Teaching and facilitating are at the core of most of Sophie’s work. She is an experienced dance teacher and dance artist who has taught contemporary dance, choreography and movement to a wide variety of people including elders groups, inclusive dance as well as vocational and pre-vocational dance. She has delivered regular classes and workshops for organisations such as The Place, Trinity Laban, Central School of Ballet, Kingston University as well as Italia Conti and ArtsEd.
She leads a dynamic class that has a playful approach to technique and body awareness. It aims to allow each individual to find their own way of moving whilst focussing on alignment, technique but also a sensitivity to your own body in space.
In the past few years Sophie’s work has shifted more and more into the Dance for Health Sector. She regularly delivers Dance for Parkinson’s & Dance for Dementia classes. She has participated and led projects and workshop that explore the potential of movement and dance in the health sector such as Miranda Tuffnell’s course ‘What is inside the body’ as well as a recent dance promenade performance at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital.
When I was diagnosed with PD I stayed in denial for the first two years: the dance group was my first step towards acceptance of my diagnosis. Sophie’s movement counteracted a huge dip I sawn myself. The dance sequences fitted seamlessly into my daily Physio exercises; which incidentally spurred me on to keep going with that daily routine. The music made me less self conscious and less shy.
I would go home with a smile on my face and a spring in my step and a whiff of a hope that I could feel like a ‘whole’ person again.
Participant, Dance for Parkinson
Sophie’s classes are challenging, applicable to many levels, allowing each individual to take something achievable back away with them.
Kristina, Adult Dance Weekend
Sophie’s classes are ones that I always looked forward to. Each week came with new energy and ideas that were always original and fresh. When you entered her class you were filled with the joy to learn and dance, it gave a space for you to express you creativity with no judgment, yet a helpful hand was always there if it was needed. What truly creates this atmosphere is Sophie’s endless amounts of energy that can keep your enrapt attention for hours on end. I have never met a more focused, creative and dedicated dance teacher, who always puts twice as much into her dance as any other.
Vega, 14, Teen Contemporary