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ISTD Springboard 2017

Date: Sunday 30 Apr 2017
Venue: The Old Finsbury Town Hall, London
ISTD Springboard 2017

Event summary:

ISTD Springboard 2017 is for our next generation of teachers, choreographers and performers

Event details:

A day of inspiration and new ideas for both student teachers and established teachers. Join some of the industry’s most innovative professional artists and practitioners as they encourage members to think more creatively about dance and how it is delivered. 

Book now, places are limited – £40 each, includes participating, observing and sharing work as well as a healthy lunch box for all participants.

For information/booking email: coursebookings@istd.org

Tel: +44 (0)20 7377 1577

Programme for the day

  ISTD Springboard Programme 2017 The Old Finsbury Park Town Hall
Time Activity – Key: Participating = (P) Observation = (O). All of the sessions will be held in the Grand Hall unless otherwise *stated.
09:00–09:30 Registration
09:30–09:55 *Fit for Purpose – Healthy warm up led by Erin Sanchez. This session will provide and promote the importance of a thorough warm up in relation to the genre. (P)  (O) Held in the Grand Hall and 2 other studios TBC on the day.
09:55–10:00 Introduction to the day with Sue Passmore – Chair of the ISTD. A day to inspire our student teachers, established teachers, choreographers and performers of the future.
10:00–11:00 *Teacher, Choreographer, Performer – DDI students from four vocational colleges, developing a creative process to choreograph, teach and perform their work.  (P)  (O) Grand Hall and additional studios TBC on the day.
11:00–12:15 Stopgap Dance – Join the Artistic Director Lucy Bennett and observe how the dancers of Stopgap Dance create innovative choreography through their integrated training programme (IRIS). (P) & (O)
Mark Smith and Deaf Men Dancing Founder and Artistic Director for the all male dance company, (DMD) a collaboration of professional male dancers.  The workshop will show a fusion of different styles of dance and will teach the participants, the Deaf Men Dancing's style of choreography which is sign-language incorporated into dance movement to songs, poems and spoken words. (P)  (O) 
12:15–12:30 Sharing of work
12:30–13:30 The Power of the Imaginary – Join Clare Gus West a Dance Advocate, Innovator and Practitioner who will teach a practical workshop  and lecture based on scientific foundations. How the imaginary can promote the global well being of a dancer. (O) (P)
13:30 - 13:45 Sharing of work
13:45–14:30 Lunch – Healthy Lunch Bag
14:30 - 15:30 Sarah Milne – Founder/Principal of Cyprus Performing Arts a centre of excellence in the training of young performers. Sarah will demonstrate a unique teaching tool which she has developed to introduce young children from ages 2-7 years to Musical Theatre.  It encourages role play, imagination, movement and song through a variety of story books and DVDS featuring colourful and engaging characters written by Sarah. (O) 
15:30–16:45 The Legacy of Dr Ross McKim - Following the highly acclaimed documentary film ''The  Gospel of Ross Mckim'' and reflecting on his life time’s work, Ross is now in the process of developing a contemporary syllabus for younger dancers as a legacy to his work. Please take this amazing opportunity to see the introduction of this creative contemporary dance, which will be demonstrated at two levels from 13 years – 15 years by our young ISTD dancers from the Geilgud Academy of Performing Arts (O) Accompanied by Barry Ganberg (piano) and Tom Kirkpatrick (guitar). 
16:45–17:00 Solo/performance?1  - Lacrimosa performed by Dane Hurst - choreography by Ross McKim. Accompanied by Barry Ganberg and Tom Kirkpatrick. Dane trained at the Rambert School and was a soloist with the Rambert Dance company as well as making guest appearances with Phoenix Dance Theatre, National Dance Company of Wales, Mad Dogs Dance Theatre and Company Wayne McGregor. In recent years Dane has been developing his choreographic career. (O)
Solo/performance 2  - Amazing Grace  - performed by Sian Hopkins - choreography by Ross McKim. Accompanied by Barry Ganberg andTom Kirkpatrick . A Rambert School graduate, Sian has worked professionally with Inland Pacific Ballet as a soloist along with Stephanie Gilliland of Tongue Dance in California, and with Peter McCoy Dance Company in Munich. (O) 
17:00–18:30 Creative Mash Up – Join Kate Flatt and Dane Hurst for an inspiring master class in creativity. Choreographers Kate Flatt and Dane Hurst will inspire members to create an original, integrated piece of work to live music by Brazilian percussionist Adriano Adewale. A wonderful way to reflect on the day! (P) (O)

New Ideas
Experience is a great teacher, but it can mean that we tend to do what we have done before rather than explore new ideas. But with focused CPD we can open up new possibilities, new knowledge and new skill areas, helping us to stay interested and interesting. By coping positively with change and updating our skill sets, teachers gain efficiency, which builds on their credibility and most importantly, their confidence.

With this in mind, a NEW initiative commencing 2017/18 for a SPRINGBOARD EXPERIENCE is being piloted. The project will invite 12–16 dancers, currently undertaking ISTD Teacher Training courses and recommended by their teachers to participate as creative dancers in small groups in an exciting venture that will be unique to the ISTD. The  programme will focus on innovative choreography and take the work to a diverse range of events in the UK and Internationally. 

There is so much to share outside our shores as the Vietnam Schools Tour in August 2016 evidenced, and following this first brave initiative we are able to build on the future contracts and career challenges for our performer/teacher/choreographers.

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