BA Hons (Performance Arts, Dance, Music, Drama)
Louise is a movement and collaborative specialist, with an interest in how spaces, objects and stories can stimulate creative responses.
Having trained in contemporary dance at Middlesex University and at the Laban, Louise is interested in seeing how children move and physically respond to spaces indoors and outdoors, with each other and with different provocations though open ended and guided movement play. Louise always strives for a child-centred, visual and sensory approach to her practice, using a range of physical offerings such as music, stories, props and objects to nurture and support their curiosity, exploration and play experiences.
Starting out as a freelance dance practitioner in Cheshire, Louise's professional work has lead to establishing a district wide dance development programme for a local authority, leading a team of dance development workers and education programme for a National Dance Organisation, as well as managing partnerships within a flagship creative learning programme, Creative Partnerships, and the network organisation, Create Gloucestershire.
A creative practitioner, project manager, trainer and consultant over the past 30 years, Louise has delivered many creative projects and training across the UK with different ages and in a range of settings. With a particular interest in working with early years children, she has been involved in a number of longer term residencies in pre-school nurseries, children’s centres, infant and primary schools across the UK.
Her participatory work has spanned all ages from babies to older people, has wide experience in managing educational projects and creating learning and training resources nationally. She is also part of Open Arms Artist's Collective in Gloucestershire, working creatively with older people and in particular, those living with dementia.
With experience at supporting staff development, Louise values time with staff for shared reflection and professional dialogue to unpick what children do, how their individuality is valued and how this can be planned for and cascaded across the curriculum.
Louise is interested in creative play and how the environment (both indoors and outdoors) can be transformed to create exciting, multi-sensory spaces using open- ended, everyday materials, recycled resources and natural/found objects.
Louise has gained a vast experience of directly working and collaborating with a wide range of community, learning and creative settings including early years, in education, and with community groups.
Louise has developed extensive professional development opportunities to support and share this work further, including the development of resource packs such as ‘Small Steps and Big Moves’ aimed at early years educators.