Project Launch!

Rheannon Davies, a recent graduate of Teesside Unviersity, is leading on a new dance project for people living with dementia. The work is funded by Comic Relief Sport for Change and developed by Nouveau Wellbeing. The project was launched March 31st at the Jury’s Inn in Middlesbrough. It will include exercise classes and reminiscence activities for people living with dementia as well as weekly dance/fitness sessions for the public with a dementia friends session once a month.

She even got some coverage on BBC tees https://www.facebook.com/bbctees/videos/10154270496301714/

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2nd year student Beth Brownless fulfils her passion for film

Bethany Brownless, a 3rd year student on the BA honours Dance degree at Teesside University got the chance to put the skills she learnt in second year module Dance For Camera to the test this year working on several exciting professional projects. Beth has an interest in becoming a Videographer, creating screendances, and documenting different projects through film.

Over the summer period she completed a professional work placement as a videographer with Jennifer Essex, a senior lecturer at Teesside University. Beth documented Jennifer’s project Replicas, an interactive dance performance influenced by the evolution of communication and intimacy in relationships. Beth’s role as videographer involved creating a series of short films, documenting the rehearsal process, and performances at Stockton International Riverside Festival.

In October, Beth worked as a videographer for Lorraine Smith, a senior lecturer at Teesside University, Annie O’Donnell, an independent artist and Peter Heselton, a music producer documenting their performance of Elizabeth and the Three Sisters which was performed as part of Nightfall 2016.

Beth says:

“These experiences really challenged my skills as a videographer. I had to use my own initiative, allowing myself to experiment with camera angles, positioning, storylines, music choices and, editing abilities. I have had the opportunity to expand my knowledge as a videographer and this has enlightened my passion to take this further, gaining a future career from this. “

Watch one of Beth’s films:

Teaching dance in the community

Second year students have been teaching some excellent community classes this year.  From jazz to contemporary, tap to commercial, we’ve had a spectrum of great classes.  Liam Gillespie of the blog live and love Teesside attended several classes, documenting the experience for his blog:

“Bearing in mind that dance is essentially about expressing yourself, my biggest piece of advice would be to show a bit of flair and panache.

It’s when I relaxed my body a little bit and started to ease into the dancing with more enjoyment that it actually became a little easier.

So despite struggling with the faster movements at first, I started to enjoy the dancing more and that’s when my actual footwork began to become less obtuse and more natural. The students hosting the event were always on hand to help me through any part I couldn’t grasp which made things a whole lot easier.“

To read more about Liam’s experience visit www.liveandloveteesside.co.ukcommunity class

Subtle Kraft Dance Company

Subtle Kraft visited the University for a practical workshop with students on the BA (Hons) Dance course.

They returned the following day to stage a unique performance and question and answer session.

Subtle Kraft is an inclusive contemporary dance company who use movement as an expression of enjoyment, communication and humanity. The visit to Teesside was part of its ‘Moments Revisited’ tour which is also calling at London and Edinburgh.

Around 25 students took part in the workshop and benefited from learning new techniques and perspectives of dance teaching and choreography.

Lorraine Smith, Senior Lecturer in Dance, said: ‘Both myself and the students were inspired by Subtle Kraft’s work. The company engaged the students in new innovative methods of translating movement to a wide range of people. They create and present their work in a very interesting way and it provided the students with an inspiring approach to choreography and performance.’

Dance students perform at Tea Dance

As part of Dance Middlesbrough Festival Dance Students performed at the Spring Tea Dance Special. An afternoon with 70 dancers joined for a light lunch before taking to the floor, accompanied by live music from the Jim Fawcett Band.

The special also included guest performances from Victoria Holtom, with some beautiful renditions of classic old tunes and a contemporary dance piece performed by the Dance students.

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Tees Dance Film Fest at Billingham Festival

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Holly’s Tees Dance Film Fest has been invited to present a fantastic programme of dance videos at the International Billlingham Folklore Festival. You can see the videos everyday downtown Billingham from 10-16.00!

To keep up to date with future events follow Tees Dance Film Fest on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/teesdancefilm  or Twitter @teesdancefilm

 

Students enjoy learning sequence dancing with some of Middlesbrough’s older dancers

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Second year dance students participated in Tea Dances at North Ormesby in April. They learned waltz, rhumba and cha cha cha sequences and experienced first hand the benefits to well-being and sheer enjoyment of this type of social dancing. The regular members, some in their 90’s, were fantastic teachers and partners.
The North East Film Archive, based at the University, provided some wonderful film footage of social dance in the North East from as far back as 1923. Lecturer Rose Payne, researched and edited a short section of footage for everyone to watch and discuss while they rested their tired dancing feet and had a cuppa!
All involved felt strongly that these dance styles and social events should be passed down to younger generations to keep them alive.
If you enjoy ‘Strictly’ why not learn how to waltz or quick step yourself?

It was a rare opportunity to experience inter-generational community dance in action. Thank you to all the tea dancers. Keep dancing!

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