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Helping women affected by cancer to reconnect with themselves, through a shared creative dance experience.
Move Dance Feel is a community project for women affected by cancer. Whatever your walk of life, we offer a creative, supportive and restorative experience. We understand that when you have cancer, or you’re supporting somebody you love with cancer, it’s a challenging time. It’s the non-stop hospital visits, the impact on confidence and self-esteem, and perhaps the loneliness of knowing that others just can’t quite understand how you’re feeling. Move Dance Feel unites women affected by cancer through dance. Guided by professionals, the project aims to help you re-discover yourself, open up to new possibilities, and find a renewed sense of joy in the body.
The evidenceIn the context of cancer diagnosis, evidence shows that by undertaking physical activity people respond better to treatment, recover more quickly following treatment, are more likely to maintain their personal wellbeing and can reduce their chances of cancer reoccurrence. Dance is a holistic form of physical activity, and also a creative means of communication…its expressive nature helping participants to establish supportive relationships, and process thoughts and feelings that are often difficult to articulate or move beyond.
Since the project launched in 2016 we have been exploring the efficacy of Move Dance Feel – documenting the benefits of dance for women living with or beyond cancer; as well as those supporting someone with cancer. The artistic approach to Move Dance Feel has been shaped by project Founder Emily Jenkins, who has worked within participatory dance for over ten years and is specialised in the area of Dance and Health.