Dance Includes conference 2015

2015 Dance Includes

DANCE INCLUDES
How diverse is our work? 

On 28th October, 160 delegates and speakers came together at Horizon College in Barnsley, for Yorkshire Dance’s annual conference, Dance Includes.

The conference sparked critical debate about the Creative Case for Diversity, exploring who is included in the work we do.

MORNING

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Dance Visions conference 2014 (c) Brian Slater (40) 9.30am
Arrival
Registration, tea, coffee
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Abid Hussain 10.00am
Opening session
Keynote speech from Abid Hussain
(National Lead for Diversity, Arts Council England)The Soapbox
Five special guests share their own personal responses to the Arts Council’s Creative Case for Diversity
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Luca Silvestrini (c) Angelo Bellotti 11.00am – 12.30pm
Session 1
Creating Dance with an Intergenerational Cast
PRACTICAL
with Luca Silvestrini’s Protein Dance
Led by Luca Silvestrini’s Protein, this practical session for practitioners and dance artists will explore games, tasks and starting points for creating work with intergenerational casts.
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Nisha LallLucy Haighton 11.00am – 12.30pm
Session 2
Dancing Cultures
NON PRACTICAL

with SAA-uk, Devika Rao, Nisha Lall, Lucy Haighton & Vicki Igbokwe (Uchenna Dance)
How do we unite people from different cultures through dance? How do we encourage our work to be more culturally diverse? This session features local and regional presentations on culturally diverse dance projects. Featuring presentations by Lucy Haighton and Nisha Lall on the Tattva Project in Sheffield, SAA-uk on Sleeping Beauty and Vicki Igbokwe on her current productions, Our Mighty Groove and The Head Wrap Diaries.
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Primed for Life 11.00am – 12.30pm
Session 3
Advocating for the Youngest Movers
NON PRACTICAL

with Anne O’Connor & Anna Daly (Primed for Life)
Led by early years movement play specialists, Primed for Life, this session explores how dance and movement play projects with early years children can support and benefit their overall development. This session will expand on the link with children’s health and physical development, as well as the impact on children’s emotional and cognitive development, priming strong foundations for later learning and life. Including accessible theory, project examples and recommendations for good practice.
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Gary Clarke 11.00am – 12.30pm
Session 4
Dancing with New Communities
NON PRACTICAL

with Gary Clarke
Gary Clarke presents a case study on COAL – his new work that has engaged the mining community in South Yorkshire. From process to product – a discussion on how to approach dancing with new communities, featuring discussion with members of the COAL cast.
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Dr Richard Coaten 11.00am – 12.30pm
Session 5
New Approaches to Dementia Care Through Dance
PRACTICAL

with Dr Richard Coaten
The practical session led by leading expert, Dr Richard Coaten, will explore techniques and approaches to working with dementia patients through dance, offering a unique insight into this area of work. This session is aimed at practitioners wishing to develop their understanding and facilitation skills in working with older adults.
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12.30pm – 1.15pm
LUNCH
with performance by Devika Rao
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AFTERNOON

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Devika Rao75 Dorothys 1.15pm – 1.50pm
Performance by Devika Rao
and a screening of Irregular Arts‘ film, 75 Dorothys, introduced by Jenny Wilson 
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Clara Giraud 2.00pm – 3.30pm
Session 1
Exploring the Potential of Young Disabled Artists
NON PRACTICAL

with Clara Giraud (Unlimited), TIN Arts and Instant Dissidence
This session will unlock ideas to support the huge creativity and potential in young disabled artists working in dance, featuring presentations from Clara Giraud from Unlimited, TIN Arts, Breana and Rita Marcalo from Instant Dissidence. This session will feature a sharing of work in progress by Breana.
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Luca Silvestrini (c) Angelo Bellotti 2.00pm – 3.30pm
Session 2
Project Concept and Design for Intergenerational Dance
NON PRACTICAL
with Luca Silvestrini’s Protein
A presentation and discussion around creating dance projects with an intergenerational cast. Hear more about Protein’s intergenerational work and how these projects have been developed.
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Primed for Life 2.00pm – 3.30pm
Session 3
Exploring Approaches to Early Years Movement and Dance
PRACTICAL

with Anne O’Connor & Anna Daly (Primed for Life)
Led by early years dance and movement play specialists, Primed for Life, this practical session shares experience in delivering dance and movement play with children from birth to five (and their grown-ups). Offering a range of activities and structures to engage the youngest of movers.
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Vicki Igbokwe at Dance Visions conference 2014 (c) Brian Slater 2.00pm – 3.30pm
Session 4
Cultural Fusion
PRACTICAL

with Vicki Igbokwe (Uchenna Dance)
Aimed at practitioners and those wishing to enhance their movement vocabulary and understanding of cultural fusion, this practical session led by Vicki Igbokwe, Artistic Director of Uchenna Dance, will explore how we bring together African dance, Hip Hop and House within a contemporary context.
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Wendy Houstoun (c) Berkeley White Photography 3.45pm – 4.45pm
Plenary
with Wendy Houstoun

You can find our news story on the event here.