We are pleased to be offering DanceMakers sessions online while Covid-19 social isolation rules continue. Try our sample sessions below. And find more on our Independent Arts YouTube channel:
DanceMakers is a gentle, creative dance programme. It can help to improve balance, coordination, muscle strength, memory and confidence.
Wear comfy, loose clothing and soft, flat shoes. Refreshments are provided. Voluntary donations are welcome.
Suitable for all levels of mobility.
During September 2016 the DanceMakers groups in Freshwater and Newport led by Michelle Hainsworth put together choreography on the theme of 'Waiting'. These dances were then performed in the style of a FlashMob as part of the Isle of Wight Celebrating Age Festival. On 6th October the Freshwater group performed outside the Afton Road Co-Op store and the Newport group performed the following day in Newport town centre in St Thomas' Square. Both groups surprised the public and received rapturous applause for their performance – showing that age is no barrier to dancing.
Michelle leads Independent Arts' DanceMakers sessions in Newport and Freshwater, and DanceSense in Newport. She studied at Bedford College of Higher Education and graduated with a BA (Hons) in Dance & Drama with Language & Literature. She followed this with a PGCE in Dance (Secondary) at the Chelsea School at Brighton University. Michelle has also taken further training including Dance and Disability, Older People’s Dance, Arts and Dementia and Arts Award Advisor Training. She has been teaching for 22 years in schools, colleges and community environments.
Michelle is also involved in a variety of community dance projects on the island, including a class for adults with learning disabilities and a contemporary dance group.
Zarah leads Independent Arts' DanceMakers sessions in Ryde and Sandown. She studied dance and performance at the Laine Theatre Arts School, Epsom, the Arts Educational School, Tring, and the School of Russian Ballet, Tunbridge Wells. She has a BA Hons. in Humanities with Music, and a diploma in music.
Zarah has delivered music therapy on a one-to-one basis, and has run her own ballet and dance school. She has recently returned to the Isle of Wight and joins Independent Arts as both a dance and music practitioner.
Face-to-face sessions are currently suspended while Covid-19 social distancing rules apply. But you can access our online sessions on
Friday 10.45am – 12.15pm
Thursday 10.30am – 12.00 noon
Monday 1.30pm – 3.00pm
Tuesday 3.30pm – 5.00pm
Photos by Julian Winslow