Within the present challenging economic client, and the new ideologies from David Cameron’s and Theresa May’s ‘innovative’ policies on border control, Trinity Laban is working to develop its understanding and make links with identified emerging markets; such as Brazil, China and India. As part of this strategy we have been working with partners Escola de Dança de São Paulo and the British Council’s TRANSFORM programme.
TL, initiated by the Centre for Advanced Training (CAT), entered into a knowledge exchange programme in Brazil at the start of 2012/13 academic year. During October 2012 three members of staff from the Learning and Participation (Dance) team visited Escola de Dança to explore a potential knowledge exchange partnership between the organisations. The staff, Martin Collins (CAT Programme Manage), Lee Smikle (CAT Lead Teacher) and Veronica Jobbins (Head of Learning and Participation - Dance) spent time in São Paulo meeting with the schools staff, observing classes and Lee taught a number of groups including a boys only class.
Escola de Dança provides specialist dance training for young people aged 8 – 19, alongside their state school education and they come from all over São Paulo to attend. The school is currently undergoing a period of significant change with the appointment of new senior staff, aiming to instigate programme and curriculum change in order to re-vitalise the school and prepare the pupils more effectively for careers in dance. TL, with our considerable experience in the training of dance artists, curriculum development and organisational change was approached to help them initially through links with the TL CAT programme.
This partnership started with a ballet teacher, Lorena Fernandez, a teacher from the CAT programme going to Escola de Dança to teach and work on curriculum development, using the knowledge she gained on our Diploma in Dance Teaching and Learning (DDTAL) course. As the partnership developed it became clear that there were many synergies between the two organisations that could result in an exciting international exchange programme benefitting both parties. We are currently discussing a three year knowledge exchange programme, supported by the British Council.
Concurrently, we have been developing our partnership with the Southbank and British Council Brazilian Links, helping the programming of the Southbank Centre @ Pelourinho Festival, under the British Council initiative TRANSFORM. Following the handover of the Olympic baton, the British Council announced a four-year cultural collaboration with Brazil that will see major UK arts projects take place across the country and artistic partnerships that will build relations between the two nations. Forming the cultural strand to the UK Government’s UKBrasil (UKBR) season, TRANSFORM will be the biggest ever programme to unite Brazilian and UK creative professionals, Trinity Laban are very fortunate to be at the start of this development.
Learning and Participation (Dance)
Programme Manager, Centre for Advanced Training