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Dancing and Writing Professional Practice: Summer Intensive

Learn about the course below
13 - 17 August 2018
Five days
£350 (full)
£250 (concessions)
Course leader
Adesola Akinleye
Helen Kindred

This Dancing and Writing Professional Practice: Summer Intensive transitions between the practice of dance and writing about dance-based inquiry. The five-day course will help practitioners and advanced students alike to develop their academic writing skills as well as their practical dance knowledge as a resource for academic study.

Why study Dancing and Writing Professional Practice: Summer Intensive at Middlesex University?

This course is ideal for dancers with a practical background planning to return to or enter an academic dance course, such as our MA Professional Practice (Dance Teaching Pedagogy).

The course ranges across movement practices with a daily physical warm-up in GYROKINESIS® and/or Bartenieff Fundamentals and Dance studio research methods. These classes are taught alongside academic research methods and writing tutorials, including learning about academic literature review techniques situated in the Middlesex University Library. The goal of the course is to stimulate participants' 'physical thinking' and 'mental thinking’, seeing them both as resources for articulating dance practitioner knowledge.

This intensive course aims to prepare students for postgraduate study at Middlesex, if you are thinking of entering undergraduate study please see our Summer Dance Intensive page.

Course highlights

  • Study and explore dance studio research methods with expert practitioners and researchers
  • A chance to stimulate both  'physical thinking' and 'mental thinking’
  • Academic research methods and writing tutorials, including learning about academic literature review
  • Vibrant London campus with excellent facilities
  • Accommodation available for out-of-town and international students

Students applying for the Dancing and Writing Professional Practice: Summer Intensive can apply for accommodation in Middlesex University's halls of residence. Our halls are situated close to our Hendon campus and roughly 20 minutes tube ride from central London.

To book accommodation in the Middlesex University halls please email our Student Housing Services team or call +44 (0)20 8411 4674.

To apply for the Dancing and Writing Professional Practice: Summer Intensive, please visit our online store.

If you have any questions about this course or would like further information please email the course leaders:

Dr Adesola Akinleye, FHEA, FRSA
Programme Leader for MA Professional Practice Dance Technique Pedagogy

Adesola Akinleye is a choreographer, dancer, researcher, and teacher. She trained at Arts Educational School and Rambert Academy. Her professional career has included dancing with The Dance Theatre of Harlem, Union Dance Company and Carol Straker Dance Company. She founded Saltare Foundation for the Arts in New York, for which she was awarded Woman of the Year for 'Distinguished achievement in the field of community dance' presented by the Town of Islip, New York. She trained in choreography with Bessie Schoenberg while working at DTH. Her choreographic work has been performed in Europe, the Caribbean and North America.

Adesola is a Fellow of the RSA. She has been awarded ADAD's Trailblazers Fellowship and the Bonnie Bird New Choreographers Award. She holds a PhD in Sociology of the body/Dance, Embodiment and identity fromCanterbury Christ Church University. She has an MA (distinction) in Work Based Learning: Dance in education and the community, from Middlesex University. She is proud to be Dyslexic. She has been a guest teacher/choreographer for a number of professional training programmes including South East Dance, Dance Digital, universities in UK, Canada and USA, as well as Dance Theatre of Harlem Summer program.

Her interest in dance as a language for communication of embodied experience has led her to community informed starting points for art performance. Her performance work has a strong collaborative and conceptual strand, ranging from concert dance to site-specific to installation-based performance. An overview of her work can be seen at www.dancingstrong.com

Helen Kindred, FHEA, MFA, PGCHE
Programme Leader for MA Professional Practice Dance Technique Pedagogy

Helen Kindred trained at Roehampton University London, gaining a First Class Honours degree in Dance Studies before embarking on further training at Goucher College, USA, where she completed a Post-Graduate internship. Professionally Helen danced with Modem Dance, London, Daghdha Dance Company, Ireland, and has choreographed works for Breaking Boundaries, HYDC:InPulse (a DanceDigital commission), numerous school, college and university dance productions as well as for her own company KindredDance.

Helen was the Artistic Director of HertsDance (now DanceDigital) from 2001-2004, before returning to study and gaining her MFA Choreography in 2007. Teaching at Roehampton University as a visiting lecturer initially, Helen then took up her post at Middlesex University. Helen is currently a Senior Lecturer specialising in Release-based technique, choreography/performance and community dance practice.

Helen is an advocate for dance, and has presented papers on community dance development in the USA and in the UK at the 'Community Dance in the 21st Century' conference at De Montfort University in 2008.  Her choreographic work most recently has been presented at SIFDANS International Choreographic Festival, University of Bedfordshire, online through www.eleven.com and at The Pentland Theatre, Arts Depot, London. Helen has worked as an Artistic Assessor for the Arts Council England and is currently an executive board member for DanceHE.

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