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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Dance and Occupational Therapy Collaboration

The Dance Department worked with Occupational Therapy this autumn on a day of inter-professional learning for students and staff. The day provided an opportunity for dance and OT students to understand how several physical limitations might affect a person’s movements. Workshops took place at Teesside University’s Mercuria Studio and were the result of several months of consultation between the two teams in an effort to use inter-disciplinary learning to provide students with a diverse skill set.

Students wore glasses that partially obstructed their vision, bands to mimic the effect of a missing limb, and suits to help them understand the restriction of an arthritic body.  Movement exercises were then delivered by staff to help the students consider how the restrictions might affect people physically, mentally, and psychologically.

The result was a rich discussion and increased understanding for both staff and students. One student commented the day “made me aware of how I should use empathy within practice for ALL clients”. Another said the session made them think about “how limb restrictions/amputees will be affected not only on the physical level, but mentally and psychologically. The tiredness and overall strain would be overwhelming to begin with.”

Staff are currently working on developing ideas for larger-scale collaborations.interprofessional-day-3inter-professional-day-2 interporfessional-day-4 inter-professional-day-1 interprofessional-day-5 interprofessional-day-6

Dance students collaborate with BA Fashion Enterprise

The dance students were thrilled to collaborate with the BA Fashion Enterprise students for their final show in May. The Fashion students designed costumes based on the concept of  Abandonment. The choreography was performed to a full house in the Hazel Pearson Theatre in May 2016.

BA Fashion Enterprise & Dance students working together to finalise contemporary fashion garments for the level 6 dance performance in May.

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International Screendance Festival

We were excited to host an edition of the Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema as part of the Tees Dance Film Fest2016-05-10 17.15.57 Open Air screening on Tuesday 10th May, 6-7pm, at the campus heart, School of Arts & Media: Teesside University

Upcoming Guests and Performances

We’re looking forward to welcoming several guests to Teesside University this spring. Kimberley Harvey of Subtle Craft Company is returning to work with our first year students at Mima.  We’re also welcoming Zubaidah Saebu and Louise Masters as guest teachers.

For our upcoming performance at the Hazel Person Theatre May 24th we’re also welcoming several guest choreographers. The students are very lucky to be working with Jack Webb, one of Scotland’s leading choreographers and teachers with a decade of experience in the UK and internationally. We are certainly looking forward to having his bold and distinctive artistic voice back in Teesside.Jack WEBB

Ana Baer from Texas State University also returns to the University to create a new work for the students.  Ana’s work emphasises collaboration and brings a global perspective – she has previously presented work in Chile, Costa Rica, Uruguay, Guatemala, Greece, Spain, France, and multiple venues in Germany, UK, Mexico and USA.  See some of her video dance work here: https://vimeo.com/116116575.  The performances are May 24th at 4 and 6:30pm at the Hazel Pearson Theatre.  To book tickets please contact  arts@tees.ac.uk or 01642 384019

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.