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 London Contemporary Dance School and London Studio Centre, covering topics such as professional practice, teaching practice, dancer health and dance psychology. 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!