Reclaiming Adult Dance

Interview with Elizabeth Arifien, Creative Dance London

This article was written by Katie Hagan and originally featured in Dance Art Journal.

Elizabeth Arifien founder and creative director of Creative Dance London is on a mission to change the perceptions of adult dance. In our culture of comparison, adult classes have long been seen as somewhat secondary to professional dance, a skewed depiction given the styles’ values and objectives exist on totally different spheres that shouldn’t really be brought into juxtaposition.

To reclaim adult dance, Creative Dance London has cultivated a balmy oasis of intergenerational and 60+ improvisation-based contemporary dance workshops and classes; no mean feat given the past year has been marked by disconnection and isolation. Katie from DAJ chatted with Elizabeth earlier this month to find out more about Creative Dance London and its hopes for the future.

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Creative Dance classes

Free creative dance classes (via Zoom) for adults over 60, all abilities welcome.

Dance, smile and share as you explore creativity, artistic expression and movement in CDL’s guided dance workshops taking place on Zoom.

With support from The Mayor of London’s Stronger Community Fund with Groundwork, Creative Dance London (CDL) can announce Taken By The Hand, a new series of two weekly online dance classes for people over 60, free of charge.

Classes run on Monday and Wednesday at 10 – 11am and Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30pm – 7:30pm.

To find out more and to book classes, follow this link: https://creativedancelondon.org/taken-by-the-hand/

OU Carers’ Scholarships Fund

The OU Carers’ Scholarships Fund offers carers the opportunity to study for free, to plan for their futures and build lives around their responsibilities. It is a unique opportunity for carers of all ages. This initiative is driven by Dr Mary Larkin , whose 20 years of research expertise & experience is behind this fantastic idea.

Find out how to apply

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