“Wonder Dance are based in the Tees Valley area however, wherever they are in the world, dance brings Alice and Mickey together.”
This is part of a series of dance blogs in partnership with TeesDance, highlighting local dance artists and organisations in the Tees Valley. This week, we are shining a light on:
Wonder Dance believes in bringing people together using expressive movement and music and is a collaboration between Alice Wilkins and Mickey Anderson.
Alice is a dancer, choreographer, and all round entertainer. She is a former Disney cast member – this taught her the value of ‘service with a smile’ and she has carried this positivity into life. She is consistently enthusiastic and determined to create high quality performances/classes for participants. Alice feels strongly that the arts can enhance health and wellbeing, and she is committed to creating opportunities to provide this for communities. Since gaining her postgraduate certificate Alice has worked professionally for eight years internationally. She always seeks exciting and challenging roles, however, the success of Wonder Dance is now her priority.
Mickey is dancer, teacher and drag queen. Whether Mickey is performing in or out of drag, he aims to entertain audiences through his performances and make them laugh with his comedy numbers and inspire them to be whoever they want to be. He aims to do this by creating a fun and friendly environment. Since gaining his degree in dance, Mickey has had eight years working professionally across Europe. Mickey loves to bring joy to people’s lives and is now also focusing on making Wonder Dance a success.
Wonder Dance are based in the Tees Valley area however, wherever they are in the world, dance brings Alice and Mickey together. They collaborate, create and connect. Currently their dance practice is taking place online. This means it is accessible to everyone in the area and beyond.
To contribute to the Tees Valley community they have created dance tutorials, some of which are free to learn and you can find them on their IGTV (@wonder_dance1) or Facebook page (/aliceinwonderdance). In addition they currently have three video packages you can chose from. These are four weeks worth of online content including fitness, exercises, choreography and stretching videos. The styles available are lyrical, street or commercial dance and each package is only £10.
Wonder Dance have used the lockdown period to continue to define their brand and build their community. Due to having this extra time they have been able to focus more energy into developing their Wonder Dance offer.
Wonder Dance started last year as an informal dance platform for Alice and Mickey to showcase their work. During lockdown they have collaborated with an animation and design artist to create the logo and make their overall presence more professional. They have had fun playing around with options and are really happy with the logo/look for the company. They can’t wait to continue their business plans and develop their ideas further.
Lockdown has forced Alice and Mickey to be creative in different ways and one project in particular that was a highlight of their lockdown life was the ‘Together Apart’ online community dance video (that they created in partnership with Compass Dance). With lockdown restrictions relaxing, this video reflects on the important connections made during this time.
Alice and Mickey say, “We are so thankful to the dance professionals, enthusiasts, friends and family that came together to create our final video.”
During lockdown, Wonder Dance have enjoyed virtually meeting many other dance artists in the Tees Valley area, who they wouldn’t have otherwise met. They recently had a challenge to get people being creative and using their bodies to help spell ‘Wonder Dance’. It was a success and a fabulous opportunity to collaborate with other dancers in the local community.
Both Mickey and Alice are really looking forward to face to face teaching and performing again. Last weekend Alice was booked as a children’s entertainer and hopes this is a sign of more things to come. Mickey and Alice are freelance artists and have lots of their own projects alongside Wonder Dance. Although their schedules are filing up as lockdown eases, they will of course continue Wonder Dance, to be committed to creating future dance opportunities for all ages and abilities.
We look forward to the future of all things Wonder Dance – watch this space for more news, dance performances, workshops and events.
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