Since last time I wrote, I have finished my Psychology dissertation on Creativity. It may interest you to know that (although not conclusive) my results seemed to suggest that the experience of creativity for creative artists and performers is different to that of other professions. I have now finished my degree in Psychology with 1st Class Honours and look forward to my graduation in October. I have already been invited to present and talk about this research with the undergraduate psychology students at Abertay University, Dundee later in the year.
I also ended the ‘academic year’ in July/August by teaching 3 weeks of summer dance camps for ages 5-11 with Step it Up Dance. We learned dance choreography and break dance moves, created dances in groups, played dance and movement games and challenges, made graffiti t-shirts and did other art and crafty things! By Friday each group performed our dances for parents.
This summer I am working on a creating a new somatic movement education programme with Moving Forth, informed by the Laban/Bartenieff movement system. It’s still early in development, but we are intending it to be an 8 layer/module programme approved by ISMETA and starting in June 2018. We will be running introductory weekends later this year and early next year, so watch this space!
Finally, I will be taking a break in September and October to go travelling in Peru, something I have wanted to do since I was a child. So, see you when I get back!
Hello! It is that time – I am currently running a survey-based project on creativity in order to complete my BSc (hons) Psychology degree. I need minimum of 100 people to take part in order to make my analysis viable – already have approx. 60, so 40+ more to go!
The project is about the domain-specificity of creative experience – mainly does the experience of creativity vary between different areas of creative activity? The survey takes about 12 minutes to complete – it will ask you to rate your levels of creativity in different creative activities and then will ask you to rate your creative experience in relation to a specific creative activity of your choosing.
To take part you must be over 18, able to consent to taking part on your own behalf and can think of a time you engaged in a specific creative activity. All responses are completely anonymous. The survey will be available online until 9am Sunday 19th March 2017. Here is the link to the survey: https://openss.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_7TLfWDB0YluRlDD
Thank you very much to everyone who finds the time to take part and share the link 🙂
Happy New Year! Here’s a sunset shot from a beach Gran Canaria in December – there are more added to the photos page.
Big things coming up this term:
Moving Forth have been working hard on preparing for Module 3 of the Laban/Bartenieff Movement Studies Certificate Programme which begins on Monday 9th January. I will be continuing my assistantship, assisting and hopefully teaching a little, whilst being around for the general admin and running during the 2 1/2 weeks. I can’t wait to be immersed in LBMS again and to continue learning how to use and teach the material from Karen Studd and Laura Cox.
CELL (Creative Embodied Learning Labs) Health of the Spine workshop will be taking place in Dundee on February 12th. I will be teaching with Susan Scarth, Doe Warnes and Debbie Watson. More info on the day is below and more specific info on the workshops being delivered can be found on www.movingforth.org.
I am also very excited to be attending this years Somatic Movement Gathering at Siobhan Davies Studios in London in March. This years theme is The Butterfly Effect of Somatic Movement – Local & Global with workshops and discussions looking at:
- The inner & the outer
- The personal and the interpersonal
- The individual and the community
- How self-care as a practitioner affects the wider field
- How the virtual world (digital media, social media, skype communications) affect our somatic experience.
- How we bring our personal practice out into the world, in response to the global challenges of our time – health, population migration
- How small actions affect the big picture
More to come, bring on 2017!
This term I have had such an excellent but busy time! I had a great time on the Ontogenetic Development BMC course and have now decided to continue further with the Infant Developmental Movement Education programme in 2018. I was also lucky enough to spend a week working and performing with Christine Devaney/Curious Seed and some amazing dancers and artists. I learned so much about how combine the somatic way in which I work and creating/choreography. I have included a couple of photos below, but more can be found on my photos page.
On top of my usual teaching, I have enjoyed covering Dance n Play occasionally and teaching Baby Steps for half of the term at Dance Base – will be doing so next term as well. The BMC modules I have completed so far have helped me develop particularly in working with babies and infants and I love these opportunities.
With Moving Forth I taught a workshop as part of their CELL (Creative Embodied Learning Labs) introductory day on the Health of the Spine in November. My workshop explored rotation of the spine and the relationship of its parts to the whole, including how rotation of the limb joints supports and facilitates rotation of the spine. We finally explored how this allowed us to connect with our environments and other people. After a successful Edinburgh run, we will be running again in Dundee in Feb – more news in the new year!
Looking forwards, I will be having some time off in the sun and snow (hopefully) over Xmas and will come back straight in with Module 3 of the Laban Bartenieff Movement Studies Certificate Programme, which I have been helping to organise and will be assisting and teaching a little of. Also, as I am nearing the end of my degree in Psychology, I will be running a project based on the experience of creativity early in 2016.
Moving Forth is hosting an introductory day of workshops for a new programme of workshops called CELL – Creative Embodied Learning Labs. I will be a guest teacher along with Debbie Watson, joining Susan Scarth and Doe Warnes as they launch CELL on November 26th. This first introductory workshop day will be on the Health of the Spine.
“Our primary focus in this workshop is to develop a greater awareness of
the links and the influences between body and mind.
We will be applying creative learning approaches to bring together
experiential anatomy with movement, as a way to develop an embodied
This workshop is a taster for an exciting new 4 part course that begins in
Spring 2017. CELL (Creative Embodied Learning Laboratories) with Moving
Forth, is offering a series of 6 experiential weekend workshops where we
will engage in a fuller exploration of systems of the body.”
Link to flyer: cell-2pageflyera5-screenres-int
I will be facilitating the following workshop:
Connecting to the world through spinal rotation – Julie Chilvers
The spine’s ability to rotate is central to the mobility of the body and gives us crucial access to the world around us. You will explore the spine’s ability to rotate and how the different parts work in relationship to each other and the body as a whole. Through guided explorations you will explore the body’s capacity for rotation as a way to connect with your environment. This will highlight the importance of spinal mobility for general well-being.
For more information and booking, please visit: http://movingforth.org/movementeducation/cell/
This summer I enjoyed being part of the North Edinburgh Arts programme again and helping out at the Step it Up Summer Dance Camp. Following this I had a bit of break and saw some wonderful shows at the Fringe Festival including The South Afreakins (Impi Theatre), A Simple Space (Gravity and Other Myths), I am Rhythm (After Freedom).
This week, autumn term for most of my classes has begun! I will be teaching Pilates at Leith Academy on Wednesday evenings as usual and have also added classes at Craigentinny Community Centre on Thursday mornings. For booking: https://www.joininedinburgh.org/enrol/
As usual I will also be teaching the Inclusive Party Playlist at Dance Base and will be teaching half the term of Baby Steps – similar to the Belly Babies project in 2015. For this week and next week only, I will be covering Dance n Play for 18m – 3yrs on Wednesday mornings. I am also looking forward to running some curriculum dance workshops with Balgreen Primary School on the theme of anthems and the opening ceremony of the Olympics – I have many great ideas in development!
I will be using the second half of the funding I received earlier this year from the Rebecca Skelton Fund to attend the Body Mind Centering course in Ontogenetic Development in Edinburgh next weekend. Very much looking forward to this! http://www.embody-move.co.uk/course/ontogenetic-development-5-days
More to come soon as this shapes up to be another busy term!
Quite a while since my last post… I took a much needed break away to South Africa for a few weeks which was amazing and now looking forward to taking part in some South African dance workshops in Edinburgh this term.
I recently received news that I have been awarded funding from the Rebecca Skelton Fund to attend two BMC workshops in Edinburgh with Embody Move Association in 2016; next week I will embark on the 6 day course on Reflexes, Righting Reactions and Equilibrium Responses.
And lastly, Module 2 of the Laban/Bartenieff Movement Studies Certification Programme with LIMS and Moving Forth will be taking place in Edinburgh, June. I will be assisting delivery of the module and teaching a few classes of it myself.
Autumn has been an incredibly busy term! In addition to my usual, I had the opportunity to teach Dance n Play and Creative Dance at Dance Base a few times with the under 5’s and parents – I had such a great time and it was great to see so many dads there! I also stepped in to help rehearse the lovely contemporary group at Lisa Phelan School of Dance in Leith for their Christmas show and my own Lorne Primary class did a great job at the annual Step it Up Dance Show and cluster show.
Dancing Light made another appearance at the National Museum of Scotland and the Midlothian Science Festival. I also had the opportunity to run some curriculum workshops at Trinity Primary School (Jungle Book) and Balgreen Primary School (Victorian Christmas). I will be back with the p2’s at Balgreen in January for a workshop on the History of Toys.
To finish off 2015, here’s a great photo from the last session of Belly Babies down in Leith. Merry Xmas!!
I had a great summer performing in the Fringe Festival with the Modern Troubadours in Fiesta de los Muertos. It was so fantastic to be part of a storytelling, music and theatre piece and to have the opportunity to perform for 14 nights in a row. Also to work with some amazing people. You can find photos and video on this website and also on my Facebook page.
And now, the Fringe has left the city along with all the people and things can start returning to some version of ‘normal’. This term I will be continuing my Pilates classes at Leith Academy, Inclusive Party Playlist at Dance Base and my schools work with Step it Up Dance. Belly Babies will also be continuing at Leith Community Centre and North Edinburgh Arts on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings until December. We are currently looking for additional funding to keep it going.
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In addition to this, Dancing Light will be making some appearances again this term and there are several somatic movement workshops happening in Edinburgh:
Talking Bodies: introduction to Laban Bartenieff Movement Studies 17th-18th October £165/£125. Contact me for more info and booking: email@example.com.
Senses and Perception (Somatic Movement Education/BMC®) with Embody Move (I will be taking part in this course myself) 22nd-25th October £300. Contact Embody Move for more info and booking: http://www.embody-move.co.uk/course-dates or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Module 1 of the LBMS Certificate Programme in June was a great success, I enjoyed assisting on this programme and am delighted to announce that I have been promoted to Project Manager of the Certificate Programme and the associated introductory courses, Talking Bodies. The next of these will be taking place October 17th and 18th, if you are interested please email me at email@example.com.
And from the 7th to the 22nd August (not 9th or 16th), 22:15, I will be dancing with the Modern Troubadours in ‘Fiesta de Los Muertos’ at theSpace @ Surgeon’s Hall for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. For tickets visit https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/fiesta-de-los-muertos.