Sue Amey

I have been a Dance practitioner for the past 30yrs, with a special interest in improvisation and site specific work. As an experienced Integrative Arts Psychotherapist and Lecturer I am concerned with Mind Body integration, and how we maintain wellness of both our body and our spirit. In other words I am interested in how we use our multitude of resources- our urge for creativity using all the art forms, our joy of dancing, and our ability to communicate with compassion with others to nourish us to be able to function in a world which has many challenges and harsh edges.  I am eager to share with others my thoughts and explorations of these preoccupations.

Karen Adcock

Karen works with children to help them recognise what’s going on in their bodies, to enable them to describe sensation, and then find a way to move through unpleasant or overwhelming sensations and feelings. She works with children who get into trouble, have experienced trauma, who are not happy, who feel out of control, and who have difficulty in joining in what’s going on around them.  Some children have little confidence in their own body and are fearful about getting involved in physical activities, uncomfortable in their movements, and anxious at having a go at new things. Karen meets them where they are physically and emotionally, building confidence through movement. Parents and teachers become interested when they see the change in children; she then mentors the adult so that they can recognise and support the techniques the child has learnt in body listening. She first developed her skills through experience as a learning disability nurse and as a therapeutic worker for Barnardo’s. Her Somatic work has been inspired through working with Miranda Tufnell, Dan Leven, Norma Howes, and through studying the Somatic Masters course at the University of Central Lancashire, England.

Christy Adair

Christy Adair is Professor of Dance Studies at York St John University. Since her participation in the Dartington International Dance Festivals in the 1970s and involvement with New Dance Magazine in the 1980s, Christy has had an interest in somatic practices and dance and well-being. Her book, Dancing the Black Question: the Phoenix Dance Company Phenomenon (Dance Books: 2007) offers a critique of key issues in performance. Her research interests, developed in Women and Dance: sylphs and sirens (Macmillan: 1992), continue to focus on gender and ethnicity in relation to dance studies and performance. She has contributed to journals including, Dans: Terpsichore (Copenhagen), African Theatre Journal, Discourses in Dance, Dance Theatre Journal and Research in Dance Education. Her current writing draws on her research in East Africa. She is Co-Investigator with Professor Ramsay Burt of the Arts and Humanities Research funded project British Dance and the African Diaspora, 2012-2014.

Diane Amans

Dance artist, choreographer, author, training consultant

Dance artist with over thirty five years experience of leading dance activities with diverse community groups both in the UK and Europe. For 15 years up till 2006 she was artistic director of Freedom in Dance – a company she founded in order to offer accessible opportunities for people of all ages to participate in dance activities.

Diane currently works as a freelance dance artist, lecturer and consultant offering professional development, arts and health projects, evaluation and mentoring. She is course tutor for the induction module on the Foundation for Community Dance National College Summer School Current. Other recent work includes making an intergenerational dance video challenging stereotypes of youth and ageing, developing and delivering an accredited training programme for dancers wishing to work in participatory arts with intergenerational groups.

She writes regularly for a range of professional journals and presents papers at national and international conferences. Her textbooks An Introduction to Community Dance Practice and  Age and Dancing: Older People and Community Dance are set books on undergraduate community dance programmes in the UK, Europe and United States.

Korina Biggs (MA) BscEcon MSTAT

Alexander Technique teacher

Somatic/creative movement facilitator

Korina has been working as an Alexander Technique teacher since 2001.  As well as a private practice, she has been employed as an AT and movement teacher working with actors at The Lir, Dublin, on the Theatre Arts degree, Northbrook College, and with the Hampshire County Youth Orchestra. She is also employed by the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique to give professional development workshops in the application of the AT to creative movement.

She has almost completed the MA in Dance and Somatic Well-Being, UCLAN, and now enjoys working as a somatic and creative movement facilitator.

1994-98 she worked for many years as a performer and workshop facilitator with Frantic Assembly physical theatre company.

She regularly practices various movement forms, including 5 Rhythms, contact improvisation and lindy hop.  She is a founder member of a local collective Dancers In Landscape.

Lucy Blazheva

Lucy has worked within community dance for 8 years, initially focusing on dance in education. Within recent years, Lucy has refocused her practise exploring the role of dance within health care settings. Drawing on somatic practise and a deeply rooted passion for improvisation and exploration of contact, which now focuses her work within palliative care, children’s wards in hospital, residential care homes working with  participants with Alzheimer’s (of varying stages) early years specialism, alongside technical dance delivery to young dancers, at the Centre for Advanced Training and Youth Companies. Lucy has taught at EssexDance, Trinity Laban, E15 and University Campus Suffolk and currently works as Community Dance Artist for DanceEast. Finally, Lucy was successful in receiving an opportunity through Dance UK Mentoring programme.

Richard Coaten

Richard is a Dance Movement Psychotherapist with the South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, employed on a part-time basis with the Day Services Liaison Team in Calderdale, running a Dance Movement Psychotherapy Service. An experienced arts psychotherapist, dancer, arts/health worker and trainer, he is a leading UK specialist in movement and dance based work with older people with memory problems and their carers. He has a doctoral thesis on, ‘Dance Movement Psychotherapy and Dementia’ from Roehampton University, and recognises the need to develop the training of dancers, care staff and others in the fields of embodiment, embodied practices and non-verbal communication. He has published work in the form of papers, articles and chapters in books, and in 2010 as a Churchill Fellow he spent a month in Toronto, Vancouver and the Rockies, disseminating his researches and working with leading specialists and researchers in the field. Also in 2010, he was a key-note speaker at ‘Memory -The 1st National Conference on Dance and Dementia’ in Liverpool, and in September 2011 at ‘Dementia & the Arts’ (Arts & Health South West’s, International Conference in Bath, Somerset). He is a member of the Trust’s Advisory Group for ‘Creative Minds’, Chair of the ‘Calderdale Creative Minds Collective’ and on the Editorial Board of 2 international peer-reviewed journals.

Penny Collinson MA, Dip IBMT, RSME

Penny is Course Leader of MA Dance & Somatic Wellbeing: Connections to the Living Body, an ISMETA Approved Training Programme at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK, and is Senior Lecturer on the New York City sister programme.  Penny has worked as a contemporary dance performer (Ludus, Motionhouse, Penny Collinson & Co) and lecturer since 1992. She has trained for many years with Linda Hartley and holds a Diploma from the Institute for Integrative Bodywork and Movement Therapy (IBMT).. Penny completed her Masters by Research in 2005 entitled, “See and Be Seen: A Quality of Presence. An Investigation of Authentic Movement in creative process and performance” (Manchester Metropolitan University, UK). Penny is a registered Somatic Movement Educator with ISMETA and runs a private practice from her home in Lancashire.

Kathy Crick

Kathy teaches Improvisation, Contact Improvisation, Choreography and Performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, London. Over the last twenty years she contributed to many dance and performing arts programmes in Higher Education in the UK. I have facilitated creative projects in diverse educational and community settings, for example working with artists with learning disabilities with mind the gap performing arts, Heartn’Soul and more recently with Lucinda Jarrett (Rosetta Life) at Trinity Hospice as part of the Art of Touch Programme.
I am a member of SOFt, a collective of artists with a mutual curiosity for She recently completed an MA in Dance and Somatic Well Being (University of Central Lancashire).

Lisa Dowler MA, SME

Lisa is a dance artist with experience of facilitating dance and creating performance in diverse settings. Her main sources of inspiration are Contact Improvisation and the somatic practice of Body-Mind Centering(BMC).

Her inclusive, somatic approach to dance has enabled her to explore and evolve her practice by engaging through the arts with young people in socially and economically deprived areas, asylum seekers, disabled children, pregnant women and older people.

In 2003 she began a long term collaboration with Cath Hawkins initially as a performer with Small Things Dance Collective.  Since then Small Things have explored creating dance film and performance in unusual environments including a ship, a derelict Edwardian swimming pool, a coastal landscape and a hospital.

In 2006 Lisa became the first dance artist in residence at Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool and with Small Things and Alder Hey Arts has evolved ongoing pioneering research into the effects of improvisation for children and young people in hospital across acute wards including Neuromedical, Cardiac and Orthopaedic.

Lucinda Jarrett

A performance maker and writer who specializes in working with the poetics of the body. . She works at Marie Curie Hospice, Solihull, The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery and widely across London delivering performance engagement for the Brtiish Museum She is also co director of Rosetta Life and is producing Stroke Odysseys a performance practice as research project for stroke rehabilitation.

Her background is extensive experience in leading participatory performance and dance in healthcare.  She has
15 yrs experience of producing and delivering highprofile participation programmes with multiple partners and stakeholders across all performance art forms – music, dance and theatre. Longstanding residencies and partnerships with national arts and museum venues. 
She has:
Initiated and led complex science engagement programmes for The Wellcome Trust, The Science Museum and BBC.She has
 led patient engagement campaigns for End of Life Care in Scotland and England and for the NHS in West Midlands and the South London Hospitals .

Louise Klarnett

Louise Klarnett is a dance artist specialising, though not exclusively, in working with the early years. She has developed an extensive dance and movement practice working with young babies to ninety-plus year olds in diverse communities, leading regular and one-off sessions, projects and workshops in children’s centres, nurseries, schools, colleges, day centres, hospices and hospitals. She leads continuing professional development training and workshops for organisations which have included Trinity Laban, Barbican Guildhall, Spitalfields Music, Dance Art Foundation’s Breathing Space Dance in Health Programme, Green Candle Dance Company and the Dundee Dance Partnership. She has worked as Early Years movement advisor for The Darkin Ensemble’s Blake Diptych: Innocence, Green Candle Dance Company’s No Fear! and for Spitalfields Music’s Musical Rumpus, Mudlark Dances, an opera for 0-2 year olds.  Louise leads regular sessions in London and also travels around the UK. She is currently collaborating with Scottish Dance Theatre on SCALE – a series of dance provocations – epic and miniature – for Scotland’s infants, parents and audiences that capture the most important human endeavour – the journey to individual mastery of the body.

Louise graduated with BA (hons) Contemporary Dance from De Montfort University in 1998.

Tim Lamford

Tim is a dancer, choreographer and teacher with forty years experience in movement arts. After developing and teaching a course exploring parallels between traditional and contemporary bodymind practices (Body/Mind/Movement) at Middlesex University- he now teaches body work and Tai chi Chuan for the International Opera course at the Royal College of Music; and at UCLAN- MA Dance and Somatic Well-being. Tim has been an External Examiner for the universities of Leeds and Kent at Canterbury, an Academic Adviser for the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, and External Adviser to Royal Academy of Dancing. Career highlights include: Artistic Director of Spiral Dance Company Liverpool; Profesor Visitante at the Institut del Teatre Barcelona; introducing contemporary dance to the Polish conservatoire system; a lecture tour for the Australia Council on the theme of the creative role of an artist in education; and directing the graduate performance course at London Contemporary Dance School.

Liz Long

Liz Long is a Dance and Somatic Movement Lecturer at UCLan. Her practice focuses on developing students’ understanding of somatic movement within dance and community practice.

Liz has developed the curriculum content for all of the somatic modules on the BA(hons) Dance Performance and Teaching programme at UCLan for the last 6 years as well as being involved in facilitating the somatic movement modules on the undergraduate programme of study. Somatic principles are at the heart of her own performance work and community practice.  Liz graduated from Dance, Choreography, and Performance at John Moore’s University, Liverpool, in 2004 and completed the MA in Dance and Somatic Well Being at UCLan, Preston, in 2008.

Eeva-Maria Mutka

Eeva has been performing internationally and teaching people of all ages, including projects with adults with learning disabilities in galleries, theatres, community halls & day centres, with children in Early Years educational settings & Forest School context, since 1992.She’s a qualified Touch Trust practitioner, employed by Arts Care Gofal Celf to lead sessions in special schools for young people with multiple disabilities, including one-to-one work and classes for Autistic children.She teaches Movement Play & Creative Dance, discovering with children, and parents, how we can learn well being and how sustainability begins with our own bodies. With her husband Andy she runs p e n p y n f a r c h, a unique rural Studio and Accommodation in Wales, ideal venue for somatic research and residentials. For 8 years she designed and ran an international residential workshop programme titled Body, Movement, Environment at penpynfarch, 2003-2010.

Jane Okondo

Jane is an authorised Continuum Movement teacher, Somatic Movement educator, and  Cranio-sacral therapist. She has a private practice in London and facilitates workshops and retreats in the UK and in Europe.

Jane co-founded a not-for-profit body committed to furthering somatic movement education, co-creator and host for Somatic Movement Gatherings in the UK.

Jasmine Pasch

Jasmine is an experienced movement practitioner who has worked in education, arts and health settings with every age and ability group for over 30 years. She is a consultant and trainer for the London Boroughs of Brent, Camden and Tower Hamlets, and a visiting lecturer at London Metropolitan University on the Early Childhood Studies Course. Jasmine currently works as a practitioner with babies, toddlers and their parents at Rich Mix Cultural Foundation, and in Brent at a number of Children’s Centres.

She has recently contributed to a book called Exploring Wellbeing in the Early Years.

Filipa Pereira-Stubbs

A movement artist, dance teacher, and creative practitioner of over twenty years experience in dance and the arts. She  works  in galleries, schools, early years  and community settings, hospitals, hospices, woods, and parks  to facilitate movement. She is currently Director of DanceMoves, delivering dance projects at Addenbrooke’s Hospital – running dance sessions on the Department of Medicine for the Elderly.  She also designs and runs integrated dance groups in the community for people living with dementia and their carers. She trained at the Laban Centre, going on to teach on their MA DanceTherapy programme whilst working as a dance/movement therapist with the NHS. She has worked in the field of palliative care with Rosetta Life, co-founding Rosetta Life with Lucinda Jarrett, culminating in a  artist-in-residency position at the Arthur Rank House in Cambridge.  FPS runs Barefoot Dance – teaching dance to all ages, from babies to octogenarians, privately, in school and in early years centres, including an annual integrated dance project for children with special and complex needs.  She is a core artist and ex-trustee with Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination, a Cambridge artists network, working with Kettles Yard and the Fitzwilliam Museum

Noel Perkins

Worked as a sculptor before dance and movement.

Over the last 10 years in have worked extensively in Arts and Health in a wide variety of roles that have included delivering training programmes enhancing creativity for carers in residential care homes, a pilot project to encourage creativity in a stroke rehabilitation unit, an arts in GPs surgeries initiate, counsultancy on Arts, Health and gender and numerous workshops to promote well being through creativity.

I am an associate lecturer at the Peninsula Medical School Exeter and Plymouth where I teach Contact Improvisation and embodied creativity to medical students. I co-facilitate South Devon (formally Dartington) Contact Improvisation and independently teach creative movement, improvisation and CI as community dance.

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Susanna Recchia

Susanna is an Italian dance artist, performer and teacher based in London since 2001.She   trained at Laban,( Award of Best Performer in 2004.)  did  a Foundation Course in Dance Movement Therapy at Goldsmiths University,  and MA in Dance and Somatic Well-being at Lancashire University. Her practice shifts between performing, teaching and researching in academic, artistic and health contexts. She is currently working with Candoco, an integrated dance company with able and disable dancers, performing, teaching and touring internationally.  As a performer, she has collaborated with internationally known choreographers, and has devised her own work joining practitioners from different disciplines, such as music, photography and film.

Tim Rubidge

Tim trained in dance and choreography with Sigurd Leeder in Switzerland. Since 1975 Tim has devised, performed and collaborated on an extensive number of projects and residencies in the UK, western Europe and in the USA. His work includes work in prisons, youth custody, mental health and learning disability , making community-based site specific projects and performances. In the 1990s Tim developed creative movement projects with Northgate Hospital, Northumberland Mental Health Trust, Mencap Dilston College and a number of Adult Training Centres. .With Miranda Tufnell,  he developed the Body Stories programme of regional projects in Cumbria and North East England with the support of NHS Health Action Zones, local health centres and community partnerships, Arts Council England and Northern Rock Foundation.

He is a trustee of Dance City in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and Intercultural Arts, facilitating activities and events for arts and diversity with ethnic minorities and people vulnerable to social exclusion. He was Visiting Fellow in Performing Arts at Northumbria University, 2008 – 2011; and one of a small number of practitioners participating in the cultural exchange programme between North East England and the Eastern Cape in South Africa 2005 – 2009.

Kieran Sheehan

Kieran has extensive experience of delivering movement and imagination work within the following settings: early years, primary education, profound and multiple learning difficulties, addiction, asylum/refugee sector, LGBTQ and Domestic Violence. Kieran has led many complex participatory projects in partnership with organizations such as : Opera North, Glyndebourne Opera, Magic Me, Multistory, The Butterfly Foundation, ice and fire theatre company, Merton and Wandsworth Asylum Welcome, Dance Digital, Rushmore Primary School. Kieran is currently creating an MA programme in Applied Creative Movement at the Academy of Live and Recorded Art.

Susie Tate

Susie Tate is a dance artist and education practitioner working in the field of health and wellbeing in Northumberland and Cumbria.

Following ten years working in the education departments for number of leading dance companies, including English National Ballet, The Place and The Royal Ballet, Susie began to focus her work within the dance and disability sector. She held the post of Director for the Foundation Course in Dance for Disabled people at Candoco from 2005 – 2007. This was the first course of its kind in the world and paved the way for deepening enquiry into dance training for people with disabilities. Her work in disability in dance continued when living in New Zealand (2009 – 11), establishing the role of Education Manager at Touch Compass.

Now based in Northumberland, Susie is working freelance for Dance Art Foundation under their dance and health programme, Breathing Space, and for a Cumbrian county-wide project for people living with dementia, Dancing Recall.  This is being led along side community dance practitioner and neuro-physiotherapist, Daphne Cushnie.

Cai Tomos

Cai Tomos is a movement artist and choreographer. He has worked both nationally and internationally as a dancer, choreographer and movement director. His work is influenced by his preoccupation with the psychological and psychosocial aspects related to dance and dancing; it includes performance and instillation. He works within the field of dance, performance, education, mental health and community arts in the UK.

His work is deeply rooted in exploring notions of place, memory and the body with reference to the personal and the collective stories which the body holds. Improvisational dance practices are the foundation of his creative process. Community dance practice is at the heart of his work, alongside his solo performance work.

Cai runs a performance company for older people and has worked in the field of dance and dementia with various research projects. He is particularly inspired by the work of Anna Halprin, which emphasizes the therapeutic aspects related to dance and performance rituals.

Cai has recently qualified as an Art Psychotherapist and works in the field of mental health. He is associate artist at Galeri Caernarfon, is a lecturer at the University of Chichester.

Marina Tsartsara

Marina Tsartsara is a London based interdisciplinary somatic artist, and a PhD candidate at the department of Dance Psychology at the University of Roehampton, working on ‘Autoethnography: genetic disease and somatic performance’. Her MSc was on Screendance and her BA(Hons) on Dance and Visual Art. She is a certified Somatic Movement Performer (ISMETA) and she is currently training in Body Mind Centering and in Energy Psychology. She is a founding member together with Maria R. Sideri (MSc) of ‘Transformation through Movement, Meditation and Creativity’ (TMMC) workshops, and she is producing, touring and researching visual art performance and live installation work since 2009 with the generous support of Arts Council England.

Miranda Tufnell

Miranda s currently creative director of the Knowing Body Network . She is   a dance artist, writer ,  Alexander teacher and cranio sacral therapist . Alongside 35 years   of making  performance and taching nationally  she worked   part time  for  14 years within a GP surgery in rural Cumbria. With Tim Rubidge   she set up the Breath of Fresh Air project for people living with long term health  issues. She  co authored  Body Space Image  1990 and A Widening Field 2004 both hand books in creative practice. She has also written a handbook for  dancers working  in health for the Foundation for Community Dance. She has been visiting professor in performance at Coventry University and visiting  tutor at UCLAN on their MA in  Dance and Somatic Wellbeing

Paula Turner

Paula Turner is a dance artist and creative engagement facilitator. She was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship – Arts and Elders category; researching the democracy of dance ; the use of improvisation in engendering   a sense of well-being and belonging.Paula has been facilitating, researching, documenting and advocating for the positive effects of the role of dance and particularly for those living with dementia for 20 years.  She is Dance artist in resident at St Georges’ Hospital Morpeth and works in a variety of residential homes, day centres and hospital settings.

Paula is Lead Artist for Grand Gestures Dance Company of Elders in Gateshead as part of the Creativity Matters National Lottery Funded Project managed by Equal Arts.  She provides training for care staff and volunteers in the language and expression of the body in the context of person centre care. Over the past 20 years Paula has worked with many organisations including Equal Arts, Isis Arts, Northern Stage, The Children’s Fund, Creative Partnerships, Sure Start, St George’s Hospital NHS, Early Arts North East, Barnardos, The Sage Gateshead, Age Concern and The Karaoke Opera Company, Sunderland University, Durham University, Newcastle University. Paula has been artist in residence at Marine Park primary since 2005 with a specific remit within the school to engage hard to reach “at risk” families and to lead on arts based parental support programmes.

Fiona Millward
Fiona began engaging with the world as a dancer from the age of 3, She remains utterly grateful for the opportunity. It gave her ground, and so support, within what seemed an intensely confusing world, defining her sensibilities and enabling her to make sense of how she felt about what she experienced.

She has worked as a dance artist for 30 years, alongside being a Franklin Method® Educator and Certified Rolfer™. After 18 years of co-directing Independent Dance, a year round programme for professional dance artists devoted to providing affordable professional development in somatic, release and improvisational forms, she recently left to once again spend more focused time as a practitioner.

Kate Willis
Kate is an independent dance artist who has been choreographing, researching, improvising and performing since 1993 was short-listed for the Jerwood Choreography Award in 1999. She originally trained and worked as a Registered Nurse before graduating from Roehampton University with a BA (Hons) in Dance and English. She went on to study at London School of Contemporary Dance. She has an MA in Collaborative Arts. Kate has taken part in projects with Gill Clarke, Sue MacLennan, Fiona Millward, Tino Sehgal and Simon Whitehead.

Kate works as a specialist movement practitioner; helping to run creative workshops in hospices and hospitals. She has worked with Rosetta Life at Heartlands Hospital in Birmingham and Marie Curie Hospice in Solihull.

She has worked with Creative Partnerships in the North East of England  and in the PAL/ Ignition* STEM Fluency Labs in the East Midlands which brought together teachers, scientists and creative practitioners.

Kate also practises as a cranio sacral therapist.

Simon Whitehead

is a movement artist based in Wales and working internationally. He is also a Craniosacral Therapist working in a small rural practice, where he has worked for the last 9 years, and he recently assisted on the practitioner training at the Karuna Institute, Devon.

Simon is a Creative Research Fellow in Performance at the University of Aberystwyth and lives with his family in Abercych, Pembrokeshire.