iD-Diverse-Dance

Andrea Swainson

Founder and Director

 

Andrea trained at Middlesex University gaining a BA Hons in Dance Studies, this is where her love for community dance and choreography grew. Andrea specialises in various contemporary techniques such as Cunningham, Humphrey and Release, her breadth of vocabulary is inspired by the use of breath and space. She is also an accredited ASDAN tutor and Arts Awards Advisor. Andrea has a wealth of experience working with young people and adults with learning disabilities and has developed a number of community-based projects in South London.  

Andrea has also facilitated a number of community dance projects in Sri Lanka, Thailand, China and Nepal and most recently went on a cultural exchange impact project in Ghana with Awareness Through Dance.  

She is also the Participation Officer for Corali Dance Company one of the leading dance companies for young people and adults with learning disabilities. Delivering a range of engagement, training, professional development and opportunities.  Andrea has also delivered specialist training to University students and delivered intensive summer schools on inclusive practice and integrated dance settings.

 

 

Natalia Barua

Director

Natalia is a Screendance artist and has worked as a practitioner in community dance settings for nearly 10 years.  As a freelance artist she offers the opportunity for integrated working and specialises in working with young people with learning disabilities and with complex backgrounds.  Upon graduating from York St John University with BA (Hons) Performance: Dance, Natalia worked in partnership with charity NACRO to set-up and deliver regular dance sessions for young women defined as NEET in Northamptonshire.  Since she has taught in Primary/Secondary School settings, community centre’s, youth hubs and with youth dance and theatre companies in Barcelona and London.

Natalia frames her sessions under a model of the artist as 'facilitator' and encourages participants in her class to take ownership of movement and choreography via working creatively and motivating individual expression through improvisation.  She embeds West African, Contemporary and Streetdance styles within her sessions.  For settings more focused on technical development for participants, sessions are based on somatic approaches to release technique, floorwork and contact/partnering work.

Previously Natalia worked as the Participation Producer at East London Dance, Natalia develops and co-ordinates a diverse programme of dance to engage with participants, audiences and artists and produces the East London Youth Dance Company. Natalia currently is a freelance artist working in a range of community dance settings across London, working with mainstream young people, those with disabilities and mental health issues.

 

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