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Focus on: careers

From the editor

Hopefully you will have noticed that we have made some changes to Animated. These have been in the pipeline for some time to make the magazine more accessible so we hope that Animated is now easier for everyone to read.We also hope that the new size gives us design options that make it a more visually stimulating and interesting magazine in the future, so what you see here is one step on this journey. This issue largely follows the format of more recent issues, however in the future we will be developing the structure of the magazine to more accurately reflect the concerns and priorities of the Foundation and its membership.

The focus for this issue, careers in community dance, was stimulated by the response of Cheshire based artist Ruth Spencer and Scottish artist Kally Lloyd-Jones to a provocation at one of the 'Scotlandances' seminars held in Dundee earlier this year: who's in charge, you or other people? Both gave clear and passionate presentations about the careers they had and how they had developed them. This stimulated a discussion about career paths in dance so we decided to ask people at different stages of their careers in community dance to give their personal perspective of what working in the sector meant to them.

This issue also features conversations with Kiki Gale Artistic Director of East London Dance and Alysoun Tomkins, who until recently led community dance studies at Laban, looking at where community dance has come from and where it is at, from their particular perspectives. The Foundation for Community Dance itself has made considerable progress in its work in developing a professional framework for community dance, and this issue updates you on our latest thinking and plans following excellent contributions from partners across the sector. Finally we are pleased to include a report from Siobhan Davies Dance about embedding themselves in the immediate community at their recently completed home base.

Ken Bartlett, Creative Director, Foundation for Community Dance
In this issue
Critical faculties
In which Donald Hutera loses a job but, ideally, gains some insights into the notion of a career
From the editor
Ken Bartlett, Creative Director, Foundation for Community Dance
From Calabash to Cultural Leadership
Judith Palmer, Development Manager at IRIE! Dance Theatre, describes growing from her roots at a Girls Club in Nottingham to becoming a leader in African Peoples' Dance
The focus: careers in community dance
Sustaining a lifelong career in dance
Kally Lloyd-Jones reflects on the 'self esteem' that guides her journey as an artist
A large dose of faith
Jim Brown, Senior Education & Access Officer at Swindon Dance considers his career in the 'people dancing' business.
Marriage on the rocks?
Carol Brown, Artistic Director of TAN Dance, on keeping her 'love affair' with community dance alive
From Calabash to cultural leadership
Judith Palmer at IRIE! Dance Theatre, on becoming a leader in African Peoples' Dance
A career not a job...
Independent dance artist Ruth Spencer on balancing a career with a family life
Old age is a stage
Hannah Lefeuvre, Time To Move Co-ordinator at Take Art, goes back for her future
In conversation
Lighting the touchpaper
Kiki Gale, Artistic Director of East London Dance on the importance of asking questions
Reflections and ponderings
Alysoun Tomkins on the current landscape of community dance
Un abrazo sin tiempo (an embrace beyond time)
Ruth Pethybridge travelled to the roots of the Tango and found an inspiring source for well-being in an unlikely place
Professional development
Primary Bank
Rachel Attfield at Siobhan Davies Dance relates the journey of an artist's practice with a neighbouring Primary School
Making a Move takes a stride forward
Ken Bartlett and Chris Stenton describe the Foundation for Community Dance's latest thinking and plans for the development of the professional framework