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Focus on: Professional development

From the editor


‘Learning on the job’ is often cited as the way community dance practitioners have developed their craft and their professionalism.
In this issue of Animated we have focussed on a couple of these routes into the profession - apprenticeships at Rubicon Dance in Cardiff, and learning alongside experienced artists at Take Art in Somerset. More importantly we wanted to emphasise that this learning never stops and wanted to look at other opportunities for continuing professional development.

Anna Leatherdale sets out the importance of investing in our own growth and development as artists and leaders, and four dance artists reflect on the impact of taking time to reconsider their own practice formally and informally via the Diploma in Dance Teaching and Learning. In addition there are articles about African People’s Dance and dance and older people.

Ken Bartlett, Creative Director, Foundation for Community Dance
In this issue
See me, feel me, touch me… move me!
Donald Hutera confesses he’s not shy about spilling onto a stage
African people’s dance
British dance and the African diaspora research project
The following article began life as a presentation at Re:Generations, a conference focused on African people’s dance, hosted at the Place in November 2012 and led by ADAD (the Association of Dance of the African Diaspora) in partnership with Irie! dance theatre, London Metropolitan University and State of Emergency. Christy Adair and Ramsay Burt question and challenge ‘What is black dance?’
Health, decolonisation and the language of dance
The following article began life as a presentation at Re:Generations, a conference focused on African people’s dance, hosted at the Place in November 2012 and led by ADAD (the Association of Dance of the African Diaspora) in partnership with Irie! dance theatre, London Metropolitan University and State of Emergency. Dr Adesola Akinleye argues for the centrality of the mind-full-body
Continuing professional development
Engaging with NOS within Higher Education
Lucy Nicholson, lecturer and Ruth Spencer share their experience of working with the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Dance Leadership within a dance course
My apprenticeship – an unexpected opportunity
Tracey Brown and Esther KilBride describe Rubicon Dance’s commitment to apprenticeships
Training with Life Circles
Susanna Oxenham and Angie Ward on their experiences as trainees working with older people on the Life Circles.
Shaping your practice: a qualification to support Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
Linda Jasper shares the experiences of four dance artists in their quest to develop their practice
Investing in yourself
Anna Leatherdale sets out the importance and value of investing in continuing professional development
How to turn a house into a home
Brendan Keaney reflects on his journey at Greenwich Dance over the past 16 years
Dance and older people
Celebration
As the importance of working with older people in the arts becomes increasingly prominent François Matarassowriter and independent researcher, offer some reflections about the work

Older people dancing
As the importance of working with older people in the arts becomes increasingly prominent independent dance artist Diane Amans offers some reflections about the work