School of Journalism, Media and Performance
Media Factory; ME413
+44 (0) 1772 89 4298
Subject Areas: Drama, Dance and Music, Education, Performance
Laura leads on the development of UCLanDance through 5 strands of work; In Residence, Research, Outreach, Courses, Performance. With an innovative and ambitious approach, Laura aims to empower our students to be bold and creative driving forces, enriching our communities. With a particular interest in the role creative movement can play in the Healthcare and Education systems, Laura works closely with industry, to create change, affect policy and address challenges around wellbeing, efficiency and creativity.
Laura balances a career between facilitation and producing, the practical and the strategic – but always creative.
Laura has worked as an Independent Dance Artist for over 10 years, delivering creative movement workshops in a variety of settings, through early years, youth dance, education and residential homes. Laura has a particular interest in the place for creative movement within the Healthcare setting, having been involved in a wealth of projects which address prevention rather than cure and a collaborative relationship with the NHS. This work has included Dance to Health with Cheshire Dance, Creative Potential with Bury Council and D4Three in West Sussex. Laura is also very passionate about creative education and has developed and delivered a bespoke Dance curriculum for Bury Grammar School (Boys) Sixth Form College and Action For Refugees In Lewisham (AFRIL). Laura’s work in education spans across subject areas and embeds dance as an integral part of the school curriculum which visibly develops transferable skills and nurtures the creativity of young people. Laura has also worked closely with Baby Moves, delivering creative movement and sensory workshops to encourage physical development, bonding, attachment, communication and language. Laura also developed their franchise, supporting practitioners in starting their own businesses, from creative delivery to financial and marketing advice.
Work within the Producing realm started with Hofesh Shechter Company, developing their participation programme, nurturing the dancers’ transition to creating their own work, and managing the creation of new productions. Laura produced the Company’s headline production as part of City of Culture 2013 in Derry~Londonderry, working with 35 local musicians and over 100 local dancers to create site specific work and the final production to a 10,000 strong audience. This area of work then continued with the Walled City Tattoo in Northern Ireland, Chorlton Arts Festival and Salford City Council. Laura produced the outdoor arts programme at MediaCityUK on behalf of Quays Culture for 4 years, supporting emerging and established artists to produce cross art-form work, with a focus on technology, creativity and digital innovation. From large -scale events attracting in excess of 350,000 people, to intimate immersive happenings; from participatory opportunities to artist development labs; from international collaborations to the celebration of local history and culture. Laura worked with artists from across art-forms but most specific to dance, they included Alexander Whitley; Motionhouse; Company Chameleon; Phoenix Dance Theatre; Coalesce Dance Theatre; Boy Blue Entertainment; University of Salford Dance Department. Laura also managed the Learning department at Northern Ballet, with a focus on inclusive practice, accessibility and developing pathways for young people in the creative industries. Laura continues to work as a freelance Creative Producer across the UK and currently works as General Director with Flare International Festival of New Theatre in Manchester.
Laura is now developing UCLanDance as a Centre for Excellence in Learning, Participation and Advocacy, supporting the journey of our students throughout the course and into their career in the sector. Laura works closely with local communities, the public sector and business, ensuring that students’ time at UCLan is full of opportunities to form industry connections and prepare for life as an Independent Dance Artist.
Broome, L., 2010. An Investigation into the Position of Dance in the Curriculum of Independent Secondary Schools in the United Kingdom.
Laura is an active Partner within the following networks: