Venue: St Newlyn East Village Hall
Class Time: 2:00
This class runs on thursdays from 2-4pm in the winter and tuesdays 7-9pm April-Octoberys from 7
Class Duration: 2:00
he Choughs Wheelchair Dance Association was formed in 1970 to provide therapy combined with a social activity and recreation in which disabled people could take part. The object then as now was to help to improve physical co-ordination and reproduce the art of dance with participants in wheelchairs rather than on their feet. A wide range of dances are used from old time, ballroom, disco, modern pop and anything in between.
In 1971 the Choughs entered their first competition at the Hammersmith Palais and emerged as National Champions, a title they have held every year, except two, until the present time. In 1975 the International Championships were introduced, taking place every other year, again the Choughs retaining the title for every year but two.
The Choughs dance as an A team, and we also had a B team at one time until numbers dropped but the A team remains strong despite difficulties along the way. From humble beginnings with wheelchairs begged and borrowed we now have a matching set of wheelchairs
All the wheelchairs are provided, and you do not need to be a wheelchair user to qualify to become a member. The National criteria are that Wheelchair dancing is open to any person who is unable to dance for up to five minutes without the aid of a wheelchair for medical reasons, this covers many disabilities.
The Choughs have the same uniform, the gents with a Cornish Hunting tartan waistcoat and the ladies with their skirt in the Cornish Hunting tartan, both with matching accessories. This “best” uniform is used for competitions and special occasions along with the wheelchairs with well cleaned chrome wheels. Appearances do reflect on judging
St Newlyn East Village Hall
St Newlyn East, Near Newquay