Greenwich Dance to leave Charlton House for Thamesmead

NRG Dance by Greenwich Dance
Greenwich Dance will still run projects at Charlton House

Greenwich Dance is leaving Charlton House after being offered a home in a new community centre in Thamesmead.

The charity will move into the Nest Community Building and Library next month, four years after it moved into Charlton from Greenwich Borough Halls, its home since the 1990s.

The switch means Greenwich Dance will now be based over the border in Bexley, but it says it will continue to work in all areas of the borough, including at Charlton House, as well across south London.

Melanie Precious, the chief executive of Greenwich Dance, said: “I am so proud of what we have achieved over the last few years. Under some of the most challenging of circumstances we have continued to be here to provide opportunities for our local residents and support for our dance artists and I’d like to thank Charlton House for supporting us through that period.

“The move to Thamesmead will see us upsize the potential reach of our work, continuing to animate community centres in Greenwich and beyond with dance while also creating even more opportunities for people to make, watch and take part in dance.”

Its neighbours at the Nest, which is next to Southmere Lake, will include a new Bexley Council library and Taco!, an arts group.


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Stride on Time: Greenwich Dance takes a walk in the park to shake off lockdown blues

Charlton Park
It’s time to dance-walk around Charlton Park

Feeling stiff and lifeless post-lockdown? Greenwich Dance is bringing Stride on Time to Charlton Park from Thursday 29 April, a series of dance-inspired walks to help your body and mind get moving again now the spring is here.

Led by experienced dance artists, Maria Ghoumrassi and Lizzie Fort, each walk will include a warm-up to awaken your body, a walk to get you moving and a chance to socialise with other local people.

There are two walks each week, each meeting at Charlton House. One is on Thursdays from 29 April from 2pm-3.30pm, the other is a family session on Saturdays (from 1 May) from 10.30am to 11am. They cost £4 each.

For more information, visit greenwichdance.org.uk.

Stride on Time was one of the initiatives to get funding at the recent Charlton Community Voting Day.


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Join Greenwich Dance at Charlton House this winter and spring

Greenwich Dance are visitors to New Charlton Community Centre this spring

Greenwich Dance’s MELANIE PRECIOUS outlines what it’s up to at Charlton House and elsewhere over the coming months…

This term Greenwich Dance have added a host of new classes to their weekly timetable to brighten up the winter months … and there’s now truly something for everyone!

Adults have the choice of contemporary (general level and improvers), lindy hop (beginners and improvers), African fusion, yoga and jazz classes at Charlton House. Priced keenly at between £7-£8 a class the classes take place every Wednesday during term time.

If you are in your late fifties and sixties and think the time for dancing is done then you would also be mistaken. Greenwich Dance run a dedicated class at Charlton House every Friday designed for over-55s. Led by artist Maria Ghoumrassi the Friday class is a gentle exploration of creative movement and a perfect opportunity to meet new, likeminded people. For those who would like to take their love of dance that bit further they can also stay on for a further hour and be part of the Dancing to the Music of Time performance company or attend one of the Tea Dance and Workshop combos programmed for spring.

Greenwich Dance also have a number of activities happening around the half term. There is a fun filled Family Day planned for 19 February for parents and babies, 3-5 years, 5-7 years and 8 – 12 years plus an intergenerational workshop for everyone including grandma and grandad!

In addition Tea Dances are back, led by Equality Dance’s Peter Meager. Some of you may know him as he holds classes at nearby New Charlton Community Centre and his approach is one that throws gender stereotypes out of the window. He will be encouraging leaders to follow and vice versa to create an afternoon tea dance welcoming to all. If you are new to tea dances come along for the workshop first: and don’t forget you have tea and cake included in the price of your ticket!

Greenwich Dance will also be out on the road this spring, touring to five community centres around the borough. Called Up My Street Showtime!, the event invites the audience to eat and drink whilst enjoying a line-up of professional artists, the Greenwich Dance youth and over-55s’ performance companies and local community groups. Showtime! will be coming to New Charlton Community Centre on 27 March and will be at Clockhouse Community Centre on the Woolwich Dockyard estate on 28 March with two shows, a matinee and an evening performance. Priced at only a few pounds and including the choreographer of the NHS section of the 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony, Temujin Gill, ZoieLogic Dance Theatre and Mathieu Geffre’s love duet for two men (which some of you may have seen at our wine tasting event last November) it’d be wise to book your tickets soon to avoid disappointment!

Greenwich Dance are also looking for volunteers to be ‘Dancing Friends’ at these performances – their role will be to make sure anyone arriving alone at Showtime! is made to feel welcome. We know that loneliness is a huge issue for people of all ages, and these events have been designed as a way for communities to socialise, meet new people and have fun…right up your street!

To find out more about all of the above and to book go to greenwichdance.org.uk or email chenube[at]greenwichdance.org.uk.


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