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Image credit: Muamba Grove performance photos. Photo Credit-Duarte Sequeira Gallery 

MUAMBA MOVEMENT
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SCULPTURE IN THE CITY
AUGUST 2024, LONDON


Movement classes with Dance Mama inspired by Vanessa da Silva’s sculptures
Muamba Grove 0 Hue #1 & #2
as part of Sculpture in the City


Part of our offering for parents who enjoy dance

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Dates: Thursday’s 1st, 8th & 15th August | 12:30pm – 1:30pm (suggested arrival time of 12.15pm)

 

Location: Saint Botolph without Bishopsgate Church Hall, The Parish and Ward Church of St Botolph without 3TL, Bishopsgate, London EC2M 3TL

Artist Vanessa da Silva describes her sculptures Muamba Grove 0 Hue #1 & #2 in a state of transformation and a state of in-between with movement and the body at the centre. The artworks explore the artist’s own history and invite the viewer to do the same.

 

Dance Mama will lead you through joyful & accessible movement classes, suitable for beginners and those more advanced (inclusive for those on their perinatal journey/pregnant & postnatal), inspired by Da Silva’s sculptures Muamba Grove 0 Hue #1 & #2 sited at Saint Botolph without Bishopsgate Churchyard.

 

These free sessions are ideal for a quick break from the office, conveniently programmed over a lunch time, led by experienced Dance Artist, Laura Harvey. A perfect opportunity for gentle movement and exploration of the artworks and yourself.

 

Should you have any questions or access needs you would like to share with the team, please email alice@lacuna-projects.com.

Muamba Movement is kindly supported by activation partner EC BID and curated & produced by LACUNA.

Courtesy of the artist and Duarte Sequeira Gallery. Photo: © Nick Turpin

Images of Olivia Roberts and child: Dance Mama Live, Birmimngham, March 2023 @onedanceuk Photographer Anthony Shintai @anthonyshintai

Not sure about dancing pregnant or postnatally?

Visit our Resources page to see how we work with Active Pregnancy Foundation. We contributed to this great information resource giving you a good understanding of how to take part. 

Our story

"Really enjoyed connecting with myself

and sharing something special with my baby." - participant

Dance Mama™ is an award-winning, non-profit organisation based in Surrey, advocating and celebrating professional dancing parents internationally, highlighting the issues that they face and providing a ‘unique and vital resource,’ of inspiration, information and support.

 

We are passionate about bringing our knowledge working with professional artists to all mums who love dancing.

These sessions have been specifically created with you in mind, to bring you a fun and friendly dance session. The focus is on connecting you to the joy of moving in your body with other like-minded mums where you can bring your baby. If you have carried your baby, you do need to have completed your 6-8 week check with your healthcare professional to take part.

Lead Dance Artist and Mum of two, Laura Harvey and Dance Mama Founder and Mum of two, Lucy McCrudden, are experienced dance professionals leading on this work globally, who work with organisations including English National Ballet and the Active Pregnancy Foundation.

"I really enjoyed the session. It felt very relaxed and so I was able to join in as much as possible whilst also tending to my babies needs without feeling any pressure. Was so nice to move my body and learn some dance sequences."

- participant

"I really loved it. Wonderful chance to connect with your new body postpartum - strengthen, stretch out & mobilise. Also to share something special with you baby. Thought the physical focus of the class (open chest, move feet/ankles & a bit of cardio) was brilliant. Loved the massage bits in the warm up. Important as body feels so different & tired!!!." - participant

More about our journey...

The heart of Dance Mama's™ work is learning from sharing experiences. We always had the desire to share what we we learning working with professionals to the general public. 

Work began on developing this idea back in 2021 when we piloted two online Dancing Towards Connection sessions for mums in the general public whose social isolation was increased due to the pandemic and may not have danced before.

 

In 2023 our Lead Dance Artist, Laura Harvey (long-time colleague, mum, Head of Creative Programmes- English National Ballet), built on this work with our Founder/CEO, Lucy McCrudden, to develop an 8-week in person programme with the support of Arts Partnership Surrey and GLive.

In the video above Laura and Lucy share their findings from the 2023 research and development period which has led to our sessions in Godalming in 2024. 

Please don't hesitate to get in touch with us if you would like further information hello@dancemama.org

 

Images of Olivia Roberts and child: Dance Mama Live, Birmimngham, March 2023 @onedanceuk Photographer Anthony Shintai @anthonyshintai

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