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The Institute for Creative Enterprise (ICE), the Health Design Technology Institute (HDTI) and the Centre for Media Art and Performance (CeMAP) are working with Dance Art Foundation to deliver a dance-in-health professional development programme focused on Dance and Older People. We are looking for dance artists who wish to develop their skills and confidence to work in community settings, with those with dementia and older people with reduced, limited or no mobility due to health conditions.

Participants will receive an introductory training in dance-in-health practice, specialised training in dance and dementia and inclusive practice with leading practitioners, and a closely mentored opportunity to gain practical experience by delivering sessions in community settings.

Dance Connections aims to support the development of dance-in-health in the region by training artists and creating new partnerships. Our plans include a sharing and dissemination event at the end of the project, which is intended to generate future employment opportunities for participating artists.

The programme is free and will run from August to September 2009.

Ideal applicants will:

  • be aiming for, pursuing or currently engaged in a career in dance in the community, particularly dance-in-health
  • be able to demonstrate a strong interest in professional dance practice and its role in wider public life
  • be an independent dance artist living and/or working in the West Midlands area

To apply, please send your CV and an artistic statement addressing the following:

1.       Your background or previous experience that is relevant to this training (this may include training; education; voluntary or professional experience)

2.       The ways you are aiming for, pursuing or engaged in a career in dance in the community, particularly dance-in-health.

3.       Your particular interest in the training and what you hope to get out of it.

4.       Your understanding of why you are a suitable candidate for this training initiative.

Please also indicate your preference to work with those with dementia or reduced mobility during practical sessions.

The application deadline is 3rd July 2009. For more information regarding the Dance Connections programme or to submit an application, please contact Jenna Hubbard on 02476 158304 or jhubbard[at]cad.coventry.ac.uk

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