new routines = run + explore

Happy Place, Happy Space

Younger Child has joined a new dance class under the Diverse Abilities Dance Collective umbrella.

{Diverse Abilities Dance Collective (DADC)} is a community initiative by Maya Dance Theatre (MDT) … to create a co-existing space for persons with disabilities and art-makers. Drawing from MDT’s training, we develop dance techniques inspired from Bharatanatyam and contemporary dance.


More than just a dance programme, Elevate is where you get to discover more opportunities in the arts. Our training methodology is crafted such that persons with or without disabilities can benefit from the programme. Through a holistic approach, you will receive dance training from industry professionals.


Diverse Abilities Dance Collective

The class is led by the dance team from Maya Dance Theatre.

Maya Dance Theatre (MDT) is a non-profit professional dance theatre company that has carved out a niche for itself in the Singapore dance scene by creating works with social consciousness and sharing social stories. Pivoted on a social theme, each multi-disciplinary production encourages meaningful conversation with audiences and artists … Our contemporary dance expression is stemmed from Asian dance traditions and philosophy, primarily Bharathanatayam (Indian Classical Dance) 

Maya Dance Theatre
Maya Dance Theatre

For the foreseeable future, every Saturday morning will bring me to the Kallang area to drop Younger Child off. While waiting on her, it will be an opportunity for me to explore.

Although it would have been rather late in the day to run (10am in Singapore is typically sunny, hot & humid), I was fortunate this morning to have overcast skies: perfect for running & exploring.

Lots of activity on the water: canoeing classes, mellow fishing, grueling dragon-boat practice.

On the nearby greens, cricket was happening, as was frisbee golf.

I love poking around vegetable & fruit gardens to see what is growing. So of course, I had to stop when I encountered this charming allotment garden. I thought of Tish at Writer on the Edge & wondered how her allotment garden is doing.

This little kitty in one of the planters reminded me of Laurie at Notes from the Hinterland‘s Minerva (stone guardian kitty in her garden). It also brought a lump to my throat as I remember Ms Watson and how keenly Laurie must feel her passing.

It was an extremely entertaining run around the Kallang River and I’ve got so much more to explore. There’s always next Saturday!

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Reading your Joyful Posts brings me to my happy place. I hope having them in one place makes it easier for you to find when you need a bit of happy therapy, too.

If you would like to join in Happy Place, Happy Space, ping back to this post and I will include you next week.

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This post is my contribution to:

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Feature photo is Sri Manmatha Karuneshvarar Temple on Kallang Road. I waited at this light to cross to the riverside park.


    1. I feel very fortunate to have this group of affirming people – it is because of them that Younger Child has found community and a way to enjoy music & dance again.


  1. Ju-Lyn, Sounds like a very good change of routine. Your younger child gets to dance and you get to run and explore. Wonderful photos of the various recreational activities and green space in Singapore. Thank you for the mention and for your weekend coffee share.


  2. First, thank you so much for mentioning our dear Ms. Watson. That dance company looks wonderful. Look forward to hearing more about younger child’s dancing adventures. As you might have guessed, I love anything that has the name “Maya” in it. 😉 Finally, I really like how in Singapore, you can get Frisbee golf and cricket. Quite a diverse combination.

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    1. This was a good morning in a series of exciting walks & explorations in the area. As Younger Child’s rehearsals have gotten longer, I am now using that time to catch up on errands! Not as entertaining, but things that must be done.


  3. The dance company looks a fascinating project, Ju-Lyn. No parents, so I presume you’ll have to wait and see what younger child shares with you. It sounds exciting. And meanwhile I’m hoping Tish has successfully moved. They had quite a lot of snow in England yesterday. Our youngster was very happy making snowmen. Thanks again for the link. Wishing you a lovely weekend.


    1. Goodness, Jo! I have realised how behind I am in responding. I hope you don’t take the silence as lack of appreciation for your visits.

      The dance/film project Younger Child has embarked on is drawing to a close – filming takes place in a couple of weeks so there is palpable excitement!

      I note that Tish managed to complete her move – whew!


    1. Appreciate your reading about DADC – maybe one day they will perform in a venue near you. I think one of their filmed programmes made it as far as Melbourne. Maybe in a few years …


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