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Wed 7 July 2021
On Sale May 2021
Free (Booking required)

Presented as part of Expressions 2021, this insightful conference is the culmination of SHIFT Dance, an Erasmus+ funded project led by Northern Ballet, Misiconi Dance Company (Netherlands), Psico Ballet Maite Leon Foundation (Spain) and the Universities of Leeds and Edinburgh

This virtual conference will offer an insight into the creation of the SHIFT online teaching resource and the impact of the project. The toolkit offers a new teaching practice, developed during the SHIFT project, for dancers with additional learning support needs, underpinned by safe practice and a particular focus on hypermobility. 

Everyone is welcome to join but the day will be especially beneficial for dance practitioners, teachers, lecturers and those delivering professional training.  

Tickets for the SHIFT conference are free, but booking is required. You can select to join as many sessions as you would like. 

Conference programme

  • Introducing the SHIFT Dance Toolkit with Northern Ballet, Misiconi Dance Company and Psico Ballet Maite Leon Foundation 

  • Presentations on hypermobility, the impact of the SHIFT project and Project Grant funding from Arts Council England, speakers include: 

    - Dr Wendy M Timmons, Director of the MSc Dance Science & Education Programme, Senior Teaching Fellow, University of Edinburgh  

    - Dr Louise McDowall, Visiting Research Fellow in Exercise and Health Psychology, University of Leeds

    - Kristian Pellissier, Relationship Manager, Dance, Arts Council England 

  • Panel discussion exploring the findings of SHIFT within a wider dance industry context, speakers include: 

    - Dr. Fiona Bannon, School of Performance and Cultural Industries, University of Leeds. Chair of World Dance Alliance - Europe 

    - Ginny Brown, Chief Executive, Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing 

    - Ruby Wolk, Ballet Senior Manager, Learning and Participation, Royal Opera House 

    - Ingrid Stoepker, Head of Bachelor of Dance in Education, Codarts, Rotterdam 

  • Performances from Northern Ballet’s Ability, Misiconi Dance Company and Psico Ballet Maite Leon Foundation 

More details, speakers and performers to be announced.  


The SHIFT Conference will take place online. 

  • Talks will feature live speech to text captioning 

  • Some performances will feature audio description (this will be clear at the point of booking) 

  • The online platform works on Google Chrome and Firefox

For any enquiries about your access needs please contact Northern Ballet’s Learning team on 

Dancers in a studio on yoga mats, on all fours but reaching one arm in front of them and the opposite leg behind.
Two dance students either side of a teacher in a dance studio, they are lying on their backs with the soles of their feet on a wall, creating right angles with their legs.
A group of dance students in a studio, they are knelt and leaning over to one side. A teacher is correcting them.
Two dancers stood moving massage balls on their neck and shoulders.
A boy with shoulders and one foot on the floor, one leg raised in the air
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And The Rix-Thompson-Rothenberg Foundation.


Photos Gavin Joynt.