The UK development organisation and membership
body for community and participatory dance
You are here:> Home > Exploring techniques to develop your practice
Exploring techniques to develop your practice

Thursday 27 July 2017
led by Alexandra Jay, Alister O'Loughlin, Miranda Henderson,
Kloé Dean and Sonia Sabri

Course length: one day
This one-day course is designed to expand your horizons and give you a chance to experience a variety of dance techniques that you could incorporate in to your community practice. No previous experience in these techniques is required and all sessions have been designed to help dance practitioners explore new movement material that may be applied in a variety of community contexts.

Workshops include:
  • Musical Theatre - Alexandra Jay (My Fair Lady, Cats and Mamma Mia)
  • Parkour - Alister O'Loughlin and Miranda Henderson (Urban Playground)
  • Hip hop - Kloé Dean (Myself UK Dance Company)
  • Kathak - Sonia Sabri (Dancer artist and Choreographer).

Please see below to download the Exploring techniques to develop your practice timetable:

Alexandra Jay
Alexandra Jay performed as Jemima in Cats the musical and then went on to understudy and play Eliza Doolittle at the National Theatre and Drury Lane. After enjoying lead roles in Cabaret (Chichester Festival theatre) and other fringe productions, Alex played Sophie in Mamma Mia for 2 years in London's West end. Alex now enjoys teaching dance and performance technique to children and adults in Devon.
Urban Playground
The Urban Playground (UPG) first came to light through a project for the Brighton & Hove Art Commission, in 2006. The performance was seen by one of parkour’s co-creators, Malik Diouf, who joined the team for its second project at the Dublin Fringe, the following year. The UPGTeam has since toured its parkour performance choreographies to five continents and specialises in working with at-risk communities of young people. 

Alister O’Loughlin and Miranda Henderson, both performers and workshop leaders, founded Prodigal Theatre in 1999, before forming UPG. They each graduated from Laban, this year, with Diplomas in Dance Teaching and Learning (DDTAL). They are currently working on Indian Steam, an official event of the UK-India Year of Culture 2017. 
Kloé Dean


Kloé Dean is the founder, choreographer and dancer of Myself UK Dance Company. From London, Kloé is also a member of Boy Blue Entertainment and has performed in numerous productions, showcases and competitions around the world. Her dance credits include international street dance sensation 'Blaze - The Show', The Jungle Book and she was a professional cast member of the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony. Kloé has also danced with music artists such as Rita Ora, Years & Years and Bluey Robinson, in videos and live performances.
Kloé has presented and competed with her own work at many platforms, including: Ladies of Hip Hop, at the Alvin Ailey Theatre, New York; Alliances Urbaines, in Paris; HHI, in Las Vegas; and Breakin Convention, at Sadler's Wells, London, as well as TV appearances on Channel 4, CBBC, ITV, Sky 1 and the BBC, for the Queen’s Coronation celebration at Buckingham Palace. Kloé also features in the films 'All Stars' and 'The Harry Hill Movie.'
Sonia Sabri
Sonia Sabri has created a fresh, unique style of Kathak. She has secured an international reputation for collaboration across dance styles and art forms, including work with pioneers Sarvar Sabri, SirTrevor Nunn, Richard Alston, Lea Anderson, Shobana Jeyasingh, Nitin Sawhney, Rose English, Jonzi D, and several others. 

Sonia's innovation within her form has been highly acclaimed through several commissions, some including The Place Prize, BBC, Channel 4, Tanzhaus, ARTE, Phizzical Productions, Manasamitra, South Bank Centre, and for London Olympics 2012 through Cultural Olympiad’s 'Encompass 360 digital dance' project. She has choreographed dance for screen including ‘Sita’ (2015) commissioned by Tongues on Fire for London Asian Film Festival; ‘Nu Body’ (2016) commissioned by Sonia Sabri Company and Arts Council England with River Rea Productions and screened at BAFTA; and ‘Dastaan’ a silent film on renowned ballerina Marion Tait CBE with River Rea Productions, supported by Birmingham Royal Ballet. 

She is a recipient of the Bonnie Bird New Choreography Award, Lisa Ullman Choreography scholarship, and was selected for Dance UK’s 2014/15 Mentoring programme. Sonia was nominated for the Asian Women of Achievement Award and London Dance Awards. Recently she won the ACTA Award for Dance (2016) and was awarded The Bench Fellowship (2016-2017). Sonia is a teacher of Kathak and regularly undertakes various workshops, lecture-demonstrations and residencies in both national and international venues. She is accredited by the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) and is the Artistic Director of youth dance company, Kathakaars.
Early Bird (until 28 April 2017) Standard price 
Members Non-member Members Non-Member
£92 £132 £102 £142
Student bursaries available
People Dancing is offering 10 bursaries for dance students who would like to attend the ‘Exploring Techniques to Develop Your Practice’ course, on 27 July at De Montfort University, Leicester.

If you’re a dance student who would like to explore these techniques with a view to incorporating them into your community dance practice in the future, you can apply for a student bursary. Each bursary is worth £46, bringing the price of this rare one-day course down to £46 for student bursary recipients.

Just complete the Student Bursary application form below and return it to