a new partnership for dancing with parkinson's. Danielle Teale Dance and DanceWest.

I am delighted to be expanding the work and and reach of my research with people with Parkinson’s alongside partner organisation DanceWest, to bring high quality dance opportunities for people with Parkinson’s, their loved ones, companions, friends and carers in a supportive and sociable community environment.

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dance for health research lab, august 2017

In August 2017 I was invited to be involved in a movement enquiry with collaborators from dance for health Rotterdam. My previous blog post, introduced the process of arriving at this enquiry and this post will account the content and thoughts that evolved from this two day exploration process with Itamar Serussi, Marc Vlemmix, Rosan Chinnoe, Sara Houston and Nicole Rust (Scapino Ballet).

The movement content explored in the two day lab was directed by choreographer Itamar Serussi with methods and tools derived from his making process. Itamar has been working with dancer Marc Vlemmix for a period of around 6 months on and off, and Marc is interested to explore how this process which is collaborative between the two, is having an impact on his movement possibilities as a person with Parkinson's

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down the rabbit hole...

My research started with a big question: 'what is happening here!?'. Based on my practice in community dance, I continue to be intrigued by the role of the artist, power dynamics in the dance studio, self actualisation, and dancers ability to take ownership over their dancing experience. A good place to start seemed to be an analysis of the function of the artist as a leader. Therefore immediately a number of other questions came to be important...

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