Conference 2018: Friday 23 sessions

08.30 – 09.30  Warm up

Swing Dance Leeds (open class)
Rob Shield 

This open session will include both a partnered lindy hop and solo Charleston/vernacular jazz class. You will be dancing to fantastic jazz and swing music from the 20s-40s, learning the basic steps in two short and simple routines. You do not need to bring a partner with you as lindy hop is a social dance where you can dance with anyone.

Tap Dance UK 
(open class)
Ryan Campbell-Birch 

In this session you will cover 2 different styles of rhythmical dance: tap dance and body percussion. We will go through the basics of each dance style while preparing the body and brain for the day ahead. Tap shoes are not necessary but you are welcome to wear them if you own a pair.

10.00 – 11.3Keynotes

Sue Hoyle – Former Director of the Clore Leadership Programme
Are organisational cultures fit for purpose in a rapidly changing and uncertain world? Sue will talk about how dance practice could inspire new approaches to leadership and the development of more inclusive and diverse workplaces.

Steve Ingham – Performance Scientist and Founder of Supporting Champions
London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games were an incredibly inspiring event for the British team, the nation and sport in the UK, but what happened after the highs of a home games competition and how did the team recover and kick on to new heights for the 2016 Rio Games? Dr Steve Ingham led the team behind the team and will share the leadership lessons learned from focussing on the what and the how and why in order to create and sustain high performance.

David Nixon – Artistic Director of Northern Ballet
Welcoming delegates to the conference on behalf of Leeds Dance Partnership, David Nixon will kick-off this conference programme by sharing his thoughts and insights on the multifaceted leadership role of the artistic director in dance.

12.00 – 13.30 Breakout Sessions One

Leading Rehearsals – |Using Time Effectively
Amanda Eyles and Victoria Roberts 

With a responsibility to the artistic vision, the dancers and the clock, how can rehearsal directors optimize the time, space, people and resources at their disposal to ensure the best artistic outcome from ‘performance-ready’ dancers? In this session, individuals whose role requires them to regularly lead rehearsals will be able to:

  • Identify the key skills required for effective use of rehearsal time
  • Explore different models for managing rehearsals and their potential pros and cons
  • Examine the essential factors to be considered when preparing for rehearsal use existing knowledge and experience to inform rehearsal planning and delivery

Narratives in Black British Dance: Embodied Practices
Mercy Nabirye, Namron, ‘H’ Patten and Adesola Akinleye

Mercy Nabirye will convene the 90 minute long lecture-demonstration with Dr. Adesola Akinleye – professional dancer, choreographer & editor and curator of the book , Namron OBE – one of the first black contemporary dancers in UK whose career spans over 55 years and ‘H’ Patten international choreographer and dancer. The Paradigms, Processes and Products shape the presentation.  Live dance, historical film, interactive movement (we have to dance together to understand each other’s stories) and text from the book will be used to illustrate the rich tapestry of resilience, history and joy of those of the British black diaspora.

Addressing Barriers to Mental Health in Training and Performance
Phaedra Petsilas 

This session will address the collaborative educational work and research into mental health preparation and support for dancers in training, developed between independent dance artist Stuart Waters on the show Rockbottom and conservatoire training at Rambert.

eading the Way for Dance in Health and Wellbeing
Jan Burkhardt, Chris Stenton, Kiki Gale, Laura Liddon and Ian Rodley 

All participatory dance can improve health and wellbeing so communicating it’s benefits to health and social care partners can create exciting new opportunities for the dance sector. The workshop will provide insight on building stronger cross-sector partnerships; be that with Primary Care, Public Health, social care, sports or education. We will present evidence on how dance improves health and wellbeing and share learning from dance programmes that are successfully working with the health and wellbeing sector. The session is an opportunity to share your experience and develop your action plan as well as contribute to wider strategic planning. This is an interactive session suitable for dance strategic leads, practitioners and managers.

Taking the Lead in Your Career – Building Resilience as an Independent Artist
Sarah Lewis 

A practical workshop with take-home tools to build resilience in your life as an independent dance artist. Rooted in yoga and mindfulness, and based on the science of our nervous system, we address the challenges of working in our industry and explore effective tools that will empower us to take charge, make change and prioritise our health and wellbeing in order to build the career we want. We will discuss and reflect on our own working patterns, identify our values and you will practice some simple relaxation and meditation techniques to help support your resilience as an independent artist.

15.00 – 17.00 Breakout Sessions Two

Toolkit: Facilitating Boys Dance with Company Chameleon
Kevin Edward Turner  

As advocates of boy’s dance, Company Chameleon has a wealth of experience in delivering bespoke boys dance projects, working in schools, colleges, youth venues, community settings, PRU’s, prisons and more! This fun, physical and creative teacher toolkit session will provide an insight into Company Chameleon’s unique movement style and creative approach and will explore a broad range of tools and techniques with a focus on how to engage and inspire young men in dance activity.

Artists Exchange – Developing your Choreographic Voice in Community Dance
Danielle Teale 

This session is built to foster self-significance and develop confidence in your creative and artistic voice. Both practical and discursive exploration will provide you with tools to express your artistic integrity as an independent dance artist and enhance your practice for the positive benefit of those you work with. We will discuss; artistic motivations, skills, values, how we adapt and make this accessible to all. Emphasis will be placed on how we retain our personal creative curiosity as artists, whilst recognising and retaining the motivations behind our practice.

Pregnant Pause? Maintaining and Progressing a Dance Career Through Pregnancy and Parenthood

Lucy McCrudden, Steve Ingham and Anna Ehnold-Danailov (PiPA)

Disseminating information, debate and interactive moments, exploring parenthood in dance, and a look at how the industry can progress for better future experience. Children welcome!

Curated by Lucy McCrudden, the session includes:

  • Working with elite athletic parents – looking above the parapet of dance into sport with Dr Steve Ingham, Supporting Champions
  • Where we are now and recent improvements – dissemination of Birkbeck findings with Anna Ehnold-Danailov and Cassie Raine PIPA Campaign
  • Celebrating the individual stories with case study, Lucy Balfour, Rambert. Managing pregnancy as a professional dancer, lessons we learn and development of resources with Lucy McCrudden, Dance Mama.

Leading the Way in Dance Healthcare Management – the Science Behind the Arts
Emma Redding, Karen Sheriff, Chris Powney, Greg Retter and Nick Allen

Hear from healthcare team leaders and artistic directors at the forefront of applying dance/sports science to training, performance and healthcare management in dance. Panellists will share details, learning and insights from their approach and how they are working together, using technology to track and optimise dancers’ training, physical performance, and injury rehabilitation. Consisting of a presentation followed by a chaired interactive panel and audience discussion, delegates are invited to interrogate and explore how they might adopt a similar approach in their own organisations.