Contemporary Dance Education
My area of expertise lies in the application of somatic practices to contemporary dance. I believe that somatics can make an important contribution to the development of physical intelligence which in turn can support the development of how we dance (dance technique) and the kinds of dances we make (improvisation and composition).
Somatic practices applied to dance emphasise self-development, self-awareness, interaction skills, choice making skills, creative process, health and well-being of the dancer. In respecting the different potentials of different physiques rather than seeking to impose uniformity, they are inclusive and support diversity.
I teach in many different settings and for groups with very different aspirations. I am passionate about teaching. For me teaching is a creative act. I am at my best when I am also learning as I teach. Teaching as research. I teach in a variety of settings – from professional performing arts training programmes to vocational, degree and masters level courses in universities, academies and colleges.