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Perspectives on Practice: event archive
All the events listed below were part of Perspectives on Practice - People Dancing's online programme of artist-led events and learning opportunities, discussion and debate, networks and spaces to gather, (re)connect and share that ran throughout 2021 as our profession and the communities we work with began to focus on recovery, and beyond to rejuvenation.
Tuesday 23 March 2021, 09:00 – 10:00

Perspectives on Practice: Movement to Stillness with Zoë Martin

A one-hour yoga and guided relaxation session to help practitioners' recovery and rejuvenation.

 

Experience the transformative benefits of yoga practice through movement and stillness. Accessible, breath centred yoga postures will be threaded together to form slow, compassionate, creative sequences. These, combined with concentration and relaxation techniques will ease physical, mental and emotional tension culminating in an open, relaxed body and a calm, peaceful mind state.

The session will include standing, kneeling, lying and seated bodywork which can be adapted to meet the needs of your own body.

This event is free of charge to People Dancing Members and £5.00 for non-members.

Bookings for this event are now closed 

About the artist

Zoë Martin is a practicing Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist with over 19 years experience in this field. Her approach is person centred and she specialises in transmitting yoga for health, healing and achievable transformation. She lived and taught yoga in London before moving to Leicester in 2005 where she teaches small groups and works with individuals facing health challenges. She is passionate about yoga’s rich philosophy and honours the teachings of old whilst sharing the spirit of yoga in new, practical and accessible ways. Zoë teaches workshops and retreats and mentors trainee yoga teachers.

www.yogaleicester.co.uk

Photo credits: Top - Photographer: Zoë Martin. Bottom - Zoë Martin. Photographer: Clare Castanga.

Monday 29 March 2021, 10:00 – 12:00

Perspectives on Practice: online adventures in dancing with Parkinson’s

for artists and practitioners working in the field of dancing with Parkinson's to share ideas, challenges and opportunities

Join us for the 3rd in our series of online events for artists and practitioners working in the field of dancing with Parkinson’s.

 

Louisa DaltonRoosa Leimu-Brown and Nia Williams offer their ideas and insights on the creative use of narrative themes in an online context - using dance, music, and voice.

Drawing on their own experiences of developing and delivering dancing with Parkinson's classes, Louisa, Roosa and Nia will look at developing creativity week-to-week, combining live and recorded elements, and the challenges and opportunities posed by digital technology. 

The session will use practical exercises and shared video extracts to explore approaches and will incorporate time to reflect and will end with a discussion of issues and ideas.

What you will need:

  • A sturdy chair
  • Water
  • Comfortable (and warm) clothing
  • Paper and pens/pencils.

This event is free of charge to People Dancing Members and £5.00 for non-members. Presented as part of the Live Well & Dance with Parkinson’s programme.

This event is now SOLD OUT!

If you would like to join the waiting list please email lindsay@communitydance.org.uk

If you are a Guest Dancer (by invitation) – you can still book via the ‘book your place here’ button below. 

Booking deadline: Thursday 25 March 2021.

Photo credit: People Dancing Summer School. Photographer: Rachel Cherry.

About the artists

Louisa Dalton
Louisa is an Associate Artist at English National Ballet (ENB) who co-leads the Dance for Parkinson’s programme in Oxford, and also co-led this programme in London as well as delivering workshops across the UK. Louisa has recently been working with MuMo Creative to produce online dancing for Parkinson’s classes during the pandemic.

Roosa Leimu-Brown
Roosa has a PhD in biology, trained as a dancer with Swedish Royal Ballet school, and is a qualified yoga teacher and yoga therapist. She has worked for Dance for Health, Age UK, Generation Games and the Mini Professionals Dance, and has trained in leading dance for older people (Green Candle Dance Company) and Postural Stability Instruction (Later Life Training). Roosa is an ENB associate artist, co-leading their Oxford Dance for Parkinson’s classes, and founded MuMo Creative which runs workshops including online classes.

Nia Williams
Nia is a musician and writer. She works as an accompanist, musical director and workshop-leader, and runs a theatre company, Three Chairs and a Hat, which stages and films her musicals and other productions. She has written six novels, many short stories and libretti, and is an associate artist for ENB and co-leads Oxford Dance for Parkinson’s classes. She also works with MuMo Creative co-leading live and online workshops.

Tuesday 13 April 2021, 10:00 - 11:30

11 Million Reasons To Dance Network event

 

As part of the 11 Million Reasons to Dance Network, People Dancing, Para Dance UK and Attenborough Arts Centre will be hosting an online networking event on Tuesday 13 April 2021, 10:00 - 11:30. The event is for Deaf, sight impaired, neurodiverse and disabled dance artists and organisations working accessibly with artists.

This session will give an opportunity to hear from Natasha Britton and Erica Moshman from Parable Dance about their newly released, widely supported resource film on inclusive dance. We will also have time for networking and discussion and to learn about forthcoming opportunities and events.

Places are FREE. They will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis as places are limited.

Bookings for this event are now closed.

Friday 23 April 2021, 11:00 - 13:00

Perspectives on Practice: No more shouting over the music at the camera! Using your voice in dance delivery

 

This workshop with actor and director Gary Lagden will help you learn how to use your voice safely and effectively for the delivery of in-person and online dance sessions.

In the 2 hour practical session, you will work on specific vocal techniques that will help to enable you to use your voice appropriately.  The warm ups and exercises are in order to be heard without negatively straining your voice. These exercises can then be repeated and used as you continue your own work.

The key is that vocal freedom and clarity should not hurt. You will be activating your breath and tone to create a pure, painless sound. This session is not about changing accent, instead you will find ways to most appropriately use yourselves to find your own, unique and free voice. Please could you wear what you would usually wear when running your own dance/movement sessions.

At the end of the workshop you will be sent a recap of the work you have undertaken and practical tips as reminders for you to use as you move forward.

This event is free of charge to People Dancing Members and £5.00 for non-members.

Bookings for this event are now closed. 

Booking deadline: Midday Wednesday 21 April 2021.

 

About the artist

Gary Lagden comes from Port Talbot, South Wales and trained as an actor at RADA. Since Graduating in 1994 he has acted in over 80 productions. He has toured nationally and internationally, including work in Russia, Denmark and Azerbaijan. He has written and performed a play about a Welsh working-class rugby player, Fly Half which received Critic’s Choice 2018 from both British Theatre Guide and British Theatre.com as well as 5 star reviews. Fly Half continues to tour Theatres and Rugby Clubs in the UK. He has lectured voice and vocal technique at Derby University. He is an associate tutor at RADA where he has directed many of Shakespeare’s plays.

garyolag.simpl.com

www.flyhalftheplay.co.uk/the-team

Photo credits: Top - People Dancing Summer School. Photographer: Rachel Cherry. Bottom - Gary Lagden.

Monday 26 April 2021, 11:00 – 12:00

Perspectives on Practice: What the f@&k do we do now? 

 

Dance artists Kimberley Harvey and Susanna Dye will lead an open and honest discussion with disabled dance artists and practitioners at all levels of their career, to pose questions around what support is needed for disabled dance artists right now and in the future.

This session will be supported by BSL interpreters, and closed captioning (CC) will be available.

This event is free of charge to everyone.

Bookings for this event are now closed. 

Booking deadline: Thursday 22 April 2021.

Photo credit: Kimberley Harvey - photographer: Roswitha Chesher.

About the artists

Kimberley Harvey is a freelance dance artist, choreographer and teacher. She is also the Director of the Youth Dance Programme for Candoco Dance Company. As a professional dancer, Kimberley works predominantly in contemporary dance, but also physical theatre with companies such as ThisEgg and Moxie Brawl.

Kimberley has her own inclusive contemporary dance company, Subtle Kraft Co. Formed in 2011, the company's work is centred around relationships in their various and complex forms with connection, communication and curiosity as core elements for their artistic and working practice. Kimberley is on the Board of Trustees for Maresa von Stockert (formerly Tilted Productions) and South East Dance.

 

Susanna Dye (she/they) works between the fields of theatre, dance and film, exploring how movement and the body are encountered both live, and digitally. Being dyspraxic and dyslexic, she has developed an inclusive practice as a facilitator, teacher and choreographer, that is built on movement as a field for individuality and play, making work through exploring the creative potential of neurodivergence and difference.

She has developed her professional experience with organisations including Candoco Dance Company, Access all Areas, Turtle Key Arts, Bush Theatre and the Lyric Hammersmith. Susanna is curious about developing an approach to dance that is guided by the senses, exploring habitual movement patterns and how the body self regulates through movement.

Photo credits: Top: Kimberley Harvey.  Bottom: Susanna Dye - photographer: Manon Ouimet.

Tuesday 27 April and Tuesday 18 May 2021, 10:00 - 11.30

Perspectives on Practice: Dramaturgy workshops

Louise Wildish - Director of Engagement for People Dancing recently met with Lou Cope, the UK-based dance & theatre dramaturg to explore the process of dramaturgy, and how it can support dance artists in their work. During the 36 minute conversation questions are asked to create understanding of the role of a dramaturg.

  

Dramaturgy workshops with Lou Cope - bursary application

This two-part workshop is intended to give 12 artists the opportunity to think dramaturgically around their practice. Working solo, in pairs, in groups and with Lou – participants will be invited to engage in some deep thinking about the purpose, content and context of their work – in order to shore up plans and approaches as the world hopefully begins to ‘wake up’.

We are looking for dance artists and practitioners who have a real interest in the value of dramaturgy, and who are open to developing their practice by engaging in rigorous dramaturgical thinking. No experience of working with a dramaturg is necessary.

This bursary application is open to People Dancing members only. To apply for a bursary please fill in the application form via the link below.

Applications are now closed.

Application deadline: 10:00 Thursday 22 April 2021. Due to expected high demand, successful applicants only will be notified on Thursday 22 April 2021.
 

About the artist

Lou Cope is a UK-based dance & theatre dramaturg who has worked across the UK, Europe and in the Middle East. She is the founder of CoAD - The Centre of Applied Dramaturgy (www.thecoad.org) and specialises in collaborative practice. Recent/current collaborations include: Garry Stewart & Australian Dance Theatre, Aakash Odedra, Gary Clarke, Birmingham Royal Ballet, English National Ballet; Rhiannon Faith, Stopgap Dance. 

Lou also offers Practice Dramaturgy – working with artists outside of productions, and has a podcast called Downtime. Past collaborations include: Phoenix Dance Theatre; Scottish Dance Theatre; les ballets c de la b; Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui & Damien Jalet. 

 

Wednesday 28 April 2021, 14:00 – 16:00

Perspectives on Practice: online adventures in dancing with Parkinson’s

for artists and practitioners working in the field of dancing with Parkinson's to share ideas, challenges and opportunities

Join us for the 4th in our series of online events for artists and practitioners working in the field of dancing with Parkinson’s.

In this practical session Dr Melanie Brierley offers her commitment to connective practice - an exploration of dance as a sensate experience which supports the feeling of physical, emotional, cognitive, and social connection between people in dance and Parkinson's classes.

The session will incorporate time to reflect and will end with a discussion of issues and ideas raised in the session. 

What you will need:

  • A sturdy chair
  • Water
  • Comfortable (and warm) clothing
  • Paper and pens/pencils.

This event is lead by Dr Melanie Brierley and not Dr Melanie Brierley and Natalie Speake as we mistakenly published in one of our newsletters.

This event is free of charge to People Dancing Members and £5.00 for non-members. Presented as part of the Live Well & Dance with Parkinson’s programme.

Bookings for this event are now closed.

Booking deadline: Thursday 22 April 2021.

About the artist

Dr Melanie Brierley: With her practice embedded in the arts in community health, Melanie works as a dance artist, researcher, and trainer at Conscious Bodies. Following a 25-year career in dance education, she has spent the last decade as an independent dance artist, researcher, and ISMETA registered somatic movement educator/therapist. Her specialism is dance for people living with Parkinson’s, with Melanie working in this area for 12 years. She is interested in using somatic dance and movement practices with people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds and currently, her focus is on people who live with neurological conditions (Parkinson’s, Dementia, Stroke, and Muscular Dystrophy) in their homes, community groups, residential/nursing homes, and outdoor spaces. Through her doctoral research (University of Roehampton, 2020), Melanie investigated somatically informed, one to one, co-creative, and home-based dance practice as a unique response to supporting health and self-care in the Parkinson’s community.

Photo credit: Dr Melanie Brierley, People Dancing International Conference, Glasgow. Photographer: Rachel Cherry.

Thursday 29 April, 10:00 - 12:30

Perspectives on Practice: Making outdoor participatory performance

 

From preparing and leading a creative team, to the delivery of workshops to participants, whilst also ensuring the audience feel connected to the work, Jeanefer Jean-Charles - Artistic Director, Mass Movement Specialist & Creative Consultant - will use her many years’ experience in participatory outdoor arts to help artists understand some of her practices used to get the best out of each project.

This event is free of charge to People Dancing Members and £5.00 for non-members.

Bookings for this event are now closed.

Booking deadline: Tuesday 27 April 2021.

About the artist

Jeanefer Jean-Charles - Artistic Director, Mass Movement specialist & Choreographer is a globally renowned artist. Since starting her journey as Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Bullies Ballerinas’ Jazz Dance Company (1990-2000), her work has taken her to over 21 countries. As Artistic Director of Big Dance, she gained recognition by the Guinness Book of Records by choreographing and coordinating 800 dancers in Trafalgar Square in 2006. She also runs her own project ‘Tomorrow’s Men’ – using dance as a tool to help young men re-engage in their education.
 
Career highlights include: Artistic Director for The Rugby League World Cup Opening Ceremony 2013, Mass Movement Director for Roald Dahl’s City of the Unexpected 2016, the Coronation Festival at Buckingham Palace 2013 and for The F.A. Cup Final Opening Ceremony at Wembley 2016. Choreographer for the award winning The Return of Colmcille, Derry-Londonderry City of Culture 2013, and the film Engineering Happiness for the Institution of Civil Engineers. Movement Coordinator on all four of the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremonies, and Artistic Director of ‘Black Victorians’ – a dance piece recently presented at Festival.org 2020. www.jeanefer.com
 

As a former schoolteacher, Jeanefer used her educational experience to develop outreach programs in the 90’s in rural areas as Artistic Director of Bullies Ballerinas. Many underrepresented and marginalised communities benefited from learning typically urban cultural dance and movement, and were introduced to new forms of creative expression.
 
As a leading authority in mass movement and public engagement, Jeanefer continues her life mission of creatively harnessing dance and movement for the empowerment of individuals. She is passionate about ensuring overlooked communities are made visible.
 
Her interest in truly exploring ways in which participants can play a valuable role in the artistic development of a project and contribute to the decision of the overall presentation, has been the reason why she is the ‘go to’ person for public engagement. An example of this is her recent work in 2019 bringing to life the Tilbury Carnival whilst also facilitating an artistic exchange with Norfolk Festival. And ‘Spirit of Woolwich’ - part of Festival.org’s Global Streets programme - inspiring local change through unforgettable international outdoor arts experiences coupled with targeted engagement activities.

As Artistic Director of Jeanefer Jean-Charles & Associates, there are four core elements to Jeanefer’s work: Creative Direction and Visioning (‘People Power & Passion’ – Launch event for  Luton Council’s Bid for city of culture 2025), Choreography and Mass Movement (Big Dance 2006 and Manchester Day 2015-2019), Direction Learning and Participation (Tomorrow’s Men boys project - part of the Cultural Olympiad in 2012) and Creative Consultancy and Mentoring (Déda Creative Centre for Dance, and Europe Beyond Access, Artistic Lab #3: Other Artists, Other Bodies- Maastricht in 2019).
 
Her unique methods centre around her role as the creator, drawing together the right team to most effectively engage and enrich the community. Her creative process aims to bring to life the talents, strengths and shared stories of local communities and artists in inspiring and unforgettable ways. 

Photo credit: Jeanefer Jean-Charles.

Thursday 6 May 2021, 15:00 – 17:00

Perspectives on Practice: Networking opportunity for dance artists working with older people

 

This session provides an opportunity for dance artists working with older people to share challenges, ideas and experiences about current work and future aspirations. Facilitated by Diane Amans participants will be given the chance to identify issues affecting artistic engagement at this time of COVID-19 transition and prepare for changes in practice.

What you’ll need

  • A clear, safe space to move in
  • Comfortable (and warm) clothing that you can move in freely
  • A prop to move with - ideally a rolling pin, if you have one
  • Paper and pens/pencils for note-taking.

This event is free of charge to People Dancing Members and £5.00 for non-members.

Bookings for this event are now closed.

Booking deadline: 09:00 Tuesday 4 May 2021.

Photo credit: Anusha Subramanyam & Diane Amans, People Dancing International Conference 2017. Photo: Rachel Cherry

 

About the artist

Diane Amans is one of the leading practitioners in community dance, is the author of An Introduction to Community Dance Practice and founder of Freedom in Dance. During her time as director of the company she developed the accredited training course Leading Dance with Older People.

Diane is a dance artist whose career has included working in education, training staff in health and social care, and managing dance projects in health and community settings. She currently works as a freelance choreographer, trainer and consultant. Diane is particularly interested in intergenerational projects and has created several dance pieces challenging stereotypes of youth and ageing. She has recently developed a new training programme for participatory arts workers. Discovering Common Threads focuses on attitudes to difference and ways in which artists can both celebrate difference and explore what we have in common.

Photo credit: Diane Amans, People Dancing Summer School. Photo: Rachel Cherry.

Monday 17 May, 10:00 - 11:30

Perspectives on Practice: Creating inclusive and engaging digital content for children and young people 

 

This workshop will explore ideas for working inclusively and creatively via video with children and young people, particularly those with SEND (Special educational needs and/or disabilities). Join inclusive dance charity Flamingo Chicks, to explore tangible tips and ideas for the whole process, including inclusive and accessible content, equipment, collaborating with editors, and funding.

In April 2020, Flamingo Chicks launched their unique virtual active-learning classes, supporting disabled children and their families through lockdown and beyond. The classes have been hugely successful, receiving over 250,000 views and being featured on ITV's This Morning, Sky News, and BBC's Morning Live.

This event is free of charge to People Dancing Members and £5.00 for non-members.

Bookings for this event are now closed. 

About the company / artist

Flamingo Chicks is inclusive community giving all children, including disabled children and those with illnesses such as cancer, the opportunity to enjoy dance and explore movement alongside friends. We also provide a vital peer support network for parents and carers, intergenerational volunteering, global outreach and advocacy! Flamingo Chicks is a community tackling social isolation using dance as a mechanism. 72% of parents and carers say they are now better able to cope with the demands of caring for a disabled child. 94% told us Flamingo Chicks has made them re-evaluate what their child is capable of.

This workshop will be led by Samantha McCormick, Head of Dance at Flamingo Chicks and a freelance dance artist. Sam has over 15 years of professional experience in community dance practice, particularly around inclusive practice and dance for health.

 

Photo credits - Top: Flamingo Chicks logo; Bottom: Samantha McCormick.

Tuesday 25 May 2021, 10:30 - 12:00

Perspectives on Practice: Inclusive Choreography

 

Laura Jones - Chris Parkes Photography.

This practical workshop delivered by Laura Jones, Stopgap Dance Company, will explore tools and tips for inclusive choreography. We will build on our observation skills while unlocking our curiosity and creativity. You will have the opportunity to investigate different approaches to generating material and be guided through ways to develop shared movement language.

This event is free of charge to People Dancing Members and £5.00 for non-members.

Bookings for this event are now closed.

>   About Laura Jones

Since joining Stopgap in 2001, Laura Jones has been integral to the growth and direction of the company and is a fierce advocate for the dance and disability sector, speaking at events such as Move it! and the Dance UK : The Future conference.

Laura started her training at Linda Butler School of Dance.  Having sustained a spinal injury in 1998, Laura went on to become the first wheelchair user to complete 100% of the A-Level dance syllabus. Since then she has worked with numerous choreographers including Yoshifumi Inao (Batsheva Dance Company) Caroline Bowditch, Kevin Finnan (Motionhouse) Thomas Noone (Thomas Noone Dance) Rob Tanion (Stan Won’t Dance/DV8), Gary Clarke (Pit Fleur/ Fetherstoneshaughs), Bettina Strickler (Protein) Nathalie Pernette (Compagnie Pernette), Filip Van Huffel (Retina) and Adam Benjamin, touring their work nationally and internationally.

Laura’s extensive teaching experience ranges across all ages and abilities throughout the UK as well as many projects across Europe, including for Mixed Ability Dance EU in Romania and Albania, 2010, and in Berlin for People Moving 2006 and Tanzfabric, 2012.

Laura worked as a Dance Captain for the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, assisting with the choreography of all dance sections, teaching the 3500 volunteers and performing in the ceremony itself. Laura’s own creation credits include A:Version for Resolution! (2009) and directing and editing the dance film Re:Bound.(2004). She also presents the live online streaming for various Dance UK events.

Laura has collaborated with Stopgap on Triple Bill, Double Booked, Portfolio Collection, Tracking, Trespass, SPUN Productions, Artificial Things and The Seafarers.

Laura was Interim Artistic Director of Stopgap in 2016 and in 2018 while Lucy Bennett was on maternity leave, and became Head of Talent Development in 2017.

Tuesday 25 May 2021, 9:30 - 11:00

Next EYDN (Early Years Dance Network) meeting: An opportunity for dance artists and practitioners working in Early Years settings to meet and connect.

In this session we will hear from dance consultant and trainer Peppy Hills regarding the government's introduction of a new statutory framework for Early Years in England to be launched in September 2021. Linked to this are two new non-statutory guidance documents to support practitioners in their work.

Peppy and People Dancing’s Associate Artist for Early Years Liz Clark will present and host a discussion about how dance artists can utilise this framework and the published guidance to plan and deliver quality early years dance practice and to evidence why dance is fundamental to a child’s education and development. We will also be discussing the current early years frameworks in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Places on this Zoom event are FREE and are open to anyone signed up to the Early Years Dance Network (EYDN) newsletter.

Bookings for this event are now closed.

Photo credit: People Dancing Summer School, photo: Rachel Cherry.

>   About Peppy Hills

Peppy Hills has worked internationally for major dance and theatre companies and as a creative practitioner, trainer, evaluator and lecturer within education, health and community settings. Peppy is particularly interested in how movement and dance can integrate into everyday learning opportunities to strengthen relationships and support the healthy development of babies and children.  Her work specialises in physicality and creative learning in early years settings, and initiatives that engage individuals & communities who are often excluded from a mainstream provision. Peppy is also a qualified Play Therapist and trainee Filial Coach.

Peppy is passionate about creating safe spaces for people to inhabit their bodies wherever they are at in their lives and helping people to relinquish imposter syndrome!

Friday 11 June 2021, 10:00 - 12:00

Perspectives on Practice: online adventures in dancing with Parkinson’s

for artists and practitioners working in the field of dancing with Parkinson's to share ideas, challenges and opportunities

Join us for the 4th in our series of online events for artists and practitioners working in the field of dancing with Parkinson’s

  

Left - Julie Symmonds, photographer: Laurette van der Merwe. Right - Jen Cunningham, photographer: Amy Sinead. 

Bringing the outside in - nurturing a creative practice with nature

Within this session Julie Symmonds and Jen Cunningham will offer an insight into what influences their creative practice with content exploring interactions and observations with the natural world. Julie will draw on inspiration from South Africa, her homeland, using rhythm, body percussion and storytelling – engaging the dancers' senses to create an embodied experience. Jen will share elements of her work based upon somatic practice, spoken word and movement created in direct response to time spent in specific environments. Jen will offer approaches to enliven creativity and foster sensory connections between natural elements and movement - bringing the outside in. 

What you will need:

  • A sturdy chair
  • Water
  • Comfortable (and warm) clothing
  • Paper and pens/pencils.

This event is free of charge to People Dancing Members and £5.00 for non-members. Presented as part of the Live Well & Dance with Parkinson’s programme.

Bookings for this event are now closed 

Booking deadline: Wednesday 09 June 2021.

>   About Julie Symmonds and Jen Cunningham

Julie Symmonds is a freelance dance teacher and a Certified Dance for PD® teacher. Julie operated a successful dance studio in South Africa until 2019 when she and her family relocated to Scotland.

Julie is one of a select group of practitioners who are authorised to train dance teachers in the Dance for PD® programme. She was honoured with the Stanley J. Wertheimer Fellowship in 2016, awarded by David Leventhal.

Jen Cunningham is a dance artist, originally from Somerset and now based in Edinburgh and has been involved in delivering dance for people living with Parkinson’s since 2012 and is currently lead dance artist for the Dance for Parkinson’s Scotland programme, based at Dance Base, Scotland. Jen leads weekly classes, training, and provides support and mentoring to fellow dance artists with the network across Scotland. 

Jen’s creative practise is lead by her love of the outdoors; exploring the intricacies of that which connects us all together, nature within her practise she hopes to spread awareness and ignite curiosity of our relationship with natural environments. 

Tuesday 15 June 2021, 10:00 – 12:00

Perspectives on Practice: Access, Intimacy and Retrieval; Creating Your Own Access Rider

 

My Heart Is Mine as IT Is Yours and Ours, Alexandrina Hemsley (2021).

Through an anti-ableist, anti-racist perspective, Alexandrina Hemsley will lead a session on dancers' wellbeing, working conditions and access to creative institutions. Workshop participants will be invited to think-feel through their own access requirements and needs within a conversational and relaxed space.

Drawing from a social disability model, we will attend to the ways in which constructs of institutional and systemic injustice and harm can be disabling and the impacts that this disabling has on a dancer's health and well-being.

This workshop extends an emphasised invitation to Black and disabled dance artists. 

This event is free of charge to People Dancing Members and £5.00 for non-members.

Bookings for this event are now closed 

Booking deadline: Midday Friday 11 June 2021.

>   About Alexandrina Hemsley

Alexandrina Hemsley’s creative practice lands in the fluid spaces of dance, choreography, writing, facilitating and advocacy. Their interests are both enduring and in expansive states of flux – or just in connection/relation to the processes within life and within living. They turn towards the sensorial, the bodily, the multiple subjective positions of self – and self in intimate relation to self and other-selves – as ways to find breath and voice amidst the unjust and inequitable.

Alexandrina has recently founded her own organisation Yewande 103. Yewande 103 formalises the past 10+ years of her work in the contemporary dance field as a choreographer, performer, writer, mentor and educator. Yewande 103 lives as compassionate, embodied advocacy in action, through choreography, writing, production, artist support and the development of mental health discourse.

alexandrinahemsley.com/about

Alexandrina Hemsley. Photo: Richard Moore
Thursday 24 June 2021, 15:00 - 16:30

Perspectives on Practice: Art at the Heart: Placing dance at the heart of a community project

 

'Cotton’ . Photo: Jenny Reeves.

Jenny Reeves from About Time Dance Company creates memorable dance experiences inspired by her local heritage, rooted in heart of the community. Jenny’s work is committed to sharing forgotten stories, often those of women, and brings to life lesser known stories and places, using these as a hook to engage non-arts audiences and participants.

During this session Jenny will offer suggestions on how more of us can delve deeper into local places and spaces and discover the breadth of possibility on our doorsteps. Discover how place-making can encourage participation and a connection to the arts, and how community participation can be woven into the core of artistic projects.

This event is free of charge to People Dancing Members and £5.00 for non-members.

Bookings for this event are now closed

Booking deadline: Tuesday 22 June 2021.
>   About Jenny Reeves

Jenny Reeves was born and bred in Lancashire and has always had a strong affinity with her home and developing a stronger sense of place and belonging. She returned to Lancashire after a number of years training and dancing professionally across the globe. The forgotten and hidden stories from the North of England called her back to begin a wealth of creative work bringing light to our lesser known heritage, bringing it to life with dance. In 2016 Jenny created About Time Dance Company to further explore her relationship with dance and community.
 
Jenny’s first professional touring work 'Cotton' is a captivating exploration of Lancashire Mills through dancing, music and clogging. The work has toured the North West region sharing tales from Lancashire’s Mills at festivals such as the National Festival of Making, a number of heritage sites, schools and care homes and has touched the lives of many people who have a family connection to the cotton industry.

Jenny has since created a number of performance projects which can be seen on the Company’s website. Jenny also continues to work as a dancer, most recently in ‘On the Patterns We Gaze’ a time-specific choreography by Ellen Jeffrey and in 'Passage for Par' by Rosemary Lee in 2018. Jenny has a growing interest in environmental landscape art which is influencing her forthcoming creations. 

Photo credit: Jenny Reeves. Photo: Robin Zahler.

Tuesday 29 June 2021, 9:30 - 11:00

Next EYDN (Early Years Dance Network) meeting: An opportunity for dance artists and practitioners working in Early Years settings to meet and connect

Photo credit: Small Things Dance, photographer Leila Romaya.

Our next EYDN meeting focuses on working with children with SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) in clinical and care settings and creating accessible online content.

The session will be led by Lisa Dowler - Artistic Director of Small Things Dance Collective and Sam McCormick - Head of Dance at Flamingo Chicks. Lisa will lead a practical session focussing on her practice developed at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, which explores touch and somatic approaches to developmental movement with very young children supporting their creative expression, development and wellbeing. Sam will lead a session on creating accessible, engaging online content for children with additional needs, SEND and their families.

We will also hear of any forthcoming opportunities and events for those working as early years dance artists.

Places on this Zoom event are FREE and are open to anyone signed up to the Early Years Dance Network (EYDN) newsletter.

Bookings for this event are now closed. 

Booking deadline: Thursday 24 June 2021.

>   About Lisa Dowler and Samantha McCormick

Lisa Dowler is an independent dance artist, researcher and Somatic Movement Educator, inspired by Contact Improvisation, Instant Composition and Body-Mind Centering ®.  In 2006 she became Alder Hey Children’s Hospital’s first Dance Artist in Residence. This long term collaboration includes one-to-one and small group somatic dance sessions with infants, children and young people; large-scale public to intimate bespoke bedside performance; two research studies; a Somatic Dance App and most recently during the Covid pandemic, nature-inspired dance films and socially distanced performances.

She also led projects for Dance Art Foundation in care settings including children’s hospices and in 2013-15 was part of an EU wide project ‘SPARKS’ researching disability and BMC® with early years. As a senior lecturer in Dance at Edge Hill University 2007-2015 Lisa’s teaching centred on the relationships between nature, the body and wellbeing. Currently she is a consultant on an AHRC funded cross-disciplinary academic network of artists and health practitioners exploring health, dance, somatics and technology.

Here you can read Lisa’s articles: Improvising on the ward - describes how deeply children in hospital show her the way and Invisible duets: multiple modes of documenting the significance of dance to health - reveals the approaches Small Things have successfully developed to document and evaluate the effects of their practice at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool.

You can download the smalldances app - an educational tool designed for parents and caregivers to explore improvisation and somatic dance practice.

Samantha McCormick is a freelance dance artist, including as Head of Dance for Flamingo Chicks. She has over 15 years of professional experience in community dance practice, particularly around inclusive practice and dance for health. Find out more about Samantha here.

Flamingo Chicks is inclusive community giving all children, including disabled children and those with illnesses such as cancer, the opportunity to enjoy dance and explore movement alongside friends. We also provide a vital peer support network for parents and carers, intergenerational volunteering, global outreach and advocacy! Flamingo Chicks is a community tackling social isolation using dance as a mechanism. 72% of parents and carers say they are now better able to cope with the demands of caring for a disabled child. 94% told us Flamingo Chicks has made them re-evaluate what their child is capable of. Flamingo Chicks' virtual classes are free and available for everyone.

Tuesday 29 June 2021, 15:00 - 17:30

Perspectives on Practice: Where is the line? Ways to support autistic and D/deaf artists 

Clare Adam (left) and Lesley Howard (right), David Thomas Adam Photography.

Come and share in our journey as we as disabled artists navigate to find our place in the world, in a world that isn’t always designed for us. Many of the challenges we’ve faced come from a lack of understanding and knowledge around invisible disabilities. We want to use our experiences to help educate others on how they can best support autistic and/or D/deaf dance artists. 

In this workshop participants will get to meet Clare and Lesley, new disabled graduates via a mainstream setting. Participants will get to know about their unique partnership as D/deaf and autistic practitioners and learn methods and techniques in working in Deaf and autistic friendly ways in dance practice. This informal presentation style session will incorporate a Q&A for participants. 

This event is free of charge to People Dancing Members and £5.00 for non-members.

Bookings for this event are now closed. 

Booking deadline: Thursday 24 June 2021. 

>   About Clare Adam and Lesley Howard

BSL: Introduction: www.clareandlesley.com/about

Disabled Dance Artists Clare Adam and Lesley Howard, are recent graduates from The Scottish School of Contemporary Dance.  They enjoy creating interactive works to teach life-skills through a multi-sensory approach. Aiming to simply make people smile through their movement and friendship, they value the importance of disabled voices within Dance, wanting to use their own experiences to educate other Artists and inspire young disabled people. 

Monday 5 July 2021, 13:00 - 15:00

Perspectives on Practice: online adventures in dancing with Parkinson’s

for artists and practitioners working in the field of dancing with Parkinson's to share ideas, challenges and opportunities

Join us for the 5th in our series of online events for artists and practitioners working in the field of dancing with Parkinson’s

 

The Original Spinners. Photo: Rachael James.

The Original Spinners ‘The Good Ship Zoom’

Join The Original Spinners for a viewing of their short dance film ‘The Good Ship Zoom’ created with their ‘Fresh Arts’ Dance for Parkinson’s group. This will be followed by a practical workshop that explores methods and approaches to creating choreography and recording movement and song for a zoom film.

The film includes voice work, dance, choreography and demonstrates the learning, creativity, connection, hope and possibility that arose from the challenge of adapting our class to an online environment. Join us for a playful journey through our creative endeavours. We will ride the high seas, dive underwater, watch aquariums come to life and sing Sea Shanties all to a great soundtrack! The session will be led by Rachael James along with Sophie Turner and Rachael Walsh.

You will need:

  • A sturdy chair
  • Water
  • Comfortable (and warm) clothing
  • A wooden spoon
  • 2 x large feathers if you have them, if not then something else that you can use as a prop that creates an extension of the arm, so that you feel like you have wings!

This event is free of charge to People Dancing Members and £5.00 for non-members. Presented as part of the Live Well & Dance with Parkinson’s programme.

Bookings for this event are now closed.

Booking deadline: EXTENDED TO 4PM FRIDAY 2 July 2021.

>   About The Original Spinners and the artists

The Original Spinners/Rachael James

Rachael James is a community dance artist and founder and lead artist of The Original Spinners, a community dance company that creates playful participatory performance and workshops for all ages and communities. I work collaboratively with other artists to deliver company projects and workshops.

At the heart of my practice, and consequently The Original Spinners, is a love of the feeling of freedom that dancing brings and the belief that with the right environment, permission and influences, we can all dance.

Whilst my work is influenced by elements of contemporary dance, ballet and clowning, the core of my practice is dance improvisation. Music is a very important element of my work and sessions are done to carefully curated soundtracks that encourage freedom in movement.

Since 2010 The Original Spinners have created happenings and walkabouts, large-scale, intergenerational and care home performances and community engagement projects. We have a specific interest in Dance for Health and currently lead Dance for Parkinson's sessions for Fresh Arts at Southmead Hospital, and at the Trinity Centre. We also deliver weekly movement sessions for adults with learning disabilities from Misfits CIO and deliver ward-based dance for the elderly and people living with dementia at Southmead Hospital.

Rachael will be leading the warm-up and creative improvisation exercises throughout the session.

Rachael Walsh

Rachael Walsh is a community dance artist and performer, based in Bristol. She trained at London Contemporary Dance School, Dartington College of Arts and DanceVoice Therapy Centre. Taking part in The Original Spinners’ short course in 2012 reignited her joy and passion for dance and she has been working alongside Rachael James since 2013, assisting in the delivery of projects and workshops and teaching our choreographed work. She has been assisting in the delivery of Dance for Parkinson’s since March 2017. Rachael will be teaching one of the choreographies that appears in the film and leading you in a ‘Zoom’ flocking exercise.

Sophie Turner

Sophie Turner is a creative arts practitioner, dancer and drama therapist who specialises in arts and health. She regularly collaborates with The Original Spinners and has been delivering the ‘Face and Voice’ section of our weekly Fresh Arts Dance for Parkinson’s workshop since 2017. During the session Sophie will be leading you through facial and vocal warm-ups and teaching the Sea Shanties that appear in the film.

Tuesday 13 July 2021, 11:00 – 12:00

Perspectives on Practice: Value and Values – a discussion

 

Photo credit: People Dancing's International Conference, Glasgow. Photo: Rachel Cherry.

This panel discussion, chaired by Dramaturg Lou Cope, asks questions about where and on what we place value, and how our changing personal values can and should affect our practice and the contexts we choose to work in.  Lou Cope will be joined by Aakash Odedra, Peppy Hills and Nikki Watson, dance artists with different approaches to movement practices who will draw on their rich experience and practice to discuss what, why and how we value.

This event is free of charge to People Dancing Members and £5.00 for non-members. 

Bookings for this event are now closed. 

Booking deadline: Friday 9 July 2021. 

>   About Lou Cope, Aakash Odedra, Peppy Hills and Nikki Watson

 

Peppy Hills

Peppy has worked internationally for major dance and theatre companies and as a creative practitioner, trainer, evaluator and lecturer within education, health and community settings. Peppy is particularly interested in how movement and dance can integrate into everyday learning opportunities to strengthen relationships and support the healthy development of babies and children.

Her work specialises in physicality and creative learning in early years settings, and initiatives that engage individuals & communities who are often excluded from a mainstream provision. Peppy is also a qualified Play Therapist and trainee Filial Coach. Peppy is passionate about creating safe spaces for people to inhabit their bodies wherever they are at in their lives and helping people to relinquish imposter syndrome!

 

Lou Cope

Lou is a UK-based dance & theatre dramaturg who has worked across the UK, Europe and in the Middle East. She is the founder of CoAD - The Centre of Applied Dramaturgy and specialises in collaborative practice. Recent/current collaborations include: Garry Stewart & Australian Dance Theatre, Aakash Odedra, Gary Clarke, Birmingham Royal Ballet, English National Ballet; Rhiannon Faith, Stopgap Dance.

Lou also offers Practice Dramaturgy – working with artists outside of productions, and has a podcast called Downtime. Past collaborations include: Phoenix Dance Theatre; Scottish Dance Theatre; les ballets c de la b; Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui & Damien Jalet.

 

Aakash Odedra

Aakash was born in Birmingham, UK and lives in Leicester. He is a globally recognised award-winning dancer and choreographer. He trained in bharatanatyam, kathak and became a student of Bollywood choreographer Shiamak Davar. As a British-Asian, Aakash uses his choreographic voice to push boundaries, translating ancient and contemporary movement to tell new stories.

Major highlights have included winning a Bessie (New York), Dora (Canada) and an Amnesty International Award. He’s collaborated with Turner-Prize winner Chris Ofili in a commission for the Royal Ballet and celebrates his company’s 10th anniversary in 2021. He’s an Associate Artist at Curve Leicester and Birmingham Hippodrome. Aakash Odedra Company is a National Partner Organisation of Sadler’s Wells and an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.

Photo credit: Mehrban Hussain.

 

Nikki Watson

Hailing from a working-class background, Nikki is a neurodiverse female choreographer and performer. Nikki has been making professional and community-led dance productions since 2013. She has a passion for making art with social conscience, specialising in creating dance theatre through participatory methods that put people's voices and lived experiences at the heart of the work.

The voices of communities, shared, and lived experiences are fundamental in shaping her work. Nikki believes that audiences know more about what artists can say than just the artist themselves, but she believes as artists we have a gift and a vehicle to tell those stories in unique, innovative and unusual ways that enable people to connect in ways they didn’t know they could. Nikki collaborates with visual artists, composers and performers, using multimedia and digital technology to discover and explore ways of engaging new audiences and existing participants in dance.

She believes that as artists, we should be problem solvers, and although we don’t have all the answers, she thinks that through collaboration and imagination, we have the ability to solve problems of not only what we present to audiences, but how we present those. Nikki generally doesn’t present work in traditional dance spaces as she thinks we should be challenging ourselves to find new ways to engage audiences on their terms. Nikki believes in thinking big!

Thursday 15 July 2021, 14:00 - 15:30

Perspectives on Practice: The Dancer’s Forest

 

Photo credit: Dulais wade, Simon Whitehead. Photo - Peter Bodenham.

The Dancers’ Forest offers the dance community a meaningful way of repairing and preserving the land we live on, by re-establishing an environmentally responsible connection between dance, the land and the air we breathe.

Join Adam Benjamin, choreographer, author and National Teaching Fellow for a discussion with Charlotte Spencer and Simon Whitehead about performance, community and The Dancers’ Forest. Three dance artists with very different approaches to sustainable, post pandemic practice.

This discussion proposes a radical re-think of where dance comes from and what dancers might do in a time of climate crisis.  

This event is free of charge to People Dancing Members and £5.00 for non-members. 

Bookings for this event are now closed.

Booking deadline: Tuesday 13 July 2021.

>   About Adam Benjamin, Charlotte Spencer and Simon Whitehead

 

Adam Benjamin

Adam is an award-winning choreographer, tai chi teacher, author, and one of the pioneers of integrated dance. His book Making an Entrance, Theory and practice for disabled and non-disabled dancers goes into second edition later this year. He has received numerous awards including a London TimeOut performance award and the Sainsbury’s award for education. He was named a Change Maker by the South Bank Centre in 2015 and is a National Teaching Fellow. He has been an Associate Artist at The Place, a Wingate Scholar, a Rayne Choreographic Fellow and recipient of an Arts Council International Artist Fellowship.

He was joint founder, with Celeste Dandeker, of CandoCo Dance Company and a founder member of 5 Men Dancing. He founded Tshwaragano Dance Company, the first South African dance company integrated on both racial and disability lines and more recently he helped establish Integrated Dance Company-Kyo in Japan. During the pandemic he launched the Dancers’ Forest initiative and is now raising funds for the first forest site in Devon.

www.adambenjamin.co.uk

 

Charlotte Spencer

Charlotte is a choreographer, teacher, curator, mentor, performer. Her artistic practice is motivated by interests to engage with social and ecological questions and to find ways to express those enquiries through intimate live encounters with audiences. She often makes work for outdoor spaces, inviting people to re-encounter their bodies and their environments through action and participation. Making processes are deeply collaborative, involving long immersive residency periods which have included 3000 Km cycle rides and building camps in forests. Charlotte is perhaps best known for her performances through headphones: Is this a Waste Land? (2017), made for vast disused urban spaces; and Walking Stories (2013), a group audio walk for parks.

She has made performance work with young people, older adults, community groups as well as professional artists. She is currently working on a book and new research exploring ideas about touch and consent. Current commissioning and presentation partners include Sadler’s Wells, Dance North, The Place, Siobhan Davies Studios, Bonnie Bird Choreography Fund, Wellcome Collection and South East Dance. Charlotte is also in the midst of building a house in Brighton.

www.charlottespencerprojects.org

 

Simon Whitehead

Simon is a movement artist and craniosacral therapist living in west Wales and working internationally. For 27 years Simon has hosted Locator, an ongoing experimental workshop researching ecological ideas through movement practice, situated in an ancient sessile oak woodland in Pembrokeshire. Current project Newground (on the Llyn peninsula) is an evolving dance floor grown with plants that will become a place of encounter, movement and touch in a fold of human, plant and wild life.

He is a member of Maynard, an interdisciplinary artist collective that collaborate on a programme of engaged dance activity in the rural village of Abercych, working through on-going residencies, the village dance, workshops, local and international partnerships. As part of an AHRC-funded PhD(PaR), based at the University of Glasgow, he is currently exploring what posthuman ecology means with reference to an expanded choreography of touch.

 

Image credits: Top - Adam Benjamin. Photo: Meier Williams. Middle - Charlotte Spencer. Photo: Camilla Greenwell.  Bottom - Simon Whitehead. Photo: Maya Lila.

Friday 23 July 2021, 14:00 – 15:30

Perspectives on Practice: How the f@&k are we doing? 

 

Photo credits: Left: Kimberley Harvey, photographer - Roswitha Chesher. Right: Aby Watson, photographer - Robert McFadzean.

As times continue to be turbulent, People Dancing are creating space for disabled artists to check-in and ask: how the f@&k are you doing? In this 90 minute session, join disabled dance artists Kimberley Harvey and Aby Watson as they facilitate an artist-focused space to discuss:

HOW...

  • are you doing personally?
  • are you doing your artistic practice?
  • are you working/being your artistic self?
  • about all the ideas?
  • are you doing conceptually?

In this session, you will have the chance to explore the questions that resonate for you. Alongside other artists you can share, connect and maybe even ponder where you go next.

This event is free of charge to everyone. Also please note: THIS EVENT IS FOR PEOPLE WHO IDENTIFY AS DISABLED ARTISTS / PRACTITIONERS ONLY.

Bookings for this event are now closed.

Booking deadline: Thursday 22 July 2021. 

>   About Kimberley Harvey and Aby Watson

 

Kimberley Harvey

Kimberley is a freelance dance artist, choreographer and teacher. She is also thr Director of the Youth Dance Programme for Candoco Dance Company. As a professional dancer, Kimberley works predominantly in contemporary dance, but also physical theatre with companies such as ThisEgg and Moxie Brawl. Kimberley has her own inclusive contemporary dance company, Subtle Kraft Co. Formed in 2011, the company's work is centred around relationships in their various and complex forms with connection, communication and curiosity as core elements for their artistic and working practice. Kimberley is on the Board of Trustees for Maresa von Stockert (formerly Tilted Productions) and South East Dance.

 

Aby Watson

Aby is a neurodivergent artist, disabled dance maker, performer, and researcher based in Glasgow, Scotland. Her work is an expression of neurodivergent embodiment and carries the vibrant energy of her dyslexic, dyspraxic and ADHD mindbody. Through improvisation, movement scores, text, and object, Aby's dance works explore tensions between virtuosity and the pedestrian, beauty and the grotesque, the silly and the serious. She is currently undergoing her practice-based autoethnographic PhD project, Disordering Dance, at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland - which investigates dance-making from a lived experience of dyspraxia to create radical, affirmative and original dance. Aby's work has been seen across the UK and internationally, at venues The Southbank Centre, Sophiensaele, Tramway and Wales Millenium Centre, and has been supported by Unlimited, The National Theatre of Scotland and The Workroom amongst others. In 2019, she founded the Scottish Neurodiverse Performance Network - a space for Scotland based neurodivergent artists to make connections and share projects, practice, advice, support and solidarity

Tuesday 27 July 2021, 14:00 - 15:30

Perspectives on Practice: Creative and integrated audio description

  

In this session with Quiplash, we will explore what it means to integrate creative audio description (AD) into dance work. This will include a quick introduction into what audio description is and how it can be used as a creative access tool to support blind and visually impaired audiences.

We will then go through practical exercises (some of which will include light movement) so that participants can start to think about how to integrate AD into their work in a way that both provides access and presents a creative tone that matches and uplifts the art/performance it describes.

We will also help point folks to other places they can go to for more extensive training in AD. The sessions will be intensive but run in a relaxed way. By this we mean there will be a lot of information in the session, but how/if you interact with it is up to you. And of course, we will leave time for questions at the end!

This event is free of charge to People Dancing Members and £5.00 for non-members. 

Bookings for this event are now closed.  

Booking deadline: 13:00 Friday 23 July 2021.

Photo credit: Photo of Al (left) and Amelia (right). Al is a round white human with fantastically curly brown hair wearing silver rimmed glasses and an excellent denim jacket with a nonbinary flag pin on the collar. Amelia is a slim white human with buzzed brown hair wearing very long colourful earrings and with a trans flag wrapped around their shoulders like a superhero cape. Both have sparkly blue, white and pink make up on. Al has their arm casually around Amelia’s shoulders and Amelia smiles at the camera.

>   About Quiplash / Al and Amelia Lander-Cavallo

Quiplash is a queer, disability led performance project headed by actual queer crip married couple Al and Amelia Lander-Cavallo. Quiplash has two strands. They do performance and art making such as with their ongoing project Unsightly Drag and Friends, a cabaret and drag show that features Deaf and disabled queer performers. They also work as access consultants with a specialism in integrated audio description. Recent clients include Marlborough Productions, the Wellcome Collection and Greenwich Maritime Museum.

Find us on @quiplashlondon or at quiplash.co.uk

Monday 6 September 2021, 16:00 - 17:30

Perspectives on Practice: 'The Water Lily Effect': Community, Artistry & Activism in the Time of Black Lives Matter

Photo credit: Headshot by Foteini Christofilopoulou.

Join Nathan Geering, contemporary hip-hop artist and activist, in conversation about his career path leading up to and away from the community dance-driven protest he led in the wake of George Floyd’s murder last year. The public protest, outside the Crucible Theatre in his home city of Sheffield, has resulted in profound change at a local level and global success for a multi-award winning short film born out of it, ‘Still A Slave’.
 
Alongside a rare screening of the work, this is an opportunity to watch, listen and discuss ways in which activism can be a part of your practice. This webinar is for those who experience racism seeking blueprints for positive action, those seeking deeper understanding and all of us working to ensure dance still blossoms in a time of crisis – in ourselves, where we live, for the world.

This event is free of charge to People Dancing Members and £5.00 for non-members.

Bookings for this event are now closed

Booking deadline: Thursday 2 September 2021. 

>   About Nathan Geering

Nathan specialises in accessibility innovation and strives to make work that heightens accessibility for both disabled and non-disabled artists and audiences. He was the Artistic Director of the 2017 Special Olympics Opening Ceremony and is the founder of the multi-award-winning Rationale Method of Audio Description.

He also runs a registered charity called Rationale Arts which has the ethos of making art accessible for all. In 2021 Nathan became the Co-Artistic Director of Theatre Deli an oversees the Artistic Vision of both London and Sheffield venues. With this appointment Nathan and his colleague Ryan Harston made history because for the first time Theatre Deli's Artistic Vision is now Black Led. Nathan is also part of the Sheffield Race Equality Commission and champions racial equality and diversity within the arts and beyond.


Thursday 9 September 2021, 09:30 - 11:00

Next EYDN (Early Years Dance Network) meeting: An opportunity for dance artists and practitioners working in Early Years settings to meet and connect

Photo credit: People Dancing Summer School. Photographer: Rachel Cherry.

The next EYDN meeting will focus on us emerging out of the pandemic and for some back into communities, nurseries and settings. How do we best ensure our own recovery and rejuvenation, and yet support our early years children? 

This months guest speaker will be Jo Stockdale, a specialist in brain development, social and emotional competence and wellbeing, including resilience and self-esteem. She is Founder of Well Within Reach, a training and consultancy company that supports freelancers and organisations demystifying the secrets of the brain and how professionals can unlock cognitive, social & emotional strength, by nurturing themselves and the development of very young children ‘from the inside out’.

We will also have the opportunity to network with peers and discuss future programming ideas for EYDN during 2022 and 2023.

Places are FREE and are open to anyone signed up to the Early Years Dance Network (EYDN) newsletter.

Bookings for this event are now closed

Booking deadline: Tuesday 7 September 2021.

Tuesday 14 September 2021, 10:00 - 11:30

Perspectives on Practice: Women dancing with women - reflecting on practice in specific contexts

Left - Emily Jenkins. Right - Louise Klarnett. Photos: Camilla Greenwell.

In this event Louise Klarnett and Emily Jenkins will together reflect on their participatory work with women, particularly referring to The Magpie Project (for mums and under 5s in temporary accommodation) and Move Dance Feel (for women living with and beyond cancer).

Louise and Emily will be in conversation about how they lead dance activity that is both inspiring as well as sensitive to the female focused contexts in which they're working.

The event will also include a 30 minute group discussion where the audience are invited to contribute thoughts around enabling safe environments for women in participatory dance.

This event is free of charge to People Dancing Members and £5.00 for non-members.

Bookings for this event are now closed

Extended booking deadline: 11:00 Monday 13 September 2021!

>   About Louise Klarnett and Emily Jenkins

Louise Klarnett

Over the last 22 years Louise has developed an extensive dance and movement practice working alongside young babies to ninety-plus year olds in community, health and education contexts.

Her participatory practice has led to vast experience and she delivers continuing professional development training at conferences and symposiums nationally, for dance, music, arts and educational organisations. She is Associate Artist for Dance Art Foundation and Rosetta Life, and resident dance artist for The Magpie Project and Kay Rowe Nursery School.  

Photo credit: Ben Joseph.

 

Emily Jenkins

Emily designs, implements and artistically leads original dance projects. She has worked within participatory dance for over 10 years, facilitating countless dance experiences and creating many opportunities for dance engagement.

In 2016 Emily founded Move Dance Feel, a CIC offering dance to women affected by cancer, and works in partnership with leading cancer support centres to incorporate dance into their care programmes. She is also a Dance for Health committee member for the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science.

Photo credit: Camilla Greenwell.

Thursday 16 September 2021, 13:30 - 17:00

11 Million Reasons To Dance Network Event

 

Sian Green takes centre stage as Nina Sayers in this image inspired by the film Black Swan. Photo: Sean Goldthorpe.

Our next 11 Million Reasons to Dance Network Event will be a longer event for artists, individuals and organisations who aim to embed inclusivity at the heart of their work. Planned as part of the Arts Council Wales funded 11 Million Reasons to Dance: Cymru project to celebrate its culmination, and originally to be hosted in rural Wales, this now online event will have a Welsh theme, yet is still relevant to those working across the UK.

Speakers will deliver sessions on several areas of practice related to access and inclusion which supports disabled, deaf, neurodiverse and sight impaired artists and participants to engage in dance. Confirmed speakers include:

  • Jenny Stoves from Arts Council Wales, who will discuss Welsh strategy and the current landscape;
  • Andrew Miller, Cultural Consultant, Broadcaster, Disability Champion, who will talk about the 7 principles;
  • Corali Dance Company, who will present on the importance of disabled leaders;
  • Ballet Cymru, who will present a short live performance.

We will also have a number of artists and organisations leading breakout groups during the day.

The programme will also celebrate the learning and culmination of the People Dancing 11 Million Reasons to Dance: Cymru project, funded by Arts Council Wales with the exclusive first-seen launch of the new photography exhibition by internationally renowned photographer Philip Hatcher-Moore.

We will share a full programme schedule with you by email closer to the date. 

Places on this event are FREE to all. They will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis as places are limited.

Bookings for this event are now closed

Booking deadline: 10:00 Monday 13 September 2012.

Bydd ein digwyddiad rhwydweithio 11 Million Reasons to Dance nesaf yn ddigwyddiad hirach i artistiaid, unigolion a sefydliadau sy'n anelu at wreiddio cynwysoldeb wrth wraidd eu gwaith. Wedi'i gynllunio fel rhan o'r prosiect 11 Million Reasons to Dance: Cymru i ddathlu ei benllanw, ac i'w gynnal yn wreiddiol yng nghefn gwlad Cymru, bydd gan y digwyddiad ar- lein hwn thema Gymraeg, ond mae'n dal i fod yn berthnasol i'r rhai sy'n gweithio ledled y DU.

Bydd y siaradwyr yn cyflwyno sesiynau ar sawl maes ymarfer sy'n ymwneud â mynediad a chynhwysiant sy'n cefnogi artistiaid a chyfranogwyr anabl, byddar, niwroamryw a nam ar eu golwg i gymryd rhan mewn dawns. Ymhlith y siaradwyr sydd wedi'u cadarnhau mae: Andrew Miller, Ymgynghorydd Diwylliannol, Darlledwr, Hyrwyddwr Anabledd, a fydd yn siarad am y 7 egwyddor; Jenny Stoves o Gyngor Celfyddydau Cymru, a fydd yn trafod strategaeth Cymru a'r dirwedd bresennol; Cwmni Dawns Corali, a fydd yn cyflwyno ar bwysigrwydd arweinwyr anabl; a Ballet Cymru, a fydd yn cyflwyno perfformiad byw byr. Bydd gennym hefyd nifer o artistiaid a sefydliadau yn arwain grwpiau ymneilltuo yn ystod y dydd. Bydd y rhaglen hefyd yn dathlu dysgu a phenllanw prosiect People Dancing 11 Million Reasons to Dance: Cymru, a ariennir gan Gyngor Celfyddydau Cymru gyda lansiad cyntaf yr arddangosfa ffotograffiaeth newydd gan y ffotograffydd o fri rhyngwladol Philip Hatcher-Moore.

Byddwn yn rhannu amserlen rhaglen lawn gyda chi trwy e-bost yn agosach at y dyddiad.

Lleoedd AM DDIM.

Cefnogir y digwyddiad hwn gan ddehonglwyr BSL a bydd capsiynau caeedig (CC) ar gael. Er mwyn ein helpu i'ch cefnogi orau ar y diwrnod, nodwch eich gofynion mynediad (gan gynnwys BSL a CC) ar eich ffurflen bwcio.

Sylwch: Os ydych chi'n bwcio ar y digwyddiad hwn ac yna'n methu mynychu, gofynnwn i chi roi gwybod i ni fel y gallwn ryddhau'r lle i rywun arall wrth i'n digwyddiadau werthu allan ac wrth i ni redeg rhestrau aros.

Llun: Sian Green yn cymryd y llwyfan fel Sayers Nina yn y ddelwedd hon a ysbrydolwyd gan y ffilm Black Swan. Llun: Sean Goldthorpe.

 

Thursday 23 September 2021, 10:00 - 11:30

Perspectives on Practice: Dance for chronic breathlessness

Photo credit: Siân Williams

In this practical workshop, participants will learn about how we breathe, why we get breathless and how dance can help people living with long term breathlessness to feel better and do more.

The session will involve participants in movement exercises (seated or standing) and will include some theory and information about long term respiratory problems such as COPD and Asthma.

Siân Williams will share tools for movement practices, share video footage of online and face to face sessions, invite creative input and open a discussion about how to share and spread the initiative to the many people with chronic breathlessness who would benefit from such interventions.

Useful resources

This event is free of charge to People Dancing Members and £5.00 for non-members.

Bookings for this event are now closed.

Booking deadline: Tuesday 21 September 2021. 

>   About Siân Williams

Siân Williams has trodden an unusual career path. She is a healthcare consultant, specialising in international respiratory health, having previously been a senior manager in the NHS and more recently in an international charity. However, she has always danced and started out after university working with the Arts Council and as a tour manager with London Festival Ballet (now ENB).

She has always wanted to connect the two worlds of health and dance and so studied with Green Candle Dance Co for the OCN Level 3 Diploma in dance facilitation for older people.

In 2017 as part of the group choreography requirement she approached her local Breathe Easy support group to see if she could interest them in working with her to show how dance might improve the health and wellbeing of people living with long term (chronic) breathlessness. She has been running a group in Haringey ever since, working with a number of academic partners to evaluate its impact and value. Her ambition is to raise the visibility of people with COPD and other chronic respiratory problems, and to see more groups be set up across the UK.

Photo credit: Siân Williams

 
Tuesday 28 September 2021, 10:00 - 11:30

Perspectives on Practice: Whose class is it anyway?

Photo credit: Beth Ackroyd.

Dance Artist Claire Pring leads this practical and part discussion based workshop alongside a number of other artists to create the opportunity to meet colleagues, gain inspiration and reaffirm 'identity' as a dancer. Claire will be exploring key thoughts around how as a community artists do we navigate our own way.

With the primary function of technique class being to move in the style of the teacher as preparation for performance, how do we feel confident dancing 'our/your' way? The workshop will explore a number of provocations that support dance practice.

This event is free of charge to People Dancing Members and £5.00 for non-members.

Booking for this event are now closed

Booking deadline: Thursday 23 September 2021. 

>   About Claire Pring

I graduated from Middlesex University in 1990 with a B. Ed (Hons) in Dance. I taught in London until 1994 when I headed north to join Cheshire Dance as Dance Animateur for Macclesfield. I was with Cheshire Dance for eight exceptionally happy years & this was where I began to deliver INSET under the guidance of Veronica Lewis & Julia Williams.

Since 2002 I have worked as a freelancer along with part time teaching at... Buxton Community School, Derbyshire Poynton High School, Cheshire Biddulph High School, Staffordshire (where I gained my AST status).

In 2005 I completed my MA in Dance Studies. I am currently the lead practitioner for Dance for Derbyshire; part of the Create & Dance team at the Royal Opera House & I devised and presented the dance content for BBC Teach 'Step by Step' as well as devising some of their podcasts for 'Let's Move' & 'Time to Move'. I also produce resources for Oak National Academy, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Cheshire County Council & Derbyshire County Council.

Wednesday 6 October 2021, 10:00 - 11:30

Perspectives on Practice: online adventures in dancing with Parkinson’s

for artists and practitioners working in the field of dancing with Parkinson's to share ideas, challenges and opportunities

Join us for the 6th in our series of online events for artists and practitioners working in the field of dancing with Parkinson’s

 

Photo: Ewen Weatherspoon.

Applying inclusive dance practice to dance for Parkinson’s.

In this online session Louise Marshall will lead practical activities inspired by her experience of working with diverse groups. The session will illustrate how the same approaches Louise uses for Inclusive Dance can be applied to Dance for Parkinson’s and may offer the opportunity for reflection and extension to familiar practice.

Participants will be invited to discuss how class content can be devised and communicated to be fully inclusive and will be invited to create and share a short activity with the group. 

This event is free of charge to People Dancing Members and £5.00 for non-members. Presented as part of the Live Well & Dance with Parkinson’s programme.

Bookings for this event are now closed

Booking deadline: Monday 4 October 2021.

>   About Louise Marshall

Louise Marshall has been professionally involved in the world of participatory and community dance for over 25 years. Building on her own experience of community projects in Liverpool, she went on to work as a free-lance dance artist in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, delivering projects that included in specialist hospitals, adult education centres, schools, care homes and village halls. Louise is currently in her final year of a MEd in Learning and Teaching in the Performing Arts at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Since 2001 Louise has led on dance engagement at Eden Court in Inverness. As well as regular classes within the venue has developing and delivering Highland-wide projects for all ages and abilities. Through this work she has been able to Charleston at Dunvegan, Salsa in Fort William, flashmob at Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival and bring hundreds of people together to perform on the Empire Stage as part of The Big Dance Show.

Current projects include Dance for Parkinson’s; a multi-generational and inclusive Community Dance Company; developing young talent with the Eden Court Young Dance Company and SQA Higher Dance qualification; creating performance work with local immigrant communities.

Friday 8 October, 10:00 - 11:30

Perspectives on Practice: Less is More

 

Join Anna Daly, Vicky Frayard and Anne O’Connor in this session which shares deep and reflective learning from their wide breadth of experience of working with young children and babies, based on their Baby & Me workshops. Baby & Me was an online project in Spring 2021 and focused on families who had babies in lockdown. 

Anna, Vicky, and Anne offer an introduction to proprioceptive and vestibular senses and how movement play supports attachment and important aspects of early physiological/sensory development.  

This workshop advocates how dance artists (experienced in knowledge of the body, play and creativity) can support collective well-being in the simplest methods as we continue to create new ways of being together during a pandemic. 

This session includes a mix of presentation, discussion, and some movement activities to connect to early years material. Participants will consider how to pare back to the essentials of the approach to early years dance. Participants will be encouraged to reflect on their own practice and potential partnerships for this kind of work. 

Themes: partnership working, perinatal health, supporting early years wellbeing. 

This event is free of charge to People Dancing Members and £5.00 for non-members.

Bookings for this event are now closed

Booking deadline: Wednesday 6 October 2021. 

>   About the artists

 

Anna Daly

Anna is an independent community dance artist with over 20 years community practice in the North West. Developing a specialism in design and delivery with young children and their grown ups over the last decade. Dedicated to advocating for more movement play for our youngest children and the impact on learning, creativity, health and wellbeing. Fascinated in understanding the part movement plays in early years development and attachment, founded ‘Primed For Life’ with Anne O’Connor and even wrote a book together!

www.annadaly.co.uk

Photo: Brian Slater.

 

Vicky Frayard

Vicky Frayard is the Producer from made With Many responsible for the creative programme in Corby, Northamptonshire. Made With Many is the Creative People and Places programme delivering community-led arts and cultural programmes across Corby and Wellingborough. Vicky’s background is in Dance, both as a Producer and facilitator, working specifically in community and health settings. She has previously worked for Ludus Dance, YMCA London South West and London Broncos RL Foundation as well as many years as a freelance artist.

www.madewithmany.org

 

 

Anne O’Connor

Anne is an experienced early years teacher, consultant, trainer, conference speaker and writer with a passionate interest in the physical and emotional development of young children, their families and those who work with them. Working with Anna reawakened her interest in movement and dance and provoked her to move more freely as she dances to the radio in her kitchen.

www.primedforlife.co.uk

 
Tuesday 19 October, 17:00 - 18:30

Perspectives on Practice: Object-Movement improvisation jam

Photo: Dominic Farlam.

Object-Movement is an online practical improvisation jam that explores contemporary dance alongside classical music instruments.  

Participants will be led by contemporary dance artist Pui Yung Shum to explore the movements and textures of their bodies in relation to different objects. Musicians, Janice Kit-ying Tsui and Karen Wong will respond to the tasks and participants through live musical accompaniment. 

This jam is a process of recognising how different stimuli inspires movement and how this changes how we look at different objects. Participants will have the opportunity to respond with objects from their surroundings that they feel a personal association with. Everyone is invited to respond with movement in whichever way suits their body. 

This event is free of charge to People Dancing Members and £5.00 for non-members.

Bookings for this event are now closed

Booking deadline: Monday 18 October 2021. 

>   About the artists

 

Pui Yung Shum (Dance Artist)

Pui Yung is a contemporary dance artist who explores object-oriented ontology through creative movements. Pui Yung began her ballet training in Christine Liao School of Ballet (Hong Kong) at the age of five. She was awarded distinction from the RAD in Ballet examinations (Advanced 2 and Grade 8) and was invited to participate in The Genee International Ballet Competition in Antwerp, Belgium. In 2019, she completed her M.A. in Contemporary Dance at the London Contemporary Dance School.

Photo: Steph Yau.

 

Karen Wong (Flautist)

Hong Kong-born flautist Karen Ka Wing WONG is a devoted chamber and orchestral player, currently pursuing Masters in Orchestral Artistry at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She is studying flute and piccolo with Philippa Davies, Sarah Newbold, Ian Clarke and Christopher Green. She has worked with several Guildhall Orchestras and toured with the Asian Youth Orchestra.

In 2021, Karen won 2 nd Prize in the British Flute Society Young Artist Competition and was winner of the Flute Flight Online Competition 2020. She has given solo performances in London, New York and Berlin. She is supported by Help Musicians.

Photo: Phoebe Lo.

 

Janice Kit-ying Tsui (Pianist)

Janice Kit-ying Tsui is currently pursuing the Master of Performance degree in Guildhall School of Music and Drama with a scholarship. She is specializing in piano accompaniment under the tutelage of Pamela Lidiard. Janice also participates in vocal projects directed by Julius Drake, Eugene Asti and Roderick Williams respectively.

Since June 2019, Janice has been collaborating with the Hong Kong Harmonica Association and performed in Heilongjiang China and Blagoveshchensk Russia for the 10th Sino-Russia Culture Fair. She has been invited often to collaborate with a harmonica player and a Chinese instrument Sheng player as a trio for the “Afternoon Series-Noon Performance” in Taikwun Hong Kong.

Janice completed her Bachelor of Arts (Music) degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, majoring in piano under the tutelage of Julie Pun-Man Kuok. She has won the first runner-up prize in Asia·Aegean Sea Piano Competition held in Taiwan in August 2017. In August 2018, she ranked sixth in Antonio Vivaldi International Competition Vienna. She was a keyboard player in the Chung Chi Orchestra, the Chung Chi Wind Orchestra and the Chung Chi Choir in her alma mater. She was also a former pianist of Opera Hong Kong Children Chorus.

Photo: Kurt Chan.

Wednesday 20 October, 14:00 - 15:30

Perspectives on Practice: Open sesame – what does it mean to be accessible? 

Photo: Cal Banville-Winter.

This session encourages discussion around making work truly accessible for all needs – is this notion a pipe dream? What steps can we honestly take? How can we properly articulate what we can offer? How can facilitators with no accessibility needs overcome their personal sensitivities and concerns about 'getting it right'?

Focusing primarily on online practice and using Moving Memory Dance Theatre’s recent investigation as a starting point, we will consider measures that need to be in place to ensure effective practice. We invite participants to explore their own experiences, ideas and approaches and join an open and fruitful conversation aimed at establishing a more nuanced and honest offer. We are seeking to establish the parameters of good practice and invite you to be part of identifying the key building blocks and tools for creative spaces that are genuinely accessible.

This event is free of charge to People Dancing Members and £5.00 for non-members.

Bookings for this event are now closed 

Booking deadline: Monday 18 October 2021. 

Thursday 4 November, 10:00 - 12:00

Perspectives on Practice: An introduction to Makaton for dance

Photo: Emma Jones.

Dance artist and Makaton Tutor Emma Jones will lead this session which will upskill practitioners by teaching dance-specific Makaton knowledge and vocabulary. Makaton is a language programme that uses a combination of speech, non-verbal signs and symbols to communicate. Makaton passes on meaning by adding visual cues while speaking to help clarify the meaning of the words.

The session includes an overview of Makaton and information and tips about how to support communication. Alongside this you will learn Makaton signs and symbols for dance actions, compositional elements, vocabulary that represents different parts of a session (e.g., warm up/cool down) and some functional everyday language to support those you work with.

The session will leave participants better placed to support basic communication and language skills, understanding, social interactions, relationships and independence, equal opportunities. This session is suitable for anyone who works in dance; whether you work in early years settings, formal education, for private dance schools, with older adults or individuals with additional needs or disabilities, Makaton is proven to support speech, language and communication.

Please note:

  1. This session involves movement which can be participated from either a seated or standing position as well in restricted spaces
  2. Throughout the session, Emma will provide guidance so that everyone can perform the Makaton signs accurately. We therefore encourage everyone, where possible, to participate with their camera turned on so that Emma can appropriately support everyone
  3. Makaton is derived from the natural sign language of the country it is developed to be used in, so in the UK Makaton is derived from British Sign Language (BSL). Makaton has been adapted to be used in more than 40 countries so if you are outside of the UK please check that British Makaton is appropriate to use in your setting.

This event is free of charge to People Dancing Members and £5.00 for non-members.

Bookings for this event are now closed

**Please note: This event is now FULLY BOOKED. Any further bookings will be added to the waiting list.**

Booking deadline: Tuesday 2 November 2021. 

 

>   About Emma Jones

Emma Jones is a freelance dance artist, educator and Makaton Tutor based in the North West. She is passionate about inclusive and creative dance, learning through dance, dance education and communication.

Emma has been using Makaton for 15 years and qualified as a licensed Makaton Tutor 5 years ago. She delivers a range of standardised workshops on behalf of the Makaton charity. In the time since becoming a Tutor Emma has been developing and delivering workshops for those who work in dance settings to ensure resources are relevant to their needs.

 
Friday 5 November 2021, 13:00 - 15:00

Perspectives on Practice: online adventures in dancing with Parkinson’s

for artists and practitioners working in the field of dancing with Parkinson's to share ideas, challenges and opportunities

Join us for the 7th in our series of online events for artists and practitioners working in the field of dancing with Parkinson’s

 

Photos: Amy Mallett.

Co-creation, the Covid Chronicles and lessons learnt.

CARVE coLAB have been co-creating an opera with people living with Parkinson’s based on the true story of Margaret Catchpole. We know so much about her because of letters that she wrote as her former employer unusually taught her to read and write.

This work was originally going to be performed at the Royal Opera House in 2020 but due to the pandemic had to be taken online. In this session, join Amy Mallett and Nicola Wydenbach of CARVE coLAB to explore how they work collaboratively with people with Parkinson’s, how this positively evolved due to COVID-19 and their plans for the future.  

This event is free of charge to People Dancing Members and £5.00 for non-members. Presented as part of the Live Well & Dance with Parkinson’s programme.

Bookings for this event are now closed

Booking deadline: Wednesday 3 November 2021.

Tuesday 9 November, 15:30 - 17:00

Perspectives on Practice: An artist's transition to board

Are you an artist who has thought about being on a board of trustees? Are you aware of the career benefits of being on a board? Do you want your voice heard? 
 
Considering that most arts organisation are governed by a board of trustees, artists are incredibly valuable in roles of governance. Being on a board not only gives artists a greater say in decision-making practices within organisations but allows for other artists’ voices to be heard by being in a position of influence. 
 
Join former People Dancing board member Jeanette Bain-Burnett in this discussion-based session that breaks down some of the protocol, language and roles and responsibilities in being on a board of trustees and that aims to support artists to gain confidence in making future applications.

This event is free of charge to People Dancing Members and £5.00 for non-members.

Bookings for this event are now closed

Booking deadline: Monday 8 November 2021. 

>   About Jeanette Bain-Burnett

Jeanette Bain-Burnett currently works for the Trussell Trust, where she spearheads engagement with lived experience experts to end the need for foodbanks in the UK.

Starting out in dance and the cultural sector, Jeanette enjoys working in the intersection of the cultural and social/community sectors. She was formerly Director of the Association of Dance of the African Diaspora (ADAD) and has sat on numerous boards including People Dancing and Uchenna Dance.

Any day and time of your choice!

Perspectives on Practice: Tree Time 

Helen Poynor in the bluebell woods. Photo: Annie Pfingst.

An invitation to give yourself time to experience your relationship with trees in a new way, guided by a written score.

Helen Poynor has provided People Dancing with a written score, that has emerged out of her work with movement in natural environments, which dancers are invited to undertake outside in an environment which Helen describes. Dancers may choose to follow the score on their own, either at the same time as other dancers or at a time of their own choosing.

This is a non-digital activity as part of the Perspectives on Practice programme. The aim of the activity is to enable dancers to:

  • get in touch with the natural environment
  • explore new ways of moving / thinking / feeling
  • dance at the same time in different locations / settings / environments / parts of the world
  • share their experiences (if they choose to do so).

As a way of reaching across time and space and of being in each other’s company while participating in the score, People Dancing are inviting you to participate at a time of your own choosing.

If dancers do wish to do so they can share their experience of participating in Tree Time by emailing People Dancing with drawings, or extracts of writing that they made at the end of their experience. These will only be shared with other participants via People Dancing's website as they become available. Further information about how to contribute will be sent to you once you have registered.

These events are free of charge to all.

>   About Helen Poynor

Helen runs the Walk of Life Workshop and Training Programme in Non-stylised and Environmental Movement. As a teacher, director and performer Helen specialises in movement in natural environments, site-specific, autobiographical and improvisatory performance, and cross art-form collaborations with installation, film and the visual arts.

An independent movement artist whose approach has evolved over 40 years of professional practice, Helen’s early intensive training with Anna Halprin at the San Francisco Dancers’ Workshop/Tamalpa, and Suprapto Suryodarmo from Java, served as the foundation for her unique approach to non-stylised and environmental movement and performance practice. She was recognised by Suprapto as a teacher and is a guest associate teacher for Tamalpa UK.

For many years a Visiting Professor of Performance at Coventry University, Helen is a mentor for established and emerging dancers, performers and practitioners. She is a Registered Dance Movement Therapist (ADMP UK) and a Somatic Movement Therapist (ISMETA) working with individuals in private practice.

www.walkoflife.co.uk

Thursday 11 November, 10:00 - 11:30

Perspectives on Practice: The future is blended

Photos from left - Chris Hunt, Jennifer Irons and Zach Walker.

Award-winning arts and technology collective MakeAmplify invite you to discuss the future of hybrid digital and live work in the face of climate change and the pandemic.

Within the context of their upcoming project ‘Now is Not the Time to Be Gentle’, MakeAmplify will offer perspectives from their experience of working in hybrid contexts with diverse communities and explore provocations for the future of the sector.

Imagine experiencing dance from the comfort of your front garden or bedroom window. Dancers on your street; floating on a platform in an ocean that is projection mapped on the houses opposite. You lift your phone and the entire world under the surface is revealed; shimmering fish, a huge whale, and tiny bioluminescent creatures glow and swirl in the dark, accompanied by a sweeping 3D score. You are fully immersed in an underwater world of sound, movement, and light - and you haven’t even left your home.

MakeAmplify invite participants, artists, venues, makers and communities to share and discuss how during a time of crisis for our climate we create a sustainable hybrid of digital, immersive tech and live delivery/performance and how we as artists and deliverers can use this kind of technology. How can we keep our integrity and make sure new technology is sustainable and inclusive?

This event is free of charge to People Dancing Members and £5.00 for non-members.

Bookings for this event are now closed

Booking deadline: Tuesday 9 November 2021. 

>   About Jennifer Irons, Zach Walker and Chris Hunt

Jennifer Irons

Jennifer is an award-winning choreographer, performer and director working internationally across theatre, commercial and socially engaged projects. She has been getting people together to dance since she was five years old.

Jennifer is Mass Movement Director for Akram Khan Company, Associate Choreographer with Complicité and was Associate Artist with Candoco Dance Company from 2006 - 2016. Jennifer is founder and director of ironINC in Africa; arts for cultural exchange program working with local partners across Africa & Middle East to co-create and deliver arts programs for professional and social development. Yukon Ho!, her one-woman guide to surviving the arctic is scheduled to tour the UK Spring 2022. www.jenniferirons.co.uk 

Zach Walker

Zach is a multi-disciplinary artist commissioned by galleries, museums, festivals and commercial events including Google Chromecast Launch in Las Vegas and Matte BLACK in New York. He was Visual Director for Decibel International Festival in Seattle (2009-2014). There, both his own visuals and make AMPLIFY’s work featured with artists such as Moby, DJ Shadow, and Flying Lotus.

In the UK he works with the Light Surgeons, Project Instrumental Chamber Orchestra and long-time collaborators UK Beatbox Champion Reeps One and producer Linden Jay. Zach was founder and co-director of the Uplift Project working with young people in the criminal justice system to develop literacy and filmmaking skills. www.zachwalker.co.uk 

Chris Hunt

Chris is a creative technologist, director of Controlled Frenzy and builder of rather cool things. He works across a wide spectrum of technologies to build projects in Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Realities. Examples include Sensing the Unseen at the National Gallery and The Common Line virtual linear forest. www.controlledfrenzy.co.uk

 

Tuesday 16 November, 10:30 - 12:00

Perspectives on Practice: Unleash your inner Swashbuckler!

Photo: Magpie Flight Call

The relationship between dance and combat dates back thousands of years and now is your chance to come and discover just how these two ancient artforms are linked and how this link is still just as important to dance practice today as it was when the Spartans faced the Persians at the hot gates at Thermopylae.

This session, led by Henry Austwick, will also feature an interactive/physical element. Should you wish to take part, you will need space to move and something to be a stand-in sword. This could be a wooden spoon, or a bit of limp celery. The choice is yours. Time will be left at the end for questions. 

Note: This event may feature discussions around violence, weapons and demonstrations of stage/dramatic combat. 

This Zoom event is free of charge to People Dancing Members and £5.00 for non-members.

Bookings for this event are now closed

Booking deadline: Monday 15 November 2021. 

>   About Henry Austwick

Henry Austwick is a historian, actor, producer, writer and swashbuckler who has worked across many art forms including Theatre, Film & TV over many years.

His work as Swashbuckling Cornwall lets him combine his passion for both history and the creative by working in the art form of Stage/Dramatic Combat. Henry regularly runs workshops for beginners and experienced performers in everything from unarmed combat to dramatic sword play.

You can follow Henry or Swashbuckling Cornwall on Instagram by following @henryaustwick or @SwashbuckleC

Left photo credit: Thom Axon.

Thursday 25 November, 14:00 - 15:30

Perspectives on Practice: Dance as resisting, reclaiming and reimagining the future

Photo: Tristan Perez.

Dance as resisting, reimagining and reclaiming the future’ is a workshop for community practitioners, movement makers, theatre makers, live artists, and writers wanting to explore how we can use movement as a foundational force for reimagining, recreating, and reworking a future that supports and gives space to new possibilities. Through movement scores, creative writing, discussion and collective will, we will create new and possible futures for our communities and ourselves. 
 
This workshop, led by Linzy Na Nakorn and Rachel Clerke, is part of current research and development for a new participatory performance that looks to draw communities together to reclaim and re-imagine public spaces. Under the umbrella of 'political.Movement' (working title) Linzy is collaborating with dancers, writers, theatre makers, the public and communities in Salisbury, Bristol, London and across the UK to explore the question 'what is worth dancing for?' if dance can be seen as a solo or collective action/movement of resistance, resilience, re-claiming and/or re-imagining.

This Zoom event is free of charge to People Dancing Members and £5.00 for non-members.

Bookings for this event are now closed

Booking deadline: Tuesday 23 November 2021. 

>   About Linzy Na Nakorn and Rachel Clerke

Linzy Na Nakorn is a dance artist, movement director and facilitator based in Bristol, UK. Her current work explores how movement can be used as a tool for solo and collective acts of resilience and resistance, using dance and somatic practice as a framework for lifting, empowering and igniting conversation and questioning around connectivity, visibility and community.

She is currently interested in exploring future histories and acts of disruption to re-imagine and reclaim public spaces towards more sustainable and radical futures. She is a Wiltshire Creative Engine Room resident artist, a practitioner for Frantic Assembly and associate artist of Bittersuite, having facilitated and performed internationally and across the UK. She lives with a chronic health condition, with rest being inbuilt into her practice in a multiplicity of ways.

www.linzynanakorn.com

Photo: Stefania Pinato.

 

Rachael Clerke is a Bristol-based artist working across many mediums. She makes artworks that sit somewhere on the edge of live art and community infrastructure; playful experiments about what real life might look like if we were less concerned with what real life 'should' look like.

Rachael is currently developing Working Model, a modern-day city built by children, and Shared Ownership Businesses, a shared ownership business. She is also learning to skateboard and grow food and trying to understand economics. She is co-founder of quarterly LGBTQIA+ newsletter Modern Queers.

www.rachaelclerke.com

Photo: Rachael Clerke.

Tuesday 7 December, 13:00 - 14:30

11 Million Reasons To Dance Network event

 

Krystal Lowe, 'Rewild'. Photo: Sleepy Robot Photography.

In this 11 Million Reasons to Dance (11MRTD) Network event, artist Krystal Lowe will lead a discussion on intersectionality within the dance sector. Speaking from lived experience, Krystal will share how intersectionality informs and shapes her practice, followed by the opening up of a discussion on how we can better support diversity and positive change and alliance for global majority dance artists who identify as disabled.

The event is run in partnership with People Dancing, Para Dance UK and Attenborough Arts Centre.

Places on this Zoom event are FREE and are open to anyone signed up to the 11MRTD Network newsletter.

Bookings for this event are now closed.

Booking deadline: Thursday 2 December 2021.

>   About Krystal Lowe

Krystal is a Bermuda-born, Wales-based dancer, choreographer, and writer creating dance theatre works for stage, public spaces, and digital platforms. Recent credits include: Articulture Wales (Whimsy); Green Man Festival 2020/The Place’s Spring Festival 2021 (Rewild); Ffilm Cymru, BBC Arts, BBC Cymru, and Arts Council Wales (Daughters of the Sea); and National Dance Company Wales and Literature Wales for the Welsh Government’s Wales in Germany 2021 (Good Things to Come). 

Thursday 9 December, 10:30 - 12:00

Perspectives on Practice: Dancing for well-being: circle dancing with older people

 

In this practical and discussion-based session, Nicola Forshaw will share some of the choreographed dances she has developed for her work with Dancing for Well-Being, a Community Interest Company that focuses on connecting older people through dance. Using the foundations and ethos of Circle Dancing, these dances are fun, easy to follow and suitable for all levels of mobility.

Nicola will also share her experience of working with social justice projects and share best practice for working with older people and evaluating the impact of that work. There will be space for discussion where participants are encouraged to share their experience and to ask questions.

This Zoom event is free of charge to People Dancing Members and £5.00 for non-members.

Bookings for this event are now closed.

Booking deadline: Tuesday 7 December 2021. 

Tuesday 14 December 2021, 09:30 - 11:00

Next EYDN (Early Years Dance Network) meeting: An opportunity for dance artists and practitioners working in Early Years settings to meet and connect

People Dancing Summer School. Photo: Rachel Cherry.

It’s been an extraordinary year for the dance sector and early years artists, with many challenges and joys along the way. Join us for an end of year virtual mince pie in this informal networking session to share learning, and support with planning for the Early Years Dance Network into 2022.

There will be an opportunity to join with peers in discussion on key priorities and policies in early years dance as we move into 2022. The session will begin with a 10 minute optional practical movement session focussing on taking space for yourself in this season and at the end of a busy term.

Places on this Zoom event are FREE and are open to anyone signed up to the Early Years Dance Network (EYDN) newsletter.

Bookings for this event are now closed.

Booking deadline: 12 noon Monday 13 December 2021. 

Tuesday 11 January 2022, 10:30 - 12:00

Perspectives on Practice: The impact of recreational dance on adolescent girls

Louise Marshall. Photo credit: Dylan Morrison Photography. 

In this session with People Dancing board member Louise Marshall, we will be exploring how we teach in the dance class, with the focus being on adolescent girls participating in recreational dance. What messages are girls learning either overtly or unspoken?

Through discussion and short tasks we will reflect on what we teach and how we teach and how we can support our participants to confidently explore their identity.

This Zoom event is free of charge to People Dancing Members and £5.00 for non-members.

Bookings for this event are now closed

Booking deadline: Thursday 6 January 2022. 

>   About Louise Marshall

Louise Marshall has been professionally involved in the world of participatory and community dance for over 25 years. Building on her own experience of community projects in Liverpool, she went on to work as a free-lance dance artist in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, delivering projects that included in specialist hospitals, adult education centres, schools, care homes and village halls. Louise is currently in her final year of a MEd in Learning and Teaching in the Performing Arts at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Since 2001 Louise has led on dance engagement at Eden Court in Inverness. As well as regular classes within the venue has developing and delivering Highland-wide projects for all ages and abilities. Through this work she has been able to Charleston at Dunvegan, Salsa in Fort William, flashmob at Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival and bring hundreds of people together to perform on the Empire Stage as part of The Big Dance Show.

Current projects include Dance for Parkinson’s; a multi-generational and inclusive Community Dance Company; developing young talent with the Eden Court Young Dance Company and SQA Higher Dance qualification; creating performance work with local immigrant communities.

Tuesday 18 January, 10:00 - 11:30

Perspectives on Practice: Older people dancing - moving beyond perceptions

Photo credit: David Severn.

Dance Artists Karla Jones and Anne Sheldon will lead a selection of movement creation from the Moving Beyond Perceptions* exhibition in which they challenge the public’s perception of older people dancing through movement and photography using the local environment. 

The practical and discussion-based session will explore ideas from the exhibition and how working locally can inspire creativity in your own practice. Participants are invited to take the action outdoors where they will have time to take stills or recordings of moving in a different space using the Moving Beyond Perceptions stimulus. Participants will then have the opportunity to share their creative discoveries with the group and discuss how our creativity can be used to move in unusual spaces in unusual ways.

*Moving Beyond Perceptions exhibition was created by Movement for All, in collaboration with photographer David Severn.

This event is free of charge to People Dancing Members and £5.00 for non-members.

Bookings for this event are now closed

Booking deadline: Noon Monday 17 January 2022

>   About Karla Jones and Anne Sheldon

Karla Jones (Dance Lead)

I’ve been involved with Movement for All since its creation in 2009, first as a support artist then as lead artist from 2012. I work with older dancers across the East Midlands having previously led sessions at Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester and Nottingham Playhouse Theatre.

I have lectured at Lincoln and Leicester Universities training students in best practice when working with older people. I trained with Diane Amans, a world leader in older people dancing, and Dr Richard Coaten specialising in making sessions dementia friendly. Movement for All is committed to proving that creativity and expression doesn’t end at 60, for some of us it begins.

 

Anne Sheldon (Chair of the Committee for the group)

I joined Movement For All as a volunteer, when it was a small community project, funded by Broxtowe Borough Council. Over the years I became Chair and main fundraiser, seeing the group grow to over 30 people and gaining charity status.

My background in health and education has enabled me to forge partnerships and make successful funding bids. Keeping a watch for studies into positive aging, and linking this to our groups philosophy, has resulted in exciting and fulfilling projects. Working with dancers, providers and community groups is why I love our group and believe dance is for everyone, regardless of age.

 
Tuesday 25 January 2022, 14:00 - 15:30

Perspectives on Practice: The importance of touch in dance and art-making

Photo credit: Dina Robinson.

Dina Robinson will lead participants in a tactile workshop and discussion exploring isolated modes of touch and how its inter-subjectivity impacts our relation to making art. This workshop will examine a variety of tactile scores and experiences in relation to creative engagement, composition and the development of artistic identity. This involves working as individuals and investigating how to be ‘in touch’ at a distance. A short dance film will also be shown.

This delivery will be suited to individuals who work with or are interested in somatic embodiment, contact improvisation and / or who wish to discover a tactile relationship with their independent body and the environment. The movement enquiry will be suitable for any space and will provide new approaches in socially engaged online practices.

Please note: this session involves movement - please have:

  • water nearby
  • a clear space
  • a chair if necessary
  • Please note: headphones or a good speaker will be required if possible - to experience the dance film at its full potential due to low frequency sound.

Special thanks to videographer Connor Elliman who created the dance film that participants will view during the session.

This event is free of charge to People Dancing Members and £5.00 for non-members.

Bookings for this event are now closed 

Booking deadline: Noon Thursday 20 January 2022.

>   About Dina Robinson

Dina Robinson is a contemporary dance artist and visiting lecturer delving into the field through choreography, performance, teaching and research. She is particularly interested in body-mind integration which defines her authentic practice revelling in the phenomenology of the sentient being augmenting individual moving identity, bodily listening and spontaneous experimental play. 

Photo credit: Ryan Holland.

Wednesday 26 January 2022, 10:00 - 12:00

Introduction to tax for Freelancers

Photo credit: One Dance UK - Dani Bower. Dancer - Amelia Bickley.

Join Jane Webster for this intro into tax basics for those just starting out as freelancers in the dance sector! The session will cover topics such as HMRC registration, tax payment deadlines, keeping records, claiming business expenses, contracts, employment rights and responsibilities, pensions and more.

Places are limited so don't miss out! £25 or £15 for One Dance UK and People Dancing Members. Supported by Dance Freelance Taskforce.

Bookings for this event are now closed

Booking deadline: 5pm Monday 24 January 2022.
Thursday 16 June 2022, 11:00 - 12:30

Taking (bank) notes: Pay parity for arts and cultural workers

Image credit: Ashleigh Bowmott and Laura Sweeney, The Uncultured

In this online session, The Uncultured (Ashleigh Bowmott and Laura Sweeney) will share provocations and useful information on how we could shift the balance of pay disparity between freelance and salaried workers, and how we can all ask for things that might improve our working conditions.

This Zoom event is free of charge to People Dancing Members and £5.00 for non-members.

Bookings for this event are now closed

Booking deadline: Midday Tuesday 14 June 2022.

>   About Ashleigh Bowmott and Laura Sweeney

Ash is an arts producer and facilitator who has made a purposeful choice to integrate the politics and practicalities of work and life. She combines work as an artist, curator, producer and educator as a vehicle for developing methodologies of care and resistance. She has a PhD in collaborative artistic practices, which considers the intersectionality of creating artworks between peoples, species and levels of sentience. Ash has delivered talks, workshops and artworks worldwide.

Laura is a creative producer and facilitator with a focus on creating strategies for new work, infrastructure and sustainability, with artist development at the core. She works with artists in a holistic way, ensuring that care is embedded in their shared practice. Until January 2021, Laura was Deputy Chair of the Board for Home Live Art. Throughout 2019-20, she was part of the British Council GENERATE programme that connected UK and US producers, curators and programmers. She was also a recipient of a Jerwood bursary to focus on training opportunities.

Thursday 23 June 2022, 10:30 - 12:30

Working with displaced communities

Image credit: Stephen Morgan.

People Dancing and Luca Silvestrini’s Protein present an online practical workshop to enhance dance artists’ confidence and skill set when inviting refugee communities to take part in dance projects. The session will offer advice for producing and making.   

This Zoom event is free of charge to People Dancing Members and £5.00 for non-members.

Bookings for this event are now closed

Booking deadline: Midday Tuesday 21 June 2022.

 

>   About Luca Silvestrini

Luca is Artistic Director of award-winning Protein, one of the most distinctive voices in British dance theatre.

Born in Jesi, Italy, Luca graduated in Dance History at the University of Bologna in 1995. He then moved to London to study dance and choreography at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Here he met choreographer Lea Anderson and become a member of The Featherstonehaughs. As a performer, Luca has also worked with Maxine Doyle, Aletta Collins, Catherine Seymour, Sarah Rubidge, Ioanna Portolou, Ruth Segalis and with Bock&Vincenzi.

His choreography dates from 1997, when he co-founded Protein Dance (now Luca Silvestrini’s Protein). He is known for his unique style of dance theatre combining choreography, spoken word and social commentary to present the everyday in revealing and subversive ways, on and off stage. Protein’s catalogue of acclaimed work, including Publife, LOL (lots of love), (In)visible Dancing, Border Tales and The Little Prince, has toured around Europe and the world. Luca’s personality is stamped on participation and engagement projects which have made Protein a leader in the field of community dance. He has choreographed large scale participatory events for Big Dance and for Lift. Crossroads, featuring a large intergenerational cast, has been remounted and adapted for community participants around the world, including France, Greece, Italy, Spain and Japan.

Through Protein’s Real Life Real Dance programme, Luca has created ground-breaking participatory performance opportunities for disadvantaged and disengaged people, including young people in alternative provision schools, refugees and asylum seekers, children in hospital and elders in care homes.

Luca is an Affiliate Artist at The Place and Protein is a Resident Artistic Company at Woolwich Works, London.

Image credit: Luca Silvestrini. Photo: ©Jane Hobson.

Thursday 23 June 2022, 15:00 - 18:00

Understanding Funders and what they want – for freelance dance artists 

Image credit: People Dancing Summer School. Photo: Rachel Cherry.

This online practical, engaging workshop, led by Christina Poulton, is for those who are new to writing bids or who want to build their confidence and develop their skills. Packed full of live examples and activities to put it into action, with lots of opportunities for asking questions.

We'll explore different types of funders (such as Lottery, ACE, trusts and foundations) and what they're looking for as well as jargon busting, planning your bid, increasing your chances of success and getting started.

This workshop is ideal for those working in small arts organisations or freelancers producing their own projects.

Previous participants’ thoughts:

“I feel really empowered by the knowledge you shared. It was easy to understand, constructive and actionable. So thank you so much!”

“A really clear and insightful introduction and really motivated me to get writing some bids!”

This Zoom event is free of charge to People Dancing Members and £5.00 for non-members.

Bookings for this event are now closed

Booking deadline: Midday Tuesday 21 June 2022.

>   About Christina Poulton

Christina is a trainer and consultant, working with individual artists and small arts organisations across the UK. She uses her current industry experience to help creative people with the things that  underpin the arts and allow amazing projects to happen:  fundraising, organisational development and policies. Her fundraising experience covers the spectrum from raising small pots of money for community projects through to leading on fundraising strategy and successful multi year large-scale bids for Arts Council National Portfolio Organisations.

Image credit: Christina Poulton.