Do you have a minute?

A minute is all it takes to calm your mind and body.

Have you ever used a meditation app and watched a circle move as you breathe in and out, helping to relax and re-focus your mind?

Well, we are creating Calderdale’s very own version! We are asking the people of Calderdale and beyond to create one-minute mindful videos, incorporating dance and movement

Why? To boost mental wellbeing among the Calderdale community.

How? Through a free online gallery of One Minute Motion films that goes live on World Mental Health Day, Saturday 10th October 2020.

The project is called One Minute Motions. #OneMinuteMotions

We need your videos.

You don’t need any fancy equipment to film. Anything with a camera – phone, tablet, laptop – will work.

Feel like being part of this creative community project? Here’s everything you need to know:

  • This opportunity is open to people of all ages, and it’s free to get involved. You don’t need to have any specific experience in dance or film; everyone is welcome.
  • Make your film around one minute in length and include some ‘motion’ through dance or movement.
  • Register your film HERE, so we know it’s yours.
  • Deadline for submissions is 5pm on Wednesday 30th September.


  • Let your creativity flow and have fun.
  • Think about how you want to make people feel when they watch your video. Imagine just one person viewing your film – what do you want them to experience?
  • Here are some themes to get you started:
  1. Calm: grounded, settled, tranquil, quiet, relaxed
  2. Free: expression, celebration, lightness
  3. Empowered: motivation, inspiration, confidence
  4. Cared-for: compassion, empathy, kindness
  5. Joy: happiness, vibrancy, invigoration
  • You can use lighting, furniture, costume and props if you want to.
  • Are you going to be in your film? Someone else? Lots of people? No one? It’s up to you.
  • You can use sound and music. Just make sure any music is copyright-free. YouTube Audio Library is a great resource.
  • Keep your camera steady – pop it on top of some books/boxes or use a tripod.
  • We recommend filming in landscape, so your work fills the screen on YouTube.

Here’s some examples:

‘The Clouds Above’ by Sam (our Artistic Director), aged 35

Taking a moment to notice the natural world around us and move with the rhythm of the clouds.

‘Sparkle’ by Max, aged 7

Sometimes when you hear music, you just have to dance. Move how you want to. It will make you smile.

‘Digit Dance’ by Faye, aged 35

I liked the idea of just using my hand to create a fun film. Sometimes you don’t want to get up and dance, but stretching your hands and arms can be enough to feel refreshed.

What happens next?

  • Once we’ve received your film, we’ll confirm we’ve got it and will get to work adding it to our gallery.
  • You’ll receive an invitation to the online launch party on Saturday 10th October.
  • The gallery will be live online for everyone to use from then onwards. Make sure you share your work!
  • We’ll feature a selection of films on our social media channels, including our IGTV (Instagram) channel.
  • You can share your work with the world and celebrate your fantastic achievement; supporting the mental health of others by using your creativity.

This project was made possible thanks to funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund. Thanks to the Government for making this possible.