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

 

 

3rd HEA Arts and Humanities Annual Learning & Teaching Conference

The Lowry Theatre in Salford was well represented by the Teesside University staff and students at the 3rd HEA Arts and Humanities annual learning and teaching conference, this year titled ‘Heroes and monsters: extra-ordinary tales of learning and teaching in the arts and humanities’

The first presentation was by Senior Lecturer Heike Salzer who spoke aboutpedagogical research project undertaken with her BA Dance students in spring 2014. She considered the emotional culture that students operate in and if the values and norms develop and change during the course of their degree.

This was followed by Teaching Fellow Richard Sober and two interior students, first year Emily Hogg and second year Rebecca Hayman.  They presented a paper discussing student perceptions of current Higher education debates including value for money, independent learning and developing a readiness for employment.  The session was chaired by Carolyn Bew the National Lead for Art & Design and she invited them to reprise the paper at the HEA Teaching in Practice conference later this month in London

The SAM presenters with HEA Lead Carolyn Bew

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Choreographer James Wilton as visiting artist working with BA dance students

James WiltonJames Wilton has worked for two days with the BA Dance students developing exciting new work for the end of year performance. The workshops were energetic days full of new movement and inspiration.

James began his choreographic career whilst a student at London Contemporary Dance School where his works Drift and Threads were toured nationally and internationally with LC3. 

After graduating from LCDS James was commissioned to re-work Drift for Scottish Dance Theatre for touring throughout 2010-2014. In 2013 the work was also staged on Ballet Hagen for performance.

In the past 12 months James has created works for London Contemporary Dance School, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Brighton University, Roehampton University, Yorkshire Youth Dance, Brighton and Hove Youth Dance, Shoreditch Youth Dance, CAT Laban, CAT Swindon and Junior Dance Company at The Place.

James has also done large amount of education work for many well established dance education organisations, including Youth Dance England, London youth Dance, Connect Sadlers Wells, The Place learning and access, MovingEast and East London Dance.

 

Jack Webb creating exciting choreography for BA Dance students

 

Scottish choreographer Jack Webb has spent a week working with the BA Dance students to develop the piece ‘75’. It will be presented as part of Creative Arts week on Thursday 29th May at the Mercuria dance studio, at 15.30 + 17.30

Jwebb75Jack trained at the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance and is one of Scotland’s leading dance artists. He has worked internationally with many with companies and choreographers including Simon Vincenzi, Company Chordelia Dance Theatre/Scottish Opera, Croiglan Integrated Dance (work by Adam Benjamin), David Hughes Dance Scotland (work by Kylie Walters and Tanja Liedtke) Alan Greig Dance Theatre, Via Negativa (Slovenia) Grange Park Opera, Jose Vidal Company, Arthur Pita, Ben Wright, Charles Linehan, Angus Balbernie, Ian Spink, the Curve Foundation Dance Company, (works by Hofesh Scechter, Henri Oguike, Jonathan Watkins and Morgan Runacre Temple), Dance Theatre Luxembourg and Matthew Hawkins amongst others.

Since 2006 he has created a vast body of work which has been presented at various major festivals and platforms including Tramway, Glasgow, Dock11 Berlin, Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Nottdance, Nottingham, New Territories International Festival of Live Art, Ada Studio, Berlin, Hamburger Sprechwerk, Hamburg, Edinburgh Fringe Festival at Dance Base, Dance Live, Aberdeen, March Moves, Aberdeen, the Place, London, Embrace Arts, Leicester, the Traverse, Edinburgh, the Arches, Glasgow, DanceCity, Newcastle amongst many others as well as commissions from the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance, Third Row Dance Company at Roehampton University, London and Dance 4’s Centre for advanced Training students.

Dance students present at 3 Rivers-Learning and Teaching Conference

Third year dance students Charlotte Brinksman and Gabriella Garroway presented a poster at the Annual Regional Learning and Teaching Conference 2014 North East 3 riversUniversities (3 Rivers Consortium), Durham University (Collingwood College) on 27th March 2014.

The poster discussed their experience of a 3 month Erasmus exchange at the Inter-University Centre in Berlin and was well received by delegates.

New lecturer Laura Erwin joins the dance team

Laura Erwin by R Cherry4Laura trained at Middlesex University, graduating with First Class Honours before gaining a Masters Degree at London Contemporary Dance School. 

She currently works as a Freelance Dance Artist based in London. Particular fields of interest include dance in education, gaga technique, somatic practices and contact improvisation. Recent performances include work with Rachel Burn (London, Surrey) and Delve Dance (Hull, Oxford, London, Sussex), of which she is also Artistic Director. Laura teaches extensively, working as a Visiting Lecturer at Middlesex and Kingston University, an Animateur for Richard Alston Dance Company, and delivering dance programme’s for primary schools. Laura also dabbles in Dance Management and has recently received funding from Arts Council England, Mayor of London, Legacy Trust and Southwark Council to facilitate a community dance platforms in East London. She is delighted to be joining the faculty at Teesside at this time.

BA Dance student engaging in research

 

Second year BA Dance student Rachel Ashford has secured a position as a Student researcher. She is investigating together with lecturers Heike Salzer and Sarah O’Brien, the perception of feedback that is provided during the Performing Arts studies. She held several focus groups and will analyse the outcomes. The resulting report might change the way feedback is provided in the future.