The focus of my work in teaching and learning has always been on the people with whom I work – I am interested in everyone maximising their full potential and realising their aspirations. I started my teaching and education career with a community-based focus, working with communities of all ages and abilities as Senior Dance Artist at Norfolk Dance. Now I work with students in undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at a variety of Higher Education institutions in the UK including Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London Contemporary Dance School and Bird College, covering topics such as professional practice, teaching practice, dancer health and dance psychology. I also work in professional settings, offering Continuing Professional development and mentoring for teaching teams such as Dance City CAT, Central School of Ballet and Rambert School for Ballet and Contemporary Dance. I currently work with Stuart Waters on his project Rockbottom, a project which focuses on the safeguarding of dancers’ emotional health and wellbeing in a creative context. I have worked with children and young people within a pre-vocational context since 2008 and from 2014-2017 led the DanceEast Centre for Advanced Training as Manager. I’m especially interested in bringing my community practice experience and values with me into these contexts, where the experience I facilitate amongst the people that I encounter is central to their enjoyment, fulfilment, satisfaction and self-actualisation.
I reflect on my experiences as a key tenet of my practice, and am always seeking to learn and develop from the work I do within an educational context. As such I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and it is here that my research in positive psychology crosses over into my pedagogical approaches; I very much enjoy the journey of deciphering what works and what doesn’t with different groups in different contexts at different points in their lives!