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Seedbed, May-July 2022

Seedbed is a teacher training course delivered by Stopgap and guest dance practitioners with a range of different lived experiences and inclusive dance expertise. The 2022 course will be delivered on Zoom.

Seedbed is a chance to connect with other like-minded artists and facilitators and begin evolving a more inclusive way of teaching dance.

Book on for as many sessions as you would like, or attend all twelve collectively, which will enable teachers to access our inclusive dance teaching syllabus for young people, IRIS, for free.

  • 'I loved Seedbed and found it a really valuable course. I have really been inspired to start my own inclusive dance group of some kind following this course!'

  • 'A very thorough course and very inspiring'

  • 'I would recommend this course to anyone needing a comprehensive introduction to teaching Inclusive Dance sessions'

About the course

Session Outline

  • Inclusive Approach 1: inclusive ethos and barriers with Laura Jones
  • Learning Differently with Cherie Brennan
  • Exploring Inclusive Dance Practice From a Deaf Perspective with Sara Marshall-Rose
  • Dancing For and With Visually Impaired Young People with Holly Thomas & Freya Spencer
  • Inclusive Approach 2: open language with Laura Jones
  • Sensory Moves: teaching people with profound and multiple learning disabilities with Nicky Norton
  • Connecting With ‘Hard to Reach’ Young People Through Dance with Hannah Martin Reilly
  • Neurodiversity in Dance with Laura Jones and Lily Norton
  • Inclusive Approach 3: finding a balance with Laura Jones
  • Bilingual Dance Languages: movement translation with Laura Jones
  • Bilingual Dance Languages: movement tools and aids with Laura Jones and Guest
  • Inclusive Approach 4: roundup, introduction to IRIS & networking with Laura Jones

Session dates and details

Where & When

This year we are heading back online, so all twelve sessions will be held via Stopgap’s Zoom account on Tuesday evenings, from 6pm to 8pm.

Please note the Learning Differently session will be the only workshop held on a Wednesday evening due to the teacher’s availability.


The full course of 12 sessions = £340


Cost per session = £35

(Please speak to us if you would like to pay in instalments)

Application Process

Applications are now closed.

If you have any questions about attending single sessions on Seedbed, payment or access requirements please contact Lauren Trim, Creative Learning Manager.

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  • A wheelchair dancer
  • Dancers in a studio
  • Fin, a white man sat on the floor.

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