BAATN Online Dance Event – A DJ Saved My Life

Artwork for Marvin Gaye’s Album ‘I Want You’

This is a Closed Public Event

Sat 18th September 7 – 9pm London/UK Time

According to a study conducted by the University of Oxford, dancing alongside other dancers “lights up brain pathways”. As a result of this, dancers experience a sense of unity and community.

With this in mind, why not come along and experience the unique healing power of music and dance, at this new and highly interactive BAATN online monthly gathering. 0

Many of us already know from daily experience that music can lower levels of stress, anxiety and depression, so be ready to dust off your dancing shoes and talk about your love of dance, with other like minded music lovers. 

There will also be lots of opportunities to experience the therapeutic, mental health and wellbeing benefits of sharing our experiences, making connections and insights with others, both personally and professionally. 

Here are a few things attendees said about their experience of this previous gathering:

Click here for previous attendees feedback

“I loved moving/dancing to music, there was a different level of connection not just with the group members but also with myself” 

The gathering was a beautiful and therapeutic space for dance and self-reflection”  

“Fantastic”

“Loved it, the right combination of movement with conversation about what we felt”

“I had an incredible time, Dennis is awesome at holding the group. It was super fun, loving and sharing experience”

“A good dose of light, playful reflection”

“I was reminded how songs and dance can be very supportive and nourishing to our mental health”

“I really enjoyed this therapeutic intervention that touches the mind, body and soul”

“Great music and wonderfully facilitated by Dennis”

Book your tickets below  to listen to some classic dance floor tunes, shake your hips, burn some lockdown calories, and all without having to book an Uber!

In the meantime please see playlist from the first gathering for you listening pleasure:

Cost:

£15 per session for BAATN members, £17.50 for non-members 

Non-members can book here 

Booking:

  • You can book gatherings up until the day before the gathering at 5 pm
  • Only the next two upcoming dates will be open for registration at any one time.
  • If you have difficulty booking, you can email membershipandevents@baatn.org.uk
  • If an event is full, email membershipandevents@baatn.org.uk to go on the waiting list. If a place becomes available before 5 pm on the day before the event, priority will be given to those at the top of the waiting list.
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Facilitator

Dennis L Carney @blackgaynproud

Dennis L Carney @blackgaynproud

Dennis has been a BAATN board member for last 10 years and is a member of BAATN’s Conference Sub Committee.

Dennis has run several online dance events since lockdown and facilitated a dance workshop at the last BAATN Conference, which inspired the idea for this monthly event.

Over the last three decades, Dennis has developed and facilitated personal development workshops, that explore themes around identity, self-esteem, assertiveness, relationships and sexual health.

Dennis also works as a part-time lecturer at The City Literary Institute, and currently delivers short courses on Anger Management, Group Facilitation, Gestalt and also facilitates Personal Development Groups for counselling students. 

Dennis is the Chair of Black Connection, a social network for older Black queer men and has also received two Black LGBT Community Awards in recognition of his work with Black queer communities in the UK.”

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