The founders met whilst Rosaria was running ‘Dancing for Health’ a project originally devised for people that were going through cancer, to provide a fun space in which to share with their friends and family. It has now evolved to be a space for everyone that wants to raise awareness about their bodies, improve their health and wellbeing and just dance! When depressed, Fiona attended the class and found it healing and inspiring.
Fiona has worked as Network Presentation Director at Channel 4 TV and is now making TV title sequences and short films. Qualifications include: MA Art and Design by Independent Project, Distinction, BA Contemporary Dance. Mental health qualifications include: ASIST Applied Suicide Intervention, also Mental Health and Recovery plus Wellness Recovery Action Planning. Fiona has been through the recovery process herself. She has a practical knowledge of depression and post-natal depression, after which she was clinically manic, as a reaction to antidepressants. Full recovery and learning to self-manage has taken time, research and hard work. Following this experience she is now keen to give something back to people living with depression and to address some of the stigma attached to mental illness.
Rosaria is committed to raising awareness about the body and how life experiences have an impact on how we move, how we live and how we relate to each other. She is a dancer, choreographer, researcher and community development manager since 1996. She is qualified and specialised in Political Sciences, Development, Qualitative Research Methods, Dance Imagery and Therapy techniques. She has researched the impact that participating in community activities has on one’s health and wellbeing, in their immediate group and in their communities. This research started consolidating in 2006 with an Arts Council funded grant and has been developing her practice since then.