The Template Foundation Dance Team London
Dance is one of the oldest form of art; it is a rich and colourful
means of expression and communication, with a diverse range of forms and natures
throughout the world. A simple movement can evoke a quality or value, a facial
expression can reveal an inner state and feeling, and a dance can tell a story
in a way that could not be told in language.
The Template Foundation Dance Team has brought together people from a wide
range of disciplines, such as Irish dancing, Flamenco, World dance, ballroom
dancing, fitness instruction, dance therapy and yoga, all of whom have a love
of the possibilities of dance. We were all keen to see how these different experiences
might be brought together in our creative approach to the vast and colourful
art of dance. In addition all of us have undertaken some foundational training
in Electrobics, which, at its first level, is a discipline of mind states and
movements that work on and help clear and charge a person's energy systems.
project we are currently working on is dance that has a state-producing or meditative
nature, and we have recently choreographed a dance using movements based on
human qualities such as respect, value, care and patience. Each person in the
team worked with a particular quality that they individually wanted to build
into their own life or improve in themselves. The movements we then choreographed
were born out of this process and woven into a dance.
We are also engaged in work concerning co-ordination and balance, and this
involves discovering our own range of movements and improving our co-ordination
and balance through increasingly challenging exercises.
to these two areas, we share a love of natural rhythm and are researching some
of the well-loved traditional dances, such as Irish and Flamenco dance. This
is leading to new understandings about world dance and how natural rhythms and
radiations of the land influence them. This also ties in with exploratory work
we have been doing on the frequencies and influences associated with different
colours. This is an exciting project that is leading us to explore and discover
We have an open and broad approach to dance, which makes it possible for anyone
who has a love of this area to be involved. Traditionally, dancers are often
'picked out of their cots' for various reasons, not the least of which is the
flexibility that young people have. Whilst this can be important, it is by no
means the whole picture, and there are many opportunities within the group to
explore the realms of dance regardless of a person's age or experience.
research into dance is ongoing, emerging from many years of individual study,
and we are always searching for new ideas. We are also all of one mind about
wanting our work to cause a sense of healing and well-being both in ourselves
and those witnessing. This means we are always searching for ways to elevate
our work to achieve this, not so much in terms of complex choreography but rather
through specific and researched connective movements as opposed to random movements.
So we are looking ahead to continue opening up and understanding dance in all
its varying aspects, where each one of us will be attempting to find not only
the joy of our own lives through this media but will hopefully also give a boost
and increased well-being to those receiving what we do.