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Live Well & Dance with Parkinson's: Paid opportunity for dance teaching artists & practitioners
Location: Birmingham, Bristol, Cumbria, Leicester, Greater Manchester and Newcastle/North East England
Deadline: 21 June 2021
Are you someone interested in or already working in socially engaged dance practice and committed to developing the agency and artistic expression of all who participate?

People Dancing is looking for experienced, curious, creative dance teaching artists/practitioners who are interested in extending their skills and practice in leading dance for people living with Parkinson’s.

Timescale: July – September 2021. A fee of £300.00 is offered to participate in this professional development opportunity.

This professional development opportunity is open to teaching artists and practitioners living/working in Birmingham, Bristol, Cumbria, Leicester, Greater Manchester and Newcastle/North East. It is part of the Live Well & Dance with Parkinson’s programme made possible through a new collaboration between People Dancing, English National Ballet and six local partnerships.

About Live Well & Dance with Parkinson’s

In an exciting collaboration between People Dancing, Principal Creative Partner and Associate Company, English National Ballet we will bring teaching dance artists, local partners and communities of individuals with lived experience of Parkinson’s together to experience the joy of dancing; to be creative and curious, celebrate equality and inclusion; to have fun, socialise and meet new people.

Live Well & Dance with Parkinson’s aims to make a positive impact on the lives of people living with Parkinson's and their families and carers. The project will do this by:

  • creating access to new opportunities for dance and creativity
  • enriching lives
  • creating greater connectivity with community and peers
  • embedding legacy and sustainability.

About you

We are looking for bold, creative and curious dance teaching artists and practitioners who are interested in undertaking a series of professional development opportunities with us. This will be to extend their current skills and practice to include working with dance participants living with Parkinson’s.

You will be someone already working and interested in socially engaged dance practice and will be committed to developing the agency and artistic expression of all who participate. As an artist working across the programme you will:

  • bring an inquisitive and adventurous approach to leading dance, providing everyone involved with the opportunity to express themselves creatively and imaginatively
  • be interested in exploring the diversity of aesthetics and approaches in dance
  • commit to working in partnership and collaboration, increasing the agency and impact of all participants
  • believe that creativity and cultural engagement can transform our health and wellbeing
  • recognise the importance and value of lived experience
  • be committed to embracing difference in all its forms, supporting everyone to realise their potential
  • demonstrate that you have been working in dance (either leading and teaching and/or performance and creation) for a minimum of three years
  • have had a non-traditional route into dance but may bring to the project many relevant experiences and qualities e.g. long-term involvement in social dance or movement activity with a strong commitment to community engagement (e.g. ballroom, keep fit, dance competitions/battles) for a minimum of three years.

About the Professional Development Programme

This professional development opportunity will include:

July 2021: An introductory workshop and welcome to the Live Well & Dance with Parkinson’s programme

  • August 2021: undertake Dance for Parkinson’s online learning programme
  • September 2021: 2 day online practical introductory course/workshop programme in partnership with English National Ballet
  • September onwards 2021: ongoing support, mentoring and professional development opportunities.
  • if you have already undertaken the Dance for Parkinson’s online learning programme you do not need to repeat this.

We actively welcome applications from people with diverse backgrounds who bring experience of a range of dance styles and approaches and reflect the broad communities in which dance activity will take place.

How to Apply

Closing date for applications: 5pm Monday 21st June 2021
Successful applicants will be notified by: Friday 16th July 2021

How to Apply:
Please apply by providing your current CV and tell us about your experience, interest and why you would like to apply for this opportunity (maximum 2 pages of A4) - or this can be recorded.  You will also need to complete our equalities monitoring form which can be found here.

Please return your application by email info@communitydance.org.uk

If you are sending a recorded application please use wetransfer.com and send the file to yaël.owen-mckenna@communitydance.org.uk

Decision making:
All applications received will be reviewed by a decision making panel including:

  • Area Creative Coordinators in each location
  • Kiki Gale: Programme Director
  • Yael Owen-McKenna: Programme Development Manager
  • People with lived experience of Parkinson’s.

All applicants will be contacted about the outcome of their application.