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Developing choreography: Any Age, Any Body, Any Dance

Thursday 27 July and Friday 28 July 2017
led by Cecilia Macfarlane and Jo Rhodes

Course length: two days
Building on examples provided in the successful book 'Any Age, Any Body, Any Dance', this two-day course combines the contrasting skills and expertise of two highly experienced teachers in the field of choreography for community groups: Cecilia Macfarlane (co-author of Any Age, Any Body, Any Dance) and Jo Rhodes. The course is open to anyone with an interest in creating and developing choreography for themselves, adults, children and young people or inter-generational groups.

Course content will include:
  • The dancer within you – exploring your own and others' passion for dance as the basis for choreography
  • Working with dancing bodies: celebrating their differences and the inspiration that can be drawn from them
  • Skills building – tool-kit staples, including relationships, space awareness, and dynamic, action
  • Sources to inspire choreographic development in relation to a groups’ needs, skills and aims
  • Realising the potential of the individual and the group in varying settings and contexts
  • Using props and imagery
  • Choreographic and leadership styles – cultivating an environment of ownership and creativity
  • Creative Task exploration
  • Value of reflection and appreciation of the creative process.

Please see below to download the Developing choreography timetable:

Illustration by Roly Carline

Any Age, Any Body, Any Dance front cover, illustrations by Roly Carline
Ceclia Mcfarlane biography
Cecilia Macfarlane trained as a teacher at the Royal Academy of Dance and as a dancer at the London School of Contemporary Dance. She is an Oxford-based independent dance artist with an international reputation for her work in the community. She is the founding director of Oxford Youth Dance, DugOut Adult Community Dance and Crossover Intergenerational Dance Company and co-founding director of Oxford Youth Dance Company.
She was a Senior Lecturer in Arts in the Community at Coventry University for nine years. Her work is based on her passionate believe that dance is for everyone; she celebrates the uniqueness and individuality of each dancer. As a performer, Cecilia is continually curious about expression and how movement can communicate so powerfully. Her work is very influenced by her studies with Joan Skinner, Helen Poynor, Deborah Hay and Anna Halprin.
Jo Rhodes biography
Jo has been an independent dance artist for fourteen years, working in education, community and health settings. She has received funding to create and tour work, been commissioned by various youth dance companies and produced a dance and health film project screened internationally, for which she was nominated as ‘Rising Star’ (Arts Council NW). Jo has led professional development courses across the UK for both specialist and non-specialist practitioners. These include at the Royal Ballet School for Young Creatives (Youth Dance England) and for The Place. She has authored national publications and spoken at multi-sector conferences about dance as a vehicle for learning. Currently Jo teaches for Children and Youth Dance at The Place and is an Animateur for Essential Alston.
Early Bird (until 28 April 2017) Standard price 
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£184 £224 £194 £234