Jasmin Vardimon Educational Company, the charitable arm to Jasmin Vardimon Company offers an exciting and varied education and training programme. Jasmin’s vision to nurture talent and potential is at the heart of our offer to the community we live in and for those who share our passion for dance.
Providing an insight into Vardimon’s choreographic, theatrical and artistic process, we nurture and support the training of versatile performers through the development of dance and theatrical skills. We offer various workshops to include masterclasses, residencies and long creation projects for various levels from children to professionals.
Qualifications and curriculum support is offered at a range of levels including Arts Award activities, Keystage 2 and 3, G.C.S.E, A-Level (named practitioner for the new A-Level Specification for Teaching from September 2016) and BTEC support, and Postgraduate Apprenticeships.
We also offer opportunities for children, young people and adults that would not otherwise engage, watch, or participate in the arts, making our programme available for a diverse range of participants from all backgrounds, ages and abilities, including disadvantaged, disabled, and hard to reach groups.
Workshops can be based purely on physical skills and repertoire or can also include explorations of socially relevant issues that dominate Jasmin Vardimon’s work. Participants have the opportunity to experience Vardimon’s methodology first hand by working directly with Jasmin Vardimon Company members.
Repertoire Workshops consist of a contemporary technique class, repertoire and a creative session exploring Vardimon’s unique approach to creating work.
Choreographic Workshops focus on developing improvisation skills, contact work and creating original movement material from a given stimulus. These workshops are popular with dance students from BTEC and A-Level programmes up to post-graduate and professional dancers, but can also be adapted to suit other groups. In longer projects there is time for participants’ own ideas to be developed throughout the creative process, and can culminate in a sharing of work at the end of the project.
The Company also offers workshops in the use of video technology with dance.
Extended Residencies and Longer Projects
The Company works with institutions, venues and National Dance Agencies to offer programmes of on-going weekly introductions to Contemporary Dance sessions through to dancers’ continuing professional development. The programme offers longer educational residency projects with organisations such as Sadler’s Wells, The Place, and several overseas venues.
Collaborations with Higher Education Institutions
The Company also works with several higher educational establishments, developing on-going dance and physical theatre training. We offer apprentice positions through the Postgraduate Apprentice Scheme at London Contemporary Dance School. The University of Wolverhampton offer ‘The Jasmin Vardimon Prize for Excellence in Physical Theatre’, which has been donated by the Jasmin Vardimon Company, and reflects Jasmin Vardimon’s ‘Visiting Professorship of Performance’ status at the University.
In collaboration with other cultural organisations and in partnership with education establishments, we also offer bespoke activities, projects and provision. The different elements of our training is developed to meet the needs of participants, promote health and wellbeing as well as encourage active participation, social engagement, collaborations, the nurturing and development of dance and theatre skills and self awareness.
Through our education programme participants gain accessible routes in to training and career opportunities in the arts alongside a professional dance theatre company.
Our education programme is offered all year-round both to accompany the Jasmin Vardimon Company’s artistic work and touring schedule and also as popular stand alone education and training programmes. Programmes are offered both within the Jasmin Vardimon Production Space, our own studio in Ashford, Kent and as outreach and enrichment work within different venues, organisations, schools, colleges, community and educational institutions.
For more info or to book one of our education activities, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 01233 628545