The Tango Effect

By Kate Swindlehurst

Parkinson’s and the healing power of dance

Friday, 15 June 2018


Mid-June, & not far off Midsummer, and I'm cheered (and intrigued) by the latest addition to the Auction of Promises: 'Five meters of home-made felt bunting in colours of your choice'. Cheered because otherwise progress is somewhere between very slow and stopped. 62% funded sounds very promising indeed - until you remember that it's been thereabouts for some weeks now. At times like these, it's hard to keep the faith.

Not that I've been slacking. Two interviews in the last week or so resulted in an excellent full-page article by Tara Cox of the Cambridge News on 6 June and a piece by Charlotte Racher on That's Cambridge TV this Monday and now available on youtube. I'm in the process of orchestrating what I hope will be a truly spectacular Grand Garden Weekend in the middle of July, which will see the finale of the Auction along with live music, refreshments, readings by local writers and some dance/dancing. It's likely to be A Tale of Two Gardens, in fact, the venue for the Saturday still to be confirmed. The Sunday will be hosted very kindly by Clare and Iain McPhee in their beautiful garden in Meldreth.

Before this, next Tuesday evening, 19th June I'm presenting as part of PechaKucha Cambridge's next event at the Bradfield Centre from 6.30. And on 3rd July I am honoured to be the guest speaker in conversation with resident poet Jude SImpson at Home-Start Royston & South Cambridgeshire's Literary Lunch at the Old Bull Inn in Royston: tickets £15 available here

So, what am I asking? That all 181 of you who have been so generous in your support for Parkinson's & the Tango Effect so far stick with me. Could you promise a promise, or persuade someone you know to do so? It would also be very excellent if you could spread the word beyond our immediate circle, particularly when it comes to bidding. £2,000 is a challenging target but there are aleady some fabulous promises and I would very much like to spread the load, rather than relying on your generosity yet again. Secondly, I hope as many of you as possible will be able to attend some of  these events - the Garden Weekend especially will I hope be an opportunity to celebrate! And if we can hit the target for the Auction, then we will just be short of that one significant sponsor...


[Footnote: 'In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated' is the title of a wonderful short ballet choreogaphed by Wiliam Forsythe in 1987. I'd like to think that by the middle of next month my spirits will be more than 'somewhat' elevated!]


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