EVOLVE Digital

EVOLVE Digital is a new series of free online career development workshops for all dancers in the UK. All workshops will be facilitated by DCD Director of Coaching, Isabel Mortimer.

Dancers can sign up for multiple workshops. Limited spaces are available so early booking is advisable.

All workshops will include at least two breaks. All workshops will be captioned by a live electronic notetaker.

Hear new voices. Find your Power. Change the World.

EVOLVE Digital #1

Anything is possible: Dreaming Big in uncertain times. 

Monday 19th October 12.30-4.30pm

DCD Director of Coaching Isabel Mortimer will guide dancers through a suite of practical exercises, tools and thinking focusing on how, as dancers, we can embrace our resourcefulness and continue to dream big in these uncertain times. We will investigate recognising and building resilience and explore ways to bust gremlins and move forward in the way that is right for us. Our speaker, Shelley Rudman, will share her career story as an Olympic Silver Medallist and her successful transition to business owner and consultant.

Speaker: Shelley Rudman

Olympic Silver Medallist 2006, 3 x Winter Olympian, World Champion 2013, Overall World Cup Champion 2012, European Champion 2009 & 2011, British #1 2004-2012. Owner of SR Personal Training. Personal Trainer. Sports Consultancy. TV & Broadcasting.

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EVOLVE Digital #2

Decision making for dancers: knowing your values whilst navigating change.

Friday 23rd October 12.30-4.30pm

Dancers face a multitude of important decisions, non more so than around career development. These can be difficult to navigate, particularly at this unparalleled time. DCD Director of Coaching Isabel Mortimer will guide us through evidence base learning exercises, exploring listening skills and recognising and knowing your values. We will look together at tools which will enable you to recognise, understand and utilise your strengths and make decisions that are right for you, now.

Speakers: Hilary S. Carty & Farooq Chaudhry OBE

Hilary Carty is the Executive Director, Clore Leadership, a role she took up after six years as a consultant, facilitator and coach specialising in leadership development, management and organisational change. Hilary’s earlier roles include Director of the Cultural Leadership Programme; Director, London (Arts) at Arts Council England; Director, Culture and Education at London 2012; Director of Dance for Arts Council England; Visiting Professor on leadership (Austria); and HLF London Committee Member. In recognition of her contribution to the arts, culture and heritage, Hilary has been awarded three Honorary Doctorates and three Fellowships from UK Universities.

Farooq Chaudhry, co-founder and Producer of Akram Khan Company, plays a key role in forming innovative business models to support Akram Khan’s artistic ambitions and offering creative support during the development of Khan’s projects. The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs acknowledged Chaudhry in a list of the world’s top hundred cultural actors and entrepreneurs in 2008. Chaudhry also produced for China’s national dance icon Yang Liping and English National Ballet and was awarded an honorary doctorate from De Montfort University for his services to dance. In 2014 he founded Skye Blue Productions to support emerging artists. In 2018 Chaudhry became the Course consultant for the new MA Dance Producing and Management at London Studio Centre and Goldsmiths University and the Co-Artistic Director of PECDA (Prakriti Excellence in Contemporary Dance Awards) in India. In 2019, Chaudhry was awarded an OBE for his services to Dance and Dance Production and was appointed a Tate Artist Trustee and CEO and Creative Director for China House Arts – London.

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EVOLVE Digital #3

Listening to your inner voice: managing negative thought patterns. 

Monday 16th November 12.15-4.15pm

Dance artists across the world are facing uncertainty about the future. DCD Director of Coaching Isabel Mortimer will guide dancers through theory around managing energy and enhancing wellbeing at this time. We will also share some recommendations around listening to your inner voice, recognising and acting on your intuition and how to manage negative thought patterns.

Speaker TBC.

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EVOLVE Digital #4

Building Confidence: How to step into your courage. 

Sunday 29th November 11.00-3.00pm

Join DCD Director of Coaching Isabel Mortimer to explore practical pathways to leadership. We will investigate comfort zones and tools and strategies to step into your courage and move forward into leadership with authenticity and confidence, whatever that looks like for you.

Speaker: Leigh Thomas

Leigh is the Director of Global Categories and Clients for Facebook, EMEA.  She leads a senior team who provide strategic consultancy to global partners and their agencies in how to engage effectively with the Facebook platforms in order to drive competitive advantage and quantifiable business outcomes. This team provide global category leadership for Facebook, across FMCG, Tech, Telco, Autos and Digital Natives. She also spent 20 years working in Creative Agencies, including roles as Managing Director of Saatchi & Saatchi, London, and running Digital Agency of the Decade, DARE, as CEO. Aside from her passion for gender equality and work as a proud WACL executive (Women in Communications and Marketing London), she is also a board trustee for Pennies, the award winning Fintech NGO.  She a Campaign A-lister, and a BIMA top 100 achiever. In her spare time she likes to spend time with her family, husband Huw, and children Graydon & Cameron, reading books (analogue), and attending the ballet (also preferably in analogue form).

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EVOLVE Digital #5

Embracing your unique strengths and skills.

Monday 7th December 12.15-4.15pm

This workshop will allow dancers the space and time to ask what if? Led by DCD Director of Coaching Isabel Mortimer, we will explore our proudest moments and achievements, investigate ways to lean into discomfort and navigate challenge and move forward with clear intention and confidence. The last in the EVOLVE Digital Series, this workshop with provide dance artists with a unique opportunity and safe space to explore your authentic self and to build a clear road path to success, which is right for you.

Speaker: Ingrid MacKinnon

Ingrid Mackinnon is a London based movement director, choreographer, teacher and dancer.  Movement direction credits include #WeAreArrested (Arcola Theatre), First Encounters: The Merchant of Venice (RSC), Typical (Nouveau Riche/Soho Theatre), Liar Heretic Thief (Lyric), Cacophony (Almeida), Mischief Festival:  #WeAreArrested (RSC), #DR@CULA! (RCSSD), Mischief Festival: Kingdom Come (RSC), Fantastic Mr. Fox (associate movement Nuffield Southampton and National/International tour). Choreography and rehearsal direction credits include The Headwrap Diaries (assistant choreographer and rehearsal director) for Uchenna Dance, Our Mighty Groove (rehearsal director) for Uchenna Dance, Three Penny Opera (choreographer) for Wac Arts, Boy Breaking Glass (rehearsal director) for Vocab Dance/Alesandra Seutin , Hansel and Gretel (assistant choreographer and rehearsal director) for Uchenna Dance,  Imoinda (choreographer), In The Heights (choreographer) for Wac Arts. She has taught for institutions such as WAC Arts, London Studio Centre, ALRA and University of Kent. Ingrid is currently a tutor at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Mountview, Guildhall School of Music and Drama and London Contemporary Dance School. Ingrid holds an MA in Movement: Directing & Teaching from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She is co-founder of MoveSpace.

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This programme is kindly supported by the Royal Opera House Benevolent Fund and DCD Partner Companies.

Help dancers take their next step in their careers beyond performance