How it works
Welcome! If you're coming along for the first time or haven't been for a while these FAQs are for you.
What is conscious dance and how do you do it?
- Every Monday the teacher/facilitator will invite you to bring your attention to certain aspects of your movement, thinking or your body. These invitations are just that - you can carefuly follow the guidance or you can simply do your own thing. Interaction and any physical contact is your choice. All you have to do is listen and move in whichever way you feel moved! Some people laugh aloud, others cry or possibly scream - anything goes and there's a magic in how the space always holds the emotion in a safe way.
How much does it cost and do I need to book?
- Entrance for the evening is £12. Concessions are available for £10 on request.
We had to introduce online booking during covid times. This is loosening up and some people now regularly come without booking in advance. Some teachers want a cap of 40 in the dance space. If you are unsure about whether to 'drop-in' then it is suggested that you book in advance.
What should I wear?
- Wear whatever feels comfortable and allows you to move freely and uninhibitedly. Layers are recommended as you will find your body temperature changes depending on your level of activity. The majority of people dance barefoot. Socks can be hazardously slippy so if you do not want to dance barefoot we suggest wearing soft-soled dance shoes. In chilly weather the uninsulated floor can be cold despite heating, so this could be the time to wear soft-soled shoes.
What time does it start and can I drop in at any time during the evening?
- The doors are open from 7.15pm for the 7.30pm start. The doors are closed at 7.40pm for the collective privacy and security of the dancers and the space. We ask that people arrive within the 25 minute window to minimise disruption. If, for some reason (such as childcare) you know you will need to arrive just after 7.40pm let Robert know so he can keep an eye out for you. If you need to leave early for some reason (before 9.40pm) we ask that you discretely let the teacher know.
Are drinks and seating available?
- Bring your own bottle for water. The space is an alcohol-free zone and there are no hot drinks available. Chairs are not placed on the dance floor except in the event of someone requesting a chair due to an injury or other specific reason. If you wish to lay down we suggest you bring a sheepskin, rug or something similar - the wooden floor can be cold.
Is there somewhere to leave my bag and coat?
- Bring your belongings into the hall and leave them on the floor where they will be in sight of you. If you accidentally leave something behind you can be reunited with it via our Lost Property display available by the entrance door every Monday night.
Are there toilets available?
- Yes, there are several male and female toilets at a lower level as well as a disabled toilet by the disabled access at hall level.
Can I chat to people in the dance space?
- We ask that inside the hall itself remain a non-verbal space as this is movement mediatation practice. You are welcome to chat and greet others in the entrance lobby of the hall. Some go to a nearby pub after the dance to enjoy the joys of getting social!
Is there parking or public transport nearby?
- There is free parking in the Civic Hall carpark, Heath's Nursery car park or Totnes High street from 6pm onwards. Totnes Train Station is a 10-15 minute walk away. There are also willing people offering lifts if you need local transportation at the end of an evening's dance.
How can I be involved in the collective?
- We have a rota of helpers each Monday to create the 'altered space', staff the door, prepare the hall, and pack away.
- Volunteers receive free admission and have the satisfaction of contributing to something special!
- If you want to get involved you can find out more here.
Can I advertise what I do at the Collective?
Leaving of flyers is no longer something that we offer.
Can I share a practical request such as needing a lift or looking for somewhere to live?
- Speak to either Robert or whoever is holding the evening about this and we'll do what we can to help.
Can I bring my child along?
- By prior arrangement only. This is not generally considered suitable for children - some teachers and dancers feel it not a space for a child. Occassionally, at the discretion of whoever is holding the evening, a single child is allowed. You need to check in about this days before the actual evening.