Wednesday at Isobel Mair School

Yesterday seemed like a difficult day with staff and students all over the place and a poor turn out for the staff session and the Master Class. However, today has been a very different experience with some absolutely magical time with students. Lots of behavior and learning above and far beyond expectations, periods of focus and collaboration, laughter and relaxation.

At the end of the school day, staff members came forward asking to have a go on the ropes and realised just haw well the students have been managing to adapt to this new experience.

The family session saw students returning to school with mums, dads, aunties and siblings. Some watched whilst others danced and moved on the ropes. It was a lovely relaxed and informal session in the sun.

Thanks go out to Ruth, Linda, Sandy and Nigel from Waterbaby Dance who have made this week happen and are supporting us in our practice this week.

Isobel Mair School

Isobel Mair School day one

A very rainy day brought us indoors but the silver lining was focused time to get to know pupils and staff who will be working with us all week. We will gather feedback and evaluation from everyone involved throughout the week so that we can evidence the impact of the work.


A bit of the feedback from today, before and after moods plus observations.

Buzzz 2017

This year we have a wonderfully varied programme of workshops and performances in different parts of the UK. Glasgow, Gloucestershire, Powys, Lancashire and Norfolk over the next three months: Glasgow, Gloucestershire, Powys, Lancashire and Norfolk over the next three months.

In the run-up last weekend we worked with an enthusiastic group of people at Circus Fantasia in Rostock, Germany, a great opportunity to get into the swing of things! 20170506_113144

The closing moments of retreat world

What a delicious treat for us all!

What a variety of forms we shared, aerial rope, contact improvisation, Performance and games, aerial hoop and Veyu Aerial Yoga. Phew! We are strong and tired.

Here are a few snaps I took when I wasn’t teaching or rolling or flying or hooping….

We have spent all morning tidying and scrubbing and rolling the dance floor in preparation for our journey to GERMANY!

Wismar festival here we come! Very excited to be sharing Kingfisher and Damselflies on Saturday and Lovely Bugs Sunday.

To the continent.

Bug sniffs, chez*xx

What a day 2 of the RETREAT!

Check out the participants dancing  high, swinging low, shape shifting and working really hard! I’m so impressed with the level of the work today.

High lights – the chair game, veyu aerial yoga, new tricks on the hoop and practicing our bungee routine on the ground in the cattle shed (a bit like jazz dancing with no lift!).

Great day!

Well done and thank you everyone!


The Retreat Begins

What a gorgeous day of working and sharing with our participants for the retreat!

My high lights include – rolling on the dance flood in the cattle shed in contact improvisation, turning buttercups into metal detectors and creative improvisation on the aerial hoop and ropes.

MOOOORE to come all week!


What a week!

Well, the fact that I’ve not blogged since last week shows that we have been incredibly busy.  Schools workshops, performances every day, 2 venues, hundreds of children, farm tours, re-rehearsing, polishing shows, sharing our workshop games and smiles, swinging, sunshine (sometimes), and full power team work!!

Like working ants

Like busy bees

Like fiery ladybirds

Like spinning spiders

Like hungry Kingfishers and protective damselflies

I am feeling utterly exhausted and entirely fulfilled with our sharings with all the different groups this week! Such a variety of young people and families!

Here are some photos in no particular order.

Great to help building the rig and understand its structure.

Great to dance under the rain.

Great to be involved in this work at this time!

Karabiners, art and apples – Jess

It’s been an amazing week of returning to the work, rehearsing, reconnecting – with each other and a new, outdoor place – and revisiting the magic of sharing the work with children and seeing their own creativity and ingenuity as they flew, crawled, buzzed and otherwise embodied their own lovely bugs.

I’ve spent much of the last couple of years living as artist-in-residence (as the custodians affectionately titled me) in an orchard in east Herefordshire. But dancing and flying above, under and among the apple trees of this traditional orchard at Breinton has been a magical new way of connecting with these special places. There is something very particular about orchards that seems to encourage and nurture a sense of community, and provide a humble-yet-ceremonial setting for art and performance. The best kind of accessible green gallery!

To see the children enter the orchard and become grounded – even as they flew! – has been an affirmation of what the rare combination of outdoor aerial/dance work can achieve. I re-found a quote today: ‘every child is born a naturalist…open to the glories of the stars, the beauty of the flowers, and the mystery of life’.

This week it has been a privilege to witness this.