Emma Louise Barrass is delighted to be mentoring Kelly Whiteside for an exciting Youth Art Learning Journey through Fresh Start for the Arts and Dumfries & Galloway Arts Partnership. Over the next three months Kelly will be working on this inspirational project to develop her dance skills and experience the wider world of dance.
As part of the project Kelly will be recording her experiences in this blog. We hope you enjoy reading about Kelly's Learning Journey.
Thursday was an early morning, went to Wigtown with Emma to help with the first Popdance Summer camp session! It was really hot but lots of fun and looking forward to next week's session in Newton Stewart.
We then went back to Emma's to watch some dancing videos. This week, we chose Contemporary dance. It's a style of dance that I'm not really familiar with so I was interested to find out more. We watched Cross Channel by Lea Anderson which I thought was very unusual as it was very gesture based and not something I would usually think of when choreographing. We then watched a documentary called Dance USA which mentioned a lot of famous choreographers like Martha Graham, Twyla Tharp, Trisha Brown and Merce Cunningham. It went into the history of Contemporary dance and how it evolved which is exactly what I needed because I have never really looked at the history of dance. We then watched a documentary on Richard Alston and I discovered that I really liked his work. He is very creative and I also think he thinks outside the box - his work is unique.
Emma also gave me a couple of books to flick through - Fifty Contemporary Choreographers and The Rough Guide to Choreography. So I am looking forward to having a read of those.
I am really enjoying my Youth Arts Learning Journey so far... :)