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Dance United seeks Role Models for unique, pilot project in South London

Dance United is interested to hear from people who have a keen interest in dance and who wish to work with our client group.
Dance United is currently developing a pilot project to take place later this year to work with young adults aged 18 – 35 who are accessing mental health services in South London. This research project is a unique collaboration between Dance United, The Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College, London, frontline mental health clinical teams – SLaM (South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust), voluntary organisations including two major charities (Bipolar UK and Rethink Mental Illness), Maudsley Charity and Guy’s & St Thomas’ Charity.
The pilot project will run from November until December and will present new work created specifically for this project by Dance United Associate Artist Dam Van Huynh, and Dance Directors Carly Annable-Coop and Ellen Steinmuller.
You will join the 4-week programme beginning on Wednesday 27th November 2013. You will engage in intensive Contemporary Dance Training for the duration of the programme and need to be available full time, Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm, between 27th November and 18th December.
Taster sessions will run on Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th November – as a Role Model we ask that you attend one of the two days.
As a Role Model dancer you will gain the following:
  • Opportunity to work with leading professional dance artists
  • Experience from an intense full time Contemporary Dance Training programme
  • Receive a dance kit and healthy breakfast and lunch each day
  • Experience working with young adults in a community dance setting
Dance United’s project is physically stimulating and role models will gain mentoring experience, technical and choreographic skills whilst engaging with the young adults, professional dance artists, clinical practitioners and support managers. You will receive mandatory training on the 21st and 22nd November. The young adults Dance United works with may have challenging behaviours and complex needs so it is also important that the right candidate has a strong character and can handle being in situations that can sometimes be stressful and challenging. It is equally important that the role model is reliable, holds an excellent attendance and punctuality record and has a positive committed attitude.
Download application form. (Word doc, 475KB)
Deadline for applications: Friday 25th October 2013
Interviews: Monday 4th November
Training: 21st and 22nd November
Location: South London, United Kingdom
Role: Voluntary, no pay
Availability: Full time (Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm, from 27th November to 18th December)
Minimum age: 18 years
Contact: Camilla Young ([email protected]) or call 07917 871843
Photography: Pari Naderi

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Caden Manson is a director, media artist, and teacher. He is co-founder of the media ensemble and network, blog, and publisher, He has co-created, directed, video- and set designed 18 Big Art Group productions. Manson has shown video installations in Austria, Germany, NYC, and Portland; performed PAIN KILLER in Berlin, Singapore and Vietnam; Taught in Berlin, Rome, Paris, Montreal, NYC, and Bern; the ensemble has been co-produced by the Vienna Festival, Festival d’Automne a Paris, Hebbel Am Ufer, Rome’s La Vie de Festival, PS122, and Wexner Center for The Arts. Caden is a 2001 Foundation For Contemporary Art Fellow, is a 2002 Pew Fellow and a 2011 MacDowell Fellow. Writing has been published in PAJ, Theater Magazine, and Theater der Zeit. Caden is currently an associate professor and graduate directing option coordinator of The John Wells Directing Program at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama.

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