Body Wisdom Weekly Course

8th Nov - 13th Dec
Wednesday Weekly
Echo Echo Studios 10.30am-12.30pm
Echo Echo's award-winning programme for over-50s continues weekly on Wednesdays through spring led by Echo Echo Ensemble member Kelly Quigley

Body Wisdom Weekly Course

Echo Echo invites you to join a new 6 week movement course in person on Wednesday mornings during November-December 2023. The course is open to new and returning members.

When & Where

Weekly on Wednesdays from 8th November to 13th December inclusive at 10.30am - 12.30pm at Echo Echo Studios, Magazine Street, Derry.

Registration

  • Course price is £36 payable in advance in one or two payments. Please pay online below. A Paypal account is not required - the system accepts most major payment cards.
  • If you would prefer there is an option to pay for single classes.
  • Please inform us if you have booked but can't attend.
  • Please inform us if your registered contact details have changed.

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Body Wisdom Prices

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Body Wisdom

Are you aged 50+ and interested in dance and movement? Maybe you are creative in other ways and would like to extend your creativity into another area? Maybe you just loved to dance when you were younger and are looking for a new opportunity to dance once again? Maybe you have been put off by the idea of having to keep up with the athleticism of younger dancers?

If so, then this is the project for you.

Forget about needing to be young and athletic. In this project the wisdom and experience written into the bones, muscles and sinews of older people is a positive advantage.

Led by experienced Echo Echo Ensemble Artist, Kelly Quigley, the movement style is very relaxed and exploratory.

Body Wisdom has gone from strength to strength in recent years with a core group of regular members. The Body Wisdom programme was previously awarded a BBC Performing Arts Award and was shortlisted for the Voluntary Arts Epic Awards.

New participants are very welcome to join and no experience is necessary.

The atmosphere is friendly and supportive. Feel free to try out one class with no obligation to return, or to simply come along to watch if you are unsure. 

When and Where

Echo Echo Studios, Magazine Street, Derry-Londonderry.

Check our What's On section for latest dates and times.

Testimonials

I have enjoyed being part of body wisdom – like being a child again – invited to play on the floor, ‘let me out of my box.’ I have learned so much. There is such delicacy and potency in the slightest gesture, or in the biggest. I am constantly surprised and delighted by how articulate the body is – this heap of old bones, some of them sore. The process of finding dance within myself and within the group – with all the trust and sharing that involves – is very special, life-enhancing. I am always elated at the end of each session. I am attentive to movement in a new way. I find dance everywhere, or it finds me. Body Wisdom participant

To me Body Wisdom was a physical, mental and spiritual experience. I loved the freedom of movement it gave me. I have arthritis and was fixated on what I could not do. Body Wisdom changed my focus to what I could do.  Body Wisdom Participant

My two years coming to Body Wisdom have really been a life saver for me, in many ways, which are too personal to share. One of the things I love about our classes is that "There is no wrong way ". In life we are often corrected, from an early age we are told we are not doing IT right, whatever it may be, big or small, important or not. To experience the freedom and permission to do IT my way, to trust my judgement, is a very powerful positive thing. It helps me believe I am ok.  Body Wisdom Participant

Thanks

Previous Body Wisdom projects have been developed and delivered in partnership with WEA-NI Learning Age Project and with funding from The Atlantic Philanthropies, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Derry City Council, and BBC Performing Arts Fund.

Body Wisdom in the Community 

Body Wisdom in the Community was a three year outreach programme for older people in care settings. The programme was delivered by Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company in partnership with Strabane Community Project and Praxis Care (NI) and supported by Body Wisdom regular participants as volunteers.

The Body Wisdom in the Community programme took place through 2018-2021 and was supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland Arts and Older People Programme.

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Projects

Projects

Echo Echo Festival Presents Tradition and Beyond (2023)

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Echo Echo Festival 2023

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Echo Echo Festival Presents Tradition and Beyond (2022)

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Residency Programme

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Echo Echo Digital Programme (2021)

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Walk By

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Without

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Echo Hunt

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The Henry Girls and Echo Echo

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A Box

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Festival Open Call (2014-21)

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Ludo Lusi Lusum

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Music Programme

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Body Wisdom

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Ripple Affect

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Making Moves Youth Dance

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GHOSTS by Gemma Walker-Farren & Echo Echo

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Kids Classes

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Consequences

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In Tall Grass

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Old Bob's Tale

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How To Watch Dancing...

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Open House

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Almost Blue by Irish Modern Dance Theatre

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The Cove

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Lost in Frost

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Echo Echo Contact Festival 2018

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Dance Picnic

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Echo Echo Contact Festival 2019

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Parent & Toddlers

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Body Wisdom in the Community

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Amid the Noise and the Haste by Colin Norrby (2021)

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The Motion Ensemble

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Fractals

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Echo Echo Festival 2021

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Contact Improvisation

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Echo Echo Festival Presents 2021

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Festival Workshop Tour (2019)

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Echo Echo Festival 2019

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Festival Workshop Tour (2018)

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Echo Echo Festival 2018

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Echo Echo Festival 2017

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Festival Workshop Tour (2017)

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Festival Workshop Tour (2016)

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Echo Echo Festival 2016

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Echo Echo Festival 2015

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Echo Echo Festival 2014

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Echo Echo Festival 2013

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Into Contact (2010-12)

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Vertical. Nature. Base.

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Thank you

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