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Focus on: creativity and learning
When I was offered the challenge of guest editing this edition of Animated, creativity and learning were suggested as its twin themes. Almost as soon as I'd said yes, those very subjects began to spring up everywhere. I spotted them in the fragments of an education article on the back of a review hastily clipped from a national broadsheet. (Lines that leapt out at me include 'The young are presented with celebrity rather than excellence as their role model' and 'It is the most curious youngsters who want to learn, not the most talented.') I heard them more directly during a brief Woman's Hour interview with Twyla Tharp. 'I don't believe creativity is off-the-wall, or a matter of mood or whimsy or indulgence,' she opined. 'It's a practice.'

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In this issue
A decade of dance ecology
Kat Bridge, Jamie Watton and Brendan Keaney, trace the development of Greenwich Dance Agency
From the editor
Donald Hutera, guest editor
The focus: creativity
Towards the creative class
Professor David Hopkins of the Department for Education and Skills is caught between a rock and a creative place
Dancing the words
Lucy Moelwyn-Hughes, Education Officer at the Place finds that science and dance are a magic formula
Einstein was right
Crying Out Loud's Emma Gladstone offers a personal view on the rewards of producing the impossible
Unleashing the unwanted on the unexpecting
Nick Owen, director of Aspire Education Action Zone, wonders what place true creativity has in a learning environment, which distrusts dialogue?
Creative climates
Anna Cutler, of Creative Partnerships Kent, is fervid about what's happening at Brockhill Park School
Dance and disabled people
Movement! Communication! Joy!
Fergus Early dives head-first into Green Candle's Dance Summer School for Deaf Children
Path of enlightenment
Helen Bell and Dee Davison, Dance Policy Advisors at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, get to grips with the puzzling pathways of dance education
Do or DiE
Knowing what is at stake in her sector, Community Dance Wales development director, Gillian Dale asks us to keep dance in mind
It's a gift
Out on the road with Heidi Wilson, who unwraps Powys Dance's Early Years project The Present/Yr Anrheg
Up to the challenge
Jacqueline Rose, Arts Council London, charts the development of an initiative designed to create greater dance opportunities for young people in the London region
New VIctories?
Jo Parkes, with support from Graham Jefferys, spotlights the great possibilities and potential pitfalls of the teacher/artist role