training - leadership

current courses

Dance Unstuck Training with Jϋrg Koch

for artists and teachers who seek to apply inclusive practice to their work

THURSDAY 20 APRIL 2017, 1 - 5:30pm

(arrive by 12:45 for registration)

Borough Hall, Greenwich Dance, London SE10 8RE

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Jürg Koch introduces dance training informed by Universal Design of Instruction, a framework which promotes access for a greater diversity of people. Jürg unpacks key aspects of UD and its application in various dance settings. This is aimed at dance artists and teachers who seek to apply inclusive practice to their work.

Jürg's approach draws on his experience working with Candoco Dance Company and teaching in the Dance Programme at the University of Washington.

The workshop will include current material and findings from GDance initiative Dance Unstuck, applying Universal Design of Instruction to ballet training.

Instead of a disability specific approach or working with ‘adapting’ movements for or by disabled dancers, this approach allows everyone in the class to work with shared principles and processes allowing them to recognise and push their individual movement ranges and possibilities.

“It is in this way that disability and disabled students become a part of the full spectrum of diversity in our dance studios, our universities and our societies, rather than being isolated as an ‘issue’ or group to be taught outside the ‘regular’ curriculum.” Jürg Koch


CPD with Jurg Koch 20 April 2017 - Info Sheet 2.pdf

previous courses 

Arts Inc Inclusive Leadership Course

Co-delivered with partner Art Shape, the course was piloted in 2015.

It is designed to boost the skills, experience and knowledge of current practitioners, enabling them to confidently include disabled participants in creative sessions. 

The course includes:
  • weekend face-to-face training sessions 
  • online learning
  • placement 
  • mentoring
Trainees work with recognised inclusion specialists and have the opportunity to gain Level 3 accreditation by AptED.

You can find out more by viewing 2015 course information:

Contact Ailsa Lane ( / 01452-550 431) if you are interested in future Arts Inc Leadership courses.

Young Ignite Programme

A residential retreat for young disabled dance creatives was held at the University of Gloucestershire, Gloucester, from 15-17 April 2014.

The course brought together talented young disabled creatives from throughout the UK to develop their choreographic and leadership skills. 

The programme participants continue to be mentored by Course Director and artist Caroline Bowditch, and to be supported in fulfillment of their development plan goals by the following Young Ignite partners: 

Candoco dance company - lead contact Hannah Dye
Diverse City - lead contact Alice Chutter
Paragon Music - lead contact Ninian Perry
Braena - lead contact Anna Hall

Young Ignite follows on from GDance's Ignite programme for adult emerging artists in 2011.

It has been developed by GDance in response to learning from the 2011 initiative and responsive to current aims within the National Inclusive Dance Network and research led by Dance4 and Trinity Laban: Changing Perceptions (2012) -  read Trinity Lanban's research document here.

Partners -  Young Ignite is delivered in partnership with our national / regional dance partners. 

Evaluation - consultant Michele Taylor will produce an evaluation report in October 2014 which will be shared with the sector.

funders Esmee, CIN and ACE, Big Lottery