On a hot Wednesday morning in June Retford Ladies Probus Club members were introduced to something a little different. Charlotte Armitage from Doncaster Arts visited their meeting to deliver a Dance On taster which basically consisted of movement to music in which members could do as much or as little as they felt able. The climax came when they were all given maracas.
Dance On is just one of the many programmes run by Darts, their slogan being ‘Darts, The Art of Taking Part’ and it is Doncaster’s award winning participatory arts charity. Their aim is to make high quality inclusive creative experiences across the borough of Doncaster. The programmes are open to everyone, particularly those who have the least access to the arts. The mission is for everyone to feel an accepted and valued part of the community, creating a healthier and more connected society.
All these activities take place at The Point, a purpose built arts centre in the middle of Doncaster and, in the case of Dance On, also at community venues across Doncaster with the first session free and £3.00 from then onwards. They are described as fun, friendly and supportive movement sessions for the over 50s. No prior dance experience is needed and you don’t need to remember complicated routines (thank goodness).
The Point is also an art gallery and can be visited free by the public. Find out more by calling 01302 341662 or visit www.doncaster.dance-on.org.
Retford Ladies Probus will now be on a summer break but will reconvene on 13th September, when Sam Glasswell from Bassetlaw Museum will be speaking on ‘Treasures, Treasure Act and Portable Antiques’. The venue is Westhill Road Community Centre at 10.00am for 10.30am. All are welcome.