My passion for moving has enabled me to work as a dance artist, choreographer and movement specialist for the past 25 years. Within my work I interact with a diverse range of community groups and individuals, professional artists and companies. I enjoy working with all ages from as young as 3 years to 103 years. Dance is such an inclusive and enabling art form. I strongly feel it should be accessible to all young people within our education system and also to every elderly person in care.
I continue to work within the dance industry as I regularly observe the empowering benefits that either participating or observing in dance can bring. Dance can support young peoples social and physical development, it is a non-verbal way to communicate, express ideas and emotions. Through participation dance can develop self-esteem, confidence, broaden individual’s perceptions and widen aspiration. Dance is about freedom to express, community, respect, culture, celebration and health.
I really enjoy placing dancers in urban and rural settings. I still find it amazing how people, simply moving in spaces can change the atmosphere of a space instantly, our connection with that space and stir emotions.
My previous experience in working with Dance & Science include; ‘Syncapoda’ (The Bug Project 2006) a Dance Theatre Performance and educational workshops with Entomologist: Peter Smithers &
‘Two Thirds Blue’ (The Ocean Project 2008), a Dance Theatre Performance. For both project I was the choreographer in collaboration with the Barbican Theatre and Plymouth University.
Previous Mass Dance/Movement choreographic works include; ‘Dance Explosion’ for Plymouth Dance, where over 7 000 young people danced throughout the city at the same time to a track played on HEART FM, The Bollywood Mass Dance as part of Plymouth Mela Festival 2010 and ‘i dance’ performed live to a full orchestra as part of the i orchestra project bought to the South West by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. This year I have also been commissioned by Youth Dance England to work with a team of 6 young choreographers from the National Dance Ambassadors to choreograph a Mass Dance ‘#udancebythesea’ to be performed by between 300-400 young dancers coming to the Plymouth from across the country for U Dance 2015.
I am currently Dance Director for the Barbican Theatre, Plymouth (part-time), Associate Lecturer for Plymouth University and MARJONS University. My freelance work also includes work with Plymouth Dance, Dance In Devon, Swindon Dance and Youth Dance England. I also teach ‘Vinyasa Flow Yoga’ and teach at the Yoga Loft, Plymouth.
It is such a privilege to be working on, 5e + 16 ‘Microbes of Moves’ commission at The Eden Project in collaboration with Bill Wroath. Together, with the team we have been researching and studying endless bacteria behavior films … You would not believe how varied and fascinating the movement patterns are and to think that it is continuously taking place in every single one of us is mind blowing.
I have had the pleasure of working on several previous dance performance and dance film collaborations with artist Bill Wroath including, ‘The Fame Game’, World View and Live, Love and Laughter. It is great to have this opportunity to work with Bill again. It is going to be a once in a lifetime opportunity… so don’t miss out!
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