ABOUT ME: Multicultural Dance Specialist for Schools

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Lorraine is an experienced Norfolk based multicultural dance specialist, teaching dance and ancient history workshops for 26 years in over 800 schools throughout Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Cheshire, Greater London, Lincolnshire, Hampshire, Bedfordshire, Oxfordshire & Somerset. Projects in conjunction with the national curriculum, including Re days, arts weeks & festivals. Full DBS checked.  Recent winner of Dr Frank Bates Dance & Musical Theatre award at 2016 Norfolk Arts Awards.

Member of  Foundation of Community dance www.communitydance.org.uk & Dance uk’s dance register www.thedanceregister.org.uk. Supporting the work and raising awareness of  www.survivalinternational.org

Thanks to supportive and encouraging parents, I trained in ballet, tap and modern dance as a child through to my teens. Later, progressing to studying many ethnic styles, including Flamenco (Liz Lee, Norfolk), African (Adzido Pan African dance company, Peter Badejo OBE badejoarts.com, Greek ( Greek dance community Norfolk), Indian Classical workshops, as organised by Norfolk Dance with Shobana Jeyasingh , Egyptian dance, studying with Suraya Hilal at the Raqs Sharqi school in London, then with Zaza Hassan at the Centre Artistique de ZaZa in Paris ( zaza-centre.org ). There she gained an advance teaching certificate and joined the dance troupe, ‘Ramses’, to perform in Egypt, Oman, Morocco, Bahrein and Europe. She has also performed with Hossam Ramzy  (www.hossamramzy.com) at the Shaw Theatre, London, and taught Egyptian dance workshops for Talawea Theatre company’s performance of Anthony and Cleopatra, the premiere of which was attended by HRH Princess Anne.

For many years performing as a solo artist in Egyptian classical, baladi and folk style dances, at weddings, family gatherings, dance festivals, such as at Norwich Playhouse, cabaret shows, such as Savoy Restaurant accompanied by live music, & Momo’s London,  numerous charity fundraisers and dance competitions, and for the Egyptian community at the UEA, and Malta.

I also taught Egyptian dance, and choreographed many dances for 20 years in Norwich.

My main focus now is teaching multicultural dances from around the world with children in schools on projects in conjunction with the National Curriculum or specialist Arts weeks. The children are given opportunities to express and create their own dances. Gradually I have built up a wide portfolio of World dance workshops, sometimes through own personal interest and other times through many requests from schools. This has been and continues to be immensely satisfying work, and I consider myself to be extremely fortunate to be able work with some delightful, talented and inspirational people, young and otherwise !

Grateful thanks to all my teachers and mentors including Michael Platt schools adviser, teacher, director and choreographer based in Ipswich, Suffolk, and Elsa Urmston Independant dance scientist and educator. ZaZa Hassan, a superb teacher & choreographer who gave me many wonderful opportunities to perform with his troupe Ramses in the uk & abroad. 

‘ I really felt that the participants responded very positively to your enthusiasm and passion, and that they really understood the relationship of the music and dance to the historical context & culture in which it exists ‘ Elsa Bradley Senior dance Artist – Norfolk dance.

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Birkwood Primary School Cudwoth Barnsley : 3 day residential for their Australian Arts week,, teaching dances of Australian Aboriginals

Tannery Drift School Royston dances based on ‘Penelope and her suitors ‘ Take one picture at National Gallery London

• Chase Lane Primary, Dovercourt, Essex: Oceania Week – Haka and Aboriginal

• Hewett High School, Norwich: Summer Dance Festival – Egyptian Haka, Aboriginal & African
• Emneth Primary School: Chinese Dragon
• Whitehouse Infants School: Indian Week
• Toftwood Junior School, Dereham: Egyptian Festival

Anglia 13 Guide Camp Hautbois Norfolk

Festival of Cultures Forum Norwich on Behalf of MIND www.norwichmind.org.uk

• Downs Syndrome drama club, Norwich, performing the Haka at Norwich Arts Centre.

•Highworth and Warneford High School, Swindon: Aboriginal Festival

Egyptian dance workshops available for ladies groups such as WI

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