Elsa Urmston

Dance Science: Module Leader - M567 Embodied and Applied Practices

Dance

Email: E.Urmston@trinitylaban.ac.uk

Elsa Urmston

Biography

Elsa Urmston is a dance educator who has worked in the dance sector for the last 22 years. Her interests span dance performance and training, pedagogy in formal education and community settings, dance science and the impact of dance on health and wellbeing. She is passionate about working with people and organisations as active agents in the learning process and through encounters in education, consultancy and academia. She is committed to a person-centred work ethic in which autonomy, ownership and relevance are pivotal to her work, is a firm believer in the spirit of life-long learning, and enjoys the process of nurturing reciprocal learning and exchange through practice and research with students and colleagues.

Elsa is especially interested in the real-life application of dance training to professional practice and tries to ensure that her work has relevance to the demands of the sector and the people that work in it. She strives to make her work transparent and user-friendly, whilst still relying on rigorous working practices involving reflection, evaluation and research to create dance learning experiences that are fun yet potentially transformational in their significance.