I have taught dance to “Under 4’s” as an artist for the Lowry and independently at Nursery Centres for Manchester LA.
As a freelance dance artist I have worked in primary schools all over the NorthWest.
My main work has been as a dance artist for Arts Activity Weeks and curriculum dance within primary schools. I have worked extensively for the Manchester and Trafford Sport Partnership as a primary dance specialist, my role was to support the teachers in their dance curriculum. This means nearly all Primary Schools in Chorlton, Didsbury, Withington, Northenden, Wythenshawe, Levenshulme and Burnage.
At Werneth School, I taught exclusively in Primary Schools for one day a week creating cross curricular dance. My technique is to use the KS1/2 curriculum as a starting point and create a dance curriculum based on this. Working this way made it seem relevant to the children and easier to plan for the teachers.
I was asked to create and teach Healthy Living Dance schemes for Ashton Renewal Area at KS2 covering Dance, Science and PSHE.
I have worked as an Artist in Residence for Creative Partnerships Salford and Manchester at Broadoak Primary School in Didsbury for 6 months. I worked with all staff to find out what their needs were for their dance curriculum, I then taught lessons based on their input and evaluated and re wrote the lessons. At the end of the summer term I wrote Schemes of Work for all years, I left music, video/DVD and book resources for staff and my email address for any later needed support.
I have worked consistently in KS3 and KS4 since November 1994. My regular work was teaching (officially Inset) Dance within the PE Curriculum for PE Departments within Trafford Schools. I have worked in most Trafford Secondary schools over the last 14 years. Within Manchester I have again been used to support dance within PE Departments and promote dance for boys. I have taught in every school in Manchester that has taught GCSE Dance.
From 1994 – 2002 I worked in Shena Simon College teaching GCSE Dance and BTEC National Diploma Performing Arts. Between 1995 and 2004 I have worked in Pendleton College and Tameside Colleges teaching Level 3 courses.
In 2006 I taught the Dance History module at Salford University, which discussed the role of The Woman in Contemporary Dance in the 20th Century.
My special experience is quite vast. I have worked with MLD and SPLD in both Primary and Secondary environments. I created and taught a Dance/Movement Scheme of Work for an Adult Day Centre in Gorton, this was to use movement therapy as a way of enabling adults with Autism and Specific Learning Difficulties to exercise in a way that encouraged learning and motor skills.
Community and Youth dance
I have worked successfully in youth clubs and summer schemes in Manchester, Trafford, Salford and Tameside. Lots of this work was aimed at creating work for performance in festivals.
I led a men only community dance group called Men Don’t Dance at the Greenroom Manchester. I worked with Manchester Youth Dance and Trafford Youth Dance as a teacher and choreographer for many years.
ICT and Dance
I am highly IT literate, I am a user of Dance Technology, this is an integration of movement and computers to create and stimulate learning and/or performance. This can include video, music, hardware and internet.
I have written and taught a tutorial for a computer program called Lifeforms (Danceforms) that allows you to choreograph on a computer.
I am a highly proficient user of Microsoft and Adobe Software and within school/college context very familiar with SIMS other assessment software.
I have performed all the UK, my first job was dancing with Air Dance Company. I continued to perform with small scale companies and as a solo artist using dance technology.
I led a Dance in Education Dance Company called Aerial Landings – we were funded by Arts Council England. We commissioned an original piece of music from a young composer from the Royal Northern College of Music.
Choreographer and Dancer
I have recently choreographed a piece of work for two ex-ballet dancers (joint age of about 100 years old) for performance at the Greenroom as part of the Turn Dance Festival 2009. I have another piece in mind using younger ballet trained dancers (in their 30’s) for which I will apply for Arts Council Funding.
I was a dance advisor for the bid for funding for the Turn Dance Festival at the Greenroom Manchester.