How are you all? I hope you are finding lots of opportunities to keep dancing through Lockdown 3.0. I thought I would send you a little note to say that I have been thinking about you and after some encouragement from Miss Kay, share my news.
I have been busy since Lockdown 1.0 and have finally completed a Master of Arts Degree in Creative Practice from the University of Chester. I have been following a part time programme of study over three years so it feels fantastic to have achieved it. I have learnt lots and it has inspired me to keep exploring how we can promote individuals to be self determined and achieve their potential, something I am very passionate about.
I have also provided an expert commentary on a chapter in a new book called Performance Psychology for Dancers that has just been published. Very exciting!
At the end of the Summer 2019 I was asked to join an advisory board for Sussex Dance Network who are an organisation providing a platform, production support, networking and collaboration in the Sussex area based in Brighton. You can follow them on Insta @sussex.dance.network
I am still working at The BRIT School, mainly from home at the moment like everyone else. My role has changed this academic year and I am now working as Assistant Principal with responsibility for Teaching and Learning. Being part of the Senior Leadership Team has been really exciting and I have learnt a great deal (especially about Gavin Williamson and the DfE response to Covid 19!). I am really enjoying the opportunity to think about optimising Teaching and Learning across the school and to be with the team running a big creative place like BRIT.
I am still undergoing examiner training for the new ISTD Contemporary syllabus which is a super slow process thanks to the current climate but I hope to complete my training this year and get behind a desk with an examiners bell to hand as soon as possible. Likewise I haven’t had any adjudicating since March 2019. I was mid way through a festival when lockdown 1.0 happened. I have dates in the diary for the end of July and I am realy crossing my fingers that the event can take place.
What a strange old time this is! I wonder how we will all reflect on it in a few years time?
I hope you are all well, working hard to stay motivated and washing your hands lots.
Much Love, Jodie xxxx