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India Ward

Dance Performance & Teaching, BA (Hons)

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About me

Alongside my course I’ve completed my level 2 and 3 Counselling, Mental heath first aid in the workplace, and am a Samaritans Volunteer. I have been the student lead on a project delivering dance and Parkinson’s to the local community, and have led Preston Youth Dance Company, including chaperoning. I currently work as an agency SEN Teaching Assistant, being placed as an Inclusive Learning Advisor. As a facilitator, I aim to create a positive and supportive learning environment that encourages participants to explore their creativity and express themselves through movement. I am passionate about inclusivity and wellbeing, and have chosen experiences that will develop these skills. I’ve built positive relationships at each level of my experience, and I think that will help me bring a positive difference to peoples lives.

My independent project explored strategies, opportunities, and challenges when facilitating inclusive, creative dance, to undergraduate dance students. Inclusive practice to me is when any person could come into a class and get as much out of it as the person next to them, regardless of ability. My research explored how we can challenge without the fear of pushing unknown individual abilities. I also challenged my facilitation with a knee injury that left me unable to walk unassisted. It enabled me to discover new facilitation strategies and approaches such as demonstrating adaptation, communication, and being honest about my needs.

Photography by David Schofield

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‘Diagnosis’ - Solo Choreography

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‘Scatter Cushion’ - UCLan Dance Company

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‘Scatter Cushion’ - UCLan Dance Company

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‘I Have a Language’ - Borders and Boundaries Collaborative Choreography

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‘We Rave’ - LUDUS

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Pole Fitness

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Pole Fitness - Butterfly

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Pole Fitness

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Leading Preston Youth Dance Company

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Keywords: inclusive, pole dance, pole fitness, dance facilitation


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