University of Exeter Action Research Bursary

Calling all dance teachers/educators working with young people in Devon or Torbay
Have you ever thought about looking closely at your dance teaching practice, and asking yourself questions about how you teach and how your children and young people progress in their dance learning?

Would the opportunity to research your own dance teaching practice, with the support and guidance of one of University of Exeter’s dance education research lecturers seem too good to be true?
Do you have a burning question about your dance teaching practice that you would like to answer?

Applications now open for:

*2 University of Exeter DNA Dance Educator Action Research
Bursaries*

For full details, please click here: DNA Action Research Bursaries March 2014

Host your own DNA professional development session!

DNA is pleased to announce that DNA bursaries are available to support dance teaching in your local area.

The bursaries are available to enable you and your local peers (including dance teachers in schools, dance artists and youth workers) to come together to learn and share your practice.

For example:

  •  This could be a two or three hour session in your venue, or another local venue, at a time that suits you.
  •  It might involve participants each bringing an item to share (perhaps a great lesson plan, disseminating a recent dance CPD event, talking through the process of developing an Artsmark application, sharing particular successes or challenges in working with dance in your setting or sharing knowledge and experience of a particular dance form).
  • You might want to engage a dance artist or a teacher to deliver a session for you.

This is a great chance for dance teachers and practitioners in your local area to come together and create an event that responds to your needs.

The DNA bursary is to help you make this happen. It could be used to cover travel for participants, to cover the fee for a guest practitioner, or perhaps to contribute to school cover costs so that teachers can attend during school hours. You would be responsible for finding a local venue for your hub meeting and co-ordinating your session. DNA can help by putting you in touch with people who have offered a venue, assisting with connecting you with practitioners and specialists that meet your requirements, assisting you with planning the content of your session and helping you to get in touch with those in your locality who could attend.

Interested? Please contact admin@daisi.org.uk or ring 01392 385214
Dance Network Active (DNA) is a project in Devon and Torbay supporting all who work with children, young people and dance. DNA is supported by the Pavilion Dance South West Co-investment Programme, an initiative by the South West’s regional dance agency to support and develop the quality of our children and young people’s dance offer.

The DNA partnership is: Daisi, Dance in Devon, Exeter Northcott Theatre, Exeter University, Exmouth Community College and you!

ESSENTIAL ALSTON – WORKSHOP AND PERFORMANCE PACKAGE

ESSENTIAL ALSTON

Richard Alston Dance Company is performing at the Northcott Theatre on the 4th and 5th March and we are offering a workshop and performance package to schools in the area. Essential Alston workshops challenge your dance class by engaging them with the work of Richard Alston through bespoke sessions. Led by our animateurs, your students will be taught repertoire that they will see performed on stage by the company, with the opportunity to also develop their creative skills with highly experienced facilitators.

The £370 package includes:

  • a 3-hour Essential Alston workshop for up to 20 students in January, February or March
  • an accompanying Resource Pack with repertoire information and suggested development tasks
  • up to 20 tickets (plus 2 teachers’ tickets) to see the company on the 4th and 5th March
  • a spring 2014 tour poster
  • a spring 2014 company programme
  • a DVD Lecture Demonstration filmed at Sadler’s Wells with footage of Overdrive and Movements from Petrushka with accompanying Resource Pack

For further information or to book, email radcstaff@theplace.org.uk

The programme at the Northcott Theatre presents varying styles, composers and themes providing talking points for the intervals and a mix of accessible and challenging works.
Shimmer is danced to the sun-drenched music of Ravel played live. Julien Macdonald’s fabulous, jewel-encrusted cobweb costumes illuminate dazzling choreography in a ravishingly beautiful piece of theatre. ‘Alston’s barefoot dancers look as if they have been sprinkled with fairy dust. The effect is magical.’ The Times

Martin Lawrance’s Brink combines rapidly quirky tangles and moments of clarity which breathe with the vibrations of Japanese composer Ayuo’s Eurasion Tango. Three duets place couples entwined in conversation on the edge, riding the rise and fall of the billowing accordion.

Illuminations is based on the life of French poet and traveller Arthur Rimbaud. With euphoric accompaniment provided by Benjamin Britten’s masterpiece of the same name, the dancers storm across the stage as characters from the fevered imagination of the protagonist.

21 dance teachers selected to take part in Dance UK’s 2014 Dance Teaching Mentoring Programme


Following a popular application process, 21 dance teachers nominated by their peers as future leaders have been selected to take part in Dance UK’s Dance Teaching Mentoring Programme. Organised by Dance UK in partnership with Dancers’ Career Development, Youth Dance England and the National Dance Teachers Association, the programme recognises the huge potential for dance teachers to become leaders. It is designed to build capacity within the dance workforce and to ensure skills and knowledge retention in the sector, addressing problems of succession to key artistic and non-artistic roles.

One of the chosen teachers, Suzie West, Head of Dance at Kingsbridge Community College and Director of SpinDrift Dance Company (Devon),  stated: “I’m excited about being mentored and it’s come at a key time for me as I decide about the next step in my career as a dance educator. Being backed by the Dance UK and the mentoring programme gives me confidence as I move forward.”

Over eight months each dance teacher will be matched with a paid mentor who is a high profile leader in dance or another sector. Through discussion, the dance teachers have the chance to identify transferable skills, build confidence and consider their career ambitions.

DNA Catalyst

We are delighted to share the presentation from our DNA Catalyst Seed Fund event on Thursday 17 October at University of Exeter.

To view Suzie West’s presentation, please click here

Lizzie Swinford and Kerry Chappell’s presentation notes are available here to download

Also, please read your invitation to Meddle in the Middle from Suzie West.

For further information contact Kerry Chappell by email at k.a.chappell@exeter.ac.uk