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Breathe Conference 2019

Performed on 9 February, 2019


Breathe 2019 – You are not alone!

A one-day event for dancers working or interested in working in community contexts – in particular health and wellbeing. Come along on Saturday 9th February 2019 and dip your toe into a range of practical sessions to support and feed your practice.

Themes for the day:

1) Somatic Movement

2) Engaging Young People

3) Dance for Health for Older People

A fantastic opportunity to meet other dancers and find out what else is going on, including the highs and lows shared by your colleagues.

This event is curated and facilitated by fabulous dance artist Lois Taylor.

There is a limited amount of places available. Please book in advance.



Somatic Movement – Finding some breathing space – for self and others

Paul Beaumont

“How can we be more present to our current condition, and to those around us?”

Paul is a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist (ISMETA) and an IBMT (Integrative Bodywork & Movement Therapy) Practitioner, trained in the US and UK.

He has 20 years experience of working with a wide range of people using movement for their health, wellbeing & creativity.

Using playful improvisation, I’ll guide participants to notice more, in their ordinary bodies, to find some breathing space, to discover what needs to be expressed and what needs to be received. I’ll use a simple framework of Mind, Body and Emotion to enable dancers connect with how they are, to reflect and develop resources to support themselves in work and life. I’ll briefly share a case study of how I have used this model in working with others.


Engaging Youth  The Centre Myself Project

Co-founded & delivered by Marissa McCallam and Stella Mavris

A practical workshop exploring the benefits of holistically approaching physical and emotional wellbeing in a youth group setting.

The Centre Myself project is an 8-week programme providing girls aged 11-17 with a platform to explore themes of self-love, confidence and empowerment.

The course is made up of physical activities such as dance, yoga and martial arts along with regular group sessions where guest speakers covered elements such as health, women’s issues and positivity coaching.

Instagram and Twitter:  @centremyself


Dance for Health for Older People 

Take Art

Take Art’s – Dance to Health dance practitioners will deliver a practical session on the national initiative ‘falls prevention’ dance program for older people.

Take Art has joined forces with Aesop, to deliver a fantastic new project at Dunkirk House in Bishops Lydeard, which is part of the national project Dance To Health; a pioneering ‘falls prevention’ dance programme for older people. Groups are led by trained dance artists who embed evidence based falls prevention exercise in creative, fun, sociable dance session for older people who have been suffering falls or at risk of falling.


Sarah Farrow-Jones

Clair Beckett

Far Flung Theatre

An interactive presentation and conversation around accessible working practices by Far Flung Dance Theatre.

Far Flung Dance Theatre is a professional integrated dance theatre company based in Plymouth. The company is a collective of disabled and non disabled dancers, actors, musicians and performers.

Dance & Falls Prevention 

Dance artists – Clare Parker & Rosie Allen-Perdikeas

This presentation will discuss where dance and falls prevention currently sits within the community health sector including other exercise falls prevention programmes, it will also look at how Clare and Rosie are setting up community falls prevention dance classes and the challenges involved.

Clare Parker and Rosie Allen-Perdikeas specialize in working with older people in community and residential care settings in Plymouth and across South and West Devon.


Lois Taylor

Curator & Facilitator, Breathe Day 2019

Lois Taylor is a dancer, artist and activist. She is currently lead artist on Physical Postcards (ACE funded 2016) recently collaborating with rural venues in north and southeast Cornwall, Newlyn Gallery and the Hall for Cornwall.

First and foremost a dancer, Lois sees the world as her studio and always puts the body and creativity at the heart of her approach.

Recent activity includes: co creative researcher for Rosemary Lee’s site specific work and Cscape early years’ project; creative producer Midsummer Dance; teacher and performer for the Home Service, bringing great art to older people in care homes funded by Arts Council England, The Baring Foundation and in partnership with the Hall for Cornwall; and choreographer and dance performer for Bodmin Moor Poetry Festival; and lead dance artist on the Dark Skies Bright Stars project.



Comments from last year’s participants:
My most memorable moment was dancing and improvising with everyone in the
warm up at the start of the day, an inclusive and supporting atmosphere was
created in that moment which then continued throughout the day’

‘Sharing practice and ideas, catching up, atmosphere’



This event is held at the Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre: Follow this link for directions

Tacchi Morris Arts Centre

School Rd, Monkton Heathfield,




Photos by Stephen Edwards and Christian Kipp (Somatic Movement Gathering).

You can also book in person at reception, or by calling us on 01202 203630.


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