In affiliation with the Wheelchair Dance Sport Association (UK)
Impetus Dance is a Community Interest Company that provides Wheelchair & Inclusive Ballroom, Latin and Latino group dances to the Disability community across the South Wales area. The organisation is affiliated to the Wheelchair Dance Schools Association UK(WDSA), which is the National Governing Body for Wheelchair Dance Sport within the UK. The aim of WDSA is to promote wheelchair dance sport as a leisure activity for everyone, with no boundaries to age or level of ability.
‘Everyone can dance’.
During the past 10 years, the WDSA, together with the Paralympic committee, have supported wheelchair dance sport nationwide; however until recently there has been limited access to this style of dance sport in South Wales.Impetus Dance is the very first enterprise of its kind within South Wales and brings together dance and therapy to promote individuals socialisation; enhance their wellbeing and improve their physical stamina and endurance.
Impetus Dance Community Interest Company was established in 2016 by Louise Bowman: who is an Occupational Therapist and a trained Wheelchair Dance Instructor affiliated to the WDSA.
Louise strongly believes that:
‘ ...dance as a sport & therapy can engage individuals in group activities allowing expression and movement which would otherwise be challenging for the individual’.
Louise believes that using dance as a therapy can help to maintain and improve an individuals’ physical, cognitive and spiritual well being.
Originally from the Cotswolds, Louise moved to Wales in 1998 to study at Cardiff University School of Medicine. She qualified in 2001 with a BSc (Hons) degree in Occupational Therapy. Since qualifying, Louise has worked in various clinical areas including: Trauma & Orthopaedics; Mental Health; Acute Medicine and Emergency/Unscheduled Care.
On a personal level, Louise has a passion for dance, and has 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 syllabus.
Community based dance classes are held in a variety of communities across the South Wales area. These classes are for those with disabilities who wish to come and learn to dance, have a social & meet new friends. Classes are held within the Bridgend, Caerphilly and Port Talbot area. All classes are run during the day and during term time only. Classes are held in community centres, extra care units and leisure centres.
Taster sessions can be offered to organisations who wish to run either a one off activity session / Therapy Programme & want a taster of the sport before their users / clients decide to take part in a programme or class on a regular basis.
Occupational Therapy is a health and social care profession that uses a persons’ chosen activities (occupations), to promote their health and well being.Through assessments an Occupational Therapist develops an understanding of individuals strengths and 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 individuals’ environment, their level of independence and enhance their social experiences, health and overall well-being.
Impetus Dance is a mobile service based in South Wales covering the Bridgend, Porthcawl, Maesteg & Ogmore Valley areas. However, if you wish to discuss alternative areas eg Neath & Port Talbot, Rhondda Cynon & Taf, Cardiff & Vale, Caerphilly & Torfaen or Newport areas, please contact Louise.
Impetus Dance offers 2 styles of programmes, you can choose between either:
All sessions offer a combination of Ballroom, Latin and Latino group dance styles with the aim of improving participants’ self-esteem, body image, confidence, strength, stamina and fitness levels.
The competitive price for sessions for Impetus Dance enables all organisations including public and third sector to access the service.
Lessons are 1 or 2 hours long depending on the length of time you wish to hire a venue for. Dance styles can be adapted to suit your music choice and ability. Impetus Dance can offer the following dance styles:
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 day time. All you need to do is provide a venue to practice in and Impetus Dance will take care of the rest! At least 6 lessons are recommended.Please Note: Impetus Dance cannot guarantee that your choice of music will suit your choice of style of dance so please consider a selection of songs to use.
“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.”
“Mrs Bowman 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.”