Isabel Jackson’s business, Dancessence, offers women and girls dance events and facilitated sessions of dance-based movement. After getting many requests for this kind of niche event, Isabel came up with the idea of providing specialised services for women and girls of diverse backgrounds to express themselves in women-only spaces.

A dancer and dance teacher herself, Isabel has also studied dance as a social practice at an academic level. She’s keen to bring her training and education together in her business. Isabel called her enterprise Dancessence as a way of expressing the elements of dance (the physical side of dance movement plus what dance means in a social and cultural context), while evoking ‘the special joy that comes from dancing’.

Isabel’s approach to her workshops is a holistic one – for instance, she may use guided visualisations in her movement sessions to create the opportunity for participants to express themselves personally, rather than focus purely on technique. Movement comes from within, in other words. This means her workshops are perfect for all women, however little or much they’re used to moving: “I’m driven by an ambition to facilitate joy through women moving their bodies, whatever their age, size, shape, ability or background,” Isabel says. “The sessions can also support experienced dancers to explore and extend their own movement repertoire.”

Dancessence sessions can be tailored events in private spaces or made available to the public at community places like neighbourhood houses.

Isabel says Sister Tribe offers her immediate connection with other women experiencing the ups, downs, triumphs and anxieties of starting a business derived from their own life experiences, as well as offering logistical support.