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Issue: May 2011
The Movement Medicine Sponsorship Fund

Have you ever wondered what workshops would be like if the dancers were more diverse socially and economically?

Have you ever wondered whether Movement Medicine could benefit people living on the margins of society, or in places of life or death conflicts?


Have you ever wished that Movement Medicine could be experienced by more people? Perhaps by those who couldn’t in their wildest dreams spend money on going to a dance workshop? Or by people who think they wouldn’t belong?

Movement Medicine is fundamentally about hearts, minds and bodies in motion. It encourages us to be active, manifesting the best of who we are and who we can become. And to offer what we are to life and the world we live in.

Many of us would love to make the gifts and benefits of Movement Medicine accessible to people who are disadvantaged economically and socially, and to bring the benefits of Movement Medicine to places where difficulty and conflict are prominent in people’s lives.

Inspired by these hopes and dreams, a few years ago, Susannah and Ya’Acov set up a Sponsorship Fund to enable people who couldn’t afford to attend workshops to apply for financial help to get there. Fellow dancer, Alan Sanday’s hard work and perseverance enabled the the Sponsorship Fund to be set up as a charity, so that it would have proper governance and benefit from tax based donations from the UK government.

The aims of the fund are:

To financially support the following activities, targeting people living in difficult situations, from resource poor settings, post-disaster or conflict zones

· Participation in Movement Medicine workshops, events, classes, or projects

· Supervision or support to develop and sustain Movement Medicine classes, events or projects

· Relevant research aiming at further investigating the benefits of Movement Medicine

The fund has a focus on assisting people who come from poorer communities or areas of conflict to access workshops. Also to support Movement Medicine teachers to deliver workshops in these kinds of communities which may not be able to raise enough income through workshop charges to cover costs. Susannah and Ya’Acov do not charge tuition fees to individuals who are supported by the Sponsorship Fund.

During the Apprenticeship Programme, Susannah and Ya’Acov invited a group of Apprentices to take over the running of the fund, to make a separation between the fund and their work and business interests, and to widen it’s ownership and management. The Movement Medicine Sponsorship Fund now has trustees from the UK, Norway, and Denmark, and a circle of supporters from Iceland, Italy, Denmark and the UK.

We are now re-launching the Fund, and publicising it in order to attract more donations so that we can support more people to access Movement Medicine and take the benefits into their lives and communities.

Your support

At the moment, we have lots of ideas about how the Fund could help. But not so much money!

So, if you have ideas about strategies to raise money, your contribution would be very welcome and might make all the difference. In particular, you might want to share some good practices in fundraising. We already have a website where people can make donations here

One way that people give money to the fund is by contributing the sponsorship money they raise as part of the Long Dance. The next Long Dance is in July. If you feel drawn to do this, please get in touch.

We would also welcome feedback about this article. We see the fund as being an integral part of the wider Movement Medicine Community and want to open it to your influence and contributions.

To make comments or to receive more information you can contact us on

Workshop organisers will also be able to put you in touch with the Fund’s trustees.

Love, Respect and Thanks,

Margaret, Agnes, Catherine, Katharine, Guro, Espen, Silvana and Maria
April 29th 2011

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The views expressed here do not necessarily represent the views of the School of Movement Medicine. Roland Wilkinson, Nappers Crossing, Staverton, Devon TQ9 6PD, UK Tel & Fax +44 (0)1803 762255 http://www.