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Dance Away Isolation

Dance Away Isolation

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While so many of us here in the UK have been counting the days for the government to announce an exit plan for the coronavirus lockdown, there are millions of people who will be forced to stay home for an indefinite period of time. Staying safe for them is crucial, but it will take an enormous mental and emotional toll. Read Charlotte's story below

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CharlotteCharlotte's Story

Before coronavirus, the only day Charlotte would stay at home resting was Sunday. Charlotte has cerebral palsy, which means that she uses a powerchair to go about her day. Her disability never kept her from enjoying a schedule jam-packed with activities that run from Monday to Saturday and included dancing, swimming, boccia, college course and a volunteering job. For the last two months, however, the former Para Dance UK athlete has been confined inside the house, unable to meet with her loved ones or attend any of her favourite activities. Charlotte’s complex health condition means that there is no lockdown end date currently on the cards for her. While the rest of us are warming up to the possibility of a cup of coffee with friends or a Sunday roast with the extended family, she knows that, in her case, social isolation has become a new reality for an unknown period of time that might stretch well into 2021.

This sense of uncertainty and mind-boggling isolation is something that many people with disabilities face as Covid-19 sweeps through the UK. The immense mental and emotional toll it has taken is inevitably overlooked to focus on the bigger picture. Luckily, it is still possible to dance from home. Dancing is right now more cathartic and meaningful than ever. It doesn’t matter if you miss a beat, or even if you improvise the entire choreography. You simply must keep on moving and shake off any lingering fear or worry about the future. Dancing helps you hold tight to the things that really matter: Mental health, friendship, community and the promise that things will eventually get better.

Charlotte is determined to remain positive throughout the coronavirus ordeal, despite missing her friends dearly. Just like the other Para dance athletes whose lives have been put on hold, she focuses on things that help her keep her mind and body active. She writes a blog and does arts and crafts which she then shares with her friends on social media. Moreover, she sticks to her weekly dance and fitness classes on Zoom. Isolation is tough, and uncertainty is terrifying but she will pull through, one dance move at a time.

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May 24, 2020

Tracy Inglis

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May 24, 2020

Charlie McGeough

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May 21, 2020

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May 21, 2020

Anonymous

Well done

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May 20, 2020

Rob Beaton

Looking forward to seeing everyone dancing on Tik Tok. It's such an important issue that needs awareness now, that disabled people are unlikely to exit lockdown anytime soon and need remote services to be delivered for them. Good luck and thank you. Xxx

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