Lead by members of The Urban Playground Team, including Malik Diouf, one of the originators of Parkour, I took part in a workshop on the basics of the art form. It was an incredible experience. Parkour looks effortless, but it’s really not.
It’s important to note that what most people now call “freerunning” is not authentic parkour. Parkour is safe, efficient movement – not dangerously flipping off a building.
My skills in dance teaching were hooked towards a different level with Activate Performing Arts’ Dance and Disability Training, where we got to work with members of The Remix. The Remix is Dorset’s integrated youth dance company. It was really inspiring to work with these bright young people, who were full of ideas and very keen to help others learn how to teach disabled dancers. I was particularly amazed by a young man called Hugo, who immediately struck me as a cool character with his dreadlocks. Hugo was an ambitious dancer, who took a theme and moulded it into movement, whilst all the time reassuring those who were working with him what was good practice in this context and what wasn’t.
Following this it seemed fitting that, just a few days later, I made the journey to Guildford to meet StopGap Dance Company at the launch of their new education packs for working with integrated dance. We saw two short performances from the company, and I found myself watching with my jaw on the floor – the StopGap dancers are incredible. I wish I could move with the focus, power and grace that some of them have. StopGap also ran a short workshop for those who had attended the launch, passing on warm up techniques I had never seen before; techniques which interestingly included a lot of voice work. Their style is certainly something I’ll be looking to incorporate into my own teaching at the next available opportunity.
These last few months of inspiration was topped off with something on a slightly different tangent; earlier this
Surely enough, on the train home my head was really swirling with ideas and as soon as I got home I found myself sat at my laptop. A few days earlier, Broken Rose had been invited to propose an interactive children’s show for an upcoming festival. I’m pleased to let you know, we got the gig… although I can’t tell you what it is just yet.
More and more opportunities are popping up for Broken Rose, and they’ll all be showcased on our new website - www.brokenrose.co.uk