Mad for Dance - Greg
22 April 2010, 04:12
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.
As a young man, Greg suffered from Depression and OCD and coped by using drugs and alcohol.He became addicted to them as a way of coping with his feelings.
On death's door, he was referred to a recovery centre where he discovered a love for dance through improvisation and dance therapy.
He took part in Contact Improvisation – a form of dance therapy practised at Dance Voice in Bristol.
In Dance Movement Therapy, therapists believe that the improvised movements reflect peopleís patterns of thinking and feeling and that it can facilitate emotional, physical, social, mental and spiritual growth.
Greg took to it immediately and it has helped him to express his thoughts and feelings.
He says: You can shake your butt for a little bit and be carefree. Dancing drags you out of your head and into your body.
Now studying art at university, he is in control of his life once more but he continues to dance, as he passionately believes it helps him to grow as a human being.