About Time Dance Company are inspired by forgotten tales of northern life and involve local people in celebrating their shared histories through public performances.
“We are excited to be In Residence at UCLanDance and to offer apprenticeship opportunities to students and alumni. We are thrilled to call UCLan our base and love dancing, creating and making in the fabulous studios.”
Jenny Reeves; Artistic Director, About Time Dance Company
Lisa Simpson Inclusive Dance travel around the country delivering workshops and creating new performance work. Lisa’s creation and sharing of the Simpson Board, enables artists with little or no verbal communication to choreograph.
“This partnership with UCLanDance has been a continuous support & development for Lisa Simpson Inclusive Dance, the students, the university and myself as artistic lead. I can see that the wealth of knowledge and expertise within the Dance department and the university as a whole can initiate new collaborative projects. I’m keen to be responsive to new ideas as they arise and excited to discover what lies ahead.”
Lisa Simpson; Artistic Director, Lisa Simson Inclusive Dance
Preston Youth Dance Companies work with young dancers aged 7-19 to develop their dance technique and creative practice, producing high quality performance work.
“It has been a really exciting first year as part of the In Residence programme, with the opportunity to really develop our strand of work delivered by UCLanDance students, giving them the opportunity to independently choreograph and present youth work on the regional stage.”
Sarah Hall, Co-Artistic Director, Preston Youth Dance Companies
“Having the opportunity to work with Preston Youth Dance Company has given me more confidence in facilitation, which I have been able to transfer to my primary and secondary school placements. It has also given me the opportunity to meet other groups in the area and attend events such as Big Up North and U.Dance”
Hazel Loftus, BA (Hons) Dance Performance & Teaching student
The Dance and Somatic Practice Research Group work independently and collaboratively to develop, deepen and disseminate their understanding of somatic, choreographic and pedagogical practices. These strands are closely interwoven within the teaching on the dance course at UCLan with its strong inquiry-based ethos. Undergraduate and Postgraduate staff are engaged in inter-disciplinary research inquiries working in collaboration with the Psycho-social Research Unit and colleagues in Social Work and Travel and Tourism. The social relevance of practice is prioritised in much of the research group’s work; from the community dance perspective, engagement, accessibility and opportunity are key; while for somatics, embodiment, self-efficacy and well-being are central concerns.
We recently held the Making Presence Felt Symposium, celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the International Somatic Movement Education & Therapy Association (ISMETA). Through workshops, provocations and presentations, the symposium profiled practice and research inquiries being carried out by practitioners and graduates in the areas of health, wellbeing, Social-Prescribing, education, social care/other community contexts.
Visit the Dance and Somatic Research Group website for more information: https://www.uclandanceandsomaticpracticeresearch.com/
“During my time at UCLan, I have had the opportunity to learn from fantastic facilitators and work alongside dance artists within community dance settings. The experience has helped me to develop my individual creativity, my open approach to facilitation and my passion for collaboration. My confidence has grown tremendously and I’ve learnt valuable skills that I can apply to my dance practice”
Adriene Turner, BA (Hons) Dance Performance & Teaching Graduate 2019