School of Journalism, Media and Performance
Media Factory, ME107
+44 (0) 1772 89 5340
Subject Areas: Somatic Movement Education, Dance, Performance and Community Practice
Liz has been a lecturer at UCLan since 2008 teaching somatic movement, technique, improvisation, choreography, facilitation, academic writing and supervising final student projects. Liz’s work focuses on creating a supportive environment that places value on personal process, non-judgement and being seen. Liz works with clients and groups within the community that are experiencing a pivotal, transitioning moment within their lives such as birth, death and grief, focusing on how our perception of ourselves in the world changes, how we can keep a sense of embodiment, awareness and personal reflection during these transitions. What is our lived experience and how do we connect to the world and have our story heard by others?
Liz Long is a senior lecturer on the BA (Hons) Dance Performance and Teaching course at UCLan, a registered Somatic Movement Educator with ISMETA, a member of the Knowing Body Network and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Liz achieved an MA in Dance and Somatic Wellbeing at UCLan in 2008 and a BA (Hons) in Dance Choreography and Performance at LJMU in 2004.
Externally Liz works in the community with groups and one to one client work exploring dance and somatic practices with various age groups and within various contexts, including early years children, adults, and professional dancers. Her work focuses on how an individual can develop more awareness and understanding of themselves in the world through the body and the senses. What is our subjective experience of the world around us? How do we experience sensory information, interpret, make meaning, regulate ourselves through the nervous system and respond in a way that is healthy? How do we individually express our being and personal stories in a way that enables us to make more meaningful and healthy connections in the world?
Health and well being is a key aspect of Liz’s work, with dancers, within performance, with non dancers within the community, with adults and children. Recently Liz has started working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to research and better understand the connection between sensory awareness, perception, self regulation through the nervous system and personal expression, exploring how we respond to the information that we receive from the world around us.
Giddens, Sara, Long, Lizzie and Spencer, Ruth (2018) Employing dwelling to reconsider individual and collaborative relationships to pedagogical practice. The Journal of Dance and Somatic Practice. Intellect. Issue 10.1.
Foord, M., Graham, E., Nicholson, L., Wainwright, J. (2011) What makes us what we are? Mailout pp. 38 - 39