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Lucy Nicholson

Lucy Nicholson

Senior Lecturer and Course Leader

School of Film, Media and Performance

Media Factory, ME107

+44 (0) 1772 89 3894

lenicholson@uclan.ac.uk

Subject Areas: Dance, Performance

Lucy coordinates the degree as well as lecturing in technique, choreography and dance education. Her particular area of interest is in using movement as a tool to re-engage and the potential it holds in developing ownership, choice & self-awareness, especially when working with non-dancers from potentially excluded communities. Lucy brings her experience of working nationally and internationally as a dance artist to her current teaching practice. UCLan Dance Twitter

 

Full Profile

Before joining the UCLan dance team Lucy worked extensively as a community dance artist in the UK as well as leading projects in Ethiopia and South Africa. As a dance development artist for Bradford City Council, Lucy set up a dance for Mental Wellbeing programme, working in partnership and as lead artist with Bradford Mind, Bradford & District Autism Support Group and The Grove Resource Centre.

While creating performance and Youth dance training initiatives with Yorkshire Dance, York Arts Service, 2nd Stance Youth Dance Company, Trigger Point Dance Company, Lincolnshire Dance, South Lakeland Youth Dance Company, Dare Dance & Ludus Dance Company Lucy started to specialise in working with non-dancers with specific needs and moved into a particular focus on developing dance within the criminal justice system as a dance artist and project director with Dance United; She contributed to the creation of their Academy, an alternative education programme, leading contemporary dance training for young people who had offended or were at risk of doing so. Lucy was also a director of the community element of their Destino National tour, working in collaboration with Professional choreographers, Hofesh Shechter, Adam Benjamin, Russell Maliphant and Junaid Jamal Sendi as well as being the rehearsal director for the company’s Graduate Performance Company.

Her work at UCLan continues to delve into the value of movement when working with non-dancers considered hard to reach or socially excluded and is particularly interested in the role bodily awareness has to play within this context.

Lucy has been involved in the development and mentoring of a number of dance artists and continues to share her passion for engaging and effective dance practice with her students as they begin their careers.

 

Projects

Reading The World, an arts and asset based community education programme, serving the Preston and wider Lancashire area. As the movement director for this project, Lucy works with participants to find a connection to the physicality of their writing and the strength within their own performances.

 

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

Lucy teaches contemporary dance technique that focusses on finding inner connectivity and outward expression, composition, choreography, dance in education and community settings. Lucy is involved in module and curriculum design and oversees the day to day running of the degree.

 

External Affiliations and Roles

  • Board Member for Lisa Simpson Inclusive Dance Company

  • University Review Panel Member

Teaching

Lucy teaches contemporary dance technique that focusses on finding inner connectivity and outward expression, composition, choreography, dance in education and community settings. Lucy is involved in module and curriculum design and oversees the day to day running of the degree.

Research

Reading The World, an arts and asset based community education programme, serving the Preston and wider Lancashire area. As the movement director for this project, Lucy works with participants to find a connection to the physicality of their writing and the strength within their own performances.

Memberships

  • People Dance – The Foundation of Community Dance
  • National Dance Teachers Association
  • Associate of the Higher Education Academy

Publications

Nicholson, L & Spencer, R., (2013) Engaging with NOS within Higher Education. Animated (Summer)pp. 14 – 16

Foord, M., Graham, E., Nicholson, L., Wainwright, J. (2011) What makes us what we are? Mailout pp. 38 - 39

Linsell, H & Nicholson, L., 2011. Finding The Balance. Animated (Winter) pp 31 - 32