Happy Me Dance
Project Wave - Dance in the Community
We’ve focused on the impact that COVID 19 has had on the local community.
As a movement in practice facilitator, Michelle has worked with Dr Peter Lovatt author of the Dance Cure and Lindsey Lovatt, Occupational therapist and has devised and implemented Project Wave – the awakening sessions. Project Wave offer bespoke sessions designed for all age groups to help people reconnect and re-find their ‘rhythm of life’ through dance delivery and participation. There is a strong connection with emotional wellbeing.
Through Project Wave, we are working with the community to understand the impact of COVID-19 has been on people’s physical activity behaviour and support them to begin/return to activity.
Current work has involved collaborations with Sussex Support Service and Team Domenica. Local press have recently published an article on our work with Project Wave and we currently have a weekly radio slot which helps us to communicate enthusiasm for dance as an activity for all. We are a member of the Uckfield Chamber of Commerce and were finalists for the Health and Wellbeing Award in the Uckfield Business Awards 2022.
“A great job and it was enjoyable and accessible for all. It was amazing how everyone got involved. The session flowed really well and the music was joyous too.”
Day Services Co-ordinator Sussex Support Service
Rosa is a British businesswoman and charity campaigner. Chief Executive of Tiffany’s in London from opening in 1986, Chief Executive of Asprey & Gerrard in 2000, then becoming non-executive chairman in 2002. Rosa is now a non-executive director of Aurum, which is the holding company for Goldsmith, Mappin & Webb and Watches of Switzerland. Rosa has been awarded with an MBE for all her charitable work for young people with learning disabilities over the years. She has been involved with several charities including Together for Short Lives, The Acorns Children’s Hospice, Downside UP, The Down’s Syndrome Educational Trust, KIDS (charity) and Bulgarian Abandoned Children’s Trust.
Founder & Chairman
“Michelle Clark, the founder of Happy Me Dance, is truly an inspiration. Meeting her and enrolling my daughter Domenica (who happens to have Downs Syndrome) into her class has been life transforming. Michelle is dance. She understands the importance of movement as a way of communicating and expressing yourself. In my daughter’s case, the time she spends with Michelle is a lifeline. Music and dancing for Domenica is a way of being…and not of being different. From September, Michelle will be giving a weekly class to candidates with learning disabilities at Team Domenica in Brighton, and I know that with her professional enthusiasm and extraordinary empathy, these classes will also change lives. Domenica is always proud to wear her Happy Me Dance t-shirt, because as she pointed out to me last week- ‘Happy Me is what I feel after my lesson.”
Rosa Monckton MBE
Founder and Chairman of Team Domenica