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I am the Head of Department of Performing Arts and Senior Lecturer in Dance.
I joined Kingston University in 2016 following a successful career as a dance artist, teacher and project manager working in a variety of community and education settings. I continue some of this work as a Dance Artist for Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Music and Dance's youth programme and as a Teacher Training Mentor for the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing.
After completing my BA(Hons) Dance and Drama and MA Dance Studies I worked across the UK delivering outreach projects for dance companies and organisations, such as, Loop Dance Company, Richard Alston Dance Company, Candoco Dance Company, The Place and Surrey County Arts. I have choreographed a variety of performance works (see Professional Practice) including works for Trinity Laban Youth Dance Company and worked as Deputy Choreographer for Royston Maldoom OBE for his Dance Umbrella commission in 2008 at the Royal Albert Hall. I have performed with Danielle Jones' Collective Identity Project Loop Dance Company.
I have taught in several Further Education colleges in London and a specialist performing arts academy in the West Midlands working with gifted and talented young dancers and co-directing two youth dance companies. I have also lead a national cross-curricular dance project for primary schools in my role as Dance Development Officer for The Place.
Prior to becoming Head of Department I was the Course Leader for the BA(Hons) Dance course at Kingston University and continue to teach a variety practice-based modules that include exploring the dance industry (see Teaching and Learning). This includes:
Head of Department of Performing Arts & Senior Lecturer in Dance
I teach across a variety of modules on the BA(Hons) Dance and BA(Hons) Dance and Drama courses. My areas of interest include:
I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) awarded in recognition for collaboration and co-creation of curriculum and assessment with students and the development and application of inclusive practices. I am particularly interested in working with students to co-create curriculum and assessment, decolonise the curriculum, and embed employability. I have presented the impact of this work at university events, including:
I am the Academic Mentor Champion for Dance leading a team of level 5 and 6 students who support the delivery of classes across the BA(Hons) Dance and BA(Hons) Dance and Drama courses.
I hold and have held a range of external examiner and validation panel member roles:
My professional practice spans the learning & teaching and dance. This includes working with a variety of dance organisations supporting the community dance and dance in education sectors. Currently, this includes:
Previous dance companies and organisations I have worked for include:
Selected choreographic work:
I have also presented and hosted university events (see Learning and Teaching and Leadership and Management sections).
I am interested in inclusive and intersectional leadership. I currently hold leadership positions in both the performing arts department and supporting the university's equality, diversity and inclusion offer.
As one of the co-chair's of STTB / LGBTQ+ Staff Network I organised and hosted two university events for LGBT+ History Month 2021:
An insight into the BA(Hons) Dance course at Kingston University.
The Dancing with Parkinson's CID Project, led by Danielle Teale Dance, was captured in process by dance filmmaker Roswitha Cheshire. This short documentary film shows the process and highlights of our creative experience together leading up to the final performance sharing on 20 July 2019, at Poplar Union. Artistic Director Danielle Teale Music Director Jaka Skapin
A Single Thread CID Project - Dancing with Parkinson's This short film captures the dancers of the CID Project in their performance at Poplar Union on 20 July 2019. The performance work took place in an immersive setting with audience surrounding and following the dancers as they moved through a series of vignettes to live and recorded music performed and directed by Jaka Skapin. The CID project focused on the process of exploration in vocal and dance improvisation and experimentation. More insight into this can be found here: https://explorationsincollectivity.co... Artistic Director Danielle Teale Music Director Jaka Skapin