A film by Tom Sloan & CDL founder Elizabeth Arifien 

‘Taken by the Hand’ is a collection of five worlds colliding for one unifying dance. Our movement represents time, its passage and its impact, our emotive performance is combined with messages of community. 

As an antidote to the zeitgeist of youth, our film directly faces the topic of age. Its narrative celebrates our elders whilst hearing honest accounts of their place within today’s society and how their experiences with dance have re-informed their perceptions around aging.


It is an unapologetic account of life, set to the backdrop of Tottenham.

Creative Dance London’s Dancers:

Bob Williamson, Jackie Richards, Patricia Anastasi, Pew Kan, Wendy A Powell

Creative Team

Director: Tom Sloan

Creative Director & Choreographer: Elizabeth Arifien

Director of photography: Alex Reid

Art Director: Tim Hughes

Editor: Ben Boullier

Composer & Instrumentalist: Sabio Janiak

Stylist: Lorna McGee

Production: Lalaland Production

Production Departments

Steadicam Operator: Rick Woollard ACO

DiT & Digi Op: James Whitty

1st AC: Tim Allen

2nd AC: Ali King

3rd AC: Nessie Appleton-Smith

Sound Recordist: Mike Palmer

Gaffer: Sebastian McCluskey

Best Boy: Milan Rodriguez

Hair Stylist: Eliot McQueen

Makeup Artist: Lydia Ward Smith

Dance Operations: KatIe Dale-Everett

Stylist assistant: Yamine Daaboul

Postproduction Departments

Colorist: Francis Qureshi

Sound Design: Emanuele Costantini

Sync: Nikolai Galitzine

Title design: Tim Hughes


Creative Dance London, Stanley Arts, Diana Roy, Victoria Harris, Matthew Suddaby, Adam Coles & Mick Walsh at Panavision,Callum Johnstone, Sharon Cho Ki Chung & Thomas Goldser at Avenues StudioAndrew Trewartha, La La Land Production & Pro Lighting