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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.

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.

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. www.fionamillward.com

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.

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

Www.mirandatufnell.co.uk

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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