We’ve been working hard to expand our online platform of classes for all and we are very excited to announce that we have been extremely fortunate to receive National Lottery funding from Sport England to take our platform National, in partnership with EMD UK. This funding is from the Tackling Inequalities Fund which exists to help reduce the negative impact of the coronavirus and the widening of the inequalities in sport and physical activity.

ParaStars Dance ™ for Children


ParaStars Dance™ for children is a seated dance & movement class for children with a disability or long-term health condition. Upbeat music and fun dance moves will boost resilience and fitness. 

Children will improve flexibility, muscle strength & well-being whilst seated at home or in another setting. Benefits include stress reduction, aiding flexibility, toning and fitness & helping to boost the immune system. **Classes include some exercises for upper body only and some exercises for upper and lower body to offer diversity and levels**.


Course Curriculum

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  Lesson 1: Seated Dance with Chrissie (upper body focus class)
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  Lesson 2: Seated Dance with Chrissie (upper body focus class)
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  Lesson 4: Seated Dance with Chrissie (upper body focus class)
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  Lesson 5: Seated Dance with Ren (upper body focus class)
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  Lesson 10: Seated Dance with Jess (upper body focus class)
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The Instructors

Chrissie

Chrissie has undertaken rigorous training at the RAD gaining a grade of Outstanding in her PGCE: Dance Teaching qualification. She has over five years of teaching experience and has worked with people with ranging abilities, aged from three to sixty-three. Chrissie believes: “dance is innate and that everyone can dance!” It has been her passion since the age of five and she loves creating an inclusive environment to pass that passion on to others. 

Chrissie has been with us since the early days at Synergy and was keen to come on board to teach inclusive dance – she’s a natural and will bring smiles, inspiration and an irresistible desire to join in, whatever your age or ability! Chrissie is much adored by many of the children she has taught along the way and has also taken part in inclusive performances with Synergy for community events:

See Chrissie in action here with a young student: “Never Give up on You” at https://vimeo.com/290124811  

You can also get to know Chrissie via our inclusive dance and ParaStars Dance® programmes and she also teaches live holiday workshops for Synergy.

Ren

Ren comes from a Performing Arts background. After completing her professional training in Performing Arts at The Italia Conti Academy, she performed extensively in TV, video, stage, Theatre In Education (TIE) performances and now is actively teaching dance and singing classes with all ages.

She is Makaton and inclusive dance qualified and has also attended training for delivering to the visual impairment community – qualifying with UK Coaching for people with Visual Impairment to ensure she could reach more students and help them with their own dance journey.

Ren is our longest standing teacher at Synergy and was the first on the team to train as an Inclusive Dance Instructor: “I enjoyed the course but it wasn’t until I had the opportunity to teach dance to children and adults that I understood the impact that inclusivity has for those with needs”.

Ren believes her online classes “will reach those – especially at this time – who need some fun, a challenge, some relaxation and perhaps some escapism”. 

Ren’s classes are for all ages and offer something for everyone, complete with a smile! You can get to know Ren via our inclusive online ParaStars Dance™ programmes and she also teaches for Synergy for their British Blind Sport partnership and live mainstream and SEN classes.

Jessie

Jessie is an experienced Yoga and Movement practitioner and has been teaching for many years, specialising in Inclusive yoga, Kid’s Yoga & Dance, Contemporary and 1920’s Vintage Jazz. 

Jessie is super passionate about bringing people together through her love for movement, and every day she feels so lucky to have a job that she loves, and “feels so blessed to work and teach with the most amazing people.” As a teacher she is fun, open, motivating and imaginative, whilst all with a friendly smile and compassion. Jessie is always aiming to create an environment where everyone feels happy, safe and uplifted.

Jessie loves exercise, being outdoors, exploring, festivals, people and anything sparkly. You can get to know Jessie via our inclusive online dance and yoga programmes and she also teaches for Synergy for British Blind Sport and our Sussex branch.