CID Project, vocal and dance improvisation workshop insight

As I said to the singers before the start of the session, we’re not here to give voice to the dancers, we’re here to reflect their collective movements back to them as sound. Then we played. After an hour and a half the singing stopped, but my mind and body didn’t. It’s hard to describe it; it was so fun and liberating to be able to connect on that level, no mediators, no technology, no wires and no speakers. We were weaving in and out of each other, creating organic shapes and communicating equally.
— Jaka Skapin, Musical Director CID Project
Through the interface of this project, we brought together such different individuals that might not consider themselves as artists or creatives and gave them the chance to explore their humanity in a collective and supportive environment
— Jaka Skapin, Musical Director CID Project

read more about the collaborative dance and vocal improvisation approach of Jaka Skapin and Danielle Teale and our experimental workshop as part of the CID project on the ‘explorations in collectivity’ blog

ACE Funding success for the CID Project at Poplar Union

We have been excited for some time about our performance and research project CID - Collective Identity, and we are thrilled to announce that we have been awarded Arts Council Funding to deliver the first phase of R&D for this project in partnership with Poplar Union over the summer. The project places collaboration at the heart of the process, and most importantly, places equal value and weight on all contributors. Visual artists, musicians, dance artists and people with Parkinson’s will all come together to explore the intimate art of dancing and the value of collective creative expression - which are inseparable.

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Danielle Teale Dance is recruiting!

Danielle Teale Dance is looking for dance artist collaborators for the upcoming Dancing with Parkinson’s CID project.

The CID Project (Collective Identity) is a collaborative dance project which provides artistic engagement for people with Parkinson’s on a performative level, bringing visibility to the Parkinson’s dancer.

The CID project will explore the empathic connection brought about through dancing and how dancing as a collective can impact on the individual dancer and his or her identity. This project will explore this idea through choreographic workshops, group dialogue and sharing, as well as through visual documentation and art-making from visual disciplines of film, photography and fine art.

The project will see dancers with Parkinson’s and professional dance artists alike come together to experience the CID research and development process with guest choreographers, musicians and visual artists. The project has collaboration at its heart, and the dance artists recruited for this role will be comfortable dancing and performing as equals alongside people with Parkinson’s, and any family or carers who may join in this process.


Experience required:

  • Dance artists will have minimum 3 years’ experience in community dance, choreography, dance leading or facilitating in community contexts

  • Dance artists will be comfortable adapting, improvising and collaborating with others in creative exploration

  • Dance artists will be comfortable performing alongside a community cast

  • Dance artists will have an open an inquisitive perspective to dance making, with a responsive approach to working with people with Parkinson’s

  • Dance artists will be willing to share experience, thoughts and perspectives on dancing throughout the process of the CID project, through focus group discussion


Desirable experience (not essential):

  • Dance artists may have experience working with people with Parkinson’s

  • Dance artists may have experience working with live music

  • Dance artists may have experience performing in non-traditional performance spaces such as galleries, museums or in exhibition contexts

 This role will require a committed and dedicated approach to the process of dance exploration and an open, discursive approach with dancers and collaborating artists



  • A full day introduction and skills sharing – Wednesday 5th June

  • Six weekly workshops – Wednesdays from 12th June to 17th July

  • A full day sharing – Saturday 20th July

  • A full day reflection, skills sharing and CPD – Sunday 21st July

To apply:

Please complete the online application below including your CV and references by Monday 6th May, 6pm. Applicants must hold and send proof of public liability insurance and recent DBS check.

Interviews will take place on Tuesday 14th May. Applicants will be contacted about the time of their interview on or after 7th May

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collaboration with jaka skapin

Danielle Teale and Jaka Skapin recently worked together with the St. Joseph’s Hospice Dancing with Parkinson’s Hackney group on a music and dance project which we’ve named, branches.

Here Jaka explains the process of devising new music with the dancers:

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Dancing with Parkinson's - Opportunity for Musicians

I'm delighted to be working in partnership with St Georges NHS Foundation Trust to deliver an in-service, Dancing with Parkinson's programme bringing high quality artistry for people with Parkinson's to the local community within the Brysson White Unit at Queen Mary's Hospital, Roehampton.

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We are seeking adaptable and versatile musicians interested in developing their skills and working in partnership with Danielle Teale Dance to deliver ‘Dancing with Parkinson’s’.

You will typically be available on Tuesdays or Thursday mornings from 11am-12.15pm and then to stay afterwards for tea and biscuits with dancers. Dance will take place at the Brysson White Unit at Queen Mary’s, Roehampton, London SW15 5PN for three terms per year.

The role of an apprentice musician will involve training with Danielle Teale and shadowing an experienced Parkinson’s dance musician to develop skills in working with people with Parkinson’s. The musician will then be involved in a collaborative relationship with Danielle Teale, creatively planning and designing class content together, including accompaniment and as a leader delivering musical sections of the class such as rhythmic and vocal work.

Confident in improvising / adapting repertoire and sight reading, it is preferable for the applicant to have some experience leading music activities in community or clinical settings.  Some experience working with dance is also desirable. Players of all types of instrument will be considered.

Please apply to Sarah Weatherall with a paragraph about your experience and reasons for applying for the role, alongside your CV:

If you have any questions about the role or working with dance, you can also contact Danielle Teale.

Application deadline: Tuesday 6 March, 12midnight
Interviews: Tuesday 13 March, from 2pm at St. George's Hospital, Tooting