This year I have led numerous public Acorn Project events collaborating with various artists; led workshops at Newham’s Early Years Conference: Learning without limits; started weekly sessions for The Magpie Project; led monthly intergenerational dance workshops for Dance Network Association as well as continued to work with Emily Jenkins for Move Dance Feel; The Acorn Project weekly sessions were at Ronald Openshaw Nursery Education centre until July and at I have led sessions for Kay Rowe Nursery School. I led CPD workshops in Newham; And for West Ipswich Teaching School’s Emotional Wellbeing and SEND Conference and have been invited back in Spring 2020, information to follow. In September I led two workshops at The Dance Network Association’s Annual Conference at University Centre, Colchester.
I completed a Living Anatomy course with CTET in September and embark on the two year biodynamic craniosacral therapy practitioner training programme in October.
I presented this case study at the conference Stoke Odysseys: Performance Arts & Health: celebrating Hope and Recovery for Rosetta Life at Kings College, London.
In the last two years, in addition to where I am currently working, I have worked for Hofesch Shechter’s Shechter II, Dance East, Royal Opera House, Newham Music, Creative Futures, Roehampton University, Scottish Dance Theatre, Sound Connections, Creative Futures, Newham Early Years Conference, Ivy Street Family Centre, Dance Network Association and London Borough of Barking & Dagenham. This has been with young children and families as well as older people professional dancers and people with varying additional needs and disabilities.
This is the project I had the privilege to work on in 2016 with Anita Wadsworth and Sophie Stanford for SLiDE at St Christopher’s Hospice, Sydenham. One of our participants sadly just lost her battle with cancer. One day in the cafe she was in tears from pain but insisted she attend our workshop where she surprised carers by standing, dancing, engaging and smiling. This film and the b&w photographs a are a beautiful record of how dance and movement overrode her pain and illness offering a new space to explore… The solo dance I performed lives on and a version was shared at the conference Facing Death Creatively in October 2016.
My collaboration with photographer Rachel Cherry
The Flower Dance – a short documentary film made of my older people’s group for After the Last Poppy Has Fallen
Blog entry for the Dance Umbrella Festival to read it click here
Early Years Toolkit written by me as part of the Active Start project in collaboration with designer Matt Ward and photographer Rachel Cherry for Barking and Dagenham Council.
I led movement workshops for the V&A at The Wilderness Festival. My workshops were listed by Harper’s Bazaar under their Wilderness Festival Checklist and photographed for the Guardian online.
September 2014 – July 2015
For the full academic year I was Dance Artist in Residence at Kay Rowe Children’s Centre and Nursery School, Newham working with babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers, parents/carers, childminders, staff and SEN children and their families. Stratford Circus hosted an end of project celebratory event. I led a participatory workshop, Joe Moran, Artistic Director of Dance Art Foundation and Jasmine Pasch, dancer, writer and movement and play practitioner were speakers.
Since Summer 2014 I have been leading sessions in sheltered housing. This video of the group was filmed by Rachel Cherry and projected to open the SpringBlast Dance event at the Civic Theatre, Chelmsford.
A poem written and presented by a participant at the end of the first term of Re-Generation for Dancedigital