Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Finalist Presentations...

You are all invited to attend and support those in Module Three as they share the journey of their inquiry process with us...

MA Professional Practice, Dance Technique Pedagogy
Finalist Presentations
Tuesday May 29th and Wednesday May 30th 2018
Ritterman Dance Studio
Middlesex University London

Tuesday May 29th:

10.00-10.30 Lizzy Rowden - Oral Presentation / Professional Artefact
10.30-11.00 Sam Pickering - Oral Presentation / Professional Artefact
11.00-11.30 Davis Hobdy  - Oral Presentation / Professional Artefact

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13.30-14.00 –. Imogen Butler - Oral Presentation / Professional Artefact

Wednesday May 30th:

12.00-12.30 – Anna Helsby - Oral Presentation / Professional Artefact
12.30-13.00 – Raymond Chai - Oral Presentation / Professional Artefact
13.00-13.30 - Emma Millward - Oral Presentation / Professional Artefact

ALl the best to those presenting, looking forward to hearing about your research processes!

Fellow MAPPs - You are welcome to attend in person or via skype - please let us know of your attendance (via email) by MONDAY MAY 28th

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

A note...

Lots of questions flooding in now so a general note on submitting work for assessments:

Deadline for submission for all work across all modules this term is MONDAY MAY 21st 2018

All work is submitted via the turnitin submission box 
this is on your MAPP DTP or MAPP Dance Programme page on UniHub

Work must be submitted as ONE WORD DOCUMENT (this includes your cover page, main essay, any appendices and bibliography).

Under the title - May 21st Submissions you will find a turnitin icon for each module and one for the RPL claims, please submit to the correct module for the work you are turning in.

There are a number of forms required to be submitted as part of Module Two. These should be submitted as an appendix to the Inquiry Proposal and still uploaded as one word document.

All forms can be found under 'Forms and Temnplates' on your MAPP DTP or MAPP Dance Programme page on UniHub.

Module Ones you should submit your RPL claim form (sent to you via email by your advisor) with your corresponding AOL essays.

Specific questions if you have them concerning the content of your work are fine, please do not send further drafts for feedback now - the deadline for final submission is less than a week away!

Finalist Presentations are on Tues May 29th and Wed May 30th at our Hendon Campus in London, or you may skype in to attend, please do support those presenting their research inquiries for Module Three. I will post a full schedule soon!

Keep breathing...Keep going...

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Drafts and Feedback...

We are working through reading your drafts and offering feedback on them... the feedback is just that - an offering, some thoughts, suggestions, further considerations, questions to encourage you to move on, delve deeper, gain more clarity in the communication of your ideas. 

It is important to recognise that these are not 'corrections'. We are not telling you what is 'wrong' in order for you to correct it and make it 'right'. We are offering professional advice from experience, a critical eye/ear, an alternative and additional perspective to your work. We are not telling you how to do it, or when it is 'right'.

The process of developing your work, (all modules here, your profession, life...) is just that 
'a process'. 

Something to be re-visited (a draft is not a finished piece of work), re-considered, re-thought along the way in order that it might grow and develop with you. Most creative projects are not linear in their development, most are not 'done' on first draft, first sharing, but they take that sharing to invite others views which may offer something more to your own thinking and perspective. 

Share, think further, re-draft, keep questioning, editing's all part of the process and only you will know when it says what it needs to say.

Friday, 13 April 2018

Knowing in your bones...

Just a reference to share, I know some of you I have flagged the work of Guy Claxton to in a one-to-one, but as I read through drafts of your work now, particularly those on Module One, it strikes me that this text is relevant again.

Terry Atkinson and Guy Claxton, (2000). The intuitive practitioner: On the value of not always knowing what one is doing, Taylor and Francis Publishers

What we often take for granted as 'just knowing', 'just doing', centres around the out intuition as practitioners.  There are educational theories of Intuitive Practice and the role of intuition in teaching that you might find interesting and that can offer greater context to your 'gut feelings'.

Let me know what you think..

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Summer Lab.

We are holding our annual Summer Intensive for the 4th year this August...It offers a great transition between modules, and a chance to come together and move, share, discuss and write as a group on our London campus.  Accomodation is offered on campus for around £20 per night, so a great way to spend a week in London, fueling yourself artistically, creatively, academically. The campus facilities, access to the library, studios etc are fully open and available to you for this week as well as the sessions we run daily from 9.30am to around 3pm. Last year we also took a trip to the British Library and the Tate Modern... there's plenty of inspiration around!

The week runs Aug 13-17th, 2018 
Cost (for students) £250

For more information and Booking:


Sunday, 18 March 2018


As we move through March now just a reminder of the guidelines we've offered to help you organise your time-study for the MAPP programmes.

Module Ones - you should have now sent / be sending this week please your first Area of Learning essay for your RPL portfolio claim, along with a list outlining the titles of and draft plans for your other claims. Do contact your advisor if you have questions around any of this. Don't struggle along - a yell for help is fine!

Module Twos and Threes, we're expecting drafts of work from you later in April, after the spring break. Again, contact us if you've questions, you're wanting to talk through ideas... We're here to be your 'critical friend' through these modules and happy to hear your processes in order that we may move you on by asking questions and probing your thinking along the way.

Sunday, 4 March 2018

2nd skype discussion March 4th...

Our 2nd discussion group today had many voices, mostly sharing themes around reflection, reading, revealing 'gaps' in the literature and how we might relate to the development of our professional practice.

We talked about the idea of adding the 'the field' of your practice, of your research and of ways in which to structure the literature in order to make meaningful what you read to what you know and what you don't know but are seeking through the literature.

There were examples from peoples specific teaching practice shared, research inquiry ideas and process shared and generally a feeling of working together, listening and sharing in order to learn. There was an acceptance of feeling lost (multiple times) along the MA journey and of hitting points of 'crisis' when different perspectives to those you held as 'true' are perhaps knocked by something you read and engage with now through your MAPP learning - GREAT!! Remember life, practice, research is not a linear path from A to B... enjoy the wiggles and bumps along the way, they let you know you are alive and learning!!

Those who were part of this discussion will continue these conversations through their blogs, do check them out and comment, so that the blogs reach their potential of being interactive conversations.

Davis Hobdy
Jo Roots
Brandon Sears
Kirsty Searle
Hannah Jackson
Julie Williamson
Garry Clarke
Katherine Bates
Jane Syder
Anthea Garratt
Michael Joseph
Elissavet Linkzerakou

Please comment with the link to your blog on this conversation below...