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The first in a series of creative dance classes led by John Morris as part of Ignition went very well last week, and more people are being invited to take part in the class – no dance experience necessary.

Ignition is a project led by Wils Wilson (Director) and John Haswell (Associate Director) in Shetland, from October 2012 to March 2013. Over the course of 7 months, Shetlanders are being invited to explore our bittersweet relationship with the car – how it shapes us, defines us, supports us, frees us, challenges our attitudes towards our dwindling resources, and, sometimes, kills us. Spurred by the tragic death in November 2007 of Stuart Henderson, a young 18 year old Shetlander, in a car crash, Ignition explores the global and personal impact that our reliance on the car and its fuel has on our lives.

The dance classes explore our relationship with the car through creative dance and everyday movement. They are informal workshops which include improvising, having fun with movement, and creating dance material together.

Classes run weekly on a Wednesday evening. The next class will take place on Wednesday this week (28th November), followed by two more weeks of classes until we break for Christmas. The classes run between 7pm and 9pm in the Mareel Auditorium.

John Morris said: “The class is off to a good start - we’re learning movement and starting to make up our own dances, however there are still spots available and I’d like to anyone who thinks they might be interested in taking part to come along and join in.”

To register your interest in joining the class, call Shetland Arts on 01595 743 843 or email

The class is 18+ only. Open to all abilities and no dance experience necessary. Please wear loose clothing and bring water to drink.

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