In affiliation with Para Dance UK
Impetus Dance is a Community Interest Company that provides community dance classes, beginners dance programmes & therapeutic dance sessions for all abilities and disabilities across the South Wales area. The organisation is affiliated to Para Dance UK, which is the National Governing Body for Wheelchair & Inclusive Dance Sport within the UK. The aim of Para Dance UK is to promote dance sport as a leisure activity for everyone, with no boundaries to age, level of ability or disability.
Para Dance UK believes:
‘Everyone can dance’.
During the past 11 years, Para Dance UK, together with the International Paralympic Committee, have supported wheelchair dance sport nationwide. However, until recently, there has been limited access to some para dance styles within South Wales. Impetus Dance offers a variety of para & inclusive dance styles of which include Ballroom and Latin.
Louise Bowman qualified in 2001 with a BSc (Hons) degree in Occupational Therapy and since qualifying has worked as a registered Occupational Therapist.
On a personal level, Louise has a passion for dance, and has over 20 years’ experience of Ballroom, Latin & Latino Dancing. Louise has competed in competitions, performed in many showcases and completed a variety of exams with the International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA) under the Ballroom, Latin & Latino syllabuses.
Having trained as a Wheelchair Dance Instructor Level 2, a Debutante Para Dance Instructor affiliated to Para Dance UK, and as an IDTA accredited Pre-Associate Ballroom & Associate Waltz & Quickstep Teacher, Louise combined her professional and personal passions by establishing Impetus Dance in 2016.
Louise believes that dance allows social inclusion, expression and movement but can also be used as a therapy medium to maintain and improve an individuals’ mental, physical, cognitive and spiritual health & well-being.
Impetus dance run a selection of community-based classes within the South Wales area for both adults and children. Regular inclusive children’s classes are presently held in Pencoed. All other regular classes are held in Brackla.
*Advance bookings only
Taster sessions can be offered to organisations who wish to run a one-off activity session or want a taster of the sport before deciding to take part in a programme or class.
From time to time Impetus Dance run FREE dance taster sessions at events across the South Wales area working in partnership with Para Dance UK & Disability Sport Wales. Please check out our Facebook & Twitter page for updates, dates and venues.
Occupational Therapy is a health and social care profession that uses a person’s chosen activities (occupations), to promote their health and well-being.
Through assessments, an Occupational Therapist develops an understanding of an individual’s strengths as well as the barriers and the challenges that they face on a daily basis. Occupational Therapists work collaboratively with individuals to set goals which may address these concerns.
Occupational Therapists can provide practical support and advice in order to improve an individual’s environment and their level of independence and to enhance their social experiences, health and overall well-being.
Therapy dance sessions are offered to organisations & charities as a therapeutic medium. Dance has been proven to allow expression and communication through movement of the body. Dance can assist physical, cognitive, psychological and social integration. Dancing can aid post-illness/trauma recovery, improve strength stamina, reduce the risk of falls, increase self-esteem and improve body image.
Impetus Dance can offer one-hour sessions in 8, 10, 12 or 15 week batches/programmes, which can include an individual assessment and use of outcome measures & well being questionnaires if desired. Therapy Dance sessions are inclusive and can be run for adults or children and with a variety of abilities & disabilities.
Tailor made sessions for specific health conditions & disabilities can also be delivered. Sessions can be for dancers in wheelchairs, seated or standing. The dance sessions can include these genre: Ballroom, Latin, Freestyle, Musical Theatre & Latino. Dancing can include a sensory element, explore expression & emotion or have an aim to promote social inclusion, exercise & well-being.
The service offered is fully mobile and can be run in community centres, care homes, extra care units, schools, clinics, day centres, sports halls & leisure centres across the following areas of South Wales:
Are you planning your special day? Do you want your first dance to be a memorable one? Impetus Dance can choreograph your first dance to one of your favourite songs.
Wedding Dance lessons can be arranged for evenings or daytime and recommend at least 6 lessons. Impetus Dance can adapt any dance to suit the participants’ abilities and will work with you to identify the dance style which best matches your song or vice versa. All you need to do is arrange a venue to practice in and Impetus Dance will take care of the rest!
“My Community Connector encouraged me to come to a dance class with Impetus Dance. I always used to love dancing and thought I’d never be able to dance again. Now I have found the love again for dance which I thought had been lost.”
“My mother used to send me to ballet as a child and since have loved dancing till I had my stroke.
I now go to regular weekly classes and have learnt so many styles of dance which I never thought I would ever be able to do again.
Louise has an excellent eye for detail making pupils of her classes feel they have the capacity to acheive any style at any level with confidence and patience.”
“We have today enjoyed the last of a twelve-week course of wheelchair & inclusive dance sessions. All I can say is "Louise...thank you so very much". The course was funded by the United Welsh Together fund with The Coalfield Trust and has proved that "anyone can dance".
Social isolation can be a major issue for older people and the course has enabled residents to meet friends, socialise and to enjoy music & movement. All of which has contributed to a sense of well-being with its obvious link to improvement in health.
I highly recommend Impetus Dance and we cannot wait for the next course to start hopefully early next year.”