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Lizz Fort

Lecturer in Dance Education, Student Support Officer, and Designated Safeguarding Officer (on sabbatical from September 2018).

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Qualifications 

Cert HE: Dance Teaching (RAD) (Distinction), BSc (Hons), MA Community Dance (Distinction), Certificate in Safe and Effective Dance Practice (Distinction), Magpie Dance Inclusive Practice Training Scheme.

Background

Lizz is a Lecturer in Dance Education with the Faculty of Education at the Royal Academy of Dance (since 2012). As a community dance artist, choreographer and performer her artistic and research interests lie in improvisation and non-codified movement forms, curating/choreographing encounters and collaborative experiences. On completing her MA in Community Dance, she was the recipient of the student prize 'Roehampton Dance Award for Outstanding Development as a Research Student'.

Her practice as a dance artist and creative education project manager developed a variety of settings: previously a sessional Lecturer for Canterbury Christ Church University on the BA (Hons) Dance Education (Sep 2011 to Jun 2012); freelance facilitator, project manager and General Manager for Magpie Dance (maternity cover) (2008 to 2012); Company Assistant then Education Manager for Shobana Jeyasingh Dance (Sep 2008 to Jun 2010); freelance teacher including planning, delivering and evaluating dance and choreographing work with diverse groups in HE, community and school contexts (2003 to present).

Lizz’s occasional performance work includes Amici Dance Theatre company’s 35 Amici Drive in September 2015 and Silent Scream (Ch. Amy Robinson) in February 2015.

Teaching and Management

BA (Hons) Ballet Education

Tutors modules in Dance Pedagogy, Community Practice, Choreographic Practice and Somatic Practices across:

  • Diploma in Dance Teaching Studies 
  • BA (Hons) Ballet Education:
  • BA (Hons) Dance Education
  • PGCE: Dance Teaching
  • Professional Dancers Teaching Diploma

Research Interests and Projects

Mentoring and practice-based research in professional development: An enquiry into the perceived effectiveness and value of the various Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities that formed part of the initial Dance for Lifelong Wellbeing project (October 2012-July 2013).

Collaboration and the shifting role of the community dance artist.

Professional Activities

  • Member, Laban Guild
  • Professional Individual Member, Foundation for Community Dance
  • Member, One Dance UK
  • Individual Member, Cultural Learning Alliance
  • Honorary Life Member, University of Leeds Student Union
  • Member, National Inclusive Dance Network
  • Member, Dance Education Committee (2008-2012)
  • Member, Sports Massage Association (2008-2013)

Conference Presentations

  • Presentation of Installation and Panel Member '...the conversation...' Towards an Ecology of Community Practice. body ^ space ^ object ^ memory ^ identity Symposium, Coventry University, May 2016. 
  • Presentation 'Do dance steps help or hinder the aesthetic experience of community dance practice and its values?' University of Roehampton Postgraduate Colloquium On Feet, 6th June 2014. 
  • Workshop/presentation 'Safe Dance Practice Part 1: Safe and Effective Turn Out.' Move It, March 2014 
  • Workshop/presentation 'Safe Dance Practice Part 2: Understanding Posture and Alignment.' Move It, March 2014.
  • Workshop/presentation 'Safe and Effective Dance Practice.' Move It, March 2013.

Research Supervision

Undergraduate dissertations that cover participatory/community dance, dance and disability, inclusive practice, health and wellbeing and dance pedagogy.

Publications

Fort, Lizz. ‘Wending Through Inclusion’, Focus on Education, Issue 18.

Fort, Elizabeth. 'Duty of Care'. Dance for Lifelong Wellbeing: Project Report. Editor Victoria Watts. Royal Academy of Dance: London, 2013. 18-27. 

 

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