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Animated Issue: Autumn/Winter 2016/17
Communicating contemporary astrophysics via contemporary dance? Deb Ashby, Director of Dance Manchester tells us how
Animated Issue: Autumn/Winter 2016/17
Carol Brown, Founder and former Director, TAN Dance, talks about her unexpected journey from audience member to participant to artist practitioner and finally, Artistic Director, and her belief that we all have something special to give
Animated Issue: Autumn/Winter 2016/17
Wolfgang Stange, Founder, Director and Principal Choreographer, AMICI Dance Theatre Company has for  36 years been unafraid to challenge conventional attitudes to disability and the arts. By drawing on powerful themes, productions are inclusive of disabled and non-disabled artists and performers to reveal the strength, commitment and individuality of each performer. Here we discover  the building blocks of his integrated teaching and workshop process

Animated Issue: Autumn/Winter 2016/17
As Co-Artistic Directors of Kadam, Sanjeevini Dutta and Sujata Banerjee forged a unique South Asian Dance Artist-in-Residence/Animateur collaboration that spanned the East of England. Together with Nikki Crane, former Dance Officer, Eastern Arts Board, they offer their recollections

Animated Issue: Autumn/Winter 2016/17
Kate Castle petitions that in uncertain times dance as a community, and ‘community dance’ as a way of thinking about dance, has never been more urgent or relevant 
Animated Issue: Autumn/Winter 2016/17
Dancing together can bind us with a deep inner connection. Bisakha Sarker MBE, Artistic Director, Chaturangan, deliberates on how culturally diverse dance  can enhance the cultural and social fabric of people’s  lives and generate a collective sense of community.  This, she suggests, requires searching for and evolving an ongoing style of practice, both as a community dance leader and as a performer
Animated Issue: Autumn/Winter 2016/17
When popular culture and dance cross paths, the result, Marie McCluskey MBE, Founder and Former Artistic Director, Swindon Dance reflects, is a dynamic explosion of the art form. Here she offers a glimpse into her lifelong journey in community dance from pioneering beginnings as a Dance Artist-in-Residence/Animateur to current day insights

Photo by: Alicia Clarke
Animated Issue: Autumn/Winter 2016/17
Veronica Lewis MBE, Principal, London Contemporary Dance School, The Place, offers a rare insight into her early dance history and the role of gurus and mentors throughout her life in dance

Photo: Nasmin Khanam
Animated Issue: Autumn/Winter 2016/17
Beverley Glean, Artistic Director, IRIE! dance theatre, speaks candidly on tackling issues of culture and diversity in the UK

Animated Issue: Autumn/Winter 2016/17
Jayne Stevens, Principal Lecturer, Dance, School of Arts, De Montfort University, explains the debt those of us who cherish and champion participatory dance today owe to those pioneering the art form 30 years ago

Animated Issue: Autumn/Winter 2016/17
Scilla Dyke MBE, Former Dance Artist-in-Residence/Animateur and Founder Director, DanceEast/Suffolk Dance, 1982-1993, and Editor of Animated 1996-2002, lifts the lid on the groundbreaking work of some of the early pioneers of community dance. Often unspoken, these intimate and compelling insights from a diversity of practices, people and communities serve to illustrate how arts, social and political issues shaped dance practice and thinking in the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s, influencing dance as it is today and asking what can inspire us now?

Animated Issue: Autumn/Winter 2016/17
On significant birthdays it is customary to celebrate the achievement of arriving there and of marvelling at the journey taken from first steps onwards
Animated Issue: Autumn/Winter 2016/17
Dance artist and researcher into dance and Parkinson’s Melanie Brierley shares her thinking about how dance artists and participants act as a guiding presence to each other in creating a shared aesthetic and in illustrating good practice for  the care of people living with long term health conditions

Animated Issue: Autumn/Winter 2016/17
David Harradine, co-founder and co-artistic director of Fevered Sleep, which celebrates its 20th birthday in 2016, airs some of the ideas and beliefs underpinning the company’s experimental approach to public engagement and participation

Animated Issue: Autumn/Winter 2016/17
Choreographer Royston Maldoom OBE, shares a thought-provoking insight into how community dance practice, a once ‘fringe’ activity initiated by artists, has become mainstream, permeating every sector of civil society. But, he argues, have we lost the ‘art’ of dance, by doing so? 
Animated Issue: Spring 2016
Louise White is a dance artist based at The Old Town Hall in Hemel Hempstead and leads Let’s Dance, an older people’s dance group. Having signed up to this year’s Big Dance Pledge, Louise shares with us her approach to using the online resources and developing a version of Akram’s choreography that’s unique to the group. 
Animated Issue: Spring 2016
Jon Beney is one of a team of 18 artists delivering Big Dance Pledge training to professional artists and teachers for Akram Khan Company and People Dancing. He reflects upon his career working in participatory settings and how Big Dance has been significant for him
Animated Issue: Spring 2016
Journalist and curator Donald Hutera gets the low-down on women making waves in the UK’s independent dance scene 
Animated Issue: Spring 2016
Fiona Bannon is Chair of DanceHE the representative body for higher education departments teaching and researching dance in the UK. Here she reflects on its role in advocating for dance, a discipline ideally suited to investigate and articulate the social, cultural and political centrality of the arts to the quality of everyday life 
Animated Issue: Spring 2016
Rebecca Thomas reflects on life as a freelance dance artist and her journey, embracing the highs and lows of the lifestyle with a sense of purpose and drive 
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