Elsa Urmston – Independent Dance Educator

I am a dance educator, having worked in the dance sector for the last 18 years. My interests span dance performance and training, pedagogy in formal education and community settings, dance science and the impact of dance on health and wellbeing.  I am passionate about working with people and organisations as active agents in the learning process and through all my encounters in education, consultancy and academia.  I am committed to a person-centred work ethic in which autonomy, ownership and relevance are pivotal to my work.  I am a firm believer in the spirit of life-long learning and enjoy the process of nurturing reciprocal learning and exchange through practice and research with students and colleagues.

I am especially interested in the real-life application of dance to practice and try to ensure that my work has a relevance to the demands of the sector and the people that work in it, and with us.  I hope to make my work transparent and user-friendly, whilst still relying on rigorous working practices involving reflection, evaluation and research to create dance learning experiences which are fun yet potentially transformational in their significance.  I like to move, discuss, write and sometimes enjoy a glass of wine!


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