Dance Journeys 2018


I'm so proud to have been a choreographer once again on this wonderful project led by English National Ballet, now in its 5th year. Hammersmith Academy students have smashed it and I can't wait to see them shine tomorrow at Sadler's Wells alongside three other schools, Friern Barnet, Hampstead School and Cophtall School, as well as the incredibly talented ENBYouthCo dancers.

World dance for Parkinson's celebration 2018

I'm delighted to have my work featured this year on the World dance for Parkinson's portal celebrating excellence in practice with dancers with Parkinson's internationally:

Below is a reproduction of the page (link above)


Danielle Teale is a highly experienced independent community dance artist based in London. Her work is inspired by curiosity in human nature, people and their capacity for expression and connectedness. Her values and her dance practice are founded on equality, empathy and relationality. Danielle’s work with people with Parkinson’s has spanned many years of delivery, programme design, teacher training, mentoring and research with organisations such as Mark Morris Dance Group, English National Ballet, University of Roehampton, People Dancing and Dance for Health Rotterdam. You can see more about her ongoing practice on her website:

Danielle advocates for the participant voice and embodied knowledge of the dancer. In her own words:

We should not ignore the vital role that the dancers with Parkinson’s themselves play in the development of a robust, specialist sector by sharing their embodied experience through research and through kinaesthetic transference of knowledge to those they dance with.
— Danielle Teale

Danielle believes that when working with movement disorder, the most knowledgeable people are those experiencing it, and working with it to push the boundaries of what we know to be possible.

Danielle’s recent practice-based research which places the dancer at the forefront of the enquiry, has been developed out of an artistic collaboration with visual artists in film, photography and fine art. ‘Explorations in Collectivity and Intimacy’ is an ongoing process driven project looking at two opposing ways of approaching dance which offer different experiences to the artist, dancer and audience in all contexts. Danielle has primarily worked with visual artist Sara Hibbert and together they produced a 15-minute dual screen film installation which was originally shown at Royal College of Art Dyson Gallery as part of the Altai Residency.

This research sparked interesting dialogue around the cross overs between the neurological, perceptual, and phenomenological experience of moving collectively; and the notion of movement conformity and how the collective can suggest one way of being or moving. Collaborating with a visual artist also brought up the role of art and the moving image in presenting new ways of seeing, understanding, and deconstructing the Parkinson’s body. These broad themes have led to a fluid and evolving process of exploration in practice. The film represents a ‘chapter’ of the work in process. The project will evolve further with additional cross arts collaborations and workshops planned throughout 2018. To see more of the research and questions arising from this project, as well as the film ‘Collective Field 2017’ you can visit the project blog

This research has also impacted Danielle’s facilitation and leadership approach to classes for dancers with Parkinson’s. She is interested in contrasting ways of exploring external and internal cueing through dance. External cueing through demonstration, mirroring, touch, sound and music provide concrete initiators for movement. Whereas internal cueing gives the dancer the choice to develop their own personal movement language. This connects with Danielle’s ongoing interest in co-ownership and equality across artist and dancers, with dancers contributing to the movement research process as experts.


Danielle leads a number of classes and workshops across London and the south of England, providing weekly artistic opportunities for people with Parkinson’s, as well as mentoring, shadowing and training for dance artists and musicians.

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

aep skills exchange: 20 questions

news from the aep...

empathy, awareness, human experience

On day 3 Tom Hobden led the Skills Exchange artists through a creative process to highlight the principles behind his practice and what led him to the development of his current work '20 Questions'. 20 Questions is an intergenerational piece developed with local people with varying experience of dance. Every performer in the show goes on a process with Tom and co-director Kate Flurrie; learning who they are, who they were and who they might like to be; finding the answers to these big questions through movement. 

aep skills exchange: group, individual, autonomy and leadership

News from the aep...

Ensemble and collectivity

On Skills Exchange Day 3, Hannah Robertshaw and Danielle Teale collaborated to deliver a workshop exploring their joint interest of collectivity and ensemble from very different perspectives. 

Hannah shared her thoughts on the ensemble as a uniting concept in which dancers communicate through shared action. 

In my workshop I shared the working processed behind my research with people with Parkinson's. The Collectivity and Intimacy project was developed out of a curiosity for the teaching method of collectivity which is used in dance for Parkinson's to make best use of mirror neurons and external cueing, which is a highly researched and a proven tool for supporting people with Parkinson's to move with more fluidity and intention.

My research interrogates this teaching practice and questions whether it can be considered inclusive, as it is led by external direction (either visual, auditory, verbal or tactile) by the artist.