Mad for Dance - Nabina

Posted by CommunityChannelTV

22 April 2010, 04:13

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Arts Council England, Five and Community Channel joined forces to make a series of five short films demonstrating the restorative benefits that dance brings to people with mental health issues. Mad for Dance is funded by Arts Council England and is part of the acclaimed Mad for… series which has previously included Mad for Music, Mad for Poetry and Mad for Arts. This collection of stories follows five individuals from across the country, all of whom have a history of mental distress. From social anxiety disorder to severe depression, and from bi-polar disorder to bulimia, the subjects of each film honestly share their stories, explaining how different types of dance help them cope day-to-day and in their communication with others.

Nabina always struggled with depression but it wasn't until she started studying medicine that she had her first manic episode.

On a trip to Prague she ended up being sectioned and spent six weeks in a state hospital.

Following the diagnosis of bipolar disorder (manic depression) in her twenties, Nabina has slowly learnt how to deal with the physical highs and lows of her condition by using techniques from a self-management course. 

Dance has always helped her to express her feelings and over the past 14 years she has enjoyed many different styles including ballet, salsa, belly dancing and Bharata Natyam – the oldest of all the classical Indian dances.

She values dance as an important means of self-expression and in this film shows how she choreographs dances to her own poems.

She now works part-time at MDF – a user led charity working to help people affected by Bipolar disorder to take control of their lives.