Thanks so much to everyone who has filled out Miaya, Isilda and Katies survey questions. There is still time if you haven’t done so already. We’d really appreciate it if you could find some time to complete;
FRONTLINEdance is urgently seeking applications for Voluntary Chair, Directors and members of the Board.Deadline: 30th June 2021. Appointments made on 8th July at our AGM
For FRONTLINEdance and the board to run efficiently and effectively, we require a range of skills from a diverse group of people. This means we are open for you to tell us what you can offers us as a director, a member or chair of the board. All positions our voluntary.
We need a mix of experience and skills, both professional and lived. We are looking for different types of people from different backgrounds, who believe in the work we do and want to help us not only to continue but to move forward. Enthusiasm for the work we do across, our key areas of Performance, Heath and Community, as well as having the time to dedicate to us is important.
So, if you have valuable knowledge and life experience, or other great skills that would provide balance to our board – apply now!
FRONTLINEdance is committed to inclusivity and diversity, and we actively encourage applications from people whose backgrounds are currently underrepresented in our board; specifically, people who identify as (d)Deaf and disabled and / or are ethnically diverse.
You can attend meetings via zoom, so you do not need to be local to FRONTLINEdance.
Helen started dancing at the age of 3 doing ballet, jazz and tap but around the age of 12 found a real love of Contemporary dance and went on to graduate in 1997 from The Laban Centre for Movement and Dance (now Trinity Laban) with a degree in Dance Theatre with a special interest in education.
Over the last twenty plus years Helen has performed in theatre and site-specific performances with several companies including ‘Attic’ in Plymouth and Micha Purucker’s ‘Dance Energy’ in Germany, taught dance workshops in education and community settings for people 6 months to 100 years old, worked as a Community & Education Officer and qualified as a Body Control Pilates Instructor.
After re locating from the South to Staffordshire 15 years ago Helen has continued to work as a community dance artist and alongside her work in schools has been enjoying leading community dance classes for the over 60’s and has become involved with Arts for Health, teaching movement sessions for older adults with depression and/or dementia in a hospital setting. Helen has also loved performing as a community dancer in 3 of ReStoke’s site specific performances, Palace (disused church), Expedition (promenade through streets) and Voyagers (disused swimming pool).
Helen became involved with FRONTLINEdance a couple of years ago and began leading some sessions for adult’s with neurological conditions. She also performed in, ‘Nest’ a short dance film by Welly O’Brien and Kate Marsh which was commissioned by FRONTLINEdance as part of the FAF festival.
Helen is excited to be involved with FRONTLINEdance and is looking forward to sharing ideas and having a fresh focus to help inform the next 20 years as a Community Dance Artist!
When not dancing Helen is kept busy with her two children, loves running and also making clothes. Over the recent pandemic whilst not being able to work fully Helen has been volunteering, collecting shopping and prescriptions for those isolating and helping at a vaccination centre.
Vicci is a performer, dance maker and creative facilitator. She trained at Trinity Laban and her MA enquired into the body of knowledge practiced for performance improvisation. Her performance and facilitation work spans 20 years and encompasses diverse settings and people.
Community work in diverse settings has always been part of Vicci’s practice and this ranges from working with visually impaired, deaf and disabled people, young and older people. She led two sessions a week for mental health service users (one young person’s and one older person’s) for over three years funded by Mersey Care. She has ran classes and made work with community groups at Merseyside Dance Initiative (MDI) including the youth dance company, the over 50’s and have volunteered there in the weekly Dance for Parkinsons. Vicci has an OCN in Leading Dance with Older People and has worked in hospitals, nursing homes and with dementia groups for over 15 years.
Vicci’s work draws from improvisation, contact improvisation and somatic movement practices. She has an on-going interest in cross art form practice. Vicci makes performance work that aims to open the process and perception of experience through embodied movement, text, and visual elements.
Currently Vicci is working with artists at One September in the development of new performance projects, delivering sessions for mixed ability groups, people with dementia and creating activity boxes with Age Exchange to reach isolated people at home. She is also engaged in a Screendance programme mentored by Katrina McPherson, and leading a weekly movement session with secondary school children on the autistic spectrum (Movema).
Originally from Suffolk, Charlotte is a freelance dance artist based in Leeds, blending performing, teaching, creating and writing into her practice. She regularly teaches from children to adults as well as directs her own dance theatre company ACCA and edits a digital magazine, Artychoke. You can find her on Instagram here: @charr_arnold / @accacollab / @artychokezine and visit her website here: www.charlottearnold.co.uk
Katie is a dance artist based in Birmingham. She graduated with a First Class BA (Hons) from Trinity Laban in 2013 and then went on to tour with MAPdance (University of Chichester) in 2014. Katie is currently a company dancer and rehearsal director for Springs Dance Company’ London. She has also worked with Autin Dance Theatre, Ascension Dance, Here We Are Dance and Caldonia Walton as part of Birmingham Dance Networks’ ‘Choreomatch’. Katie has enjoyed teaching and facilitating in a range of settings with organisations such as Birmingham DanceXchange, Open Theatre and Springs Dance Company and is passionate about bringing people joy through movement. Katie is thrilled to be working with FRONTLINEdance.
Maiya is a semi-verbal, neuro-disabled Contemporary Dance Artist. Her practice has been informed by her training and professional development with Candoco Dance Company; current mentorship with Joel Brown (Candoco Dance Company member); and Charlotte Darbyshire (Artistic Director of Candoco Dance Company) whilst training in National Youth Dance Company, working with Alesandra Seutin (Artistic Director of Vocab Dance). She is currently completing the Seedbed Inclusive Teacher Training with Stopgap Dance Company; and continues to train with Hawk Dance Theatre.
She both performs and teaches for Joss Arnott Dance performing in ‘DANCE:CONNECTS – PULSE! 2.0’ (2020) and leading digital outreach, accessible repertoire workshops (2020/21). She has also performed for Mimbre Acrobats in ‘The Sofa Dance’ (2020), currently streaming on BBC iPlayer; and ‘Look Mum, No Hands!’ (2019) a Daryl Beeton Productions collaboration with Mimbre Acrobats again.
As an advocate for inclusive practice, Maiya takes great pride in her current role at Mind the Gap, Bradford, as an Associate Artist in Dance, leading on the full-time Performance Academy course specifically for learning disabled artists aged 18-30. She has a range of teaching experience with both disabled and non-disabled participants. This includes working in therapeutic settings such as Clifton Hospital on the Wonder-Full Therapeutic Arts project with Ludus Dance (2018); and currently at Sue Ryder Neurological Care Centre Lancashire leading chair-based movement sessions for a range of neuro-disabled patients.
She continues to develop her own practice and distinctive style of movement combining the use of the floor and her wheelchair whilst also drawing from her in depth musical background as a Grade 8 Jazz Saxophonist.
FRONTLINEdance were among more than 2,700 recipients to benefit from the latest round of awards from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund. The second round of awards made last week will help organisations such as us look ahead to the spring and summer and plan for reopening and recovery. After months of closures and cancellations to contain the virus and save lives, this funding will be a much-needed helping hand for organisations transitioning back to normal in the months ahead. The funding has been awarded by Arts Council England, as well as Historic England and National Lottery Heritage Fund and the British Film Institute.