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:

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By Teesside University Dance student Jessica Gibbs

Teesside University DanceOn the 3rd of November, the student company Diverse@tees from the BA dance degree at Teesside University had the amazing experience of travelling to Amsterdam with senior lecturer Jennifer Essex. It was a great experience that gave the students a glimpse of what it is like to be a professional dance artist.

They had the incredible chance to see the premier of ‘Humpback Runner’ at Zuiderstrandtheater, choreographed by Jiří Pokorný’s and performed by Nederlands Dans Theater. Then to further their knowledge they were privileged to take part in a modern jazz class by Erick Bacon and an afro-fusion class with Avalon Brown.

An amazing trip that allowed me to see the dance sector in a whole new environment and experience the culture of Amsterdam.’ -Stacey Thompson (Member of Diverse@tees)

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

Festival of Learning

Several dance students gave fascinating presentations as part of Teesside University’s Festival of Learning March 14th to 17th.

The first of these was a beautiful talk by lecturers Heike Salzer and Lorraine Smith, second year students Stacey Thompson, Kate Smith, Jess Gibson, and third year Tasha Reay about their work at Mima.  It was fascinating to hear about the students’ experience – many had never set foot in an art gallery before – and how Mima has become a second home for them where they feel comfortable not only seeing exhibitions, but dancing in response to them.

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Dance students also took over the Curve with their performance NOW HEAR THIS. The site responsive dances enlivened the space and definitely surprised some visitors!

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Other presentations included the fascinating 100 Costumes by lecturer Lorraine Smith and student Sadie Brooks, Dance and Dementia by lecturer Jennifer Essex and students Rebecca ball and Rheannon Davies, and Divers@Tees – a talk by third year students about their graduate performance company.

 

Third year’s dance company Diverse@tees at Moving Frontiers

The third year’s dance company Diverse@tees has performed their piece ‘Lost Letters’ at Moving Frontiers hosted by FRESH, at the House of BlahBlah on Thursday 29th October. They are now happy to announce that they will be delivering workshops in secondary schools in the Teesside area, working closely with dance and props, comedy pieces and different dynamics.

If you are interested in booking a FREE Divers@Tees performance and/or workshop for your school, community group or event please contact them via their Facebook page.

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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

 

Dance students performing at Billingham International Folklore Festival

TRio2Two pieces of this year’s Final Dance Projects have been invited by Olga Maloney, Artistic Director of the Billingham International Folklore Festival, to perform at the evening of World Dance in the Town Hall in Middleborough on 11th August. Tickets are available here and the evening starts at 7.30.

The festival has its 50th anniversary and is a great event where dancers from all over the world come to Bilingham to present their performances, give workshops and meet dancers coming from South Korea to Mexico.  We are thrilled to be part of this fantastic event.

The images show Rachel Ashford and Robyn Leonard in their piece’ Trio’.

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Photo credit: Ikuko Tsuchiya

Multimedia performance by Malaysian student Huey Teng

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Huey Teng third year BA Dance student performed a stunning multimedia performance as part of her final project. She collaborated with a student from Computer Animation who developed her dance as an animated visual dance which was projected on the stage. A beautiful and original set design!

The performance was so successful that Huey has also been invited to perform her piece at this year’s Billingham International Folklore Festival.

Phoenix Dance Theatre giving workshops to Dance Students

PhoenixStudents of the BA Dance had a great time working with Phoenix Dance Theatre! Students had the chance to experience one of their dancers Amanda Lewis in action and learned repertoire of this excting dance company. They enjoyed the truely interesting and challenging choreography by the Eurpopean choreographers,  Ivgi & Greben.

You can see some samples of this work on the youtuube channel of Phoenix Dance Theatre

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCONEnQEDtQ&list=UUN3vR6fGXTPZ9q4bvZDy1sg