Employment

Quality Reviewer

Safe in Dance International, Safe Dance Practice Qualification
September 2014 – present

  • Reviewing submitted CPD independent study work to the SiDI guidance given
  • Writing timely and clear feedback on CPD
  • Reviewing other QR’s work for achievement comparisons
  • Second reviewing as required
  • Following the code of practice, policies and guidance of Safe in Dance International

Lecturer in Dance

London Contemporary Dance School
September 2012 – present

  • 2012-13 Module leader: Anatomy for Dancers, leading lectures and workshops in experiential anatomy, physiology and biomechanics for Level 4 vocational dance students.  Body Conditioning classes for Level 4 students which aim to unite theory and practice for the healthy dancer and to promote autonomy and responsibility amongst students for their learning, health and wellbeing.
  • Module contributor:  Negotiated Dissertation project research method lecture seminars; BA supervisor for projects exploring dance science, health and wellbeing, community dance practice and pedagogy
  • MA Supervisor:  Ellis Saul (An investigation into the prevalence and role of superstition amongst professional contemporary dancers during the pre-performance period); Tim Blowfield (An enquiry into the factors, which facilitate intrinsic motivation amongst dance students in vocational training); Emily Cook (How does motivational climate impact on young people’s self-esteem through creative dance?); Jane Woolley (A phenomenological qualitative study exploring the pedagogical facilitation of learning amongst older adults within a participatory dance performance context); Chris Tudor (Creating Embodied Narratives Through Dance Improvisation); Jack Widdowson (Spinal Cord Injury and Rehabilitation to Dance); Alice Grayson (Injury Trends amongst Level 4 Contemporary Dance Students); Emily Thompson-Smith (Prioritising the Performer’s Experience using Flow Theory).

Evaluator

Dance Network Association, Essex
April 2017 to present

  • Development of research rationale for examining the impact of dance on social inclusion of early years’ participants and their families in Essex (Harlow, Colchester and Barking and Dagenham)

DanceEast Centre for Advanced Training Manager

DanceEast
October 2014 – March 2017

  • Lead and develop the provision of pre-vocational dance education for children and young people aged 10-18 years
  • Quality assurance and strategic development of the programme, in relation to organisational aspirations, DfE priorities, sector needs and further and higher education developments
  • Mentoring and supporting teaching artists and management team to develop their practice in light of research in teaching, learning and pedagogy
  • Liaise with national and international companies and artists to commission high quality, challenging dance pieces for children and young people and their families
  • Work closely with mainstream education providers, private dance schools, artists and parents to ensure sound and viable progression routes for all children and young people who have the potential and show the interest to be involved in pre-vocational training
  • National Centres for Advanced Training Partnership member – developing public awareness of the programme through development of new national website
  • Developing sustainable, realistic and achievable outreach and recruitment strategies
  • Pastoral care of students and their families
  • Marketing and advertising of the programme, writing copy,
  • Budget management, administration, team management

Dance Scientist & Health Education Tutor

DanceEast Centre for Advanced Training
September 2008 – March 2017

  • Consultant dance scientist and health education tutor to develop coherent dance health strategy for CAT students, staff and parents
  • Planned, managed and executed student screening on a twice-yearly basis
  • Guest speaker at Music and Dance Scheme Continuing Professional Development programme (2011, 2013)
  • Developed student education programme relating to dance health, safe practice and psychological wellbeing
  • Developed in-house tutor training programme including motivational climate, learning environments, somatic practices

Evaluator

dancedigital Dance and Health Project
August 2014 – June 2015

  • Support and direct the rationale and development of a pilot project using dance to tackle obesity in Essex primary schools
  • Identify research questions and methodologies which enable the collation of data in the field
  • Write up and dissemination of evaluation findings for Essex County Council

Programme Coordinator (maternity cover), MSc Dance Science

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
January 2014 – August 2014

  • Manage the MSc Dance Science programme and ensure competent administration of assessment, evaluation and monitoring
  • Module Leader for Performance Psychology, Embodied and Perceptual Learning
  • Contribute to teaching on MSc, MA and BA programmes
  • Design schemes of work which match the learning objectives and assessment criteria of the programme, as well as supporting the demands and diversity of the student body
  • Coordinate delivery of modules to take advantage of Trinity Laban staff expertise
  • Devise extra-curricular provision such as Interdisciplinary Study Days (Dance Health and Dance Injury), and a national Careers Day for Dance Science students
  • Support and extend external partnerships with other organisations in order to work in conjunction with them in the future
  • Manage the programme team responsible for delivery of the programme including liaising with and scheduling guest lecturers to contribute to the programme content and managing the role of the external examiner
  • Ensure the programme operates in accordance with Trinity Laban’s Strategic Plan 2010-15, the aims and objectives of programme and academic standards and quality set by the institution and the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education
  • Manage the budget allocated to the programme
  • Ensure teaching, learning and assessment are consistent with good practice in Higher Education and the dance sector
  • Provide academic guidance for students and support their pastoral wellbeing
  • Ensure equality of opportunity for students
  • Mentor less experienced colleagues in teaching and learning, curriculum planning and assessment
  • Admissions Officer for the programme, supporting prospective students and assessing applications
  • Liaise and work in partnership with colleagues in Admissions and Marketing and Communications to ensure recruitment and marketing of the programme
  • Manage the resourcing of the programme with colleagues from the Library and Archive

Dance Teacher (maternity cover)

Kesgrave High School, Ipswich
January 2014 – May 2014

  • Plan, deliver and evaluate curriculum classes for Year 9 (Dance in PE), GCSE Dance (Performance and Set Dance Choreography) and AS Level Dance (The Body)
  • Set homework and formative assessment tasks and mark tasks
  • Contribute to pupil reports across all ages

Research Evaluator

Dance Up (formerly Hampshire Dance)
January 2013 – August 2013

  • Led on the development of the research focus of the VitaliSE Step Change dance for health project, providing a range of bespoke training and mentoring opportunities for early and mid-career artists, to develop practice-based research and evaluation tools which can effectively evidence the impact of dance on health and wellbeing.
  • Supported artists in developing their reflective practices with regard to professional development, to produce rigorous and meaningful narrative accounts of their experiences
  • Wrote full research and evaluation report for publishing and dissemination by Dance Up:  http://www.danceup.org.uk

Curriculum Advisor

DanceEast
January 2013 – June 2013

  • Led on the pilot curriculum development of a dance and football talent identification programme of workshops in schools.
  • Carried out metareview of literature alongside the observation and interviews of dance and football practitioners as primary data to evidence the synergies in talent identification and training in both physical activities.
  • Dissemination of evidence, curriculum and pilot lesson plans for invited audience of dance and football practitioners, artists, dance managers and funders:  http://www.danceeast.co.uk

Course Leader and Lecturer in Dance

University Campus Suffolk
Course Leader: August 2011 – September 2012
Lecturer in Dance: January 2010 – September 2012

  • Course Leader: Roles included leading and managing a period of transition and consolidation at UCS when the dance programme had been at crisis point; re-designed the curriculum to enhance recruitment and encourage long-term sustainability of the degree offer; managed a team of fractional staff; mentored staff; supported students in their transition to the workplace; timetable management; administration and course documentation; instigation of policies, strategies and procedures within the department; ensured quality across delivery and assessment; course management reports; admissions tutor; managed budgets; studio management:  http://www.ucs.ac.uk/Courses/UG/DanceintheCommunity/ProgrammeSpecs/Programme-Specification.aspx
  • Module Leader: Placement (Level 6), Dissertation (Level 6), Community Project (Level 6), The Knowing Body (Level 4 and 5), The Relationship between Learning and Teaching (Level 4), Interrogating Learning (Level 3), Dance Technique (Level 4 and 5)
  • Statistics Study group member; Ethics Committee Member for School of Arts and Humanities
  • Developed internal and external relationships between Dance in the Community curriculum provision and the wider dance sector, education, schools and partners to enhance the viability, sustainability and relevance of the course to the requirements of the workplace
  • Personal and academic tutor for all levels of study

Associate Scientist, Everything Flows

Film and Video Umbrella Commission with Dryden Goodwin, funded by Wellcome Trust
January 2012 – September 2012

  • Research collaborator with visual artist Dryden Goodwin, working with the Crystal Palace Dive Team to examine the relationship between elite performance and being in the zone
  • Demanded tactful negotiation, examination and evaluation of differing artist/ scientist approaches to gathering, analysing, capturing and re-presenting data
  • Poised (2012) exhibited at De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea, June to September 2012; On Balance chat show panellist 21st July 2012 led by Quentin Cooper, discussing the physiology of balance and poise amongst dancers, divers and pole vaulting athletes:  http://www.everything-flows.co.uk/about

Research Advisor, Big Dance Sport and Dance

English National Ballet
October 2011 – June 2012

  • Research method advisor for ENB’s Big Dance project examining the impact of elite dancers and rugby players on the continued participation of young people in dance (ballet) and sport (rugby)
  • Responsible for grounding research in theories and matching data collection methods to the research questions posed by the education team

Primary Investigator and Lead Artist, Go Dance

Youth Dance England
April 2009 – January 2012

  • Conceived, brokered and research managed London 2012 InspireMark project examining the legacy of dance provision in hard-to-reach communities and the healthful benefits of dance participation
  • Artist Continuing Professional Development, artist delivery design, literature review, methodology development, compilation of results and discussion documents
  • Go Dance:  Inspiring children to dance to 2012 and beyond.  Published January 2012 and disseminated at Times Educational Supplement SHOW at Olympia, September 2012

Co-Researcher

Akademi, funded by Barings Foundation
September 2010 – May 2012

  • A posteriori project evaluation of Akademi dance project and production of information pack to disseminate best practice in working with older adults and in evaluating arts projects rigorously
  • Project development in 2012 included review of literature to develop emergent-based research methods, drawing on notions of happiness and transculturalism to examine the impact of physical activity on improving physical health and psychological wellbeing amongst Bangladeshi older women now living in Camden, London
  • Interaction:  Exploring best practice for community dance with older adults.  Published June 2011 by Akademi

Lecturer in Dance

University of Bedfordshire
September 2009 – August 2011

  • Wrote MSc Dance Science with particular focus on its application in both professional dance contexts and the public health arena:  http://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/dance-science
  • Unit Leader:  Applied Choreography: Dance and Leadership (Level 5) and Applied Choreography: Dance and Entrepreneurship (Level 6).  Contributions to dance technique (somatics, anatomy, physiology and biomechanics) and practice as research units.
  • Co-wrote MA Community Dance Leadership focussed at established professional community artists to support them to situate their work-based skills in an academic context drawing on practice and theoretical-based enquiry
  • Convened From motivation to movement: Towards an understanding of the role of dance in health, The 1st International Congress of Dance in Health conference, June 2011
  • Supervised BA dissertations in dance and performing arts
  • Academic tutor for Level 5 and 6 students

Course Leader, Trinity Safe and Effective Dance Practice Course

DanceEast
January 2010 – July 2010

  • Devised, planned and delivered course content for professional dance artists to prepare for the Trinity College qualification of the same name

Artist-in-Residence

Creative Partnerships, Essex and Norfolk
January 2009 to July 2010

  • Planned and delivered various schemes of work that challenged preconceptions of teaching and learning within primary and secondary sectors (teachers, artists and students)
  • Focussed on student-led learning, learning through discovery and self-motivation within safe structures

Senior Dance Artist

Norfolk Dance
January 2002 – October 2008

  • Set up, managed, planned and delivered dance activity throughout Norfolk, including Full Tilt youth dance company, hard to reach youngsters in Kings Lynn, creative dance provision for 5 to 16 years, in-school curriculum support for teachers.
  • Managed artistic team
  • Managed the Continuing Professional Development programme including designing Community Dance Leaders’ Professional Training Courses aimed at dance practitioners in the early stages of their careers, delivering Community Dance Practice, Safe Practice and Dance and Young People modules
  • Initiated MA in Community Dance Leadership with University of Bedfordshire for practitioners to deepen their expertise within a theoretical framework

Freelance Dance Tutor

DanceEast (formerly Suffolk Dance)
January 1997 – December 2001

  • Classes included Youth, Learning Disabilities, Older People, Adults and Toddlers.  Content hugely variable with creative and directive learning opportunities
  • Employed range of interpersonal techniques to communicate on many different levels, empowered group members to work as individuals and as part of a team, engendered a sense of ownership over the work produced

 The Royal Ballet and The Birmingham Royal Ballet Education Departments
September 1993 to August 1994

  • Contributed to the planning and delivery of the Companies’ education programmes and team-taught in education and community settings throughout the UK.
  • Assisted in the creation of appealing and relevant work packages for the diverse cultures of Birmingham and London.
  • Created information and education packs based on the repertoire and projects developed by the Companies
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