Mad for Dance - Emma

Posted by CommunityChannelTV

22 April 2010, 04:11

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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.

Emma's story:

Emma has suffered from Social Anxiety Disorder for most of her life but only found out what it was in 2005.

This little known condition caused her to go through school hardly speaking a word and at home she was terrified of people coming to the door or the phone ringing.

In 2006, friends persuaded her to join a street dance class run by Fresh Vibes Dance School. It proved to be a turning point in her life.

She realised that people were neither watching nor judging her all the time and, as she began to feel safe, she began to lose her anxiety.

She says: ìI can honestly say it was the only thing I have ever found that I truly loved and the best thing I have ever done for myself.î

In order to help others, sheís spreading the word about Social Anxiety Disorder through her own website.

Emma believes that joining a dance class can be an effective way of coping with the disorder.

"Once you have been given the support to take the first step, you can start to lead a fulfilled, happy and self-expressed life".