Preston Campus: Part-rime, two years, block teaching of 4-5 days, over 7 times per year.
This is a unique, visionary and pioneering programme offering professional training in Dance and Somatic Movement Education. On the cutting edge of contemporary international practice, exploring the creative skills required to use movement with sensitivity, imagination and individuality, the course focuses on community facilitation. It offers the opportunity to study individual and group improvisation, kinaesthetic awareness and applied somatics philosophy to dance and movement studies. All sessions are taught in the spirit of self-discovery, non-judgement and reflection. The course develops somatic awareness with a focus on spontaneity, intuition and connection to others.
The MA Dance and Somatic Wellbeing: Connections to the Living Body course is taught on campus in Preston. Each section of the MA course covers the same course module content, and each course has unique dates, fee structure, and application process.
The Dance and Somatic Wellbeing: Connections to the Living Body programme is suited to mature graduates who are interested in the health, communal, and transformative aspects of dance. We are looking for students from various disciplinary backgrounds such as: Dance Studies, Arts, Health, Education and Community. All students applying for a place on this course based at the Preston campus will need to undergo a DBS check.
International applicants are required to have achieved an IELTS of 6.5 or above.
Here at UCLan, our aim is to encourage you to develop your potential and we offer a flexible approach to admissions, which reflects our commitment to all those who would benefit from our courses.
Dance and Somatic Wellbeing: Connections to the Living Body centres on the lived-felt-body through explorations in the imaginal, sensuous, emotional, spiritual, and philosophical aspects of the body. This course sees somatic movement as a practical life tool through which to promote wellbeing, develop a more holistic sense of self, and a capacity to be in relationship with others and our environment. Sessions include group, dyadic, and personal explorations. Academically and experientially the course introduces students to the fundamentals of somatic practices and phenomenology.
Year one focuses on:
Year Two focuses on:
The MA Dance and Somatic Wellbeing offers and provides an unparalleled support for combined personal and professional growth. My work as a performer and an independent arts practitioner has developed alongside my understanding of myself in the world. I walk away with a firm, experiential understanding of the correlation between the two. Now, I am able to find my own resources to approach my life and work in supportive, new and brave ways.
Rachel Drazek, UK Graduate
The course covers the following within and across modular study:
The field is based on the belief that we have the capacity and personal agency to direct and/or re-direct our lives through gentle self-reflexive processes; becoming active agents in our experience, sensually alive, and co-actively engaged with our world. The following are key areas covered within and across modular study:
My time on the MA Dance and Somatic Wellbeing programme at UCLan was a very fruitful and supported experience in which I was encouraged to follow my own lines of enquiry within the given contexts of the programme modules. The overall journey felt considered and each module built on the last, allowing for my learning to grow and to become more autonomous as a student. The staff on the MA Dance and Somatic Well-being programme take a very person-centred approach to education which means learners can thrive in this supportive and innovative environment.
Laura Bradshaw, UK Graduate
Monthly Somatic Movement Classes
These FREE monthly somatic movement classes are for students or experiences practitioners of dance and somatic movement practice, not beginners. They will be held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month and will be led by various staff, local practitioners and graduates from UCLan's MA Dance & Somatic Wellbeing course, and Penny Collinson will be leading the first class on September 12th. For more information, please email email@example.com.
Dates & Times
3 Day Somatic Movement Workshop - Download programme (.pdf, 511KB)
Penny Collinson, MA, IBMT Dip, RSME
Penny is course leader on the UK programme, and contributes to the teaching and assessing of many of the modules. Over 20 years of moving, as a facilitator and performer, within improvisation, Authentic Movement and Release-based techniques, has brought the body as central to all experience and supported her fundamental interest in sensing, moving and witnessing as tools for navigating self in the world. Penny’s particular area of interest and practice is embodied presence, and how through our engagement in deep bodily listening, we are awakened, clients and facilitators alike, to the lived felt experience of our sensory imagination. Penny is a senior lecturer and has been teaching at UCLan for 15 years. She has a Diploma from the Institute for Integrative Bodywork and Movement Therapy, and is a Registered Somatic Movement Educator with ISMETA. She runs a private practice from her home, facilitating somatic practice work which includes methods of awakening to our bodily nature, Integrative Bodywork & Movement Therapy and Authentic Movement.
Mary Abrams, MA, RSME
Mary teaches on the course in the UK. She brings passion, skill, and an inquisitive spirit to her nearly 30 years of teaching. Mary offers dynamic and detailed attention to breath, sensation, emotion, and creative personal and social development. Mary is owner and program director of Moving Body Resources, and has been an Authorized Continuum Teacher since 1999. She has a thriving private practice and teaches workshops across the USA. From 2002-2011, Mary served on the board of directors of International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA), serving as president from 2005-2009. Her background includes 30 years of dance training and performance, study with Emilie Conrad (found of Continuum), Susan Harper, and Gary David, Ph.D. incorporating body awareness and movement with the fields of Epistemics and affect script theory. She holds a BA in Dance Education with Departmental Distinction from St. Olaf College, and a master’s degree with Consciousness Studies concentration (consciousness as embodied movement) from Goddard College.
Tim Lamford, ISMETA RSME
Tim is a Lecturer at UCLan on MA Dance and Somatic Wellbeing.
He is a dancer, choreographer and teacher with forty years experience in movement arts, specialising in the teaching of dance skills, creativity and somatic awareness. He trained at the London Contemporary Dance School, studying contemporary techniques with Jane Dudley, William Louther, Kazuko Hirabayashi, Noemi Lapzeson, Robert Cohan (all Graham Company); Danny Lewis (Limon Company); Albert Reid (Cunningham Company); contact improvisation with Steve Paxton; release work with Mary Faulkerson; choreography with Nina Fonaroff (Graham company); Pilates with Alan Herdman, and Tai chi Chuan with Gerda Geddes. In the 1970s performed with X6 dance collective; Second Stride and Mantis.
Career highlights include: Artistic Director of the pioneering dance in the community company, Spiral Dance, Liverpool; Professor Visitante at the Institut del Teatre Barcelona; introducing contemporary dance to the Polish conservatoire system; lecture tour for the Australia Council on the theme of the creative role of a dance artist in education; and directing the graduate performance course at London Contemporary Dance School. He has also been Tai chi coach at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
Tim has been an External Examiner for the universities of Leeds and Kent at Canterbury; an External Adviser to Royal Academy of Dancing; member of regional and national arts panels; member advisory panel setting industry standards for “Dance”, and “Creativity in the Arts” (GNVQ); and conducted research as an Academic Adviser for the Northern School of Contemporary Dance.
After developing and teaching a programme exploring traditional and contemporary body mind practices (Body/Mind/Movement) at Middlesex University, he now teaches body awareness for the International Opera course at the Royal College of Music.
Research interests include somatic perspectives on the practice of Tai chi Chuan; symbology of long form yang style Tai chi Chuan; Jungian and Post-Jungian perspectives on body mind unity.
Kerstin Wellhӧfer, BA (Hons), IIHHT, DIP IBMT, RSME/T ISMETA
Kerstin is a lecturer in somatic movement practice, on both MA Dance & Somatic Wellbeing, and BA (Hons) Dance Performance and Teaching. She is part of UCLan Dance and Somatic Practices Research Group. Kerstin has many years of facilitating experiential work in the disciplines of movement and performance, such as: site specific performances, supporting artist practice, as well as guest lecturer in Higher Education. She has worked as an assistant on training programmes and through delivering a substantial body of community based work within early-years and the health sector.
Her passion, and ongoing enquiry includes embodied explorations into motility: the evolutionary story underpinning movement organisation, and how we can call on this, our imagination and embodied anatomy to support our expression, as well as relationship to self, and the wider living world.
Kerstin also runs private sessions for individuals and groups interested in somatic movement and embodied imagination; see www.somaticenquiry.co.uk
Further to this, she is co-director of www.movementsense.co.uk, a community interest company, which offers support to artists and practitioners by way of accommodation and movement space, both indoors, and out on a woodland nature reserve.
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Part-time: £3,345 per year for first 2 years (UK/EU)
Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
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This course will involve access to children and/or vulnerable adults. You will be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB) and we will guide you through this process.
MA Dance & Somatic Well-being is an Approved Somatic Movement Training Programme of the International Somatic Movement Education Therapy Association (ISMETA).
The MA course fulfils all the educational requirements needed to become a professional member of ISMETA. To complete the professional practice requirements students need at least 150 extra hours of practice, post graduation.
The programme is predominantly delivered through studio work, lectures, seminars, and tutorials. Given this is a body-based vocational course, most classes take place in the studio where creative ideas are explored through movement and other art forms. We provide a lively learning environment and encourage you to participate actively in all aspects of the course delivery.
Methods of assessment include workshop facilitation, essays and other written assignments (Critique of workshops and self-evaluation, Reflective Journal, Chapter review), class presentations and a research project.
Applicants are strongly advised to attend one of these 2 days or make other arrangements to visit the Course Leader.
Please email Penny Collinson, to register your attendance. If you can't make these dates, staff will be happy to meet you another time.
On completion of the course it is envisaged that students will go on to work as independent artists-scholars who are able to work within a number of different body / movement and arts-based contexts. This may be through enhancing their current jobs with the additional embodiment and inter-relational skills developed throughout the programme. It may also be as freelance Somatic Movement practitioner/Educator once additional professional hours have been gained (please visit the ISMETA website for guidelines towards this).
There is also the opportunity to pursue further study up to and including PhD.
I have gained a huge amount of knowledge in a short space of time not only about the field but about myself as a practitioner and a human being. This course has an excellent balance between theoretical and practical elements. With the flexibility to choose for oneself how that balance should be applied.
Nicola Herd, UK student
Final year undergraduate and postgraduate Performance students have the opportunity to get involved in our annual cJAM employability event. cJAM shakes-up the traditional career fair format and gives UCLan students face-to-face time with up to 30 successful industry professionals all of whom have come to the event with the offer of valuable work placement opportunities. The cJAM event format consists of four main components:
In 2018, there were four cJAM events and a total of 320 placements were awarded. All of which enabled our students to establish credible links in line with their career aspirations. To find out more about cJAM: Performance, see the video and read the press release.