Monday, 12 February 2018

New Term...

Welcome to the start of the new term for the MAPP programmes, great to have new and returning students on MAPP DTP and also new students on the MAPP Dance (Specialism) programme too this term!

There were some interesting starts to our conversations via the two skype sessions on Friday and Saturdaywith some strong themes coming through around time/reflection, vulnerability/being brave and knowing and not knowing.

I believe we have a rich and vibrant community of practitioners on the MAPP programmes and it is the wealth of experiences you all bring to the programme through these discussions that make the programme and your journey on the MA both challenging and exciting.  Acknowledge the nerves at starting something new (the whole programme, the next module, Monday morning!) and embrace the confidence in the knowledge you bring to the programme and to this next phase of your learning. Do remember that the programmes are rooted in your Professional Practice, so while 'academia' and the university systems may be new and unfamiliar, your practice is not. Making these connections is fundamental to the programmes and your development as practitioners, artist-scholars as a result.

Be fiercely brave!!

If you're able to be in London on Feb 24th, jump straight in and join us for a day of artists sharing practice at the Narrating the Somatic Symposium - details and booking link below!

Saturday February 24th 

Key Note Speakers: Rosemary Lee and Richard Walsh
Key Note Movement Workshop: Jackie Guy
Workshops, performance, film and discussion with...
Namron, Sandra Golding, Pawlet Brooks, Louise Kateraga, Mary Grigg, Chikukwango Cuxima-Zwa, Akosua Boakye, Dominique Rivoal, Jacqueline McCormick, Tom Hobden, Anton Califano, Adesola Akinleye, Helen Kindred,
Stephanie Scheubeck, Eline Kieft, Nina Atkinson & Vivian Barbosa.
and ISTD Open Day

also the launch celebration of the new book edited
Narratives in Black British Dance: embodied practices.

Where: Middlesex University, London Hendon, Grove Theatre
When: 9:00 for 9:30 start to 6pm Feb 24th 2018
Tickets for the day: £5 (students), £10 (individual), £20 (institution)
Book on-line here

This Symposium follows on from August 2016 event
Watch video 

Questions: &

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

New Programme Pages on UniHub...

Please bear with us as we migrate the systems over from the previous MAPP DTP programme to the newly re-validated MAPP DTP and other new MAPP programmes (MAPP Dance and MAPP Somatic Studies). This is taking a little time to re-register you all to new programme codes in order for you to access the correct programme pages on Unihub and all of your learning materials.

The administration teams are on it...please be patient and you will be able to access the pages very soon!

Looking forward to starting the new term with you all next week.

Don't forget we have our Welcome back skypes this week Friday at 5pm /  Saturday at 2pm (UK times)

Comment on Adesola's blog if you haven't already to let us know which call you will join.. 


Friday, 19 January 2018

Narrating the Somatic Symposium Feb 24th

A date for your diaries ...

We have a coming up at Middlesex Univeristy on Saturday Feb 24th, 

Narrating the Somatic: gathering voices, sharing practices

The symposium will explore how we tell the tales of our embodied experiences and share our practices…narrating the somatic. The Symposium will bring together existing published academics, visual documentaries of movement (photography/film), and movers and choreographers practicing professionally in the field. The event also links to a call for papers for an up-coming special issue of the Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices that Adesola & I will be guest editing.

Booking is now open for the event :  

It would be great to see some of you there is you're able to make it to our Hendon Campus. There will be a great mix of workshops, performances, talks and time for networking and discussions. Some of your MAPP DTP alumni will be there presenting work also.

If you want to keep up-to-date with more on the symposium, schedule for the day (to be published shortly) etc.. please do follow our Embodied Practices Blog.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

The in-between bit...

Well done to all our finalists that presented their research last Friday... great to hear, see and meet some of you in person!

A note on 'what happens now?' 

Since assessed work for all modules was due in on Jan 5th, Adesola and I are now marking all assignments, preparing work for the External Examiners to view and for the University Assessment boards.

The Assessment Boards take place mid-Feb, shortly after this your grades will be published on UniHub (alongside the work you submitted) and feedback will be emailed to you by your advisor.

Our new term begins on FEB 12th (please note this is corrected from my earlier blog stating the 5th, the slightly later date is correct as we work to align the term dates with assessment dates etc).

Adesola will post details of our monthly skype discussion groups nearer that time, do remember to check in on her blog for this and comment to attend.

In the meantime, if we can ask that skype chats and emails with reference to the next module you're due to progress into and chatting through your plans wait until the next term starts. Use this in-between time to access the next module handbook, read, think, use your journals, blog your thoughts, comment on each others...

Back soon!!

Monday, 8 January 2018

Finalists Presentations...

We would like to invite you all to attend the MAPP DTP Finalists Presentations (either in person or via skype)... do try to support your peers if you can...

MA Professional Practice, Dance Technique Pedagogy
Finalist Presentations
Friday Jan 12th 2018
College Dance Studio (CG60)
Middlesex University London
Schedule of the day:
Session One:
10.00-10.30 Maite Margues– Oral Presentation / Professional Artefact
10.30-11.00 Becky Jones (S) – Oral Presentation / Professional Artefact
11.00-11.30 Parimala Hansoge (S) - Oral Presentation / Professional Artefact
Short Break
12.00-12.20 – Maite Viva
12.20-12.40 – Becky Viva
12.40-13.00 – Parimala Viva

---------------- Lunch Break – assessors convene ------------------

Session Two:
14.00-14.30 – Barbara Olyus
14.30-15.00 – Michelle Rasdall
15.00-15.30 – Alice Forde (S)
15.30-16.00 – Anna Helsby

-------------------------------- Short Break ----------------------------------

16.00-16.20 – Barbara Viva
16.20-16.40 – Michelle Viva
16.40-17.00 – Alice Viva
17.00-17.20 – Anna Viva

Oral Presentations should be no more than 20mins in duration.
You should aim to present/share your Professional Artefact in no more than 10mins.
The viva lasts 20mins and is a one-to-one chance for assessors to ask questions of your research inquiry having experienced your critical review, oral presentation and professional artefact.
We invite the audience, you, your peers, to comment on each others presentations and allow 5-10mins for this dialogue after each presentation

Please note: There is no parking available on the Hendon Campus, nearest tube is Hendon Central (Northern Line). There 

Wednesday, 3 January 2018


Hi and all good wishes as we start off the new year... Submission of work as you know is Jan 5th, with the new term commencing on Feb 5th.

A big thank-you to Hopal for all her support in my absence last term, and to let you know I am back on email/skype as your advisor again this term, if I could please ask you to re-direct your queries to me rather than emailing Hopal now.

With last minute queries flooding in as you're all in the final stages of preparing your work from assessment now on Jan 5th, I thought a few FAQs might be useful to answer here for all...

  1. Can I send you my final draft to read through and let me know it's ok before I submit it in 2 days time? We cannot read and feedback on drafts of work at this late stage, if you have a specific question about something please do email your advisor and otherwise ask and trust yourself if your work is ok to submit.
  2. If the word count says 1,000, 2,000, 3,000, 6,000 words can I go over that? The university has a policy of allowing 10% over/under any word count set for an assignment. So if the word count for your paper is 2,000 words, it is fine to submit 2,200 words, but submitting 4,000 words if missing the mark and not adhering to the criteria of the assignment.
  3. How do I submit my professional artefact on turnitin? You don't! You present your artefact at your oral presentation, sharing it with us then, in the same way, you do not submit your oral presentation as a document on turnitin, you share it with us verbally on the day of your presentation.
  4. Do I send my final submission of work via email to my advisor?  Yes please to BOTH Adesola and Helen. through (aloud) and final edit before submitting now...

Monday, 18 December 2017

Last minute...

As the term draws to a close now and you're all heading towards submission of your work (all modules) on Jan 5th, it's understandable to have last minute questions... in a collective response I offer the following...


2. CHECK OUR BLOGS!! there's guidance there as to the what, how, when of submissions

3.  DON'T PANIC!!!

4. READ THE HANDBOOKS!! ALL the info on your assessments is in your Module Handbook


On a general note, once you've received feedback on a draft of work, you need to work on that, be guided by, nudged along, but then take ownership of that piece of work. Submitting a draft is not for approval or correction, but for feedback, thoughts, suggestions, comments, possible developments for you to then take further yourself - Please do not send us multiple, repeated drafts for further 'corrections' until it's 'right', this is not the point of your learning as a professional at degree level and not helpful for your integrity as a professional-artist-scholar.

We are not leaving you to 'muddle through' but we trust in your ability to use the tools around you to get to completion of your module now. 

DO check that you are able to get onto and upload work (one word document) on Turnitin ahead of submission deadline - any problems please contact the UniHelp team immediately.

Wishing you all well for the last stage of writing, refining, preparing work and for the holidays!!