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About Us

At danceSing we believe that everyone should be offered opportunities during their day to participate in meaningful activity that promotes their health and mental wellbeing.

Mental, physical and social wellbeing is key to optimum functioning and independence, such as life satisfaction, optimism, self-esteem, feeling in control, having a purpose in life, and a sense of belonging and support.

Created exclusively for the care home and care community, and developed in consultation with NHS healthcare professionals, the danceSing Care programme aims to maximise emotional, physical, creative, intellectual, and spiritual stimulation.

Let danceSing bring the magic of music and movement with their unique and innovative danceSing Care wellbeing programme.

Benefits for those who participate: 

  • Improved enjoyment of life and self-confidence;
  • Increased self-esteem and positive feeling about oneself;
  • Increased independence, control, and choice;
  • Improved memory and dexterity;
  • Improved mobility, strength, co-ordination, and circulation;
  • Reduced dependency on others;
  • Increased levels of resilience and ability to cope;
  • Reduced depression and effects of dementia;
  • Reduced pain and recovery time;
  • Improved levels of motivation to participate in day-to-day activities.

Potential benefits for carers:

  • Greater job satisfaction;
  • Work becomes more sociable, with increased conversation and activity;
  • Raised expectations of participant capabilities, thus reducing levels of dependency;
  • Helping carers get to know the people they care for much better;
  • Activities for those being cared resulting in opportunities for carers to participate in new activities and develop new skills themselves. 

Our bespoke sessions are a mixture of fun, challenge, and mental stimulus and  have been designed and developed to make a positive difference to the lives of everyone who participates.

Our Team

With a wealth of knowledge and combining years of experience, passion, energy, and enthusiasm, meet the creative team bringing wellness to the care community.

Natalie Garry

Founder, Director & Movement Leader

Natalie Garry

Natalie trained as a professional ballet dancer at the English National Ballet School and has performed with Scottish Ballet and Scottish Dance Theatre. She is a qualified exercise trainer these include exercise for the older person, chair fitness, dance fitness, nutrition, weight management, exercise counselling and stress and anxiety management.

Natalie has created danceSing for everyone and is delighted to bring danceSing into the Care Community. Natalie has been working specifically with older adults since the 1990’s and has presented for The Exercise Association Research into Ageing Conference. danceSing presented and was identified as a best practice at The Active & Independent Living Conference 2018.

Natalie is passionate about improving people’s overall wellbeing through movement, singing and music. Her exuberance and love of dance has brought joy to many people of all ages and abilities.

Claire Hunt

Operational Director

Claire Hunt

Claire is an experienced project manager and business intelligence analyst with extensive experience across a wide range of business planning environments and sectors, including: Private; Local Government; Civil Service; Housing; and Higher Education. Claire has worked with some of the leading organisations in the UK (and beyond) including Procter and Gamble and Durham University.

Claire has been a consultant for danceSing since February 2018 before formally joining the company in April 2019. Claire is primarily responsible for overseeing business development and operational growth of the company, its resources and assets. Claire is passionate about creating a five-star experience and delivering excellent customer service.

Claire’s mission is to take danceSing from strength to strength!

Karol Fitzpatrick

Music & Singing Leader

Karol Fitzpatrick

Karol has worked in music education for the past thirty years. She graduated with a BMus from Queen’s University Belfast and after a PGCE she took a post-graduate course in piano accompaniment at RCS. She has worked in Scottish secondary schools as a Head of Curricular Music and Director of Music and pursued her own studies of education management with an MSc at Edinburgh University. Karol works as Advanced Higher Music Principal Assessor for the Scottish Qualifications Authority, is a DanceSing Music Leader and a part-time Music teacher at Dollar Academy.

Karol studied piano with Geoffrey Pratley (RAM) and has worked as an accompanist, director of musical theatre productions and as a choral leader. Karol is passionate about communicating her love of music to both children and adults and she has enjoyed a wide experience of community music making. Having studied music therapy techniques during her university degree she has enjoyed being able to bring the power of music to people of all ages.

Karen Maciver

Composer & Music Leader

Karen Maciver

Karen is a piano player, arranger and composer who has spent the majority of her career encouraging music participation in people’s lives. Karen was head of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra education department and eventually returned to her first love as a musician in dance, returning to Scottish Ballet.

A the Scottish Ballet Karen works with the dancers, and also teaches piano improvisation at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland for Piano in Dance Masters course.

Lindsay Fraser

Musical Director & Singer Leader

Lindsay Fraser

Lindsay Ashworth Fraser trained as a musician at University of Strathclyde and in Musical Theatre at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and has worked as a freelance musician, actor, singer and voiceover artist for over 15 years.

Throughout her varied career, Lindsay has performed in plays, musicals and pantomimes throughout the UK and her strong choral tradition also led to many years' work as a session singer in London. Lindsay has sung for some of the world’s leading film composers at Abbey Road, Air Lyndhurst and Angel Studios. If you hear a choir on a Dreamworks animation, chances are Lindsay’s voice is in there somewhere!

Since moving back to Glasgow and having her son, Lindsay has grown her own business onlineMD, which provides musical support to some of the UK’s top theatre performers and launched vintage vocal trio The St. Andrews’ Sisters.

Lindsay joined danceSing in 2016 as a Music Leader and was promoted to Musical Director in 2019. Lindsay loves bringing her passion for harmony singing to danceSing and fosters a fun, engaging and relaxed environment in her singing sessions. Lindsay is excited to be moving to online teaching as we find ourselves in new territory and looks forward to welcoming you to the danceSing On Demand community.

Karen Bartke

Senior Administrator

Karen Bartke

Karen is an actress and voiceover artist who combines her performing career with her role as Senior Administrator with danceSing.

Karen worked in the private sector for 15 years as a Research & Development Manager has extensive experience as an administrator and customer services provider. Karen loves nothing more than getting to know clients and making sure that any time they need help, support or information, it’s delivered in the fastest, friendliest way possible.

As a performer, she’s best known as Officer Karen in the BAFTA winning mockumentary Scot Squad. She has also appeared in over 40 radio plays on BBC Radio 4 and is part of the ensemble cast in Audible’s recent award winning adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman.