‘Being a Video-Choreographer’- article published in International Screendance Journal: Post from Perform@tees


An article by Heike Salzer (Artistic Co-Director Tees Dance Film Fest) and Ana Baer (of Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema), has been published in the current issue of The International Journal of Screendance.
In the article, entitled ‘Being a Video-Choreographer: Describing the Multifaceted Role of a Choreographer Creating Screendance’, Heike interviews Ana about making and curating dance videos. The article is published in tandem with the Tees Dance Film Fest where many of the films cited in the article will be screened.


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Teaching brings dance artist from Texas to Teesside: Post from Perform@tees

Teaching brings dance artist from Texas to Teesside


International choreographer Professor Ana Baer has been working with students at Teesside University.

Professor Baer has been teaching dance for over 25 years in her native Mexico, Spain and America – for the past seven years as Associate Professor at Texas State University.

During her time at Teesside as a visiting academic, she led choreography masterclasses and worked with BA (Hons) Dance students to prepare for the University’s Creative Teesside, an annual celebration of work by students from across the wide range of creative subject areas within the School of Arts & Media.

She was also involved in the TDFF (Tees Dance Film Festival) where she gave a presentation on the prestigious international Sans Souci festival held in Colorada, which she co-directs.

Professor Baer, who has been involved in collaborative projects with Teesside University’s Dance Programme Leader Heike Salzer, said: ‘I knew nothing about the Northern part of England until I was introduced to it by Heike. Spending time here has been a wonderful experience.

‘I really enjoy working with students from various cultures as people move so distinctively in different locations. It is almost idiosyncratic to each place.

‘It is a challenge to develop and work on a piece of dance with students I have never met before, but I also enjoy the creative process and the students at Teesside have been wonderful. The culture of Teesside is very welcoming.’

Heike said: ‘It is extremely beneficial for our students to experience working with choreographers and international artists from varied cultural backgrounds as it helps to broaden their experience and it also helps us as teachers to share best practice.

‘Our international visiting academics scheme continues to produce fruitful collaborations and we’re hoping to develop our collaborative work further and looking at ways in which we can connect our students in Teesside with Ana’s students in Texas.’


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Students and staff perform at Georgina Starr exhibition at Mima: Post from Perform@tees

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Students of the BA Dance and BA Performance for Live and Recorded Media, had the exciting opportunity to perform as part of the exhibition by Georgina Starr, I, Cave at Mima-Middlesbrough Institute of the Arts.

Lecturers Sarah O’ Brien (PlaRM), Heike Salzer and Rose Payne (both Dance) performed during the Opening Ceremony.

I, Cave is a new solo exhibition from British artist Georgina Starr. Starr’s early works brought her to international attention in the 1990s, and since then she has developed a distinct language through the use of video, sculpture, performance, writing and sound.

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Emotional Geography Conference, Edinburgh: Post from Perform@tees

Performing arts lecturers Dr Sarah O’Brien (PlaRM) and Heike Salzer (Dance), alongside BA Dance Graduate Jessica Smith are presenting panel sessions at the 5th International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Emotional Geographies. at Edinburgh University.

This conference brings together scholars from a diversity of disciplinary backgrounds, third sector partners and creative practitioners to explore and discuss the role of emotion in shaping and in experiencing space and society.

The need to pay attention to the role of emotions in personal, professional and societal life has been gaining acceptance in academic and public spheres since the time when these conferences were inaugurated. With greater attention has come a greater diversity of ways of researching and conceptualising emotions, affect and their kin, and a wider range of fields in which they are being studied. New technologies give individuals greater emotional reach than ever before. Meanwhile, industries structured around the manipulation of emotion have grown savvier than ever.


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Tees Dance Film Fest 2015: Post from Perform@tees

TEES DANCE FILM FEST 2015 – Thursday 14th May

A programme of exciting dance films from all over the world will be screened at Mima Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, the Big Screen andTeesside University.

The evening event at Mima features the official selection of the best films of TDFF and includes a retrospective of the Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema, Colorado.

All events are free.

TEES DANCE FILM FEST Special Selection featuring a retrospective of the Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema, Colorado (USA)

Visually stunning dance films from all over the world.

Time: 6.30pm – 9pm / Reception from 6.30pm and screening from 7.00pm, AudienceAll ages

Venue: Event Space, 3rd floor, mima

Click here to book your place.

View the programme of Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema here.


DANCE SHORTS- International dance films inspired by spaces, landscapes and cultures 

Pass by at the Centre Square to view short dance films created by young makers and professional videographers

Time: 12.00-6pm, Audience: All ages

Venue: Big Screen, Centre Square, Middlesbrough


INTERNATIONAL DANCE FILMS SCREENING  – innovative, experimental and quirky 

Drop in to this informal event featuring a rolling programme of exciting dance films from all over the world.

Time: 12.00-6pm, Audience: All ages

Venue: Event Space, 3rd floor, mima



Created in caves in the UK, on the Great Dunes in Colorado, and in the challenging environment of ice, snow and geothermal fields in Iceland, this installation invites you to experience constrasting landscapes.

Featuring Choreographer-Videographers; Ana Baer, Heike Salzer, Jessica Smith

Time: 3.15pm – 3.45pm, Audience: All ages

Venue: G13, Phoenix building, Teesside University


PRESENTATION by internationally acclaimed videographer, Ana Baer

Creating a screen dance in a natural environment: Improvising, adapting and everything in between.

TDFF’s special guest speaker is award-winning, Mexican video-choreographer Ana Baer. Ana teaches as Associate Professor at Texas State University and has collaborated with many dance luminaries internationally.  Her work encompasses a variety of dance for camera work, as well as interdisciplinary performances and choreography.

Time: 4pm – 5pm, Audience: All ages

Venue: G13 Phoenix Building, Teesside University, Stephenson Street



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What’s next after graduating from the university?

June is an unforgettable mouth for most of students which means the third-year students will graduate from the university. As students approach the end of their degree, one question becomes ever-more pressing: what next? For most students they have many choice: finding jobs, further study and other options.

Finding Jobs

Students are searching jobs. (picture editor: Teesside  Student Union)

Students are searching jobs. (picture editor: Teesside Student Union)

For most students, looking to move directly from university into paid employment is good news and bad news. While the Association of Graduate Recruiters’ (AGR) survey 2015 proudly announced an increase in graduate vacancies for the third year running, the announcement was swiftly followed by news from the Institute of Fiscal Studies that salaries for young people are now lower than they were in 2008. Perhaps money isn’t terribly important anyway. Oliver Connor, aged 24, will graduate from Teesside University this June. Now he is looking for in his first job. The Marketing Management graduate says, “I consider what sort of responsibility I would get from the job, and I am looking for a job that would use my skills and bring challenging experiences. Wage is a factor, but work experience is more important.”

Further Study

The  postgraduate scholarships (picture editor: Teesside website)

The postgraduate scholarships (picture editor: Teesside website)


A postgraduate degree or professional qualification can open the door to a more highly-paid and, importantly, a more rewarding career. But fees incurred in studying for a Master degree may deter some already burdened by student debt. Mike Wang, aged 23, a student comes from China, wants to apply Sheffield University. He says, “I would like to further my study in the UK, but the tuition for the master is a bit high. But with loan, bursaries and research funding more readily available, I believe that the return on investment can be significant, especially when employability is increased. I think there are some of the careers where a master degree offer real advantages.”

Other options

There are also other options after graduated, such as volunteering and travelling. Whether in the UK or further afield, volunteering can be a fantastic way to gain new skills, experiences and give something back. Hellen McLellan, aged 23, Education graduate says, “I have apply the volunteer for the project of Helping-Children. I will go to Tanzania and Nicaragua to be a volunteer. I’m excited and nervous because I never leave my country before. I would like to contact different people and deal with different cultures, more importantly, helping children makes my life meaningful, and it’s will be the excellent experiences.”

Whatever your graduate destination—work, study or other options—plan as early as possible, and arm yourself with as much information as you can.

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What a Bobby Dazzler


Miss Emma getting ready for last year’s show


Talented Emma Risbrough has danced for most of her life and is passing on her skills to lots of children in her popular dance school.

Known as Miss Emma to the pupils of The Bobby Dazzlers Academy, the dance school she opened in 1999 and is based in Stockton-on-Tees.

From the young age of 13 Emma’s passion for dancing inspired her to want  her own dance school and make other children feel the same way she did about performing on a stage.

This stemmed from watching a previous dance teacher leave most of the pupils, apart from a select few, to run another dance school.

Watching a much loved role model abandon her pupils made Emma really angry and more determined to support her pupils to the best of her ability.

Emma, 36, started her own dance lessons when she was four but refused to join in any of the classes.

She was six when she eventually took part in a class and loved it from then on.

Her greatest achievement in her dancing career was winning the Senior Tap Championship aged 15.

This feeling of achievement has helped Miss Emma to encourage her pupils  to be the best they can be.

“I absolutely love my job and all the  children I work with,” She said.

Bobby Dazzlers takes part in multiple events, some of which are charity events. Miss Emma encourages the children to help support the Butterwick Hospice and takes part in Norton Villages May Day fair.

This year was the schools 4th year of taking part in the fair, the children and their families donated bric ‘a’ brac for the parents stall and entertained the crowds with some of their best performances.

Recently, a four year old little girl from the school has completed a half a mile swim in memory of her still born brother, and to raise money for the Stillborn and Neonatal charity SANDS. The little star managed to raise £750 for the charity and was fully supported by the Bobby Dazzlers Academy.

Overall, there are 158 students currently attending Emma’s dance school, all of them loving every minute of their time there.

The school has just recently had their new dance studios refurbished, ready for hours of rehearsals.

Miss Emma ensures all of the children’s abilities are showcased every year in a themed show.

Everyone is currently preparing for this years show in September at the Billingham Theatre , with various group, solo and themed acts.

“My proudest moment as a teacher was watching two of my own pupils pass their teaching exams in 2007 with very high marks, having taught both of them from the age of Nine.”

Watching her pupils succeed like this is one of the many joys of owning her own dance school. Her cousin Laura Risbrough also teaches at the dance school and sends her own two daughters along with Miss Emma’s oldest daughter.

Bobby Dazzlers is a close knit community where all the children are supportive and friendly towards each other and constantly have the support they need to succeed from Miss Emma and her teachers.

Emma Risbrough watching the girls rehearsing

Emma Risbrough watching the girls rehearsing



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