Hello! I’m Anna Gilderson a dancer, choreographer and teacher. With a passion for encouraging, growing and releasing others to have fun, be who they are and use their creativity. Dance and movement is at the heart of what I do. It’s an excellent form of communication that crosses boundaries and cultures and talks about things that people may find hard to. I try to cross some of those boundaries in the work that I do. Living Colour Creative is about my desire to develop, share and expand the work I do with uC Grace and my daily life. There are so many times in life where we let things pass us by, rather than realising what’s there! We should be expectant for the things to come, expectant that God will move. My biggest passion is combining my love for dance and movement with my love for faith, challenging people’s journey’s, encouraging them to draw closer to God.
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So today, I finally managed to sit down and start going
through the footage from the dance retreat to try and piece sections together
into a bit of a highlight video. Tough Decisions!! There was so much lovely work
created over the weekend, you can see God in all that everyones dances, such a
privilege to be able to revisit and see people’s journey. My aim is to get it
finished this weekend, and then I will share it with you.
But along the way I found one video from the weekend that
had me in stitches. The embarrassing bit was that I was in my garden watching
the videos when I discovered it, so yes, I was laughing on my own, at laptop
screen, what the neighbours thought, who knows!
But it really spoke to me. The video is of the last session
on the Sunday morning, where we were moving around different stations,
cementing the things God had spoken to us during our journey there. One station
was the river, and dancers were encouraged to get in the river and encase
themselves, in God, laying their journey down.
Sometimes such a task can be taken seriously, but God puts
laughter, exploration and fun in our soul. He wants us in his river, exploring
Him, growing closer to him and having fun doing so. So, sit back and laugh
whilst you watch this video. Embrace the journey you are on at the moment, roll
in Gods beautiful river and let laughter lead the way for a bit!
So it’s been awhile since I last sat down and wrote here.
Since my beginning of the year post, I have welcomed my baby daughter, Isabella
into the world. Who now at three months is full of smiles, giggles and lots
I find this time of year, one of my most exciting, not only
do we begin to see examples of new life springing up all over the place, daffodils,
lambs, flowers, leaves on trees etc. But we also celebrate Jesus’ death and
resurrection. In so many ways, this act of someone dying on the cross for us is
incomprehensible, and yet it’s true. Jesus did die and rise again, something
that is cause for immense celebration.
God is with us in our darkest and lightest moments,
sometimes it’s hard to step out and trust him, to believe that he has
everything in control.
Earlier in March, Blurred Edges, one of the SEED (Sharing,
Encountering, Encouraging, Dance) groups of Living Colour shared their ‘Oceans’
Dance at a women’s breakfast. The morning was about seizing creativity and
choosing to step out of the boat with the gifts God has given us.
On Good Friday when we reflect on what Jesus did for us, the
pain and suffering he went through, I wonder whether we can choose to step out
of the boat and trust God through our pain with what he has planned. Allow the
spirit to lead us? Jesus died for us, surely to step out isn’t too much for God
to ask of us? Maybe consider an area in your life at the moment, an area you
are struggling with and not sure where to go with it, step out and allow God to
‘Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders, let me
walk upon the water, wherever you would call me…’
Have a lovely and blessed Easter, enjoy the video, and
hopefully over the coming weeks I will be starting to post a bit more regularly
So last Saturday was our dance day in Watford – Sharing a
Passion, Generating Creativity – it was an amazing day watching God work
amongst the participants and seeing each one of us grow closer to God with our
There are loads of highlights from the day that can be
spoken about, but the thing that I am going to pick out to discuss here is the
dance that we did as a group called ‘Can’t Stop Singing.’ The whole
theme was about God giving us More Than
Enough, More Than Enough.
I led the day with Jo Littledyke from Soul Survivor Watford
Dance, and as we were planning we really sensed that the day was all about joy,
and celebrating. Celebrating what God has done, will do and that he is always
This song was about drawing on those emotions, it goes from
exploring individually the grace that God gives us, to moving in groups and recognising
that he can provide and sustain us through it all. before entering into a time
of moving together and saying that the Lord is the Redeemer.
If any of you know Soul Survivor Watford, you will know that
there warehouse is equipped with some pretty special lights. On Saturday, a guy
called Matt had very kindly given up his time and said that he would come and
do the sound and lighting for the day. This added a whole new layer to watching
God move amongst the participants.
You will notice the video seems really dark to begin with,
it was hard to get the right light, but once the dance gets going you will
recognise that there are other roaming lights that happen across the space. We
decided to experiment, and at point in the dance when it seems like the dance
has finished the lights go out, but then they come back on. We wanted to
portray and feel a real sense of yes God is here, he always gives us more than
enough and the result of that is that we can’t stop singing and we can’t stop
It’s really hard to describe the feelings and atmosphere
that the dance brought, all we know is that God was there and it was awesome to
dance in his presence!
Well I haven’t put on a Friday Dance in a while, so this week’s
one is a bit of a treat. Last Saturday I had the pleasure of teaching a dance
day based on the theme of ‘Butterflies of Beauty’ (you may have heard me chat a
little bit about this before), and the day was so much more than I expected it
to be. But then again it always ends up like that!
The journey for the day was to explore the life cycle of a
butterfly in terms of our own walks with God. We looked at how when it’s an
egg, it’s pure and blameless and free from sin, so we spent some time thinking
about the sin we currently have in our lives and what it feel likes to remove
that off of ourselves and move in a much freer way. Different things were
written down onto a piece of paper, which was danced on and folded each time,
later on during a prayer response time participants were invited to shred that
piece of paper as a symbol that they were completely getting rid of those
things that had held them back.
The second stage was all about the caterpillar, a
caterpillar has to eat and eat and eat to get all that it needs to sustain
itself, it’s priority is to eat and grow! Sounds pretty awesome doesn’t it! In
our lives, Gods word is just like that, God wants to us to read and read and
read, take on board and condense what it says. We did this through exploring
some verses that can be the foundation of our relationship with God, ones that
always come back to the fact that God loves us no matter what and that He has
so much love for us!
‘ So then, just as you received Christ Jesus
as Lord,continue to live your lives
in him,rootedand built up in him,
strengthened in the faith as you were taught,and overflowing with
thankfulness.’ Colossians 2.6-7
When the caterpillar goes into a chrysalis it undergoes a
transformation, it is made new, reformed. God gives us some very special
promises in the Bible that more often than not we forget, or ignore or don’t
really take on board. In this section I wanted each of the participants to
realise the significance of the things that God has promised and won’t ever
‘I give you a Royal Crown…You are part of precious family… I gave you
life… Your dreams do matter. I carry your burdens… I know your name… You are
Royalty… You have a purpose… I love you as you are… I have taken your sin… My
blood was shed for you… I catch every tear… My arms will protect you… I care
all the time… You are my precious child... Always shine like the star I made
Out of the chrysalis comes a beautiful butterfly, which God
just wants to fly the way he made it to fly. This week’s dance is an amalgamation
of all the knowledge that the participants drew on in the morning and
celebrates the journey that they went on then and are still going to go on as
they begin to grow and fly more. The song ‘Create in Me’ by Rend Collective
sums it up completely.
PS You'll have to excuse the shakey hands, I didn't want to miss out some of the group work, but couldn't pick it all out if I left the camera on the tripod!
Our outdoor dance workshop date, finally crept up on us, and
last week a group of 8 of us met on Stoke Park Guildford to enjoy a dance
worship session with a difference – it was outside in the elements! When I say elements
that is what I really mean as in the 48 hours running up to the workshop we had
hailstones, sunshine, thunderstorms and lots of rain, right up to an hour
before. But God was good and the skies cleared for us to have a lovely time
Before we got stuck into exploring a dance we spent some
time thinking about aspects in our life where we would really value blessings
and where we needed to have a little more faith that God was in control (I’ll
talk more on that in another post). Carrying on from there we listened to the
song 10, 000 Reasons by Matt Redman and all learnt some very simple movements
to the chorus which each person was then encouraged to make their own, the
verses were then explored in groups before coming together at the end prior to
some free worship.
We gradually lost the light as the session went on, hence
why the film is quite dark, but what I find fascinating is the sky in the
background still giving us the little bit of light that was needed.
For if you remain
silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from
another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but
that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this? Esther
Our Living Colour SEED workshop we had last week was a
lovely time spent catching up with some people who we hadn't seen for a while,
as well as hearing about some testimonies of how dance had been used in people’s
lives since we last saw them.
We looked at the story of Esther and how God moved in her story,
when she was unaware of it. In small groups it was encouraged to describe a
time in our past when God worked through circumstances our life to bring
something about, it was noted that we may only have recognised this after it
Over the evening we explored the song ‘Here Waiting’ from
Covenant Worships new album, Kingdom. We really wanted to draw into the
presence of God and get the sense that in our journey we have to wait and be
patient to allow God to work among us and through us.
Although we were in a lovely space at Emmanuel Church, it
meant it was very hard to capture it on video (need to get a wide angle lenses!),
it was a great opportunity to work on creating different floor patterns and
shapes into and out of groups. And will hopefully be a dance that we can develop
further in the future.
I’m sure I’ve said it a few times before, but I never tire
looking back at footage and pictures of participants on their journey and
watching how God works within them and grows them on their journey. As many of
you will be aware in May I ran the second of our dance worship training days at
Christ’s College, Guildford.
It was such a blessing not only to have use of such a wonderful
space, but also to meet lots of new faces! It’s taken a while, but I finally
got round to editing together highlights from the day. You may already have
seen the movements created from Ephesians 6.10-18 (see it here if you missed
it), contrasted with different movements to Psalm 121 where God encourages us
to seek support and guidance (remind yourself here). But this week, I have
hopefully been able to give you a snapshot of a little bit of everything that
we did, and capture how the ladies went on their journey.
When I set out probably around this time last year to start
thinking about running these specific dance days, I had no comprehension of
what they would really entail, what God would open up to me, or whether anybody
would come! With a lot of Living Colour events, uc Grace has had to stand the
test, with no body turning up, to a whole host of people turning up. We’re half
way through this year, and the new people that I have encountered on my journey,
and their journey in dance worship, has been more than I could imagine.
God does work in mysterious ways and one of the delights for
me this year is the exciting challenge to find new ways to share and encourage
people to grow. Our next dance day in September, will be doing more of that.
With the theme ‘Sharing a Passion, Generating Creativity’ it’s all about
getting what’s within out, exploring the use of props, and working with
different ages, leading dance worship groups and putting together dances to
share. As well as hearing other people’s stories and what inspires them. And,
not forgetting, the real reason that we do what we do – for God only and no one
else. To bring him glory, and help others get there who may be struggling along
So, if you’re about on Saturday 13th September,
can get to Soul Survivor Watford, and spend the day 10 – 4pm starting or
growing on your journey, we would love to see you. No experience is necessary,
young and old welcome, men and women. Get in touch for more info. In the
meantime, enjoy the highlights from May – Moving with a Strong Foundation, and
have a great weekend!
I’ve been a little on the quiet front recently, as have had
few other things to occupy my mind! However, this little treasure of dance was
one that I had sitting all ready to be uploaded on Pentecost weekend, but never
quite got that far!
In May at our last workshop we looked at how God shakes the
heavens for us, how he uses the Holy Spirit to help us in all that we do. Much of
this was explored personally, about how we draw near to God as individuals, and
through creating movement that can also incorporate flags. The use of giant
pieces of fabric allowed us to feel and see the depth of Gods movement, and at
the end how we can come before God and receive all that he has to give us.