The power of dance

Our Stepping Stones clients were delighted to host a special guest visitor this year - Kristie Mortimer, who is the Caroline Plummer Fellow in Community Dance for 2020. This Fellowship was established to commemorate and continue Caroline’s passion and vision for dance in the community. Caroline believed in the power of dance in respect to healing, education, cultural understanding and artistic expression.

Kristie spent six weeks at Stepping Stones teaching three different routines to the clients and staff. Clients had the most entertaining time learning new dances and performing in a group setting.  Our Supporter Development Manger Jude McCracken went out to see the final performances and observed the pure delight our clients expressed while learning to dance.

In their own words:

“It was really good exercise!”

“We have loved dancing with you Kristie”

“This could make us a good dance club!”


Stepping Stones is a community service run by Presbyterian Support Otago’s Family Works in South Dunedin, promoting mental and social well-being and resilience. The programme puts significant emphasis on connecting participants with people in the community. The group meets six days a week, to create, talk, and connect.