Recent rehearsals for Sunday's Around the World in 80 Days have been a bit warm, it feels as though we've really traveled to Hawaii, Brazil, Morocco, Egypt... Hoping that we'll make the audience at Birmingham Fest feel transported too!
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.
It may seem odd to find these on a website devoted to museums, galleries and heritage, but as well as visiting sites such as those, my spare time is taken up with dance . The Nottingham Dance Collective encompasses all dance from traditional Egyptian to modern street dance. For Around the World in 80 Days, I was asked to record some of those odd little moments that cropped up in the show.