Breathe Dance for Staff Wellbeing

Breathe Arts Health Research are excited to offer a new online dance class for Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust staff.

Come along to relieve stress, have some fun and move to mood-boosting music in a supportive environment. Breathe Dance for Staff Wellbeing offers a weekly creative outlet helping to relax and unwind through physical movement, stretching and learning short routines to mood boosting tunes! Experience a fusion of dance styles including contemporary, ballet, jazz and street dance.

No previous dance experience necessary!

Every Tuesday 6.30-7.30pm on the online platform Zoom. Sign-up in advance is required.

FREE and open to all Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS staff.

In the first two weeks of launching the programme in June 2020, over 140 NHS staff signed up to take part in the free class, led by dance practitioner Georgia Heighway.

75% of participants who completed a pre-programme questionnaire said their working life had changed ‘a huge amount’ during COVID-19, with 100% of respondents saying they’d experienced a change to their work pattern.

It’s clear from participants that this online class helps to bridge the gap of their regular activities that support wellbeing that there is currently no access to, such as the gym or group exercise classes. Hear from some of our participants below:

“As someone who has physical and mental health conditions, Breathe Dance classes have helped me to manage my symptoms, and given me something to look forward to in my weekly routine whilst spending nearly all my time living and working at home. I believe exercise should be fun and something you want to do, and the dance classes are exactly that for me! I always feel uplifted and energised after a class, even if my energy was low beforehand.” Sharon Hudswell, Assistant Service Manager, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS

“That was so good! I’d been hunched over the laptop all day, so stiff but now I can move again – great music & moves!” Breathe Dance for staff wellbeing participant

Check out our other Breathe opportunities for Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS staff: