Open class starts back on Friday 10th January- 10 to 11 am at The Dukes Theatre
George was born in Glasgow and went on to study at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance. After graduating he went on to work as a performer and choreographer for a number of dance companies and choreographers both internationally and in the UK including: Nigel Charnock and dancers, Ludus Dance, Motionhouse, National Dance Company of Wales and Flexer and Sandiland to name but a few. George worked as Assistant Artistic Director on the 2012 Cultural Olympiad Commission in Birmingham with Motionhouse and, in 2014, he choreographed You et Vous, a European Commission for 4 international professional integrated dance companies.
During his time as a performer, George worked as a teacher in the UK creating workshops and teacher training for the National Curriculum in which he used dance as a method of teaching physical, social and health education. George went on to work with early learning pedagogies facilitating performances and best practice approaches in relation to the cognitive and emotional development in young people.
George continued his research in the area of dance movement psychotherapy under the supervision of Edge Hill University and Osteopath Charles Tisdale where he investigated the phenomenological processes of pain and how applied touch and postures can cure and elevate particular pain symptoms. At this time George was funded by the Dancers Career Development Fund to train as a Cranial Sacral Therapist. George also went to India and studied eastern medical approaches in physical psychology and completed a diploma in Yoga therapy and another in Advanced Yogic Practices from the University of Pune India .
George is a senior member of the Royal Society of Medicine for his contribution to the health and wellbeing sector.
Alongside his work with LPM, since 2015, George has worked as an Associate for Indepen-dance, Glasgow where he has created a number of performances, training initiatives and workshops for people who have a disability. George continues to work across sectors with artist companies and venues in order to promote the effectiveness of dance as a means of positive change.
Helen Gould is a dance artist, movement director, project manager and performer.
Helen trained at Bird College of Dance and Theatre Performance. Her performance career has spanned the commercial and contemporary dance theatre sector in the UK and Europe in contexts ranging from musical theatre to film, contemporary dance performance to casino productions.
Helen worked for Ludus Dance from 2009-2011 where she was responsible for the development, management and delivery of a wide range of community dance activity across Lancashire. Here she discovered a keen interest in inclusive practice and working with people with a range of abilities and different health conditions.
In 2011 she co-established LPM Dance Theatre with colleague George Adams and since then the company has developed a track record for creating and producing new dance initiatives in diverse settings, many of which have an inclusive focus. Selected works include Oracle (Producer), ‘IF’ Dance Festival 2018 (Producer), Cabinet of Curiosities 2016 (Dancer/Producer), Astley Illuminated 2015 (Dancer/Project Manager). Helen works closely with choreographer Lisa Simpson and Lisa Simpson Inclusive Dance. She has supported as translator/project manager for many years.
As Movement Director previous work includes; Beauty and The Beast (The Dukes Theatre), Cinderella (The Dukes Theatre), No Fat Juliets (The Dukes Theatre and Oldham Coliseum) As You Like It (StoryHouse), The Last Resort (English National Ballet- as Assistant and Stones in His Pockets (National Tour- Chipping Norton Theatre/Dukes Theatre), Duvet Dancing (Primed for Life), Twelfth Night (StoreyHouse), The Borrowers (StoryHouse), Henry V (StoryHouse).
Helen also works as Regional Artist for English National Ballet delivering their Dance for Parkinson’s programme in Manchester, and as Movement Artist for the Dukes Theatre flagship project Still Me for people living with Dementia.
Helen has recently completed her MSc in Dance Science in Education at Edinburgh University. Her research included exploring Dalcroze Eurhythmics in the context of a Dance for Parkinson’s class. She has presented papers at the International Association of Dance Science and Medicine Conference 2018 (Helsinki, Finland) and the International Conference of Dalcroze Studies 2019 (Katowice, Poland) where she won the Selma Odom prize for best student paper. Helen promotes Dalcroze as a relevant and practical method of music training for dancers.