What We're Up To
Inclusive Practice is Good Practice resource film, featuring 42 of the U.K.'s most experienced inclusive dance artists, launched on the Parable Dance YouTube channel at 7pm on Weds 10th March. You can watch the film with or without BSL, and both film versions have captioning.
Online project with Carousel
We were asked by Carousel to collaborate with them to produce an online version of their inclusive Blue Camel Club night. Their DJs picked 6 cheesy tunes and we choreographed accessible routines to teach to the BCC party goers.
This project presented the opportunity for us to pay dancers with learning disabilities for the first time as members of the team. Natasha, Associate Artist Annie and Dancers Joe and Lauren spent a fun day socially distance filming the instructions and routines. The six 20 minute segments are being aired as 'warm ups' every Monday night in the lead up to the Live Dance Party on Dec 14th 2020 when we will be leading 2 of the dances live.
Maria Bjornson memorial fund
We are thrilled to have secured £10,000 from The Maria Bjornson Memorial Fund which (alongside the £10,000 we secured from The Backstage Trust) will be for an exciting new education project supporting the next generation of inclusive dance artists... more soon!
If you're an emerging dance artist/ new graduate we'd love to hear from you so that we can add you to our list of contacts to tell about this work.
(Posted May 2021)
11 Million Reasons to Dance Network
We were delighted to be asked to speak at the 11 Million Reasons to Dance Network on 13th April 2021. The network is hosted by People Dancing and is for anyone who currently works or aims to work with access and inclusion embedded into their dance practice.
We spoke at the event about the film resource 'Inclusive Practice is Good Practice'; about how people could make the most of the film and what we'd learnt from the process. If you're not already a member, you can find out more and join through the link.
(Posted April 2021)
Radio & TV Interviews!
Following the release of our resource film 'Inclusive Practice is Good Practice' we were delighted to be asked for interviews by BBC Radio Sussex & Surrey, Brighton Radio Reverb and Latest TV.
These interviews gave us a chance to talk about the film but also about future projects, the wider world of inclusive dance and fair employment for dance artists with disabilities ... Follow the link to our YouTube channel and select the 'News & Interviews' playlist.
(Posted April 2021)
New Networking group
Following the success of our film resource 'Inclusive Practice is Good Practice', we and many of the other artists in the film wanted to stay connected. We have decided to host a monthly 'inclusive cuppa catchup' as an informal space to chat, share opportunities and feel connected.
We are aware that there are so many more experienced inclusive dance practitioners out there who we couldn't feature in the film and we'd love to connect with you. If you're experienced in this area of work and would like to join our community we'd love to hear from you. Please email email@example.com to be added to the list.
For those newer to inclusive practice there will be a group for you coming soon too... watch this space!
(Posted April 2021)
A Grant from The Backstage Trust!
We are delighted to have been awarded £10,000 by The Backstage Trust to develop an exciting new project which will expand inclusive dance training opportunities UK wide... watch this space for more info!
(Posted April 2021)
Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing Webinar
We have been invited to be guest speakers for a webinar by The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD).
The session on Monday 24th May at 4.30pm is available for free to ISTD members and for £15 to non members.
This session will guide you to ensuring accessibility in dance classes. We will provide top tips around communication, touch, props, access, adapting movement, performance and progression, as well as there being a chance to ask questions and discuss ideas.
Follow the link to book.
(Posted April 2021)
We are delighted to have been awarded a donation of £3000 from The Chalk Cliff Trust! This funding will go towards the development of our work supporting emerging inclusive dance artists. We can't wait to get started on the project.
(Posted March 2021)
Parable Dance on BBC News!
Our film 'Inclusive Practice Is Good Practice' featured on BBC South Today News on 24th February 2021. The two minute feature highlighted the contributions from 7 of the dancers who feature in our film. It also included an interview with Paul Davidson, who both speaks and dances in the film. Paul makes a poignant comment in his interview about dancing for love and joy and not letting disability define you.
(Posted February 2021)
South East Dance Access panel event
Parable Dance are delighted to have been asked to be part of a panel event for South East Dance on 30th March 2021, appearing alongside dancer Laura Dajao (LauraDDances) and James Greenhalgh and Laura Jones from Stopgap Dance Company. This will be an online discussion about making your work accessible and is a free event aimed at dance graduates and emerging dance artists.
(Posted February 2021)
U.Dance inclusive expert 2021
We’re delighted that Natasha will be the inclusivity expert on the judging panel for the South East Dance U.Dance selection process for the sixth consecutive year. The panel will shortlist groups from the South East region in March 2021, all hoping to be featured in the online festival in April and for a place in the National U.Dance festival.
(Posted February 2021)
Royal & Derngate Generate Festival Highlights Parable's work
The Royal & Derngate (Northampton) host The Generate Festival. As part of this they are running 'Genfest Movement' on 20th March. The day is dedicated to supporting the work and development of professional and emerging artists.
There will be workshops, Q&A, CPD and interviews throughout the day, including with Parable: a CPD session, interview, streaming of our resource film and a panel event.
We're delighted to be programmed alongside wonderful artists such as Sir Richard Alston and Diverse City and to be embarking on an exciting new relationship with the wonderful Royal and Derngate team.
Multiple features in the press!
Our fun online inclusive dance warm ups and club night in partnership with Carousel have proven popular and have been featured in 5 local newspapers! We're really grateful for the features by:
Brighton & Hove Idependent
West Sussex County Times
We are thrilled to announce that we are being supported using public funding by The National Lottery through Arts Council England. The funding we have received is for an exciting nationwide inclusive dance film project. We are hugely grateful to be able to work with 45 inclusive dance artists and organisations around the country. Thank you to Arts Council England, and to our partnering organisations and supporters: South East Dance, One Dance UK, Disability Arts Online, and Unlimited. Watch this space for more announcements about the project and our collaborators!
Online professional development in collaboration with South East Dance
We're excited to be delivering online zoom sessions in collaboration with South East Dance, which address inclusion for both online and in person teaching.
For more information and to book:
Inclusion & access for online dance teaching: Weds 5th August @ 10am
Inclusion and access for in person dance teaching: Fri 11th Sept @ 10am
More award nominations for 2020!
We are delighted to have been nominated for The 'Entrepreneur of Excellence Award' in The National Diversity Awards. Thank you to everyone who voted for us.
Natasha has also been nominated for the second year running for the Mentor of the Year Award' in The Inclusive Companies Awards.
A Parable of Progress
Check out "Dance and Disability: A Parable of Progress" written by Imogen Hunte, featuring Parable Dance with interviews by Natasha Britton and Kimberley Harvey! Illustrations by Niamh McBride.
Parable Judging RAD online competition
Natasha has been asked to bring her inclusive dance expertise as a judge for a new online dance competition. The RAD's Step Into Dance have launched 'Step on Trend'. Young people aged 11-25 from London and Essex are being asked to submit original dance moves that could be the next trending move like the Floss or the Dab. The competition runs throughout June and July and we're excited to be involved.
Taking our training online
We've been busy reaching out to previous clients as well as making new connections, to publicise our offer of inclusive dance training online. We now offer two shortened professional development sessions via zoom. One addressing face to face inclusive dance teaching and another covering techniques for working inclusively when teaching online. We are also offering bespoke online mentoring sessions.
We have delivered several exciting projects so far:
We successfully delivered a one hour training session to a group of 68 dance teachers from the national franchise babyballet, who took their work online during lockdown.
We created a short instructional film for The RAD (Step into Dance), advising how families can support a child with additional needs taking part in their online classes.
We delivered training to a team of 7 teachers from Imagination Arts to add to their inclusive dance knowledge, ready for when they return to face to face teaching.
There are more projects in the pipeline... Watch this space!
Fun 15: Online, inclusive dance classes
Join us for fun, 15 minute online, inclusive dance classes!
Fun 15: Families
Fun 15: Care homes and assisted/residential living
Natasha mentors Step into Dance teachers
Natasha has really enjoyed being a mentor for the RAD Step Into Dance programme this month working with one of their wonderful teachers and a group of students in South London. She will be taking on a 'Partnership Support' role with 6 more teachers throughout 2020!
Get in touch for bespoke inclusive dance mentoring opportunities with us.
Upcoming workshops with Mencap
We are thrilled to have returned to deliver workshops for Mencap in Merton, Burgess Hill, and East Grinstead groups. We have various workshops scheduled throughout 2020. Keep an eye out for dates as they approach!
Classes at Team Domenica & Park Hill School
We had a great time working with students at Hill Park School & candidates from Team Domenica in Brighton (October & November 2019) on behalf of Katie Dale-Everett Dance.
Parable in the Press!
Parable Dance is in the press! We have a feature in Wellspring Newsletter. Click the read more button below and scroll to page 14 to read all about us!
Erica is an editor for The Dancer-Citizen, an online, open access journal exploring the work of socially engaged dance artists. See her Letter from the Editor and the journal's Issue 9: dancercitizen.org/issue-9
CPD with Dance Education students
In January we will be working with Canterbury Christ Church University's Dance Education degree students. We will be exploring methods of inclusive practice and supporting the students' work at a local special school.
'Mentor of the Year' Award
Feeling proud- Natasha has been nominated for the Inclusive Companies ‘Mentor of the Year’ Award 2019.
One Dance UK Nominations
Erica and Natasha are honoured to have both been nominated for the One Dance UK ‘Inspirational Community Dance Practitioner Award’
Parable Dance Launches!
We're so excited to be up and running! Be sure to follow us on social media!
Inclusive Training at The RAD (Step Into Dance)
We had great fun delivering a training day to the freelance team of Step Into Dance teachers at The RAD on 11th September. The team deliver workshops in schools in London & Essex, funded by The Jack Petchey Foundation. One Step Into Dance freelancer commented, “I think this was the best SEND training we’ve had so far”
South East Dance Panel: Access Conversation
We’re delighted to be working with South East Dance, Natasha was on the panel for their event on 12th September: ‘Artist conversations; Access, Studios and the Dance Space’.
U.Dance judging panel: Inclusivity expert
We’re excited that Natasha will be the inclusivity expert on the judging panel for the South East Dance U.Dance event for the fifth consecutive year. The panel will shortlist groups in November 2019 and those selected will perform in the platform at The Brook Theatre in Chatham in March 2020, all hoping for a place in the National U.Dance festival.