December 2014 – January 2015
BEANEY RESIDENCY AND KDN LAUNCH WORLD CAFE EVENT
December saw the official launch of Kent Dance Network and an opporutnity for 10 Kent based dance artists/companies to be a part of a month long residency at Beaney House of Art and Knowledge in Canterbury
World Cafe Event
On Saturday 6 December, we hosted our first networking event in the form of a World Cafe. The afternoon was facilitated by the fantastic Ayisha De Lanerolle from 'The Conversation Agency' and our food for thought was 'Why a Network?'.
After tea, coffee and cake guests were guided through three rounds of discussions and invited to deliberate on what being part of a network meant to them and what a network could provide moving forward. After much excitement, talking, scribbling on tablecloths and post it notes, we were able to establish a much clearer vision of what the dance community wanted and needed and how we could all work together to achieve this.
Throughout December, Kent Dance Network hosted a variety of dance happenings in and around the Beaney. KDN brought together dancers from around the county to explore, create and interplay with the Beaney and its collections, plus take inspiration from the public. It was the perfect venue for creating, rehearsing, performing and sharing work and there were ample opportunities for the general public to observe, engage and gain insight into the creative world of the dancer.
Beaney visitors were also asked for their input by way of 'Inspiration Donations' for the dancers to work from, which proved very popular – we had lots of ideas offered to us and a very kind person even left a cushion with an inspirational quote!
Dance artists and companies participating in the residency were Tall Tales Big Moves, Confidance, Slapdash, Dani Batchelor, Chloe Challis, Sidonie Carey-Green, Niamh Lynam-Cotter, Canterbury Christchurch University, People United/Canterbury College and Harriet Parker - Beldeau
CPD workshop 1
Our first workshop, Kinetic conditioning by Athletic Artist took place on Saturday 21st March 1.30-5pm
at the University of Kent.
The 3.5hr session looked at bridging the gap between strength and conditioning and dance technique, focusing on:
Good movement mechanics
Coaching and activation cues
Holistic movement approaches
Non travelling and travelling conditioning patterns
Application into your personal practice
"Great workshop!!! I am a dancer and fitness instructor and I have always struggled to make the link in my exercise and how it can benefit me when I dance and teach."
"Delivered very effectively, clear and full of useful information."
"I would like to do another workshop like this in a flash, keep me posted!"
Following their recent successful residency at Beaney House of Art and Knowledge, Kent Dance Network brought you an evening of contemporary dance - an opportunity to see new works, keep your finger on the pulse, and meet other local dance professionals.
The evening presented an exciting mixed bill of professional dance works in progress and invited audience members to participate and give valuable feedback to artists - there were post it notes aplenty.
Clare Thurman and Rebekah Jones from Arts Council England provided an extremely informative afternoon about Grants for the Arts and other small funding streams. Everyone there had the opportunity to have a 1:2:1 session to discuss their ideas and to meet other dance professionals.
CPD WORKSHOPS March-June 2015
CPD workshop 3
Creative Process workshop with Tim Casson
Tim Casson (The Dance We Made) provided the third in our series of CPD workshops.
Drawing upon elements of 'Casson & Friends' works such as Record Breaking project, ‘The Dance WE Made’ and ‘Selling Secrets’, Tim Casson led a day that explored who we are as artists. Whether a recent graduate, experienced practitioner or someone who just loves to dance, this creative workshop provided simple tools to encourage intuition and group reflection, helping us to reconnect with why we dance and what we can say with our creative voice."