edna will take you on a journey and has been designed to explore innovative, inclusive, stimulating and appropriate dance, movement and creative activities with and for older people. Along the way we will share skills, knowledge and expertise.

Through sharing skills, knowledge and expertise a holistic and person-centered approach will encompass health and wellbeing to achieve a model for best practice to inform future projects and research.

edna's people

Luci Napleton

Dance Developer and Facilitator

Luci was awarded a merit for specialising in community dance by the University of Surrey in 2000. With over 14 years’ experience Luci has developed a vast range of dance projects, events, workshops and programmes involving dance, arts, health and wellbeing.

With a grassroots approach to dance and movement, Luci is passionate to tailor dance and movement to peoples’ needs regardless of age and ability. Having a holistic approach to dance and movement, Luci predominantly works in Kent and Medway, but has also worked across the South East region. Working in the heart of communities, provides more opportunities for people of all ages to get involved in dance and movement activity that is accessible.

Working in partnership also provides more opportunities to engage with people who want to dance and move and tailoring projects or programmes to their needs, which is empowering communities to make life style choices.
Developing dance and movement and combining them with other art forms is enriching for both the artists’ and participants involved. Recognising the benefits dance, movement and arts can have for health and wellbeing is embedded in Luci’s practice.

Tania Holland Williams

Artist and opera activist

Tania is one of the great fat ladies of opera, corpulent with sage advice from the operatic heroines and heroes of the past, and bursting with lines of song.

She works with voice and storytelling and a whole heap of music and loves to hear the tales of other people and capture their unique and distinctive dialects.

If you are lucky she might let you try on one of her fantastical hats.

Wendy Daws

Visual Artist

Wendy Daws is an artist, educator and facilitator with an inexhaustible interest in people, places and their stories. Wendy specialises in leading on large-scale community participatory art projects and has extensive experience, working in different settings, with all abilities across generations, from arts-based training programmes in galleries and educational settings, to working with disadvantaged and marginalized groups.  She has worked as a Creative Practitioner for the national Creative Partnerships Programme and is also an Arts Award Gold Advisor.

Wendy recently completed a commission from Rochester Cathedral.  Working in consultation with the Kent Association for the Blind Medway Art Group, creating a tactile version of the Baptismal Fresco by Sergei Fyodorov.  The final art work has been cast in bronze and now sits in front of the fresco for all to touch.

Recent projects include ‘The Art of Movement’, an artist driven project working with pupils from Ifield School and residents of Edward Moore House in Gravesend.  The ‘Shadowplay’ mural at the Strand Lido, Gillingham, working closely with Danecourt Community School to create a large scale 50 metre mural.

Wendy believes art is for all, regardless of age, ability or background.

Rebecca Ashton

Dance Artist

Rebecca is a dance artist, arts manager and dance teacher/facilitator based in Medway, Kent. She trained in Dance and Culture at The University of Surrey (2005-8). She has since worked as a dance teacher, project co-ordinator and dance administrator for various companies including The Dance Movement and Enigma Dance.

In 2010 she founded The Right Step Dance Company, a company that helps others provide and create dance opportunities, and has run every aspect of the company since. Rebecca also delivers cross-curricular dance training for primary school teachers and is currently working on The Sirens of Cetham, a collaborative, cross art form project for Medway and London based artists.

In 2010 Rebecca developed Active Armchairs, a programme of seated dance for older adults. The programme now includes training for dance artists and reaches those that may otherwise be unable to participate in dance across Medway and the surrounding areas of Kent. Rebecca’s artistic experience gained through projects such as The Sirens of Cetham and experience working with older adults as a dance facilitator and exercise instructor contributes to the innovative, constantly developing and varied approach that Rebecca will bring to edna.