Dance Visions conference 2014


Dance Visions
Youth dance conference
Fri 7 Nov 2014
York Theatre Royal / De Grey Rooms

Speakers, workshop leaders & panellists

Lucy Bennett
Immersed in Stopgap’s work for nine years Lucy has learnt to blend and expand the dynamic interaction of distinctly different dancers. Working as a choreographer within a company of markedly diverse dancers has allowed Lucy to develop, define and encapsulate her love for expressing human stories through dance.As a dancer Lucy has worked with a variety of choreographers Maxine Doyle, Bettina Strickler, Adam Benjamin, Filip Van Huffel, Hofesh Shechter, Gary Clarke, Lois Taylor, Thomas Mettler, Rob Tannion, Carol Brown, Nathalie Pernette and Thomas Noone. In recent years she has choreographed: Chris et Lucy (2007); Tracking commissioned by Without Walls consortium, Shape Arts and Liberty Festival (2009); Extra Ordinary Guest Choreographer for Dave Toole and Lucy Hind (2010); Sharra-bang for EPiC Arts in Cambodia (2011) and SPUN Productions, commissioned for the Cultural Olympiad (2012)As the resident choreographer and, since 2012, the Artistic Director of the Company, Lucy is further developing Stopgap into a company that can conceive original ideas and select key collaborators, whilst taking leadership over the creative processes.Lucy’s accumulated theoretical and practical knowledge played a key role in writing and delivering the UK’s first ‘Integrated Choreography’ module for The University of Gloucestershire, and the training course commissioned by The British Council’s Creative Collaboration.
  Zoie Golding
Zoie Golding is an accomplished Artistic director, Producer and Choreographer with a strong background of more than 14 years experience in the dance sector. She has extensive experience working with young people, devising innovative dance theatre and work in all areas of event, company and production management and in the UK and worldwide. Zoie is nationally recognised for her work with men and dance. In 2000 she founded nationally acclaimed FuzzyLogic Male Youth Dance Company and following it success she founded ZoieLogic, the professional all male dance company in 2010. Zoie is proud to be Associate Artist of The Point, Eastleigh, Play Artist of Pavilion Dance South West, Bournemouth and Associate Artist of Dance Up, Hampshire. Her work offers a multi-layered approach of engagement through professional, youth and educational strands and develops strong partnerships and audiences from the grass roots up bringing a shift in the current understanding of male dance and challenging the aesthetic of male culture in the public eye. Her work to date has been seen by over 33,000 people across the UK and is growing fast within the industry. From 2000 – 2013 Zoie produced over 300 events in the UK and across the world including Australia, Dubai, Germany, South Africa and Japan involving some 45,000 young people through her role as Rock Challenge, Producer. Zoie has a strong artistic voice and vision driven by a passion to opening people’s eyes to the power of dance.
 Victoria Igbokwe Victoria Igbokwe
Vicki is the Creative Director & Choreographer of Uchenna Dance, a company that delivers high quality, dynamic experiences in dance for all – be this as a participant, spectator or project partner. She trained at Middlesex University graduating with a BA in Dance Studies (2001-2004), beginning her professional performing career with Impact Dance between 2000-2006. She joined the East London Dance team in 2004 as a Youth Dance Practitioner and left in 2009 as one of two Creative Project Managers. In 2011 she graduated from City University with a Masters in Cultural Leadership. As an Industry Professional she works independently as a choreographer, curator, producer, teacher and lecturer. Creatively she undergoes practice-based research, which sees her investigating Waacking, Vogueing, and House Dance (club dances) with African and contemporary dance. Past and present education clients include University of East London, London Metropolitan, Middlesex University and Wac Arts. Career highlights include a five year sponsorship deal with leading sports brand Nike (2005-2010) and work as a choreographer on the London 2012 Summer Olympics, Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics and Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games ceremonies.
Linda Jasper Linda Jasper MBE, MA, Cert. Ed.
Director Youth Dance England
Linda is founder Director of Youth Dance England, setting up the first national network for children and young people’s dance and national programmes involving young people as performers, choreographers, viewers/critics and leaders. Before starting Youth Dance England she was Director of South East Dance, Senior Professional Training Tutor for the University of Surrey’s Dance Department and the first Dance Officer for Berkshire County Council. Linda has served on many Arts Council panels and committees, was Elected Chair of the Foundation for Community Dance (1992-1998) and Vice Chair of Culture South East (2005-2009). She is a member of the Programme Board: Children and Young People’s Dance and the Cultural Learning Alliance’s Steering Group.
   Stuart Waters
-Stuart trained at The Northern school of contemporary dance (BA), and The London school of contemporary dance (MA). Since graduation in 1998 Stuart has had a varied performance career, touring nationally and internationally with companies such as Motionhouse dance theatre, Barebones and Protein dance. In time stuart has spent with Protein dance stuart has been involved in the collaboration and creation of LOL, contributing to the companies awards and accolades such as, national dance critics awards, Best independent dance company 2011 and the British councils new connections awards 2012. LOL was also shortlisted for live performance relay category for the San Fransisco Dance film festival 2013Stuarts education work has been varied centralising around youth dance and C-A-T schemes around the UK. Stuart has worked as an independent artist visiting C-A-T and youth dance programmes such as Shoreditch youth dance company, the Laban centre, the dance exchange Birmingham. In 2006 Stuart was part of the artist team for Youth dance England in Leeds and in 2005 Stuart achieved arts council funding to fund and direct Hed:strong, a youth dance company for east Sussex supported by east Sussex council and Brighton university. Stuart has had choreographic commissions with youth companies and C-A-T schemes such as The place, youth dance academy Swindon, Brighton and Hove, Yorkshire young dancers, Dance4 and Ludus youth dance company, which was selected for the Lancashire youth dance festival 2013. Stuart has also choreographed on third year degree students at Chichester, Roehapmton, and Kingston university. Other degree student commissions have been with Edgefwd (all male degree students Edge Hill university) and Kick start (Brighton university). Other choreography adventures include young Tanzanian dancers as part of the visa to dance festival in Dara sallam and zanzi bar 2011, and Rambert summer school in collaboration with Royal opera house Newcastle 2010 and 2012. Stuart to date has an up and coming commission for Motus dance festival (MK) 2014. 
  Helen Linsell
After completing her training in Community Dance at Laban in 2001, Helen worked as a Community Dance Practitioner in a wide range of settings across London and the South East. Her roles included Youth Dance Practitioner for South East National Dance Agency, Dance Development Officer for Crawley Borough Council, Artistic Director of West Sussex Youth Dance Company and Education and Community Dance Practitioner for Laban. In 2007, Helen joined Dance United as a Dance Artist, working at The Academy in Bradford. She became Academy Director in 2008 and co-directed pilot projects for both the Wessex and London Academies. Over the past two years, Helen has also directed independent projects in South Africa, Namibia and Jamaica as well as teaching for other organisations in Yorkshire including Yorkshire Dance, Northern School of Contemporary Dance and Phoenix Dance Theatre. Helen has also completed the Diploma in Dance Teaching and Learning, has delivered Behaviour Management training for a number of organisations and has had published a chapter entitled ‘Behaviour Management and Communication in Practice’. Helen is now Artistic Director of Dance United Yorkshire, working on developing the legacy of the Bradford Academy and expanding DUY’s work across the region.
  James Morgan
James Morgan is a freelance choreographer, performer and writer from Bridlington, East Yorkshire. He began his training at Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds, later going on to study at London Contemporary Dance School where he achieved a First Class Hons degree. Now based in London, he has performed in both devised and improvised work, and has worked with artists such as The Mostly Everything People, Lola Maury, Igor Urzelai, Moreno Solinas and Theo Clinkard. His own choreography stands in the spaces between dance, experimental theatre and live art. This year he was one of six artists selected to be part of ‘Exit Visa’, The Place’s professional development programme for emerging choreographers. During his training he was the founder of ‘Garble’, the independent student magazine of LCDS, as well as a critic for ‘Resolution! Review 2013′.
   Lily Turner
Lily trained at Trinity Laban Conservatoire where she gained a first class honours in contemporary dance. Prior to her training she was part of Ludus Youth Dance for 3 years, where she gained her passion for contemporary dance. She is currently working as a freelance performer, teacher and choreographer in London, working on various projects and events. She has collaborated with 2 of her sisters who are professional dancers to create a new company TurnAround Dance Theatre. They have performed at various festivals across the country, including Lets Dance international, and Turn. Their aim is to create work that touches, moves and inspires audiences whilst also pushing the artistic boundaries for audiences and performers.


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Fri 7 Nov 2014, York