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Dancing Summer Lab Professional Practice: Intensive

Module code DWPPSI
Start date August
Duration Five days
Attendance Full-time
Fees £350
£250 (concession)
Course leaders Adesola Akinleye
Helen Kindred


The Dancing Summer Lab Professional Practice: Intensive is a five-day CPD creative laboratory. This laboratory supports artists developing creative ideas in movement as well as creative and academic writing skills. It has been designed to respond to your needs as a movement practitioner as you make transitions in your career, particularly involving how to effectively translate movement-based practice into writing in creative ways.

The course is perfect if you are undertaking somatic based study, are thinking about returning to academia after a break or beginning academic study, writing a project proposal, or working in further or higher education having come through a professional performance career.

The Summer Lab addresses the rich bodies-of-knowledge dancers possess through exploring ideas within a mix of practical studio movement classes and academic writing-based sessions. Each day will begin with a somatic based movement class, these are GYROKINESIS and/or Bartenieff Fundamentals. The lab develops your movement and written languages through a stronger awareness of body-mind connection in order to access practical knowing when creating new work.

How to apply

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Staff profiles

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 from Canterbury 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 on her website, Dancing Strong.

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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