Stopgap Dance Company launches 3 exciting new publications

Specially created resources give teachers and students access into Stopgap’s unique inclusive and responsive dance teaching.

Local Surrey based integrated dance company Stopgap are launching their three new publications at The University of Surrey on 24th April from 4.30pm.  The evening will include a short duet performed by Hannah Sampson and Indra Slavena (trainee dancer and associate dancer respectively) and a sneak preview of ‘Artificial Things’ Stopgap’s new production which will tour nationally and internationally later this year.

‘a deeply felt affirmation of the power of dance’

The Sunday Express

Specially created resources give teachers and students access into Stopgap’s unique inclusive and responsive dance teaching.

Local Surrey based integrated dance company Stopgap are launching their three new publications at The University of Surrey on 24th April from 4.30pm.  The evening will include a short duet performed by Hannah Sampson and Indra Slavena (trainee dancer and associate dancer respectively) and a sneak preview of ‘Artificial Things’ Stopgap’s new production which will tour nationally and internationally later this year.

Stopgap had a hugely successful 2012, and as General manager Lou Rogers puts it “After being a part of the cultural Olympiad it seemed writing up what makes us special was the logical next step.  We hope these publications will help teachers and students to work in a more responsive and inclusive way and that dance can be truly accessible for all.”

Through funding from Arts Council England and alongside the National Resource Centre for Dance with Helen Roberts and Dr Lorna Sanders, Stopgap have produced three publications: First Light – A Book on Stopgap’s professional practice, Inclusive Dance Teaching – A Guide to Stopgap Dance Company’s Responsive Teaching Practice and Within – A resource pack for teachers of Key Stage 3, 4 and 5 accompanied by a DVD of the piece choreographed by Thomas Noone and performed by Stopgap during their extensive touring season 2010-2012.

There will also be an opportunity to experience Stopgap’s work firsthand, with attendees invited to join in a taster workshop exploring Stopgap’s bespoke approach to dance.  This taster session will feature the SG Youth Company, a group of gifted and talented young disabled dancers who attend weekly training with Stopgap.

This unique evening will be a celebration of Stopgap’s work over the past 15 years.


For interviews, images and further details please contact

Nicky Norton on [email protected] or 01252 745 443


Notes to editors:

The launch will take place on Wednesday 24 April from 4.30pm at the PATS Building, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7XH.


About the resource packs

Inclusive Dance: A guide to Stopgap Dance Company’s responsive teaching practice is designed to give teachers a better understanding of inclusive practice. Sourced from over a decade of experience, it provides teachers with practical guidance for delivering accessible dance sessions for both disabled and non-disabled people and includes workshop tips, languages and structures.
 
‘Within’ is a practical guide to A-Level, GCSE and BTEC syllabus based on Stopgap’s integrated performance ‘Within’.  With insights into the process of how ‘Within’ was made, teachers and students can think about how to make dance with disabled people.  The pack includes tasks to create choreography based on ‘Within’ and comes with a detailed DVD of one of our dancers teaching disabled students the dance syllabus.

‘First Light’ is an in depth understanding of the practice of Stopgap Dance Company by one of its former dancers.  It is a snapshot in time - ‘ a window into the peculiarities and idiosyncrasies of Stopgap’s professional practice’ and an opportunity to disseminate and document the collective experience, knowledge and understanding of the members of this company.

Stopgap Dance Company was set up in 1997 and aims to develop work that achieves the seamless integration of disabled and non-disabled dancers. Working with both physically and learning disabled dancers, Stopgap Dance Company is a pioneer in integrated dance practice. The company tours nationally and internationally and is a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England. Alongside the professional performances and classes the company runs a youth dance education programme and community dance workshops.

The company was founded 15 years ago by Vicki Balaam and is made up of four permanent dancers: Laura Jones, Amy Butler, David Willdridge and Chris Pavia.

Artificial Things guest dancers include: Dave Toole and Indra Slavena.

Sg2 trainee: Hannah Sampson.

Laura Jones is paralysed from the chest down and is a wheelchair dancer, Chris Pavia is a Down’s syndrome dancer, Dave Toole was born without legs, Indra Slavena is visually impaired, Hannah Sampson is a SG Graduate Trainee and has Down’s syndrome.

Stopgap leads a wide range of activities, including workshops, education residencies, talks, creative exchanges and performances. We deliver these activities locally, nationally and internationally.  Stopgap is also actively involved in the national disability arts debate.

Packs can be bought here and further information on purchasing from [email protected]