Foundations for Excellence Conference 2015

Meeting the Challenges of Excellence in Music and Dance

Foundations for Excellence nurtures and supports talented young dancers, singers and musicians by sharing research, resources and best practice. Following the success of previous events, we invite you to join us for the next biennial conference on

Monday 2 November 2015 at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London

The conference will challenge existing pedagogical practices and propose innovative methods of nurturing excellence among young dancers and musicians.

Presentations, provocations, lectures and breakout sessions on Models of Teaching in Music and DanceFormalising the InformalStress and Anxiety, and Self-Awareness are followed in the evening by dance and music performances and a reception.

Keynote address by Professor Roger Kneebone. Other speakers include Saul Albert, Dr Terry Clark, Antony Dowson, Prof Jane Ginsborg, Nancy Hitzig, Dr Naomi Lefebvre Sell, Naomi Norton, Dr Emma Redding, Dr Gareth Dylan Smith, Penny Stirling, Paul Wilson and Dr Charlotte Woodcock.


10:30-11:00     Registration and Refreshments

11:00-11:45     Welcome and Introduction

Keynote address – Professor Roger Kneebone

12:00-13:00     Breakout Groups (1):

Models of Teaching (Antony Dowson, Dr Naomi Lefebvre Sell, Dr Gareth Dylan Smith, Penny Stirling)

Formalising the Informal (Paul Wilson, Saul Albert, Nancy Hitzig)

Stress and Anxiety (Prof Jane Ginsborg)

Self-Awareness (Dr Charlotte Woodcock, Dr Terry Clark)

13:00-14:00     Lunch

14:00-15:00     Breakout Groups (2)

15:00-15:45     Tea/Coffee

15:45-16:45     Breakout Groups (3)

17:00-17.45     Musical Impact Presentation

(Dr Emma Redding, Dr Liliana Araujo, Raluca Matei, Prof Jane Ginsborg, Dr Rosie Perkins)

17.45-18:15     Plenary

18.15-19.15     Evening Performance

19.15-20.15     Reception in Theatre Bar

Find further details on the speakers and their provocations/presentations for the Breakout Groups and on the Musical Impact Presentation here; and a more detailed schedule for the day, including venue details, here.


As part of the post-event reception, we will be celebrating the launch of the book Safe Dance Practice: An applied dance science perspective with its authors Edel Quin (Trintiy Laban), Sonia Rafferty (Trinity Laban) and Charlotte Tomlinson


Booking is now closed.

Contact Nele Glang with any booking queries; contact Angela Kerkhoff if you have any other query.


Find Out more about Foundations for Excellence

Extensive free resources are also available from the Foundations for Excellence website, covering a wide range of topics, from Managing Performance Anxiety to Exercise for Musicians and much in between.


If you are interested in this conference, you might also want to look at this event organised by the National Centre for Circus Arts.


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