Lucy Suggate, Swarm Sculptures © Amy Sinead Photography


a conference exploring professionalism, excellence & the art of community dance Leeds | Fri 28 Oct 2016 Yorkshire Dance’s fifth annual regional conference Dance Risks took place on 28 October, bringing together  70 people to discuss issues around risk, professionalism and the art of community dance.

Speakers including Sophie Eustace (Fevered Sleep), Rachel Palmer and Sally Marie (Everyday People), Tim Casson (Casson and Friends), Jane Hackett (National Youth Dance Company) delivered a range of workshops alongside performances from Phoenix Youth Academy and films from Robbie Synge and Lucy Boyes, Luke Pell and Fevered Sleep.

The conference also featured a dancing plenary with delegates responding to the day through movement led by Tim Casson.

Dance Risks was positioned alongside the Juncture Festival and featured a provocation from Gillie Kleiman and invited delegates to watch Wallflower by Quarantine.

“It’s the best conference I have ever been to. A brilliant mix and cross over between discussion and the art itself. I actually learned things and had my mind so opened.” Delegate feedback

“(The conference) has challenged me to think about the risks I take in my work, new ideas and appreciation of other works. I’m starting to think more about the impact my work has and myself as an artist.” Delegate feedback

Words from Luke Pell

Artist Luke Pell pulled together the key concerns of our contributors in the first of three intriguing video appearances.

Luke Pell makes the second of his video appearances to give us something to wonder about.

Luke Pell makes his third video appearance, leaving us with some final words to wonder on…

Key note speech from curator of Juncture festival, Gillie Kleiman

Key note speech from Gillie Kleiman

Key note speech from Yorkshire Dance Programmes Director, Hannah Robertshaw

Key note speech from Hannah Robertshaw

Quality and Professionalism in Inclusive Dance with Louise Brown

Thanks to everyone who contributed to this session. We have written up some of the notes which you can download here - Notes on quality and professionalism in Inclusive Dance

Risk taking with Gifted and talented Young People with Phoenix Dance Theatre, National Youth Dance Company & National Centres for Advanced Training in Dance

Men and Girls Dance with Sophie Eustace (Fevered Sleep) & Rose Condo (LBT)

Finding the extraordinary in the everyday with Every Day people