I felt that this picture says more than a cartoon could about the laughs, hard work, and closeness of the troupe. Over about three or four months we've gone from some friends, some strangers, and some total none dancers, to a tight knit group making jokes at each others (and the directors' and producers') expense, offering advice, and providing support in areas well beyond the dance studio.
It's more than just moving to music. Taking part in this dance show with the Nottingham Dance Collective has helped us explore emotions and their portrayal, see what we can endure physically and mentally, develop our core muscles and strengthen our bodies (and drop a dress size!) as well as developing body confidence and greater understanding of how we look and move. It's also given us valuable snapshots into other cultures and how they use dance and music in their societies, and the chance to develop friendships that will last outside of this experience.
As it says on the wall of the toilets at the dance studios "Home is where you dance with others, and dancing is life."
Even if only for a few months, we've all found a new home, and made a new family.