Artists Mentoring - New Offers from Danielle Teale Dance

This year launches the official Danielle Teale Dance mentoring and coaching packages. Two special packages developed to formalise and streamline the offer available to dance artists looking for support and to make a step change in their practice.

aep mentoring and coaching

The AEP mentoring and coaching offer is open to anyone looking for one-to-one support, shadowing opportunities or choreographic development in community and participatory settings. Three strands offer flexibility for all needs and can be made bespoke to each individual.

Danielle is an excellent mentor and I feel very privileged to have worked alongside her. She has such a wealth of experience and skill and her energy, creativity and passion are inspirational. She is always happy to give advice and support and to share resources. As well as encouraging me to reflect on my own practice she frequently offered constructive and detailed feedback on my teaching. Her mentoring equipped me with the skills, knowledge and confidence I needed to be able to set up my own Dance for Parkinson’s class; it was invaluable.
— Katharine Le Roux, teaching practice mentoring

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dancing with parkinson’s artists mentoring

Danielle has an astute and analytical approach and guides artists to discover methods and processes that work for them. As an internationally recognised specialist in the field of dance and Parkinson’s, she has developed a bespoke mentoring programme for artists working in this practice to share her skills and experience for the development of the sector. She has previously collaborated with People Dancing; Dance for Parkinson's Network and Trinity Laban's Dance & Health Learning Group to offer this bespoke mentoring programme to emerging dance in health artists.

I chose Danielle as a mentor after seeing her teach - her direct and fresh approach as a dance practitioner made me want to work with her. She gave me concrete tools on how to effectively lead coherent and well structured sessions and helped me deeply reflect on my role as a dance teacher. I very much enjoyed the time we spent together discussing and sharing experiences and I feel I gained more confidence in my practice as a result.
— Beatrice Ghezzi - Dance Artist, Ballet4Life and Art of Wellbeing

aep skills exchange: Coaching and creative practice

news from the aep...

the art of paying attention

Hannah Robertshaw introduced us to the creative parallels between our work and coaching practice on day 2 of the Skills Exchange.

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the art of listening

The things that emerged from this session are valuable for all of us to consider for ourselves, as well as for our practice with others:

  • Listening - REALLY listening, and giving space and time for the person to resolve their thoughts, is a different experience to partially, distracted listening
  • Holding the space (a theme that has arisen already during our week) invites the contributor to feel safe in their expression
  • Being alongside someone in their thinking, can men physically, in emotional terms or both in the creative setting
  • The principle of our creative work aligns with the coaching belief that a person has it inside themselves to find the right way, path, or answer
  • We are there to support a creative experience, not to make decisions about which way to lead someone down a specific path
  • Directing a process does not mean deliberately pointing in one direction
  • Sometimes allowing space and time, is more powerful than filling every moment
  • Coming to our own conclusions, helps us to commit to the answers we discover
  • It can be hard to get beyond pleasing people when making creative direction choices, but moving beyond our initial responses gives us space to find something else - ask what next, or what else of your practice and of those you work with