My arts or creative practice (including details about my specific focus within that art form/practice and my strengths)
I am an experienced dance education specialist with an extensive background in contemporary dance. I bring a plethora of practical dance skills and academic insight to the table. My focus for this initiative is to employ creative pedagogy for learning through well-scaffolded stimulating activities, for success. I am passionate about building confidence in a safe, supportive environment and empowering educators to teach dance education, so that more students are nurtured to explore widely, take creative risks and experience academic success through self-expression in movement.
My colleague is a dance education specialist in mainstream education. She is a registered teacher of secondary dance, with a Unitec degree in performing and screen arts, dance major. She is passionate about creating innovative and exciting classroom resources for both students and teachers. Her focus for this initiative is to equip students and empower teachers with the right tools for the right job through dance workshops, and tailored resources and professional development. She is currently working to establish her business in dance education resources with a database of over 180 dance teachers and educators.
My track record of experience and success - or the track record of experience and success of the creative or artist that I will partner with
I am a registered teacher in secondary dance. I not only have taught at primary, secondary and tertiary level, but professional and community dance. Most recently, I co-authored a handbook for Level 1 Dance. I have an expansive history as a highly sought after dancer, choreographer and director. I am a well-respected dance education specialist amongst my peers.
My colleague is a registered teacher of secondary dance, with a Unitec degree in performing and screen arts (dance major). She has worked as Head of Dance at a local college for 13 years. She has worked to create performance, choreography and ensemble work, within a safe and positive environment.
Describe the experience you have had working with children or young people, teaching or facilitating creative processes
I have over 20 years of teaching experience. I have worked with children and young people in my capacity as an experienced dance education specialist since 2002. My colleague has worked as Head of Department at a local college for 13 years. She has developed dance programmes for year 9 and 10 dance, as well as level 1, 2 and 3 NCEA Dance. She has worked with secondary school aged students for almost two decades.
Why I want to be part of the Creatives in Schools programme and how my involvement will link to my creative practice
We believe a collaboration with the Creatives in Schools programme and [redacted] college will encourage deep choreographic exploration outside of the students current practical knowledge adding extra value and support to the level 3 teaching programme. Our proposal is to workshop and create a finished dance work for NZQA Achievement standard 3.1. This would include collaboration and discussion with the teacher and her class about the topic and context of the work, practical class workshops (choreography, technique, production technologies) and professional learning. This initiative would support level 3 dance students to achieve 8 level 3 NCEA credits. Our passion to empower teachers and inspire students comes from the love of dance and the ambition to provide equity within Dance education.