Jane specialises in teaching creative contemporary dance practices. In this she draws on extensive experience as a dancer and choreographer researching and working with dance styles from ballet to tango, jazz and improvisation. She has led workshops for professional organisations such as Northern Touring Theatre and the International Workshop Festival, choreographed and taught GCSE examination and technique work in schools, created large scale community dance events and most recently worked with prisoners for Kent Opera. She is also appointed as part-time Senior Lecturer at London Metropolitan University and as External Examiner to the MA Performance Arts at Bedfordshire University and the BA Dance top-up course @ ESART Barcelona with Bath Spa University 2017
A recent collaboration with students at London Met and Malaysian composer Valerie Ross’s new composition Cusp of Life led to performance at Cambridge University 25th October 2019 as part of Churchill College’s International Conference on Musical Intersections in Practice (MIP2019), and, as seen here, at the TATE Modern as part of a Tate Talks event ‘The Pecking Order’ 10th December.
An earlier explicatory film here: Swarm: Self-organising systems in performance
Jane is used to delivering a choreographic brief in a limited time frame whatever the context, whether live or filmed, with experienced or amateur dancers and across all sorts of styles. Jane works with energy and enthusiasm towards accomplished inventive performance that brings out the individuality and potential of performers.
“We had so many compliments and people still talk about ‘the dance’ Thanks again”
Neil and Caitrin Roskilly, June 2017
Always interested in meeting new people in new dance adventures, get in touch to discuss what you need.
Dance is the oldest expressive language that speaks for and through all cultures. Through attentive movement we make new discoveries and interconnections with the self and the universe. In dancing we find wellness and new horizons, break down boundaries, build new confidence and, often, friends.
Jane promotes positive dance practice, aiming to ensure that all people’s experience of dance is liberating and meaningful, whilst encouraging polished outcomes and increased knowledge. To do this she works with trust, humour, determination and invention.
Following many years of practice, and witnessing how so often the most creative dance experiences resulted from simple starting points, I found myself on a research journey into the science of self-organisation, complexity and emergence. Through collaboration with exceptional dancers, composers, scientists and artists, this ultimately led to a PhD in Complexity as Choreographic model thanks to a bursary from the University of Chichester and now regularly presents talks, presentations, interactive seminars and performances at international events exploring this interdisciplinary area of research.