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Adventures with Light | Children’s Creative Contemporary

Children’s Creative Contemporary teacher Cheryl McChesney reflects on the use of light in classes at the end of 2021.

Photo from Children's Creative Contemporary class. The hands of two young children play with two torches, seen from above.

A big part of the joy of the children’s classes at SDS is watching our young dancers finding their freedom and confidence in our beautiful roof studio. For the second half of this term we have explored the theme of light – fireworks, reflections, shadows and the ‘magic’ light that surrounds us at this time of the year. The studio offers so many opportunities to play and we have been inspired by shiny sheets, CD discs, torches, fairy lights, projections of light installations, natural shadows created from sunshine in the studio and the wonderful capacity we have to black out the space.

The children have translated words associated with light – shining, rippling, bouncing, flashing, glimmering, glowing and twinkling to create their own movements. We have explored copying and distorting, patterns and pathways to create solo, partner and group work, always valuing and recognising individual contributions, with even the smallest dancers feeling comfortable to offer their ideas and unique voices, encouraging their curiosity, autonomy and celebrating their delightful outcomes.

“The children have translated words associated with light – shining, rippling, bouncing, flashing, glimmering, glowing and twinkling to create their own movements.”


We’re currently seeking a Dance Artist Facilitator to lead our Children’s Creative Contemporary Classes for participants aged 2-11 years. Find out more.