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Dance Mama Live - Season 2

ANOTHER 20 hours of webinars and workshops from world-class experts and specialists, supported by Arts Council England, and in partnership with 10 National Dance Organisations and Clearcut made in 2022/23. 

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Webinar 1 with Dr Arabella Ashfield
Focusing on the all-important topic of wellbeing on the motherhood journey, Dr Arabella Ashfield (Founder, Ascending Motherhood) joins Dance Mama to talk about her time spent supporting the world’s best Olympic and Paralympic athletes with their own wellbeing, transition phases and planning for the future in their careers. This is followed by a discussion with Lucy McCrudden (Founder/CEO, Dance Mama) on how this relates to parents working professionally in the dance sector.
Webinar 10 with Balbir Singh and Anna Ehnold-Danailov
In conversation with Dance Mama Founder/CEO, Lucy McCrudden, renowned choreographer, Balbir Singh and Co-CEO and Artistic Director of Parents & Carers In Performing Arts Campaign, Anna Ehnold-Danailov, will discuss developments in support for parents in dance in the last few years, challenges currently faced and future solutions.
Webinar 2 with Henrietta Paxton
Henrietta Paxton brings her combined knowledge as a former international athlete for Scotland and Great Britain, being a nutritional therapist (Founder, The Nourished Soul) and a mother, as she joins Dance Mama Live: Back On The Road. Talking us through some important concepts for us to consider as active parents, Henrietta’s expertise enables us to reflect on what food and lifestyle choices we can make to best support ourselves and our families.
Webinar 3 with Joyce Gyimah and Frances Chalmers
Dance Mama welcomes back Joyce Gyimah, Co-Founder and Director of Black Artists in Dance who speaks with #DanceMama and Doula, Frances Chalmers, about her experiences in dance, becoming a parent and the transition to becoming a doula.
Webinar 4 with Emma Brockwell
Emma will delivers a conversational webinar about her life and work as Physiomum. She discusses pelvic floor health, her book ‘Why Did No One Tell Me’, the Return to Running Guidelines she co-authored with Grainne Donnelly and Tom Goom, her other work with Grainne Donnelly on their podcast ‘At Your Cervix’, her connection to Active Pregnancy Foundation as a Scientific Advisory Board Member and top tips. An insightful and thought-provoking look into part of our health that is so important for dancers.
Webinar 5 with Dr Nicky Keay
Dr Nicola Keay, hormone health and dance expert leads this webinar on her amazing work on hormones, parenting and dance. Dr Nicky has supported parent dancers including Bethany Kingsley-Garner Scottish Ballet and is recently published, “Health, Hormones and Human Potential”. This insightful and important session looks at the range of hormone experience from foetus, adolescence, pregnancy, postnatal and menopause phases In the context of being a Dance Mama. Dr Nicky is also a member of Dance Mama’s Research Advisory Group.
Webinar 6 with Maternal Mental Health Alliance
Laura Seebohm, CEO discusses the current status quo of maternal mental health in the UK, the charity’s research and role in regard to this and, in conversation with Dance Mama Founder/CEO, Lucy McCrudden, how this relates to the parenting population in dance.
Webinar 7 with Shane Kelly, The Royal Ballet
Shane Kelly, (Clinical Director, The Royal Ballet), global leader in his field, gives an insight into his work at the Royal Ballet with their parent dancer population. In conversation with with Dance Mama Founder/CEO, Lucy McCrudden, Shane will be talking about what sorts of methods the company uses to support dancers through this transition, and contextual issues that occur during this time, drawing on Shane’s previous professional experience with elite athletes and his empathy for parents as a Dad himself.
Webinar 8 with Dr Lucie Clements
The Dance Psychologist, Dr Lucie Clements, will be joining Lucy McCrudden, Founder/CEO of Dance Mama to discuss identity and common traits in dancers and how these relate to us when we become parents – including self-esteem and perfectionism. Dr Lucie is a psychologist, educator and researcher developing evidence-based coaching, workshops and consultancy for performing artists and recently wrote a report for Equity on Mental Health in the Performing Arts Industry.
Webinar 9 with International Parenting and Dance Network (IPADN)
Join Lucy McCrudden (Dance Mam Founder/CEO) as she talks to the founding partners of the International Parenting & Dance Network (IPADN) to discuss the current developments in global research into supporting and studying parents in the dance sector, and how you can get involved with this new, AHRC funded network. Panelists include Professor Ali Duffy from Texas Tech University (USA), Dr Aoife McGrath from Queens University Belfast and Professor Angela Pickard, Christ Church Canterbury (UK).
Workshop 1 with Lizzie Klotz
Our first dance workshop for this new season, comes from the fabulous Lizzie Klotz independent dance maker, performer and facilitator. Lizzie’s choreographic work regularly incorporates working with multidisciplinary collaborators across theatre, circus and live art. She is an enthusiastic improviser, whose practice is rooted in conversation, care and play. Most recently she performed in balletLORENT’s Rapunzel with her son.
Workshop 10 with Yorke Dance Space
York Dance Space Founders, Hannah and Drew Wintie-Hawkins lead this creative dance session for parents in dance from NSCD, Leeds. Both graduates from London Contemporary Dance School, Hannah and Drew had extensive performing careers before moving back to Hannah's home town York to create their own independent dance organisation as well as starting their own family.
Workshop 2 with Siobhan Hayes
Siobhan Hayes, Independent Dance Artists, leads an actively relaxing workshop using her training as a Level 1 Franklin Method™ educator for this calming session. Supported by wonderful live accompaniment from Wayne Walker-Allen, this session transports us out of the festive frenzy and into a place of connection and calm. A short Q&A takes place for the last 15 minutes.
Workshop 3 with Folk Dance Remixed and ABH
Natasha Khamjani, Co-Artistic Director of Folk Dance Remixed, delivers an energetic repertoire session of their brilliant fusion of folk dance and urban dance styles for Dance Mama Live: Back On The Road. Broadcast from East London Dance’s studios in The Talent House, Natasha is accompanied by guest musician, Alex ‘ABH’, UK Beatbox Champion who provides a unique soundtrack to this workshop, and also teaches a bit of #beatboxing too!
Workshop 4 with Sally Knight
Sally Knight, Artistic Director of Cscape Dance leads a dance theatre movement workshop using the sublime poetry of Hollie McNish as stimulus to create movement, accompanied by original scores the company has used in their previous work.
Workshop 5 with Melody Sinclair
Melody Sinclair (Assistant Choreographer, Six The Musical UK Tour ) leads the adult’s workshop for our hybrid dance event for professional dancing parents One Dance UK Birmingham. Melody draws on her experience in choreography and performance with the likes of ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company for this session, especially made for the parents who work professionally in dance.
Workshop 6 with Juliana Javier, Company Chameleon
Juliana Javier (Associate Artist, Company Chameleon) leads a mindful and playful workshop that will invite participants to get lost in creative movement. The workshop provides an insight into Company Chameleon’s unique movement style and leaves participants feeling uplifted and connected to body and mind.
Workshop 7 with Eleesha Drennan
Canadian-born Eleesha, gives us an insight into her practice and repertoire of All The Time In The World/Infinite Glimpse - inspired by a survival story, Infinite Glimpse plays with Drennan’s distorted perceptions of time following her husband’s brain surgery. Lose yourself while exploring the challenge of finding beauty in darkness, courage through adversity, and a connection with others along the way. Eleesha is accompanied by renowned composer and musician, Chris Benstead for this workshop.
Workshop 8 with Alleyne Dance
Kristina Alleyne, one half of the award-winning Alleyne Dance, shares some of their fire and rhythm with us in this physical contemporary dance workshop. In this workshop, focussing on body part isolation for professional dance parents, it looking to further develop their performance skills, stamina and technical detail with hand movements influenced by Caribbean and South Asian dance styles.
Workshop 9 with Anna Watkins
Anna Watkins, Artistic Director & Choreographer of Watkins Dance Company, delivers a physical and technical contemporary dance workshop online drawing on her extensive work with companies such as Phoenix Dance Theatre, Tavaziva Dance and Ballet Boyz. Renowned musician, Barry Ganberg, Head of Music, Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance accompanies this session. This will be an insight into her own creative process and choreographic work which has a freelance, feminist lens.
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