Sixth network meeting for professional development

Value your work and empower yourself – meeting led by Konstantina Skalionta and Lucia Schweigert

At our sixth professional development meeting we talked about the fact that often emerging choreographers take unpaid or underpaid opportunities to show their work. While we believe there should be adequate payment, for this meeting we decided to work with the current reality and explored how, under the given circumstances, you can make sure you receive what you need and feel respected and valued at all times when accepting such opportunities.

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Fifth network meeting for professional development

Articulate your work – workshop led by Konstantina Skalionta

At our fifth professional development meeting Konstantina lead a workshop in which the participants worked on articulating their dance work and artistic vision in writing.

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Advice and assurance: an interview with MonixArts’ Monica Nicolaides

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Monica Nicolaides. Photographer: Teresa Wilson (2015)

Monica Nicolaides very generously shared her time and experience with us as a guest speaker at our most recent professional development meeting about Grants for the Arts at Siobhan Davies Dance Studios. You will be able to read up on it soon. We asked her about her projects, how she works, and if she could give any final advice for those wanting to progress as choreographers.

You can read all about MonixArts here. Scroll down and you will also find their contact details and links to Twitter, Facebook, Vimeo and Instagram and more ways to keep up to date with MonixArts.

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Fourth network meeting for professional development

On June 15th we held our fourth professional development meeting. The theme was funding with a focus on Grants for the Arts by Arts Council England. We invited guest speakers Rachel Johnson and Monica Nicolaides, who have both applied to GftA.

Both Monica and Rachel were very generous and we cannot thank them enough for sharing the wealth of their experience with the attending choreographers and us.

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Third network meeting for professional development

Part II: Where can we present work?

For our third network meeting in March 2016 we invited all attendants to think back at the opportunities they had taken part in and to share their experiences with each other. The meeting was a lively exchange and we’d like to pass on some of the insights to those who weren’t able to join. This is Part II “Where can we present work?” Click here for Part I “Where can we develop work?”

The purpose of the meeting and this write-up is to invite you to think proactively about the opportunities you apply for and to make informed decisions. Each and every opportunity we present is valuable and useful and has great advantages, but it may not fit everyone’s needs. There are of course many more opportunities out there and if you would like to share your experience of a particular programme or opportunity with your peers or you have points to add to the information below, please don’t hesitate to get in touch so we can add the information to this informal database.

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Third network meeting for professional development

Part I: Where can we develop work?

For our third network meeting in March 2016 we invited all attendants to think back at the opportunities they had taken part in and to share their experiences with each other. The meeting was a lively exchange and we’d like to pass on some of the insights to those who weren’t able to join. This is Part I: Where can we develop work? Click here for Part II: Where can we present work?

The purpose of the meeting and this write-up is to invite you to think proactively about the opportunities you apply for and to make informed decisions. Each and every opportunity we present is valuable and useful and has great advantages, but it may not fit everyone’s needs. There are of course many more opportunities out there and if you would like to share your experience of a particular programme or opportunity with your peers or you have points to add to the information below, please don’t hesitate to get in touch so we can add the information to this informal database.

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Second network meeting for professional development

“I think this is part of our problem. Nobody laughs. How often do we laugh? What is wrong with us? Dance seems to be too serious … Dance can also be about joy. Dance can be about entertainment. The weight of that seriousness that we all have to have, and the evidence of deep process, is also a burden and may not do us very well at all.”

For our second network meeting in September 2015 we had the honour to have choreographer, scholar and teacher Julia Gleich speak to us about what it’s like to “make it” as a choreographer and to discuss with us notions of success as well as ways to develop our careers.

Julia is the founding choreographer and director of Gleich Dances si15.09.25. 2nd network meeting (14) - Copynce 1993.

She is on faculty at Trinity Laban and the Head of Choreography at London Studio Centre among many other roles. She works between NYC and London. Find out more about her and her work on her website http://gleichdances.org/

 

We have found that when discussing any issues and ideas – gender issues, female choreographers, artistic development, “emerging” and so on – we were always speaking to people who had a very similar level of experience to ourselves and we decided that we needed to hear from someone who had a wealth of experience and who had in fact made it beyond the “emerging” label. Julia kindly agreed to speak to us and so we met at Siobhan Davies Dance studios.

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First network meeting for professional development

Discovering your brand as a choreographer by Megan Preston

As it’s the anniversary of our first network meeting, here’s our write-up of the event. Better late than never 😉 At our very first network meeting in May 2015 Megan Preston spoke to us about discovering our brand as choreographers.

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