Hello and welcome back to our blog. We hope you continue to enjoy finding out about our Erasmus+ funded SHIFT project where we have been developing new approaches to teaching technique. As we are creating such a wealth of material that can be used and adapted to your own settings and dancers, we are now in the process of creating a website where we will share the best of our findings, along with key information to assist in the development of your own practice. The website will be free to access and host teaching guides and videos for you to use. We’ll also share information on our partnership backgrounds and values and recommendations for further reading.
To launch the website, we will be holding an innovative conference at Northern Ballet in Leeds, UK on Tuesday 7 July which will be led by Northern Ballet, Psico Ballet Maite Leon Foundation and Misiconi Dance Company. This free event is part of ‘Expressions” a celebration of inclusive dance. The day will include lots of opportunities to learn and network and it’s all free of charge – including lunch and refreshments!
The day will begin with a Keynote speech. Then hear from the practitioners involved in the research as we launch the website and show you how to make best use of it. You’ll then have a choice of workshops where you can take part in a practical session with one of the partners around a specific area of the research, or hear from academics from the University of Edinburgh about their research around hypermobility. Next will be a panel discussion, hosted by Fiona Banon (PHD) where we’ll discuss the importance of developing creativity alongside technical dance skills, with representatives from across Europe including the Royal Ballet, Candoco, ISTD, CodArts and international choreographer Antonio Ruz. The session promises to spark conversations to take into the networking drinks.
If that wasn’t enough to whet your appetite, in the evening, you’re invited to a performance of the 3 companies, each sharing a piece of work, performed by the dancers involved in the research. So why not save the date to make sure you don’t miss out on an event that promises to enrich your practice, ignite conversation and contribute to the development of high-quality inclusive dance training.