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I am a female dancer; not a feminine dancer.

I am a female dancer; not a feminine dancer.

In response to reading Sophie’s recent blog post about Young Women and dance, Rachel thought she would share some of her thoughts about the gender roles she has experienced as a dancer and as an apprentice for Attik Dance.   In some dance classes I’ve taken and some performances I have done, I’ve been required to perform […]



Working with patterned movement in young dancers

Working with patterned movement in young dancers

Here at Attik Dance we are always working with new dancers, new explorations of creatively what a body can do, different experience levels and different levels of the experience of dance ‘technique’, or what we often now refer to as creatively limiting movement patterning. We use this term, creatively limiting movement patterning, not as a […]



Training Youth Dancers

Training Youth Dancers

Within a session of Attik youth dance company I rarely teach sequences, and recently I have been trying to work with the question of how I can teach the principles of a technical dance training through a creative framework. I have clear goals of what I want them to be able to achieve and explore […]



And improvisation?

And improvisation?

Improvisation with Youth Dance Companies In the Youth Dance arena where contemporary dance is the main style, there are few words that strike as much fear as Improvisation. The mere mention of it can turn confident and skilled dancers into trembling, doubting, emotional wrecks. The fear is palpable. Talking of improv can create tension in […]



Young Women and Dance

Young Women and Dance

It has been the first all female year of Attik youth dance company, and there have been some subtle changes. At the start of the year I was worried about the fact that we had no boys in the company. We would miss them!  And I thought that it would change the space. It has […]



Creativity, Identity and Youth Dance

Creativity, Identity and Youth Dance

      One of the main lines of enquiry for me as Artistic Director of Attik Dance is that of identity. This manifests in everything we do, where every process and experience we lead supports our participants and artists to explore this aspect of themselves. One very obvious way of exploring Identity is through […]



Sophie speaks about her methodology when working with young people.

Sophie speaks about her methodology when working with young people.

At Attik Youth Dance Company my intention is to coach individual dancing people. Rather than just focus on training bodies I am trying to find ways to help them to construct and create their own creative strategies. They can then harness these strategies with their own body’s capacity for movement in response to discussion and […]



Young people are capable of so much…..

Young people are capable of so much.....

One of the great joys of working with dance in schools, and particularly in primary schools, is seeing the young people we work with do things physically and creatively that they and their teachers had never thought possible. We are currently fortunate to work in a number of fantastic primary schools in Plymouth and Cornwall. […]



Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance Round 1 Audition

This weekend I travelled up to London to attend the SEAD audition. I was not feeling particularly confidant because of a back injury that I had been dealing with the past three weeks and the cramped eight hour coach journey up to London did nothing to ease my discomfort. On the Friday night I went […]



New Dimensions!

New Dimensions!

  This weekend we took our youth company, Attik Youth, to London to perform in the U.Dance New Dimensions event. This event is a choreographic competition aimed at youth companies who are verging on a professional standard. It was an incredible platform for me to show my work and to be seen by dance artists […]



Young Choreographers South West.

Last weekend I went to Bournemouth to attend the Young Choreographers South West two day course. The course consisted of numerous workshops by dance artists, performance artists and business enterprises to give an insight into all aspects of being and sustaining yourself as a choreographer. It was also a good opportunity to meet other like-minded […]



Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance MoveMentors experience!

I spent the last ten days in Austria attending the MoveMentors course at Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance. The week consisted of yoga, ballet and contemporary technique, improvisation and choreography classes along with an hour group feedback session at the end of each day. The technique classes were very detailed and enabled us to focus […]



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Evaluation of Includance: Introduction

Evaluation of Includance: Introduction

This is you Project Team: Dr Kerry Chappell & Dr Margo Greenwood October 2013 Executive Summary 1       INTRODUCTION 1.1       The Includance Project Includance was a cross-border micro-project which developed and explored a partnership between an English and French approach to social inclusion via the choreographic process.  The project was built on the idea that the […]



Evaluation of Includance: Findings

This is you Project Team: Dr Kerry Chappell & Dr Margo Greenwood October 2013 Executive Summary 2       FINDINGS This report has been entitled “This is you” as the findings indicated that at the heart of the project was the aim to re-engage the young people with ‘themselves’ and on many levels this was achieved in […]



Evaluation of Includance: Conclusion

This is you Project Team: Dr Kerry Chappell & Dr Margo Greenwood October 2013 Executive Summary 3       CONCLUSION This report evaluates the English strand of the Includance project in relation to project objective 1: to promote the social inclusion of disaffected or disadvantaged (from hereon in referred to as ‘disengaged’) young people.  The evidence showed […]



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Picnic In the Park

Picnic In the Park

On the 27th July, Attik Dance in partnership with Plymouth Music Zone held the first Picnic in the Park, funded by the big lottery fund. We had a great day in Devonport Park filled with music and dance from Includance, Spindrift, PMZ Intergenerational choir – Tonality, Mike Fullerton, Java 5, Street Factory, Sound Skills band & Attik 360. Alongside […]



Catherine’s Blog and her experience of Includance

Catherine's Blog and her experience of Includance

Blog – Catherine – Thursday 11th July, 2013 Dancing in France was one of the best experiences I’ve had. Not only learning new things and meeting new people and travelling to a city I’ve never been to. From this project I have gained a lot of confidence in myself but also in being able to […]



New course with City College Plymouth

New course with City College Plymouth

We have been working with City College Plymouth over the last several months to develop a performance course for young people with Learning Disabilities. We are very pleased to announce that this course is online and ready to go. It is called Performance Makers and is a BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Performing Arts. This is […]



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Pauline Finet – 6 Month blog

Pauline Finet - 6 Month blog

6 months, the time passed too quickly … I remember arriving with my ideas, I introduced myself as a master teacher of adapted activity, a history in dance, some performance as amateur … But finally it does not matter, one of the first things I’ve learned with Attik is to remain open, free and not […]



Olivia Watts, Special study unit with Attik

  The article below was written by Olivia Watts,  a fourth year medical student at the University of Plymouth Medical School who undertook a Special Study Unit with Attik this year. This SSU involved Olivia and 3 other students experiencing a number of Attik 360 sessions, talking with the company about the work, about our […]