ABOUT

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Clare Adam
Deaf Dance Artist
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Lesley Howard
Autistic Dance Artist

Clare is based in central Scotland and is a recent 2020 graduate of the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance, achieving an Upper Second BA (Hons) Contemporary Dance Performance. Clare also spent three years at West College Scotland studying, Ballet, Contemporary and Jazz. 

 

As a Deaf Dancer Clare has overcame many stigmas and challenges within the dance world.  She  wants to share her experiences  and become an advocate for dancers with disabilities. Clare aims to share and inspire others through movement and creativity. For Clare dance is where she feels most accepted and at home. 

Discovering Release Base Technique  was a turning point for Clare. After being inspired by other dancers movement in this style, it challenged Clare to explore further. The floor became her forte as she discovered how to get in and out of it through endless movements. Clare also enjoys characterisation and finds herself using her facial expressions to convey the story.  

Lesley is a Scottish based dance artist, and recent 2020 graduate of The Scottish School of Contemporary Dance where she obtained a First Class BA (Hons) Contemporary Dance Performance.  Prior to this, Lesley trained at West College Scotland in styles such as Ballet, Jazz and Commercial. Lesley is part of Barrowland Ballet and the Work Rooms Graduate Programme 2020/2021. 

 

As an Autistic individual who is a passionate advocate for Inclusive Dance. Lesley enjoys the freedom dance creates allowing her to communicate through a universal language. She also likes to incorporate British Sign language into her movement style.

 

She is interested in the kinesthetic benefits dance brings for children and those with additional needs, allowing life skills to be taught via movement. Lesley enjoys creating interactive children's work, exploring the relationship between movement and play. 

Lesley is inspired by Anton Lachkey and Akram Khan by the irregular rhythms and fast footwork displayed in their work, which she has developed into her own movement style. Lesley has a strong knowledge of release base technique whilst exploring dynamics and movement quality through improvisation.