A Service Evaluation of Move Dance Feel: A Dance Project for Women Living With 
 or Beyond Cancer

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Wakeling K

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Move Dance Feel

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Move Dance Feel is a creative dance project for women recovering from or affected by cancer, including those who are supporting someone with cancer. The project was founded in 2016 to explore what participatory dance could offer in the context of cancer recovery and to address a recognised need for post-treatment support.

Evidence shows that 70% of people struggle with physical and emotional side effects between one and ten years after cancer treatment (Macmillan 2013). Reported side effects include tension, weight changes, pain, restricted movement, severe fatigue, stress, anxiety, depression, fear, low self-esteem, disturbances in body image, and many more ill health factors.

Between April 2018 and April 2019 Move Dance Feel worked in partnership with three leading cancer support organisations across London: Bromley by Bow Centre with Macmillan Social Prescribing, Maggie’s Barts and Paul’s Cancer Support Centre. The project was open to all adult women aged 18+ and offered free, weekly dance sessions centred around artistic practice, where women could come together ‘to dance instead of talk about their cancer experience’.

94 women engaged with Move Dance Feel during this 12-month period. The women who participated had undergone, or were undergoing, treatment for a wide range of cancer types, including breast cancer, lung cancer, leukaemia, cancer of the spine, head, neck and jaw, colon cancer, gastric cancer, ovarian cancer, bowel cancer and eye cancer. Participants came from diverse backgrounds, attended from East, Central and South West London, and ranged in age from 30 to 75.

Evidence Type: Non-Randomised Evaluation

Main Focus: Physical Health

Research Purpose: Outcome Evaluation

Context: Community

Participant Group: Adults

Art Forms: Dance

Access Type: Free Download

APA Citation:

Wakeling, K.(2019). A Service Evaluation of Move Dance Feel: A Dance Project for Women Living With 
or Beyond Cancer. UK: Move Dance Feel.