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Penny Collinson

Course Leader, Senior Lecturer

School of Journalism, Media and Performance

Media Factory ME107

+44 (0) 1772 89 5349

pscollinson@uclan.ac.uk

Subject Areas: Performing Arts

Penny joined UCLan in 1999, is Course Leader of MA Dance & Somatic Well-being: Connections to the Living Body, and Senior Lecturer on the sister programme in New York City. She is a registered Somatic Movement Educator (ISMETA) and runs a private practice in Lancashire. Penny's career in dance spans 20 years as a performer, teacher and educationalist.

Full Profile

Diploma (2012) from the Institute of Integrative Bodywork and Movement Therapy - Authentic Movement, principles of Body-Mind Centering and Somatic Psychology (ISMETA reg.)

MA by Research, 2005 Manchester Metropolitan University. Thesis entitled 'See and Be Seen: A Quality of Presence. An Investigation of Authentic Movement in creative process and performance.'

Many years of training and research have focused on the discipline of Authentic Movement, embodied presence and sensory perception, and has evolved with teachers / collaborators most notably including Linda Hartley, Miranda Tufnell, Navanita Harris, and Joan Davis.

Penny's background is in contemporary dance and movement improvisation, as performer and teacher with companies and artists including Ludus, Motionhouse, Thomas Lehman, Forecast Dance, as well as performing a series of solo works in collaboration with theatre director Mark Whitelaw.

Publications

Collinson, P. (2015) ‘Re-sourcing the body: embodied presence and self-care in working with others’, In: Whatley, S and Garrett Brown, N and Alexander, K, eds. Attending to movement: somatic perspectives on living in this world. Triarchy Press, Axminster, pp. 77-90. ISBN 9781909470637

Memberships

Fellow of Higher Education Academy

Registered Somatic Movement Educator with The International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association, New York, USA (ISMETA)

Professional member of the Foundation for Community Dance (FCD)

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

Penny course leads and delivers modules on the MA Dance & Somatic Well-being programmes on the Preston campus and in New York City. Modules include Presence and Reflection, Movement Support & Connection, Movement, Ground & Bones, and Somatic Education & Co-Creation with Clients. She is Admissions Tutor and Personal Tutor for all year group

External Affiliations and Roles

Steering Group Member of The Knowing Body Network (see www.theknowingbodynetwork.co.uk)

Research

Collinson P., Cox, P., Lamford T. & Manley J. (2015), Breathing, movement and space: bodily awareness and psychosocial approaches to social work practice, in UCLan, Pilot Project

Conferences

Collinson, P. (2015) Entering? Expanding? Joining? What happens as we listen to our body? In:

Dance & Somatic Practices Conference, 10-12 July 2015, Coventry University: Workshop Presentation

Jarrett, L., Biggs, K. & Collinson, P. (2015) Affective Touch in Somatic Dance Practice in Health. In: Dance & Somatic Practices Conference, 10-12 July 2015, Coventry University: Roundtable discussion

Collinson P., Cox, P., Lamford T. & Manley J. (2015), Breathing, movement and space: bodily awareness and psychosocial approaches to social work practice. In: Teaching & Learning Conference, UCLan, 30th June 2015, University of Central Lancashire

Collinson, P. (2015), Horizon dance platform. In: MMU Cheshire, 24th May 2015: Panel Member

Collinson, P. & Voris, A. (2014) Opening Ceremony; The Somatic Movement Gathering, 7-9th November 2014, London

Collinson, P. (2013), Re-sourcing the body: Embodied presence and self-care in practice, in Dance & Somatic Practices Conference, 12-15 July 2013, Coventry University