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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 course is predominantly delivered on Zoom with some in-person sessions, which are optional.

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 & Chris Pavia
  • Exploring Inclusive Dance Practice from a Deaf perspective with Sara Marshall-Rose
  • Sensory Moves: Teaching people with profound and multiple learning disabilities with Nicky Norton
  • Inclusive Approach 2: Open language with Laura Jones
  • Neurodiversity in Dance with Laura Jones and Guest
  • Connecting with ‘hard to reach’ Young People through dance with Hannah Martin Reilly
  • Dancing for and with Visually Impaired Young People with Holly Thomas & Freya Spencer
  • 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

Further description of each session and dates are listed below

Fees

The full course of 12 sessions = £340

or

Cost per session = £35

Application Process

Application for the next course dates has closed

Please bear in mind that we have limited spaces for the course, so places will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.

If you have any questions about Seedbed, its application form, payment or access requirements please contact Joy Ralph, Creative Learning Manager.

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  • A wheelchair dancer
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Course session details and dates

Inclusive Approach 1: Inclusive ethos and barriers with Laura Jones

Tuesday 14 September 2021, 6pm till 8pm – (Online)

Laura will facilitate a discussion around Stopgap’s inclusive approach and ethos.  This will include what we can learn from the social model of disability when planning our dance sessions, and how we can be aware of and work towards removing the many different barriers people can face when learning to dance.

Learning Differently with Cherie Brennan & Chris Pavia

Saturday 25 September 2021, 10.30am till 1pm – (In person, location in Surrey to be confirmed)

Community Engagement Artist Cherie Brennan and Company Dancer Chris Pavia co-lead a session about teaching dancers with learning disabilities. This will be a fun and informative session drawing on Chris’ lived experience of learning to dance with a learning disability.

Exploring Inclusive Dance Practice from a Deaf perspective with Sara Marshall-Rose

Saturday 25 September 2021, 2pm till 4.30pm – (In person, location to be confirmed)

Sara is a deaf dancer who grew up surrounded by traditional music and dance. Sara specialises in performing and delivering, Appalachian clogging, body percussion, morris, maypole and ceilidh dance. She is also a Dance Movement Psychotherapist.

The session will be an opportunity to explore deafness through Sara’s lived experience as a hearing device user and non-signer and to consider ways of teaching and developing dance activities and practices that open up greater opportunities for deaf people to access dance.

Sensory Moves with Nicky Norton

Saturday 26 September 2021, 10.30am till 1pm – (In person, location in Surrey to be confirmed)

Community Dance Facilitator Nicky Norton shares her experiences of working with young people who have profound multiple learning disabilities. The session will explore the power and joy of sensory, responsive dance teaching and will involve working with sensory props.

Inclusive Approach 2: Open Language with Laura Jones

Saturday 26 September 2021, 2pm till 4.30pm – (In person, location in Surrey to be confirmed)

Inclusive Dance expert Laura Jones introduces why and how we use open language when teaching a group of young dancers with diverse bodies and minds.  There will also be time to reflect on the course so far.

Neurodiversity in Dance with Laura Jones and Guest

Tuesday 5 October 2021, 6pm till 8pm – (Online)

Laura has been working closely with dancers who are neurodiverse. With their permission and input, Laura will be able to share their experiences of learning to dance and how we as teachers can best support them to fulfil their potential.

Connecting with ‘hard to reach’ Young People through Dance with Hannah Martin-Reilly

Tuesday 12 October 2021, 6pm till 8pm – (Online)

This session will focus on exploring a dialogue around what approaches can be used to help hard to reach young people feel safe in a learning environment. It will draw from my experience of working with some of Hampshire’s most vulnerable young people, but the thoughts and discussions raised could be easily transferred and applied to other contexts of dance teaching.

Dancing for and with Visually Impaired Young People with Holly Thomas & Freya Spencer

Tuesday 19 October 2021, 6pm till 8pm – (Online)

Join Holly Thomas and Freya Spencer in a session about teaching practice that facilitates the inclusion of dancers with visual impairments. It will cover basic etiquette and guiding techniques before homing in on some useful practices and measures that are dance specific. This will include teaching with set material, improvised work, and the use of somatic approaches and props.

Inclusive Approach 3: Finding a Balance with Laura Jones

Tuesday 2 November 2021, 6pm till 8pm – (Online)

In this penultimate Inclusive Approach session, Laura will share one of the hardest skills we as inclusive teachers face – balancing the needs of a group of diverse dancers. This will be a chance to reflect on all the sessions so far and learn from the 25 years teaching experience of the Stopgap team.

Bilingual Dance Languages: Movement Translation with Laura Jones

Tuesday 9 November 2021, 6pm till 8pm – (Online)

Wheelchair Dance Artist Laura Jones will share her lived experience as both a non-disabled dancer and as a wheelchair dancer. Laura will share how she learnt to translate traditional dance steps into relevant wheelchair dance movement. Laura will guide us as to how we as teachers can support and develop dancers who have a different physical language to us through using the inclusive dance tool of ‘Translation’.

Bilingual Dance Languages: Movement Tools and Aids with Laura Jones and Guest

Tuesday 16 November 2021, 6pm till 8pm – (Online)

Laura will be facilitating a session on working with movement tools or aids. Laura will be sharing through videos and interviews, the experiences of professional dancers who work with crutches and other movement tools.

Inclusive Approach 4: Roundup, Introduction to IRIS, and Networking with Laura Jones

Saturday 27 November 2021, 10.30am till 3pm – (In person, location in Surrey to be confirmed)

In the final Seedbed session, Laura will reflect on all that has been learnt from both Stopgap and external teachers. We will talk about IRIS, Stopgap’s Inclusive Dance Syllabus for Young People; what it is, how it began and how you can join our current team of IRIS teachers. This will also be a session to network with others, sharing ideas and thoughts.

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