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The Power of Community at IRIE! dance theatre

By Laura Dwyer - Project Support and Administrator

I have been working for IRIE! dance theatre for almost 2 years now and before working here I had attended community events that IRIE! had put on such as Family Fun Day. Being a part of the IRIE! family has been a great experience for me and I really enjoy the community feel here. I have had the pleasure of being a part of some community projects and last year took a leading role in organising the Family Fun Day. 

Seeing the community coming together at an event like that is such a beautiful thing and I am proud to be a part of IRIE! who bring people together through dance and their sense of community. 

I am part of Stage 7, IRIE!’s project for young people funded by The Mayor of London’s Young Londoner’s Fund and I have seen young people really coming out of their shells through dance. 

Before working at IRIE! I was never involved in dance but now that I understand more about the impact that it has on people’s lives, I love the fact that I can be a part of it. During lockdown we were able to continue our Women’s Dance classes online through zoom, being able to see familiar faces every week during these sessions has been a great feeling. When everything else was so not normal, having this bit of normal was helpful for me and a lot of the women that were participating. 

We have seen a lot of new members joining in with the sessions that not only help you to keep fit but they are fun too. Sheba’s sessions are a dance fitness session and are suitable for all levels of fitness and Ofelia’s sessions are African and Caribbean dance fusion and they are great for dancers of all abilities. I know we are all looking forward to the classes returning to normal but being able to continue them online has definitely been a high point for me.

If you want to be part of our community, don’t miss our Online Women’s Dance Classes:

Wednesdays: 3pm

Thursdays: 5.30pm

All the classes are held on Zoom and FREE of charge! Send us an email to join to classes:

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