During February Half Term I attended a two day event hosted by People Dancing in collaboration with English National Ballet and the Dance for Parkinson's network, that would teach dance practitioners how to teach sessions aimed at those with Parkinson's. Before the course began we were all instructed to take part in an online course… Continue reading Dance for Parkinson’s Training
Capturing dance in a camera can be easy when what is asked for is a video of the performance. The video can capture the movement that creates dance, and yet much of the time we find it much more useful to have photographs of performances. Images that can show others the dance based talent that… Continue reading Photographing Dance: Capturing Movement in Still-Frames
I have to choreograph. Partly for my degree and particularly for my work. If I don't choreograph my classes tend to fall flat as they are based on the children learning a routine. If I haven't choreographed a routine, there isn't a routine for them to learn. While I would be very happy to have… Continue reading YEESSSS!: Having the impulse to create movement
Last week I discussed the improvements that many people see as a result of starting dance. This week I want to continue on that theme and write about how dance can improve other disciplines. Much of what I speak about may be a repetition from last week, but will hopefully extend the understanding of why… Continue reading Can dance enhance the training of other disciplines?
During my life I have always seen dance as a physical activity. While I admit some classes are tougher than others, most classes do burn calories equal or greater than by bike commute to university. So it seems strange to me that quite a few people that don't see dance as exercise. While the number… Continue reading The benefits of starting to dance.
Whether it be a New Year's resolution to become more active, a determination to improve your dancing or just a will to try something new, dance can be a great way for you to spend your time. During today's post I want to let you know about possible routes into dance available in your local… Continue reading What dance related activities are available to people in the community?
While we often find Dance in the PE curriculum within education, I believe it is fair to say that many would distinguish between both Dance and Sport. There is something intrinsic that makes them different, although both are a form of exercise and physical arousal. Both can also be used for the Sports Leaders Award,… Continue reading What Makes Dance and Sport Different From Each Other?
Have you ever found yourself; going to watch a film simply because it has your favourite actor in, watch a new television show as it's made by the same company, or seen a film as you like the director. The same things happen when you go to the theatre, you may choose to see a certain… Continue reading How previous knowledge affects perception, even in the appreciation of art
Ballet is a style that is very prominent within the dance industry. It is often the first style of dance a child will engage with. It may also be one style of dance that has stood through time remaining, in most cases, in it's classical form. However, like all styles, ballet is adapting and creating… Continue reading Boundaryless Ballet: How choreographers are now opening up the possibilities of the classical form.
Parkinson's is a neurological condition that most often affects adults over the age of 60, although rare, it can also present itself within adults under the age of 50. It is said that 1 in 500 people have Parkinson's, so within the UK that's around 128,000 people living with Parkinson's. While it is important to note that suffers of… Continue reading Dance For Parkinson’s: Why I encourage the older generation to dance.