role. Dance Teacher
date. April 2019 - July 2020
location. Hereford, UK
2Faced Dance Company produces innovative, accomplished and aspirational artistic performance and participation programmes alongside a captivating community dance programme that truly reflects the landscape in which we are based, allowing us to tell new and original stories, generating distinctive new work, whilst striving to stay relevant to our audiences. The company tours extensively across the UK and internationally aiming to work with cutting edge and culturally diverse designers, venues, organisations and people. We aim to support and mentor local artists whilst advocating on behalf of the wider dance sector and challenging and inspiring different sectors of society.
From April 2019 - March 2020, I delivered 2Faced Dance’s weekly Saturday classes. I choreographed new urban contemporary works for Prestylerz, (3-4 years) Weestylerz (5-7 years) and Topstylerz (8-10 years) for the annual show, "From HERE", which took place at The Courtyard in Hereford in June 2019. These works used the theme of 'obstacles", both physical and mental, and how we can overcome them. For the Autumn 2019 and Spring 2020 terms, I began working towards developing the children's skills in storytelling through dance, exploring their own choreographic abilities and focus in performance, in preparation for an large-scale, outdoor performance which was due to take place in June 2020, but was cancelled due to COVID-19. Instead, I developed a series of resource packs and accompanying instructional videos for class participants, filled with creative tasks in dance and other artforms to keep active during self-isolation.
"We were blown away by the children’s performances - credit to Gemma for stepping in and not only getting the best out of the children in a short space of time, but providing such an amazing theme and choreography for them to express themselves. The weekly classes have certainly helped our girls understanding of music, their physical ability and improved their confidence" - Parent of students in TOPSTYERZ/WEESTYLERZ
Photos by Ian Abbott and Matilda Maginns