People


Danielle Teale


Artistic Director

Danielle Teale | Artistic Initiator | Collective Identity
Danielle Teale | Artistic Director

Danielle Teale has been working with people with Parkinson’s for over 12 years and in dancing together with them has evolved a strong interest in how dance can be a vehicle for deepening self-understanding, self-acceptance, and contributing to self-efficacy. Her belief is that providing dancers with Parkinson’s a direct ownership over their dance experience enables greater understanding of themselves. This enquiry is demonstrated in the co-creative practice that Teale has been evolving with dancers in four classes across London for the last 4 years, alongside artistic collaborator, musician and vocal improvisation specialist, Jaka Skapin. Their combined interest in compassionate listening through music and dance improvisation has led to an interdisciplinary approach to sharing stories and bringing unseen and unheard voices to life in their practice.

www.danielleteale.com

Jaka Skapin


Music Director

Jaka Skapin | Music Director | Collective Identity
Jaka Skapin | Music Director

Jaka Skapin is a UK based artist, singer, improviser, composer and producer, originally from Slovenia. He has worked with Danielle Teale and the Dancing with Parkinson’s programme since 2016. As collaborators, Skapin and Teale have worked as co-designers of the CID project approach and bring together a strong team of multi-disciplinary artists. Skapin’s live work is based on collaborative vocal improvisation, and its potential for interdisciplinary convergence with movement, image and sound. Recent partners include Tate Modern, Royal Opera House, Sound Connections, PRS for Music, Southbank Centre, Universal Music UK and Sony Music UK. Skapin has produced music that featured on BBC 6, BBC 2, JazzWise, Afropunk, KCRW, Earmilk, Clash Magazine, Jazz FM, The Selector, The Independent and BBC 1Xtra. Over the last 12 months, he has received commissions from Sound & Music, and The British Music Collection, as well as produced the world’s first fully improvised, song based, six voice album, due for release in 2021.

Teale and Skapin’s long term collaborative relationship is marked by their shared belief in universal creativity, ability to connect through individual and communal use of improvisation and a right to artistic expression. They share the belief in the potential of Dancing with Parkinson’s as a programme at the intersection of community and cutting-edge artistic work and in exploring a more human centred approach to music and art making.

Emma Abbey


Emma Abbey | Producer | Collective Identity
Emma Abbey | Producer

Producer

Emma Abbey is a dynamic dance producer with over 13 years experience of leading and delivering live events, festivals, shows, community dance programmes and participatory projects. Passionate about access to high quality dance for all, Emma was most recently working at Pavilion Dance South in the post of Head of Engagement at Pavilion Dance South West, devising a long term engagement strategy building PDSWs relationships with their local communities. She is an open minded collaborator with experience across producing, engagement and community work through previous roles at Green Candle Dance Company, Rambert Dance Company, East London Dance and English National Ballet. Emma is an RD1st accredited coach which builds on her collaborative ethos and passion for enabling and supporting others towards achieving their goals.

Jasmine Hall


Jasmine Hall | Coordinator | Collective Identity
Jasmine Hall | Coordinator

Coordinator

Jasmine Hall is a community dance artist, arts project coordinator and freelance teacher. She specialises in working with people with Parkinson’s, Dementia and other neurological conditions, as well as young people with physical and learning disabilities. From delivering dance projects in care homes, residential establishments to SEND schools and community centres, Jasmine devises her own programmes of work and has collaborated with a range of arts organisations. These include Trinity Laban, Dance East, Green Candle Dance Company, Royal Academy of Dance, Green Shoes Arts, Dash Dot Dance and Danielle Teale Dance. Inclusivity, connection and freedom is integral to Jasmine’s work and she is passionate about creating movement opportunities for all.

Jasmine began her journey with Danielle Teale Dance as a mentee in 2018, which led her to take on the role as Supporting Artist for the Dancing with Parkinson’s programme. She facilitated classes at St. Joseph’s Hospice in collaboration with musician, Jaka Skapin. Jasmine is excited to take on her new role as CID Coordinator to support the running of this innovative project.

Robert James


Robert James | Communications Strategy Manager | Collective Identity
Robert James | Communications Strategy Manager

Communications Strategy Manager

Robert James has been working in press and communications in the arts for over 13 years. Before going freelance, he worked as PR Manager at the Science Museum, Head of Communications at English National Ballet, Press Officer at Sadler’s Wells and Account Manager at Arthur Leone PR, an arts and heritage PR agency. Since being freelance, he’s fully immersed himself in the dance world, working with a range of established organisations, emerging artists and vocational dance schools. He is truly passionate about dance and feels so privileged to be able to do something he loves for a living.

Lizzie Fort


Lizzie Fort | Researcher | Collective Identity
Lizzie Fort | Researcher

Researcher

Lizzie Fort is a dance artist, researcher and educator based in Woolwich SE London. She is driven by challenging assumptions about who dances, what dance looks like and where it takes place, championing artistic potential in everyone.

Her current research is a practice-based PhD at Roehampton University supported with an Arts and Humanities Research Council scholarship on the Techne Doctoral Training Partnership. She is exploring the role and place of care in the work of community dance artists.

Lizzie is a dance artist with Greenwich Dance, leading weekly outdoor family classes and dance walks for the over 55s and also a member of Amici Dance Theatre Company. She has worked extensively in mainstream and SEND schools and for Magpie Dance.

Her education work in Higher Education for nine years includes; a current lecturing post on the Postgraduate Diploma in Community Dance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Music and Dance, and previous roles with Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), Imperial Society for the Teachers of Dancing and Canterbury Christchurch University.

Lizzie has presented her work at conferences and written about inclusion and community dance for Animated and the RAD’s Focus on Education. She is trustee for Magpie Dance and Amici Dance Theatre Company.

Ella Fleetwood


Ella Fleetwood | Support Artist
Ella Fleetwood | Support Artist

Support Artist

Ella Fleetwood is an independent contemporary dance artist.

Ella trained on the CAT scheme at The Place and graduated with a First Class degree from Trinity Laban in 2016. Ella has enjoyed performing with Springs Dance Company, Bicycle Ballet and in her own work through ella&co. She has previously received choreographic commissions from Big Ideas, GradLab Project and Newcomen Collet Foundation. Her interest in people drives her socially engaged practice and has involved creating new work with refugee groups and young people. Her work is currently supported by Arts Council England. Ella is a community dance artist and facilitates in a range of community settings. Inclusivity, creativity and play are at the heart of her practice. Ella is a lead dance artist for The Place, Sadler’s Wells, DanceWest, Springs Dance Company and Magpie Dance for people with learning disabilities. Ella recently consulted in Parable Dance’s film ‘Inclusive practice is good practice’, which brought together 42 of the UK’s leading inclusive dance practitioners.

Effie McGuire Ward


Effie McGuire Ward | Support Artist
Effie McGuire Ward | Support Artist

Support Artist

Effie McGuire Ward is a contemporary dance artist based in Milton Keynes.

She undertakes work as a performer, choreographer and teacher across community dance, educational and professional settings. Her interests lie both within performing & devising pieces and facilitating spaces where each individual is valued within a community. Effie’s performance projects have included working with Shobana Jeyasingh, Rosemary Lee, Gary Clarke, Stopgap Dance Company, Ffin Dance, NOCTURN and Two Thirds Sky. She has undertaken several engagements as a core cast member for mass community participation projects – where facilitation and performance elements were intertwined – these projects appeal to her desire to demystify and improve access to the process of creating, joining in and watching dance. Previous roles have also included facilitating participation as a Rambert animateur and co-founding and co-directing a dance festival, MÓTUS, for its first five years. She began connecting with Danielle Teale in 2019 through the Collectivity and Identity Project and Dancing with Parkinson’s Company at Poplar Union.

Contributing Artists


Edwina Kung


Edwina Kung | Artist

Artist

Edwina Kung is born in Hong Kong and based in Nottingham, UK. She is an illustrator, fine artist and printmaker. Edwina’s practice consistently explores how we respond to our surroundings to create a meaningful relationship with people, memories and places. Inspired by personal and collective experiences.

She creates her own language in her work through careful, deliberate textures and mark-making, weaving and revealing traces of the process. Reflecting the thought processes and ideas that underpin her work.

Edwina received a BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) from National Dong Hwa University, Taiwan in 2016 and completed her MFA (Master of Fine Arts) from Nottingham Trent University in 2020. She has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions across Taiwan, the UK and the USA.

www.edwinakung.com

Emma Brown


Emma Brown | Artist

Artist

I am a visual artist with a focus on printmaking and illustration. My current work explores the delicate and meaningful relationships that people develop to make sense of their lives. These relationships may be within themselves between mind and body, with other people or with objects or actions and I’m curious about how these connections intertwine and shift.

Capturing the essence or memory of an experience, emotion or story is integral to my practice and I continuously explore different ways to convey meaning through my image-making.

Emma Brown a visual artist with a focus on printmaking and illustration. Her current work explores the delicate and meaningful relationships that people develop to make sense of their lives. These relationships may be within themselves between mind and body, with other people or with objects or actions and she is curious about how these connections intertwine and shift.

Capturing the essence or memory of an experience, emotion or story is integral to Emma’s practice and she continuously explores different ways to convey meaning through her image-making.

www.emmaebrown.com

David Armes


David Armes | Artist

Artist

I am a visual artist working with print, language and geography. My work is frequently site-specific and considers how sense and experience of place can be represented. I work primarily with letterpress printing on paper and the final forms can vary in form and size from sculptural paper installations to artists’ books. My work has been shown across Europe and the US, I have been artist-in-residence at Bodleian Library (University of Oxford, UK), Zygote Press (Cleveland, USA), Huddersfield Art Gallery (UK), Wells Book Arts Center (New York, USA) and BBC Radio Lancashire (UK), and am a current visiting fellow of the British Library Eccles Centre.

Web: redplatepress.com
Instagram / Twitter / Facebook: @redplatepress

Brian Hartley | stillmotion


Visual Artist

Brian Hartley is a Glasgow based artist whose work is a combination of visual art, photography and design. Integrating these skills with his experience as a physical performer, Brian creates multi disciplinary performance events through his company stillmotion. Much of stillmotion’s work is aimed at a multi-generational audience and incorporates participation and performance. Productions include We Dance, wee groove an interactive dance event for young children (2008-16), Scotch Hoppers (2014), part of the Cultural Programme for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Brian has been an Associate Artist with Imaginate and has worked extensively with arts organisations and local authorities delivering arts programmes

www.stillmotion.co.uk

Sara Hibbert


Photographer

Sara Hibbert is a London-based visual artist working primarily with moving-image and photography. She graduated in 2015 from the Royal College of Art (MA Photography), and is a current participant of the London Creative Network artist development programme at Four Corners. Past exhibitions and commissions include: Brighton Photo Fringe, Alchemy Film and Moving-Image Festival, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital Trust, Two-Hundred Acres at the Pumphouse Gallery, Night Contact at Brighton Photo Biennial, and Altai Collective: RCA Dyson Gallery.

www.sarahibbert.co.uk

Partners


Arts St George’s (St George’s Hospital Charity)


Arts St George’s is the arts programme for St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, funded by St George’s Hospital Charity.

Arts St George's

We provide opportunities for patients, families, staff and the wider community to engage with creative activities and enjoy cultural experiences, helping improve the experience of being in hospital.

We do this by working collaboratively with experienced artists, cultural organisations and our healthcare colleagues to offer a range of opportunities including creative workshops, live music, theatre performances, temporary exhibitions, permanent displays of our art collection and much more.

St George’s Hospital Charity


Every day, St George’s Hospital Charity makes a real difference to patients, their families and friends, and the staff who care for them.

St George's Hospital Charity

We give grants and raise funds to improve facilities, provide equipment, enable ground-breaking research and support staff wellbeing.

The work of St George’s Hospital Charity wouldn’t be possible without the support of the donors, grants, foundations and individual fundraisers who all assist us in our work. If you want to find out more about St George’s Hospital Charity you can find us online, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn.

Website: www.stgeorgeshospitalcharity.org.uk/art-st-george-s/arts-st-george-s
Instagram: @artsstgeorges & @stgeorgeshospitalcharity
Twitter: @ArtsStGeorges & @givingtogeorges

UCLH


UCLH Arts and Heritage is the hospital arts and heritage project that serves UCLH NHS Foundation Trust and its surrounding community.

UCLH Charity

It provides a welcoming, uplifting environment for all patients, visitors and staff through the use of a varied and stimulating arts and heritage programme. It aims to improve patient well-being, boost staff morale and widen access to the Arts and the Trust’s rich heritage. UCLH arts and heritage was established in September 2005 and in that time has set out a strategy for integrating the Arts and heritage into the Trust. It is developing a reputation for programming innovative, challenging art and heritage events and projects and is committed to raising the standard of the Arts programmed within the health sector.

Website: www.uclh.nhs.uk/about-us/who-we-are/arts-and-heritage
All socials: @uclhcharity
When referencing UCLH & Friends of UCLH use #artsheritage and #hospitalarts. Feel free to tag @guytnoble (UCLH Arts Curator)

Poplar Union


Poplar Union is an arts & community centre based in Tower Hamlets and opened its doors in 2017.

Poplar Union

Committed to supporting the local community through art, culture and wellbeing, we offer a diverse programme of events, including live music, theatre, comedy and dance, family activities, health and wellbeing classes, community workshops and festivals, and much more. We strive to enhance physical and social prosperity through creativity to unite and celebrate the lives in and around Poplar.

Website: https://poplarunion.com/about/
All socials: @PoplarUnion

Artistic Partners & their Artists


The Point


Artistic Partner

The Point
The Point

Based in the centre of Eastleigh, The Point is a regional powerhouse for contemporary dance, aerial and circus, theatre and combined arts.

Owned and managed by Eastleigh Borough Council, The Point became one of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations in April 2015.

Website: www.thepointeastleigh.co.uk
Facebook & Instagram: /thepointeastleigh
Twitter: @PointEastleigh


Artist: Tori Caine

Tori Caine
Tori Caine

Tori Caine is a dance teacher working across Hampshire and Wiltshire. She teaches Ballet, Tap, Modern Theatre, Jazz, National and Folk Dance from her private dance school which opened in 1998.

She is the South Coast Regional Representative for the ISTD Examining Board. In 2006 she joined the teaching faculty at The Point, Eastleigh as a tutor delivering Classical Ballet and Tap classes for all ages and abilities. In 2017 she began teaching on the Dance for Parkinson’s class and now proudly delivers weekly classes at The Point and for Parkinson’s UK Salisbury. She was commissioned by Hampshire County Council in 2018 to create a tailored programme; Steady & Strong Dance, for people aged 65+ in a bid to improve strength and balance in a creative environment using the evidence based Otago Programme of exercise. During 2020, all of my teaching work has moved to online platforms and I’m looking forward to exploring and offering more creative work to my Dance for Parkinson’s participants through the CID Online Project.

The Dance Network Association


Artistic Partner

Dancer Network Association
Dancer Network Association

The Dance Network Association is a dance organisation that enables people to live more connected, joyful and aspirational lives through dance.

Dancing with DNA provides opportunities for people to improve their confidence and physical wellbeing, nurtures creativity and independent thinking and enhances friendships through social interaction.

Website: www.dancenetworkassociation.org.uk/support-us
Facebook: /dancenetworkassociation
Instagram: @thedancenetworkassociation
Twitter: @DanceNetEssex


Artist: Karen Pratt

Karen Pratt
Karen Pratt

Karen is a Suffolk based Dance Artist specialising in contemporary and community dance.

She trained at Roehampton University where she gained a BA (hons) in Dance Studies and went on to complete a PGCE at University Campus Suffolk in 2014. Karen has worked in a range of educational settings in Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire. She is currently teaching various older movers classes and youth dance programmes in Suffolk under her company Karen Louise Dance, as well as making her own professional community dance performance work.

Karen started with the Dance Network organisation as a freelance artist in 2015 supporting Jen Irons on their first mass dance project Dance Rio, and went on to lead their Youth Company ‘Dance Station’ and Dancing with Parkinson’s classes. She is also now delivering for their older adults classes, Dancing with Dementia & Early Years classes. Karen aims to create a safe, social and honest environment to explore movement and creativity with her sessions and is really excited to work on this wonderful project with Danielle Teale and team.


LPM Dance


Artistic Partner

LPM
LPM

LPM Dance is an artists-led organisation based in Lancashire. Established by Helen Gould and George Adams in 2012, the company has a track record for collaborating with communities and artists to bring new dance opportunities to those in Lancashire and beyond. The company has been running its Dance & Parkinson’s oop North programme since 2018.

Website: https://lpmdance.com/
Facebook: /LPMDance
Instagram & Twitter: @lpmdancetheatre


Artist: Helen Gould

Helen Gould
Helen Gould

Helen is a dance artist, movement director, project manager and performer.

Helen’s performance career spanned the commercial and contemporary dance theatre sector in the UK and Europe in contexts ranging from musical theatre to film, contemporary dance performance to casino productions. Helen worked for Ludus Dance from 2009-2011 where she was responsible for the
development, management and delivery of a wide range of community dance activity across Lancashire. Here she discovered a keen interest in inclusive practice and working with people with a range of abilities and different health conditions. In 2011 she co-established LPM Dance with George and since then the company has developed a track record for creating and producing new dance initiatives in diverse settings, many of which have an inclusive focus.

From 2014-2019 Helen worked with English National Ballet delivering their Dance and Parkinson’s programme in Liverpool and Manchester. This initiated a passion for this area of work and in 2018 Helen and Mel Brierley teamed up to establish Dance & Parkinson’s ‘oop North, a Lancashire wide initiative for people living with Parkinson’s. Helen works closely with choreographer Lisa Simpson and Lisa Simpson Inclusive Dance. She has supported as translator/project manager for many years.

As Movement Director previous work includes; Beauty and The Beast (The Dukes Theatre), Cinderella (The Dukes Theatre), No Fat Juliets (The Dukes Theatre and Oldham Coliseum) As You Like It (StoryHouse), The Last Resort (English National Ballet- as Assistant and Stones in His Pockets (National Tour- Chipping Norton Theatre/Dukes Theatre), Duvet Dancing (Primed for Life), Twelfth Night (StoreyHouse), The Borrowers (StoryHouse), Henry V (StoryHouse). Helen has also worked as Regional Artist for English National Ballet delivering their Dance for Parkinson’s programme in Manchester, and as Movement Artist for the Dukes Theatre flagship project Still Me & Bring Me Laugher for people living with Dementia.

Helen has an MSc in Dance Science in Education from  Edinburgh University. Her research included exploring Dalcroze Eurhythmics in the context of a Dance for Parkinson’s class. She has presented papers at the International Association of Dance Science and Medicine Conference 2018 (Helsinki, Finland) and the International Conference of Dalcroze Studies 2019 (Katowice, Poland) where she won the Selma Odom prize for best student paper. Helen promotes Dalcroze as a relevant and practical method of music training for dancers. www.lpmdance.com


Artist: Melanie Brierley

Melanie Brierley
Melanie Brierley

Melanie Brierley is a specialist dance and health artist, researcher, teacher, and trainer at Conscious Bodies with a deep interest in supporting people’s wellness.

Following a 30-year career in dance education, and in the last 13 years as a dance artist and registered somatic movement educator/therapist with ISMETA, she has focused on working with people living with long-term health conditions. She works extensively in community groups, care homes, and outdoor spaces; often in partnership with other artists and arts bodies. Specifically, and through my doctorate at the University of Roehampton, she investigated somatically informed (body/mind) dance practice as support to health in the Parkinson’s community.


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