DanceEast has been providing Rural Retreats for existing and aspiring dance leaders since 2003. They have brought together Artistic Directors of the world’s leading dance companies, leaders of professional training schools, and those looking to take their first step into leadership.
Post-Brexit, the western world may be a different place and there is a need to ensure a diverse range of voices that are creative, bold and ready to find solutions to lead dance through these uncertain times. Young people entering leadership roles will now be responsible for engineering solutions for a future that we can’t predict.
Young Rural Retreat 2019, is an intensive experience aimed at young leaders who want to make a difference and who want to learn more about themselves, leadership and, where and how they may contribute.
The Retreat will be led by two facilitators: Christopher Hampson, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of Scottish Ballet and Catherine Cassidy, Director of Engagement at Scottish Ballet. Christopher has participated in previous Rural Retreats for both aspiring and existing dance leaders and as a speaker, and Catherine, as well as being a leading dance educator is a specialist in career development.
Each day will start with a short class or warm-up. Delegates will hear from leaders in and beyond dance, explore what leaders do, the skills they need, the challenges they face and ways of dealing with difficult situations. There will be time to listen and reflect, to discuss and discover different ideas, to work with people who share your passion, and to formulate an international network of ambitious young leaders.
Date: Thursday 29 August – Sunday 1 September 2019
Location: Jerwood DanceHouse, DanceEast, Foundry Lane, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP4 1DW
The 2019 Young Rural Retreat delegates are: Beth Ackroyd, Charlie Buchanan, Sophie Chinner, Madeline Doe, Camilla Evelegh, Sophie Hack, Ewan Hambelton, Vicki Horan, Miriam Levy, Rachel Li, Annabel Lock, Lili Marin-Curtoud, Reece McMahon, Niamh O’Flannagain, Sofie Parsons, Gilbert Ratcliffe, Rosie Reith