I work extensively in Primary schools, but am a qualifies secondary school teacher and have extensive experience of secondary dance up to A-level.
I am able to provide tutoring and guidance on movement analysis, choreography and the writing of essays.
I am a Dance in Education Specialist with over 30 years experience. I trained at Laban (now Trinity Laban) in Contemporary Technique and Movement Analysis.
I took my Cert.Ed at Goldsmiths College London University and have taught in schools and worked with education authorities across London and the UK. My professional work has included: dancing for the London Film School, working with choreographer Caroline Lange and artist Kate Denton, and as a guest speaker at Laban focusing on GCSE Dance.
I have run a successful primary boy’s dance group, and was part of the team working with schools in Camden to create a live performance for the Arrivals Festival at St Pancras International. I have worked with the University of Greenwich and Blackheath Conservatoire to develop and teach a performing arts module to teacher training students.
I have worked with The Place and Laban delivering professional development in both primary and secondary phases, and on the Learn Physical Interactive programme for The Place.
I am currently involved in two extensive research projects - one with Surrey Arts and 10 primary schools looking at how dance and movement can impact on maths mastery, and the other with the Open University and schools in Camden exploring wellbeing and mental health.
I am a director of Dance Educates Ltd., a consultancy focusing on dance in schools and using movement as a multi-sensory approach to learning.
July 2014 - Present
Director. Dance Educates focuses on the role of dance in education. I work with schools delivering dance to students and professional development to teachers. The primary aim of Dance Educates is to promote the use of dance and movement as a multi-sensory approach to learning. This innovative and successful method, based on research carried out by The Place, supports the wider curriculum through embodied learning and allows all students to access the curriculum in a physical way. The work I do with students and teachers fosters creativity, problem solving and communication through a child-centred, holistic approach. This method is accessible to all students, regardless of previous dance experience and because the focus is on creative problem solving around a curriculum theme, a dance outcome is possible.
The professional development programs I conceive seek to ensure sustainability throughout the school. This is achieved by working closely with teachers, looking at their curriculum planning and devising a dance connection based on what the students are studying. The professional development then takes place over a number of weeks and progresses from the delivery of demonstration lessons, through team teaching and finally supporting the teacher in their own delivery of an embodied learning session.
My work takes me into both primary and secondary schools, and has also included a term as a visiting artist at the flagship University Technical College (UTC) in Hackney, London.
Recently, I have been a delivery partner in a project coordinated by Surrey Arts to improve primary mathematics outcomes through the use of dance and movement. I worked with primary and secondary lead teachers to devise and implement a professional development and teaching program.
I have also been commissioned by the Open University to work on a research project examining how a culture of creative dance can positively affect children and young people with mental health issues. This project will involve working with teachers and school leaders and implementing professional development.
I work twice a year, in partnership with an artist and a musician, to co-run creative arts residential courses for students from both primary and secondary schools. This collaborative approach to projects allows for greater creativity amongst the students and ourselves. During each course, we work around a chosen theme, which gives a strong focus, and the results always stem from ideas generated by the students. Our website can be viewed at: (concealed information)
I have featured on the popular Education on Fire podcast discussing my work ((concealed information)
Freelance Dance in Education Specialist September 1990 – July 2014
In the role of a freelance specialist, and prior to founding Dance Educates, I worked with a number of schools and organisations, including:
• Greenwich University and Blackheath Conservatoire of Music and the Arts, to develop and teach a performing arts module to primary and secondary teacher training students at the university.
• Laban Education and Community Department, delivering dance teaching in schools and the community within Greenwich and Lewisham.
• Teaching dance to Key Stages 1 and 2 in several schools within South East London to cover teachers Planning, Preparation and Assessment time.
• Teaching dance at Marjorie McLure Special School (Bromley) to Key Stage 3 and 4 students.
• Advisor to Greenwich Education Authority to devise and deliver out-of-hours dance clubs in several primary
schools supported by the Greenwich School Sports Co-ordinator (SSCO) Partnership.
• Guest speaking at the Laban Centre, with Marion Gough, on the subject of teaching GCSE dance.
• Teaching children’s creative dance classes at the Laban Centre.
Dulwich Hamlet and The Belham Primary Schools September 2003 - Present
I am responsible for the delivery of the Dance curriculum in this large junior school and it’s partner infant school, and teach creative dance to all year groups. I have worked closely with the head teacher and senior leaders to ensure that dance is a vital and valued part of their curriculum, and liaise with each class teacher to ensure that the work the children do in dance compliments their classroom topics whenever possible. I am also responsible for the choreography for all school productions.
Thomas Tallis Secondary School January 2016 – February 2016
Visiting Artist, covering the sick leave of the Head of Dance. I was invited to this temporary role, where I worked within the dance and performing arts departments, delivering dance to students from year 7 to GCSE.
The Place (home to the London Contemporary Dance School) September 2006 – July 2014
Freelance dance teacher and choreographer. I was part of the Access To Learning team, delivering professional development to schools across London. This was a crucial aspect of fifteen years of research into embodied learning. Working in a team headed by Chris Thompson, my role included working with both primary and secondary schools (and also included delivering professional development to teachers of GCSE dance in Brighton), and organisations such as: The Open University, the Institute of Education, and Crisis, where I delivered physical mathematics sessions to groups of homeless and vulnerable adults.
In 2007, I worked with schools from the London Borough of Camden, culminating in a live site-specific performance on the concourse during the re-opening of St Pancras Station.
Brooklands Primary School September 2003 – April 2012
Initially working as a parent volunteer teaching after-school dance club, I was employed by the school to deliver dance to all year groups.
I delivered a boys-only dance class for years 5 and 6 during curriculum time, and this was seen to have a positive impact upon both behavior and attainment in the classroom. I also ran two very successful after-school dance clubs. The dance I delivered culminated each year in an “Evening of Dance” performance, attended by the whole school community.
Whilst at Brooklands, I was involved in an innovative collaboration with a musician and a local secondary school to produce a piece of work called “Perspectives”. This was a community arts project using dance, music and philosophy. We also worked with the local City learning Centre to explore how handheld technology (Sony Play Station Portables (PSP)) could support the learning and recording of this work. The finished video can be seen here: (concealed information)
Forster Park Primary School January 2002 – July 2005
I worked as a learning mentor for three days per week in this large inner city school. I was part of a team, including an art therapist and a special needs co-ordinator, working with children experiencing barriers to learning such as low self-esteem, bullying, bereavement etc.
As part of my work, I received training in child protection, safeguarding and peer mediation. I also implemented a successful restorative justice program in the school.
I also taught dance across the school.
Camden School for Girls January 1986 – July 1989
Teacher in charge of dance. I was responsible for the implementation of dance throughout the school, establishing GCSE dance and the development of the curriculum.
Years 7 – 11 form tutor.
The Laban Centre for Movement and Dance August 1989 – September 1990
Responsible for administration and liaison between the director, Dr. Marion North, and all departments.
King Edward VII Upper School, Melton Mowbray August 1985 – December 1985
Teacher of dance, physical education and healthcare at CSE and GCE ‘O’ Level
Kings Gym, Dalston May 1983 – August 1985
Instructor of a wide range of exercise classes, responsible for aerobic exercise.
Barnes Wallis Community Centre, London January 1981 – April 1983
Centre Warden and coordinator
Sydenham Girls School April 1980 – December 1980
Supply teacher of Dance, working within the physical education department
Bunacamp USA June 1980 – September 1980
Dance director responsible for all productions, and councillor to senior year group
The Laban Centre for Movement & Dance, and Goldsmiths College, London University 1979
• The Laban Certificate (Distinction): Advanced Contemporary Technique, Movement Study and Analysis, Choreography, Dance History. Labanotation.
• Certificate of Education: Art related to Dance and Theatre, Special Education.
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