Company of Dreams
Company of Dreams is a unique and inspirational new dance company which uses the art of middle eastern dance to improve health and wellbeing and promote cross cultural understanding.
At the heart of our work is the middle eastern dance form generally known as bellydance – one of the world’s most misunderstood dances, but one with unique performance qualities as well as a powerful ability to improve mental and physical well being, in particular increasing self esteem and positive body awareness in women.
The four pillars of our work are:
Performance: At a time when Western minds too often associate the middle east with war, terrorism and destruction, our thrilling and powerful theatrical dance productions remind people of the region’s rich culture of myth and storytelling. Using our own blend of middle eastern dance and western dance forms such as ballet, jazz, contemporary and Latin, our dancing is powerful, exciting and inspiring.
Fostering wellbeing and improved self esteem amongst women: Through our open community classes and special projects we bring the unique mental and physical benefits of bellydance to women from all walks of life, and in particular to those who have been affected by trauma affecting body image and sense of self – such as domestic abuse, rape, sexual/childhood abuse, victims of slavery, those fleeing war and conflict, victims of FGM and women affected by cancer and terminal illness.
Building understanding: Middle eastern dance has a fascinating history and a unique skill set. Through talks and demonstrations we work to raise the profile of the dance form and overcome negative and mistaken perceptions of bellydance amongst the general public and the wider dance sector.
Raising standards: We are dedicated to raising the artistic and professional standards within the bellydance sector to ensure greater artistry and excellence in the dance form.