Responsive Dance Teacher Training

Responsive Dance Teaching intensive this 14 &15 April is being led by David and Laura. Find out what they have in store for you...

Responsive Dance Teacher Training: Monday 14 & Tuesday 15 April 2014

How to translate your dance class and your choreography for a group of dance students with mixed abilities.

Day 1- Focus on 'What makes a good dancer'

  • Stopgap's step by step guide to their responsive dance teaching practice
  • How to build up bespoke dance skills for individual dancers
  • How to utlise props and sound when working with dance students with complex needs
  • How to utilise contact dance when teaching disabled and non disabled dance students to work together
  • How to use inclusive language
  • Tips for creating 'dance skills exercises' that will challenge both disabled and non disabled dance students

Day 2 - Focus on 'What makes excellent integrated choreography'

  • How to create excellent integrated choreography for community platforms
  • How to challenge everyone in the group
  • Experience useful creative tasks
  • Tips for structure, themes and common problems

Where: University of Surrey, Guildford
Time: 10.30 – 4.30
Cost: £180
Email Charlotte on [email protected] to book your place now!

David and Laura have over 20 years teaching experience between them. Read more about them and their extensive experience teaching in the community below:

Laura Jones:
Performing with Stopgap since 2001, Laura has been integral to the growth and direction of the company and is a fierce advocate for the dance and disability sector. Drawing from her immense experience of devising and translating movement material, Laura has begun to establish a technical framework for dancers who use wheelchairs.
In 1998 Laura became the first wheelchair user to complete 100% of the A-Level dance syllabus. She has worked with choreographers including Bettina Strickler, Adam Benjamin, Filip Van Huffel, Carol Brown, Rob Tannion, Gary Clarke, Nathalie Purnette, Thomas Mettler, Thomas Noone, Dan Watson, Caroline Bowditch and Kevin Finnan.
As a choreographer Laura successfully created A:Version for Resolution! 2009 and choreographed and edited the dance film Re:bound.
In the summer of 2012 Laura took on the role of Dance Captain for the Paralympics Opening Ceremony. During this time she assisted choreographer Kevin Finnan (Motionhouse), rehearsed 3500 dancers and performed in all of the dance routines in the ceremony.
Laura has collaborated with Stopgap on Triple Bill, Double Booked, Portfolio Collection, Tracking, Trespass, SPUN Productions and Artificial Things.

David Willdridge:
David joined Stopgap in 2009. Currently he is interested in developing his choreographic voice and pushing the boundaries of integrated choreography.
David studied at Middlesex University where he received a BA Honours in Dance and Performing Arts. He subsequently joined Northern School of Contemporary Dance’s postgraduate company Verve 08 performing works by Henri Oguike and Darshan Singh Bhuller. After graduating he joined Springs Dance Company for the tour of Living the Eucharist. He has worked with choreographers Shobana Jeyasingh; Thomas Noone and Rob Tannion.
As a choreographer David created Leave Elegance to the Tailor for Resolution! 2013, was successful in receiving the In-House choreography commission, creating String Quartet on Sg2 and choreographed sports dance phrases for The Great British Burn Off.
David takes particular pride in working with and training young dance artists. He has run a Stopgap Youth Dance Group in Farnham; an integrated summer school at the Point in Eastleigh and, most recently, assisted the National Youth Dance Company in making their auditions accessible for disabled artists.  He has also led a number of large community dance projects, choreographing sharings and short performances.
David has collaborated with Stopgap Dance Company on Portfolio Collection; Tracking; Trespass; SPUN Productions and Artificial Things