The ladies of Helena Sheltered Accommodation brought a flavour of 40s swing to the Liverpool waterfront on Sunday the 25th of May. The dancers, many disabled, performed the high energy Lindy Hop, a jazz dance started in the dance halls of 19202 and 30s Harlem, brought across the Atlantic by US troops although it was banned in Germany.
The performance was part of a four-day event hosted by Liverpool, marking the UK’s 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic, the longest continuous military campaign of the Second World War. The commemoration was jointly organised by the Royal Navy, Merchant Navy and Liverpool City Council, who commissioned Merseyside Dance Initiative and St Helens to organise the dance element. The ladies really enjoyed the workshops and the performance saying that they would like to continue the group learning new steps to new dances. Gina, one of the participants said, ” before this I’d not got a clue what a Lindy Hop was, now I can do it and it makes me feel a young girl again. Its inspired me to now look for dance classes that would be suitable for my level. I’m inspired and a massive shout out to instructor Maxine for all her hard work and patience, for which she needed a lot !!!’.
The ladies in rehearsal :
On The Day :
Dying Matters Awareness Week 2013 ran from 13th-19th May.
Nobody knows what the future has in store and you don’t have to be ill or dying to make plans for your future. Changes in the way society views dying and death have impacted on the experience of people who are dying and bereaved. Our lack of openness has affected the quality and range of support and care services available to patients and families. It has also affected our ability to die where or how we would wish. The Cultural Coordinator organised a project at Willowbrook Hospice, which provides specialist palliative care for those with life limiting illness, and serves the communities of St Helens and Knowsley. The project is an experimental collaboration between artist and a patient with a terminal condition. The patient is hospice Julie Williams and local artist Chantelle Townley plus holistic therapist at Willowbrook, Lucy Scriven. All worked very closely together on a collage of artwork to produce a artistic life storyboard entitled “It’s not over till it’s over!” The artwork depicts the richness of Julie’s life story so far, where she uses beautiful photographs, rich memories, and personal story telling. This project has helped Julie to share with the world everything she holds dear and has been of great value in connecting positively with the meaning of her life.