to help them in their environment and in social interactions,
  • providing them with a supportive outlet for self expression and creativity, 
  • encouraging new friendships and social skills
  • improved physical and mental wellbeing

In addition, these workshops facilitate forming new and supportive friendships in an environment that is safe and offers a sense of freedom and creative expression rarely found in day-to-day contexts.

*All benefits are based on direct feedback from participants of a previous programme.

Read Participant Feedback by clicking here!

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‘My self-confidence has improved…through this session, I feel good about myself.’ -Workshop participant, Eugene

The programme consists of dance exercises inspired by Contact Improvisation and Contemporary dance practices. The use of touch is essential to the work so participants develop skills in sensing and communicating through touch, enabling them to feel confident in dancing. 

Dance participants will be introduced to Social Haptic Touch, a non-verbal language that was developed as a short hand form of communication for people who are deafblind which offers additional value for those who are blind especially in relation to giving and receiving directional and environmental information. Laura has had training and direct mentoring from the developers of this communication model.
 
 
 
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Workshop participants taking part in a ‘mapping’ exercise.

 
Each workshop is customised to the participants’ needs and abilities. The existing programme has been developed through extensive collaboration with blind participants, including Walei Sabry (New York). Participants to date have cited increased self-confidence, heightened spatial awareness, and a strengthened ability to ‘listen’ through their senses (especially through their feet) which has dramatically improved and supported their daily lives.

Who are the workshops suitable for?

  • Everyone of all ages and abilities who wish to explore dance and it’s breadth of communication possibilities, the subtlety of the senses and social haptic touch; this includes people of all levels of visi
 

FORMAT-

Classes and Workshop content are bespoke to the needs and abilities of each group.

Where sessions are integrated with staff, residents, day-service users, family, carers and community members the workshops offer an additional opportunity for learning, communication and relationship- building within the non-hierarchical structure of the workshop.

Dance for All experiences are available as :

  • Six Week Workshop Programs
  • Weekend Intensives
  • Weekly Classes Online 
  • Bespoke Training for Teams Schools, Organisations
  • Performance Projects 

Performance projects are a wonderful opportunity for a community of participants to learn new skills and apply them to a performance output. Participants learn choreographic skills and structures to support them in the development of a unique group performance that will be shared in the final workshop with community, friends and family.

Enquiries:

If you would like to book a workshop with Laura, simply send an email to laura@runningblind.ie


WORKSHOP DATES:

2023 DANCE FOR ALL with Members of Fighting Blindness

Get ready for an exhilarating series of creative dance workshops where we’re breaking barriers and embracing inclusivity.

With exploratory sessions in March and dance workshops running in May and June, we’re diving deep into the world of dance accessibility, specifically for those living with vision loss.

Led by the incredible dance artist Laura Sarah Dowdall, founder of the Running Blind Dance project, these workshops will explore contemporary dance, improvisation, choreographic composition, and social-haptic communication techniques.

This collaborative project is your chance to dance, create, and perform alongside a diverse community. But hurry, spots are limited! Register your interest by contacting Fighting Blindness today.

📅 Session 1: March 13th, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Online via Zoom)
📍 Sessions 2/3/4: May 8th, 15th, and 22nd (Time TBC, In-person, Dublin city centre)

For Information and to register –

Contact Fighting Blindness: phone 01 674 6496 or email insight@fightingblindness.ie


2021 Workshops Online for People with Vision-Loss:

In collaboration with Vision Sports Ireland-

Monday 10 am: Yoga + Somatic Movement

Saturday 10 am: Dance for Wellbeing – All ages, Families & Individuals welcome

To register contact Vision Sports Ireland – padraig.visionsports@ncbi.ie


2019 Workshop Dates:

Starts March 27th, 5-week term with gap week for Easter (April 17th)

DANCE FOR ALL is a fun, social way to improve balance, coordination, physical health & mental wellbeing!

Workshops invite people of all ages, abilities, all levels of vision & hearing to dance!

The workshop includes warm up, chair yoga, breathing practices to calm the body and mind, dance exercises, creative movement, improvisation to music, partner-work and dance theatre games.

Workshops are 90-minutes long each week.


2018 Workshops:

Dance for All: Wednesdays 1:15- 2:45 pm, from October 17th!

Location- Dance Theatre of Ireland, Dun Laoghaire
Dates: October 17, 24th (break week for Halloween), November 7, 14, 21, 28, December 5th, 12th

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Rhythm Club: Saturdays  2:30- 3:45 pm

Location- Patrician Villas, Stillorgan

Dates: September 29th, October 27th, November 24th, December 15th,  January 27th


2017 Workshops:

Running Blind- Accessible Dance Workshops @ RUA RED, Tallaght

Workshops held from May-June and Creative Labs in July and August.

Accessible Dance Performances were performed in the RUA RED Performance Space in August 2017, invited the audience to an interactive performance experience.