arts in education


Dancing Strong has a fundamental belief that the arts have a crucial place in education. Not just the skills and understanding of craft through which students can learn develop a lasting relationship with their own creativity but the principles of the arts are principles of value across learning.

Adesola has worked with a number of arts-in-education initiatives in USA (Bronx Arts Incisive), Canada (Learning Through the Arts, ArtsSmarts, Manitoba Artists-in-Schools program) and UK (Creative Partnerships). Her role has varied from artist in school to consultant to curriculum planning both for individual schools and for local authorities. She has also lectured in the Theatre Department, State University of New York and Physical Education and Recreation Department, University of Manitoba.

“My particular interest is two fold: looking at how the theory of arts practice can be successfully delivered on a day-to-day basis baring in mind the many provisions and needs a school must address. Secondly, acknowledging the creative process within all curriculum subjects, validating the creative work that teachers do both in core subjects and foundation subjects.” Adesola

Adesola has been working in arts-in-education for over 15 years. Dancing Strong provides tailor made projects to schools allowing time for consultation with each school before delivery. Recent past projects include:

Dance Workshops & performance for Foundation Years, Kindergarten, Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2 and Elementary school

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‘Dance Detectives’ - A project that links maths and dance (Key Stages 1,2, or 3).

‘Stomp, Rhythm and Roll’ – a project looking at found/ recycled materials and body percussion (Key Stages 1 or 2).

‘Space to Move in’ – an installation-based project exploring light and movement (this was a project in a special needs school that involved the whole school).

‘Trace schools project’ – creating site-specific dances in and around schools basic on local history and pupils’ narrative (Dance –in Herts Project in Rural Schools. Key stages 2 and 3).

We also offer INSET and professional development. Adesola is a Specialist Link Teacher working the SSCo programme for Enfield LEA. She has also worked as a Creative Agent with Creative Partnerships.

Dancingstrong affiliated teachers:

DancingStrong Company members also offer classes including Horton technique, Ballet, Dance in school settings and creative movement classes.

Hopal Romans

Hopal’s background and training is in contemporary dance which includes the modern dance techniques of Graham and Horton and an inspired Afro-Cuban contemporary and folklore. After training initially at the Laban Centre, Hopal moved to New York where she studied at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Centre as a scholarship student. Prior to studying at the Ailey school Hopal danced with Extemporary Dance Theatre. She worked with US-based emerging and project companies and also with established choreographers: the late Ulysses Dove, Rovan Deon, and Mark Taylor & Friends, Andrew Jannetti & Dancers, Anne Moradian Dance Company. Returning back to the United Kingdom Hopal danced for The Kosh, Union Dance Company, the late Bill Louther, and the company Danza Libre in Guantanamo, Cuba.

After a long and varied career dancing for companies and choreographers Hopal re-trained in arts management and worked in music education for 9 years as Principal Officer - Policy and Programmes at Youth Music. Supporting the development of programmes and opportunities for children and young people Hopal specialised in the creation of programmes involving music-making for early years, singing initiatives and strategic music making opportunities.

Hopal is a freelance arts professional and dance tutor working primarily with children and young people. She teaches contemporary dance in mainstream as well as inclusive creative dance in special educational needs schools.

Her specialism is in the teaching of contemporary dance in the Horton technique, infused with and influenced by Afro Cuban dance.

As part of her continuing professional development Hopal completed the Diploma in Dance Teaching and Learning – Children and Young People (DDTAL-CYP) at Trinity Laban and is currently studying part time for an MA in Professional Practice-Dance Technique Pedagogy at Middlesex University.

“We are incredibly lucky to have Hopal Romans teaching a rare Horton technique class. Horton technique is highly prized by dancers; dance visitors to The Norwood School are very impressed that our pupils have the opportunity to learn it ..” Teacher: Ms Gillian Acham (The Norwood School, 2013)

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