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Trinity Laban teacher Rosemary Brandt celebrates success at the One Dance UK Awards

Tue 4 December 2018

At a gala awards ceremony in Leeds, Trinity Laban teacher Rosemary Brandt was named Inspirational Lecturer at College, University or Conservatoire at this year’s One Dance UK Awards.

Rosemary Brandt is a much loved and admired figure both at Trinity Laban and across Europe, who has been making a distinct and profound contribution to dance education for more than 25 years. Since 2005 she has held the dual roles of Senior Lecturer in Choreological Studies and Undergraduate Studies Year One Co-ordinator at Trinity Laban, and has steered generations of students through their studies and into successful careers as dance artists. Together with colleagues, she initiated the new Specialist Diploma in Choreological Studies: Contemporary Developments in Laban’s Principles and Practice. Her concern to encourage and develop contemporary choreological practice means that she is much in demand as a speaker and adviser, both in the UK and around the world.

Honouring the lifetime’s work of a revered former member of staff, Marion Gough took the Lifetime Achievement in Dance Education and Learning Award at the same ceremony. As Marion Gough was unable to attend the event, her award was accepted on her behalf by Mirella Bartrip, Director of Dance at Trinity Laban.

Marion Gough worked at what was then called the Laban Centre for more than 20 years, from the 1970s to the 1990s. She was Head of the One Year Programmes, leading the development of the Professional Diploma in Dance Studies and Independent Study programmes. She has inspired and influenced generations of teachers, encouraging a questioning of attitudes to dance and the teaching of dance. Her books In Touch with Dance (1993) and Knowing Dance: A Guide to Creative Teaching (1999) are seminal texts for dance teachers and educators, arising out of her involvement in training students, teachers, dancers and choreographers to teach dance to a range of people in a variety of community, education and professional settings in the UK and overseas.

Other Trinity Laban staff celebrated being shortlisted for key One Dance UK awards. Professor Emma Redding, Head of Dance Science at Trinity Laban, was shortlisted for both the Dance Science Award and the Research in Dance – Impact Award. The entire Learning & Participation (Dance) team was also shortlisted for the Inspirational Work in Education Award.

Professor Anthony Bowne, Principal of Trinity Laban, commented:

“Of course I see every single day how truly exceptional our staff here are. It is wonderful to see this recognised externally as well. On behalf of the many students who have benefited from their truly extraordinary guidance and inspiration, I would like to thank and congratulate Rosemary and Marion on their well-deserved achievements.”