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Express yourself: how a charity is using dance to improve mental health

Nov 2nd, 2016 by

A charity is investing in the arts to provide ‘wrap-around support’ for young people

Ten young people from Manchester mental health charity 42nd Street are struggling to spin their legs round their bodies while keeping their hands anchored to the studio floor as they’ve been shown. Instructor Kevin Turner stops them and explodes into his own demonstration of high-speed repetitions of the sequence, while they watch in astonishment.

“Look, my legs are all over the place,” Turner pants mid dance. “They are going like crazy. When I was ill, I often felt that things were happening that were out of my control. Can anyone else relate to that?”

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There is nothing fluffy about this. Dance work like this should be recognised as a pre-crisis intervention

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