Finding Closure During the COVID-19 Pandemic

In 2018 Tara and I started working with a group of people living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) who visited the MS drop-in on Tuesday mornings in North Hull. In March 2020, like so many things, our sessions ended abruptly. We soon realised that classes were not going to resume anytime soon – in fact over […]

A Journey that Began with Hull Dance

Over the course of the past 6 months I have worked alongside Hull Dance and other dance professionals, in order to gain experience, knowledge and broaden my skills within the dance world as a recent graduate. I have previously worked with Hull Dance assisting to deliver workshops and sessions weekly to a Youth Group leading […]

Dance, Dance, Dance, Dance – You can Dance Through it

Snowdrops appearing and birds gradually sitting in pairs rather than on their own in the bare branches of the trees. These are two of the glorious sights that I always associate with the start of February and the first hints that spring is on the way. This year is no different, nature seems unaware that […]

Hello 2021

Happy New Year! We hope that you are staying safe and well in these challenging times and that the festive period brought you joy however you spent it. I think we can safely say that 2020 was a year like no other, and that entering a third lockdown was probably not how any of us […]

Lockdown2 and Beyond

We all knew that it was coming but not precisely when or what it would look like, in the end Lockdown2 crept up on us earlier this month. The dance studios that had begun to open closed once more and the theatres that had booked performances to carefully adhere to infection control measures cancelled them. […]

It Was A Thrill To Think The Stage Would Be Alive Again

5 months… it’s the longest break from live performance I have ever had in my life! It was quite pleasant for a few weeks in March to have some ‘time off’ of theatre attending, Following a busy work year I convinced myself it was ‘OK’ that the arts industry was shut down.  In the way […]

Expert Support for Talented Young Dancers

Mark Pearce grew up on Orchard Park Estate in Hull and after training at Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD) in Leeds and performing as part of Laban’s graduate company Transitions he toured nationally and internationally with Matthew Bourne’s highly acclaimed adaptation of Swan Lake, (the one with the all-male cast).  He eventually found his […]

Dancing at Home – with Becky Howes

Inside my head I am a dancer, on the outside, more of an enthusiastic student, with dodgy knees, a modicum of rhythm and a desire to express myself physically. My busy life does not seem to afford much time for the things I love although I squeeze in as much as I can. I was […]

Body Speaks Yoga – with Lottie Hanson

Whist studying contemporary dance training at The Place, I fell in love with yoga practise as it was a not competitive way to work both my body and mind. At that time in my life I needed some grounding from the business of London life and the pressures I was feeling from Dance school. I […]

Stepping into Zoom! Tara Mckeown – Irish Dance Academy Life for dancers, and other artists, changed abruptly in the third week of March. Lockdown meant that not only were all performances cancelled but it was no longer possible to create work, lead workshops or hold regular classes in studios or community venues.  The solution was to move everything on-line, but how easy is […]