Dance Transports 2016

Dance Transports

An exciting regional training programme for Yorkshire which offers teachers, dance artists and anyone involved in the delivery of dance an opportunity to work alongside professional dance companies and gain valuable insights and training.

Five two-day workshops took place across Yorkshire from January to March 2016.


Tim CassonTim Casson
Choreography with young people and communities

Sat 19 & Sun 20 Mar 2016, 10am – 4pm
Hull College

Queens Gardens, Wilberforce Drive, HU1 3DG

This two-day training led by professional dance artist Tim Casson, will explore ways into making work with young people and in communities. Exploring a person-centred approach to making dance, Tim will explore starting points for the creative process, choreographic structures and lead a series of creative exercises and tasks that will challenge, inspire and invigorate.

Originally from North Yorkshire, Tim Casson has performed and taught extensively for Jasmin Vardimon, also performing for Nigel Charnock, Katie Green and Ben Wright. He regularly leads educational projects at various levels for dance organisations including Sadler’s Wells where he has worked with the National Youth Dance Company. He is Associate Artist at Pavilion Dance South West, created the World Record Breaking project The Dance WE Made and directs his company Casson & Friends.

Vicki Igbokwe (c) Brian SlaterVicki Igbokwe | Uchenna Dance
Cultural Fusion

Thu 10 & Fri 11 Mar 2016, 10am – 4pm
DM Academy

The Studios, Briggate, BD17 7BT

In 2007 Vicki was introduced to House Dance in a London club, it was an instant love affair with this style, its music and culture. A few months later she made her first annual trip to New York where she immersed herself in the underground dance scene discovering Waacking and Vogue.

This workshop will be an opportunity for Vicki to share her practice-based research with practitioners working with club, Hip-Hop and African styles that want to further explore their creative skills focusing on style foundations and fusion.

Practitioners will work practically over the two days with time to reflect and space to share ideas around choreography and teaching.

Primed for Life (c) Anna DalyPrimed for Life
Developing quality dance practice for early years children

Mon 22 & Tue 23 Feb 2016, 10am – 4pm
The Forum

Bullamoor Road, DL6 1LP

This two day training will increase practitioners’ understanding of the value of children’s access to quality movement and dance activities, given current social and educational climates, and develop your unique role as a dance artist working with early years children.

This workshop will be a mix of theory, practical and group work, exploring approaches, structures and resources to extend and enliven your creative practice with early years children in community and educational settings.

Led by Primed For Life – advocating the prime importance of movement and dance for early years children – bringing together specialisms of early education (EYFS) and community dance.

Yorkshire Dance - Dancing in Time - July 2015 (c) Sara TeresaDr Richard Coaten
Dance & Dementia: Dancing the In-between

Thu 21 & Fri 22 Jan 2016, 10am – 4pm
Barton upon Humber
The Ropewalk

Maltkiln Road, DN18 5JT

An experienced dancer and Dance Movement Psychotherapist, Richard has worked with older people and those living with dementia for 30 years. His vision is for a network of dancers nationwide, bringing joyful, celebratory movement and dance to some of the most frail and vulnerable in our society. He works regionally in the NHS, nationally and internationally to raise the profile of movement, dance & dementia.

“There’s never been a better time or greater societal need for isolated and lonely older people, particularly those living with dementia and their carers, to be offered high-quality community-based movement and dance experiences. This mix of theoretical and practical movement and dance-based work aims to inspire and give confidence to those starting out, and to those more experienced, to develop and become part of a ‘Community of Practice’ and grow this vital work throughout Yorkshire.”

Dr Richard Coaten
The Centre of Excellence in Movement, Dance & Dementia

Luca Silvestrini's ProteinLuca Silvestrini’s Protein
Participate: an Intergenerational Dance Practice Workshop

Tue 12 & Wed 13 Jan 2016, 10am – 4pm

Waterdale, DN1 3BU

Over the last 15 years, Protein has built an international profile for exciting and inclusive dance experiences in different community settings, working with people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.

Led by Luca Silvestrini, this workshop is a professional development opportunity for dance practitioners who are interested in inspiring or developing their thinking and skills in community dance, with a particular focus on intergenerational practice.

This workshop will include practical and reflective work, and allow space for sharing and debate around dance-making and community practice.

Dance Transports is a Yorkshire Dance project in partnership with our sub-regional dance hubs in four areas:

North Yorkshire & York (North Yorkshire County Council & Hambleton District Council), South Bank (North & North East Lincolnshire District Council & Lincs Inspire), Hull & East Riding (Hull City Council & Hull College) and South Yorkshire (currently undergoing re-structure).

Each hub is a partnership of local organisations and agencies from a variety of sectors, each with an interest in youth dance: the education, sports, arts, local authority and health sectors.

We would like to thank Bradford Dance Network for supporting Dance Transports.