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Dance Transports

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

Workshops will take place across Yorkshire from January to March 2017.

Box Office 0113 243 8765
or book securely online here

To discuss access or support needs, contact Hannah Robertshaw, Yorkshire Dance, 0113 243 9867


TC Howard
Relationship-Building Through Dance

Wed 18 & Thu 19 Jan 2017, 10am – 4pm
£30, 2-day workshop 

Bridlington Spa
South Marine Drive, YO15 3JH

The workshop is for professional practitioners keen to develop their skills and understanding of working with those who are new to dance. It will explore methods, structures and approaches that encourage a creative freedom and ability to communicate with a dance language at any level of experience and ability.

It will employ a multimedia approach drawing on the individual’s response to tasks and stimuli; calling on spontaneity, intuitive responses and a sense of ownership. It will be playful, thoughtful, sometimes daft and sometimes intimate, exploring a variety of creative stimuli to nurture a sense of connectedness with one another and with the work. It should also be a means to consider and stretch your own dance practice.

TC draws upon her experience as a dance maker, performer and creative leader that has taken her across the world to work alongside street children in the third world, with disadvantaged youths, in rural communities and school children of all ages.

David Harradine (Fevered Sleep)
On the Art of Paying Attention

Mon 13 & Tue 14 Feb 2017, 10am – 4pm
£30, 2-day workshop 

York St John University
Lord Mayor’s Walk, YO31 7EX

This workshop unfolds as a series of creative tasks that reveal different ways of paying attention. We’ll explore what choreographic ideas we can discover and develop through paying careful attention to each other, to space, light, landscape, sound, colour and touch. Introducing Fevered Sleep’s collaborative approach to creating material and some of the processes used in making their current project Men & Girls Dance (which brings together professional and amateur dancers), it invites you to discover new routes to creativity, based in movement, play, improvisation, walking, writing, images and objects. Some tasks will take place in the studio and some outside.

Fevered Sleep has been making work across art forms – dance, theatre, installation, books and digital art – for 20 years. Through a collaborative, participatory and research-led process, they develop bold projects that invite people to rethink their relationships with each other and with the world.

Stopgap Dance Company workshop (c) Stuey BStopgap Dance Company
Developing Inclusive Practice

Tue 21 & Wed 22 Feb 2017, 10am – 4pm
£30, 2-day workshop 

Hebden Bridge Town Hall
St George’s Street, HX7 7BY

This two day workshop is aimed at dance artists with existing experience of working in inclusive settings. We will explore how we take community practice into a performance context, looking at practical tasks that enhance choreography and develop participants performance skills. We will discuss some of the challenges around presenting inclusive dance and explore how we shape and refine our work.

Stopgap Dance Company creates exhilarating dance productions for national and international touring. It employs disabled and non-disabled artists who find innovative ways to collaborate.

Stopgap values a pioneering spirit and is committed to making discoveries about integrating disabled and non-disabled people through dance.

Rachel Liggitt
Exploring Dance & Mental Health

Thu 16 & Fri 17 Mar 2017, 10am – 4pm
£30, 2-day workshop

Grimsby, Bradley Football Development Centre
Grimsby Road, Laceby, DN37 0AG

Led by professional dance artist Rachel Liggitt, this course will combine practice and theory to support dance artists interested in working in the context of mental health. The course will support practical movement and dance approaches to support adults experiencing anxiety and depression and young people at risk from low resilience and poor mental wellbeing. We will explore the place and importance of mindfulness in our dance approach and discuss and explore characteristics associated with creating an empowering dance environment.

Rachel is a Dance Artist, Educator and Coach working with a wide range of organisations within health, education, community and cultural sectors. She was Dance Fellow at Leeds University 1996-2004, Education and Training Coordinator at Blue-Eyed Soul Dance Company 2006-2012, and has held several dance Artist in Residence positions. Rachel is Co-director of Shropshire Inclusive Dance (SiD), a practising artist and a trustee for Powys Dance, Wales.


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.

Yorkshire Dance would like to thank CAST in Doncaster, York St John University, Bridlington Spa, North East Lincolnshire Council, Marguerite Eccles, Calderdale Council and Creative Minds SWYT NHS for making Dance Transports possible.