Supported Artist Shout Out – Kate Finegan

Introducing Kate Finegan – A Dance Woking Supported Artist

Kate is an experienced freelance dance artist working with all ages in Surrey, specialising in working with older adults and those with long term health conditions. Kate co-runs Inclusive Intergenerational Dance (iID), an arts for health company working within Surrey. She has recently collaborated with Arts Partnership Surrey to facilitate dance classes for Parkinsons sufferers over the course of a year. Kate is using her time with Dance Woking to support her personal development and gain a further understanding of marketing a dance organisation.

My work this last year has been a testament to my belief that everyone can enjoy dancing and that dance and creativity is good for mental and physical health. It has been a real lifeline to some and to me, I am keen for that process not to be underestimated as we step towards normality

Kate has shared an excerpt of Autumn Stories on our Instagram page which is from a collection of creative work from Smile Inside, an @iid_dance project bringing together the stories of isolating older adults and artists. Autumn Stories is a Surrey based project using for which poems were created and readings recorded by Creative Response, Zambesi Dance Company,  professional and community dancers, culminating in a film- the clip shares a story and filming on a very rainy day in the Surrey Hills. You can watch it by visiting our Instagram page

You can find out more about Kate by visiting her profile page here

Dance Woking developed the Supported Artist Programme, a new annual programme, to support up to 11 local dance artists and creatives living or working in Surrey to help them either re-establish their practice or begin it and help make working within Surrey a more sustainable proposition. Each week we will be introducing you to one of our supported artists and showcasing their ongoing work, achievements and capabilities. For more information about the scheme please click here