RetroSpective is a dynamic and diverse group of mature dancers who you may have seen performing in and around the Lancaster area. They are always looking for new members to join in the dance!
What is RestroSpective?
It’s a terrific performance group made up of a diverse mix of mature dancers with a range of experience in different techniques and backgrounds; from people who have always danced as a hobby to some with full-time dance training. First set up and developed by Gil Graystone and carried on by Helen Gould for Ludus Dance, the group has established a style which leans towards musical theatre and reflects the great time we’re having.
When we’re waiting to perform it may not seem much like fun and anyone who has ever experienced that mild terror just before a performance will understand. But, once we’re on the stage, and afterwards, there’s such a buzz we want to do it all over again.
Straight from the performer’s mouth – read what one of RetroSpective had to say about one of the group’s performances…
In the words of Freddie Mercury, which seem very appropriate for RetroSpective,
‘Don’t stop me now, I’m having such a good time, I’m having a ball’…
After badgering Helen for ages to do a Queen medley, she finally succumbed. But what we hadn’t banked on were the props! How on earth would we handle dustpan and brush, together with two dusters apiece? It can be challenging enough learning the moves and remembering where Helen’s signature ‘clumps’ come. There was much giggling and I completely ‘lost it’ one week when the mind went blank and I really couldn’t remember a single thing. Fortunately everyone is patient and supportive, and there was more giggling and a few choice words to myself until I got a grip on what was going on.
‘And what were we going to wear for this one?’ Costumes have sort of evolved, almost by accident, for many of our pieces. Usually there is general agreement on a theme and, with a combination of trawling charity shops and a bit of sewing, we come up with something that suits everyone. Several of us are handy with a sewing machine, which is useful, and there’s quite a bit of artistic talent amongst the crew.
As for the props… my job was to weight the dustpans so they stood upright. This was a combination of PVA, aquarium gravel and a scattering of glitter. Yes, really! And I did volunteer.
About group leader Helen Gould…
Helen is a dancer, dance artist, choreographer and producer. She trained at Bird College of Dance and Theatre Performance and her performance career has spanned the commercial and contemporary dance theatre sector in the UK and Europe in contexts ranging from musical theatre to film, contemporary dance and casino productions. Her choreography work has been programmed at regional theatre, including The Lowry, The Dukes Theatre, Oldham coliseum and Chester Grosvenor Open Air Theatre.
Much of Helen’s teaching practice involves working in inclusive settings. She is particularly interested in developing opportunities with, and for, people with specific needs. This includes people with particular health conditions and people with disabilities.
She has a keen interest in Dalcroze Eurhythmics, a method of teaching music through the body. She is currently studying her MSc in Dance Science and Education at Edinburgh University.
Join us… If you’re interested in being involved in RetroSpective, get in touch with us… email firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call on 01524 35936.