The Language of Dance Centre UK was established in London in 1967 by Dr. Ann Hutchinson Guest. Since then the LODC has published books and teaching resources, delivered courses both in the UK and internationally to teachers, students, children and young people. In London the charity has worked with thousands of children and young people to provide a free unique dance experience. 2017 saw the organisation celebrate its 50th year. It was a chance to look back at all that we have achieved, but also a time to look forward and think what the next 50 years will bring and how we can achieve reaching more people with Language of Dance. Here are some of the ways we will be marking this occasion:
To celebrate our 50 years, we will be offering 50 teachers who are working with children and young people the opportunity to train to deliver the Award at a heavily subsidised rate. Training for teachers will take place from January 2019 to July 2020 at various locations in the UK. Find out more
Come and experience Language of Dance yourself! These free workshops will be taking place in various places in the UK and are open to adults of all abilities. Find out more
On 28th October 2017 we hosted an event to celebrate our 50th anniversary and our founder Dr. Ann Hutchinson Guest's 99th birthday! The event was in two parts, with an introductory workshop in the afternoon followed by an evening reception.
The Dance Moves Festival has celebrated the work of the children and young people who participate in the Dance Moves projects in local primary and SEN schools. The 2017 Festival celebrated the LODC 50 years by using the theme of the decades the LODC has spanned and the countries (USA, Mexico and Japan) where there are LOD centres. The children were all given a specially printed T-shirt and had the chance to perform their pieces of choreography, created using Language of Dance symbols, in a professional theatre setting.