Työpaja ja verkottumista inklusiivisesta tanssista kiinnostuneille 8.-9.3. Helsingissä


Workshop 8.3. and open networking session 9.3. on intergenerational and inclusive dance

UK dance artist and teacher Cecilia Macfarlane is visiting Helsinki in March and undertaking a pop-up residency at Annantalo during this time.

She and dance producer/dramaturge Miranda Laurence are organising a workshop and an open networking session on 8.-9.3. in Helsinki. Cecilia is looking to share her own practice as well as exchange information and establish new connections here in Finland.

Both events are especially for dance professionals and students, but essentially for anyone interested in intergenerational and inclusive dance practice and looking to share their own practice with colleagues.

Workshop: Any Age, Any Body, Any Dance!

Cecilia will introduce some ideas from her new book, Any Age, Any Body, Any Dance. You will learn about some of her ideas and practice during her career with which she hopes to inspire and inform dancers of all ages and experiences to discover their own dancing journeys.

This workshop will be of particular interest to any dance artist, teacher or pedagogue working with non-professional dancers of any age and ability.

Voluntary fee: €10 (€5 for students)
Time: Wednesday 8.3. 17.30-19.30
Place: Annantalo dance studio, meeting in the lobby

Open networking session

Find out more about Cecilia’s work and practice, and meet and network with other artists interested in community dance or intergenerational dance practice. Discussion facilitated by Miranda Laurence, UK-based dance producer and dramaturg.

Time: Thursday 9.3. 18-19.30
Place: Annantalo, meeting in the lobby

Please sign up for either or both events by 2.3. by emailing Miranda at miranda.c.laurence@googlemail.com

Both events are held in English and are organized in collaboration with Annantalo Arts Centre and Dance Info Finland.


Cecilia Macfarlane has a passionate belief that dance can be for everyone. She is often quoted as saying that her last dance will be her last blink and that for her, dance begins even before birth. Cecilia brings to her dance and teaching practice an atmosphere of deep respect for everybody’s unique contribution to dance. The work she has done as a dancer, choreographer, director and teacher embodies a philosophy of inclusion and celebrating difference.

Cecilia trained as a teacher at the Royal Academy of Dance and as a dancer at the London School of Contemporary Dance. She is an Oxford based independent dance artist with a national reputation for her work in the community. She is the founding director of Oxford Youth Dance, DugOut Adult Community Dance and Crossover Intergenerational Dance Company and co-founding director of Oxford Youth Dance Company.  She was a Senior Lecturer in Arts in the Community at Coventry University for nine years. As a performer Cecilia is continually curious about expression, how movement can communicate so powerfully to others without the need for words. Her work is very influenced by her studies with Joan Skinner, Helen Poynor, Deborah Hay and most recently Anna Halprin.

Miranda Laurence is a producer and dance dramaturg based in the UK. She has worked extensively producing projects focusing on community arts, as well as with artists working in a range of contemporary dance genres. Alongside her freelance practice supporting artists, she is Arts Development Officer at Cornerstone, a multi-arts venue in Didcot, Oxfordshire.