Millie Kingsnorth is from Biddenden, Kent. At the age of 21 years old, she was able to join DanceSyndrome remotely on a student placement, thanks to online dance opportunities that were offered during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Millie carried out a university placement with DanceSyndrome in early 2021. As a placement student, Millie delivered 6 dance sessions of various lengths, as well as participating in classes with the DS Collective performance team. She completed this placement at the end of April 2021. The placement was part of her final year of university at Canterbury Christ Church University studying Dance Education. Through the degree she gained a lot of experience teaching a range of age groups and completed an inclusive dance training course with Parable Dance.
Millie discovered DanceSyndrome whilst doing some admin work for Parable Dance after the training course. She worked closely with Natasha Britton who is a Trustee at DanceSyndrome and Natasha explained that DanceSyndrome were facilitating a lot of online classes and thought that they would be a great organisation to organise a placement.
Talking about her time with DanceSyndrome, Millie said “DanceSyndrome has allowed me to hone my skills in inclusive practice as well as build my confidence in teaching people with additional needs. I have been passionate about inclusive dance for many years but this experience has given me the knowledge and experience to pursue a career in the field. I feel better equipped to lead my own classes similar to those run by DanceSyndrome in my local area.
“I always knew disabled people had a lot of potential when it comes to dancing and I am a big advocate for giving those with disabilities room to build their skills and become leaders. DanceSyndrome is a fantastic example of how this can be implemented and I definitely learnt so much from the dance leaders and members of the DS Collective.
“The placement far exceeded my expectations and I am so sad that I am so far away so I can’t come and join every week! I hope to come and visit one day so I can meet the DS Collective in person and hopefully I will cross paths with DanceSyndrome again once I have built up my own company. Until then, I will be a big cheerleader for DanceSyndrome from afar!”
Outside of her work with DanceSyndrome, Millie is an administrative assistant for Parable Dance and is currently nearing the end of dance research internship with Dr Angela Pickard. She plans on setting up an inclusive dance company in the summer of 2021 and starting classes in the community in the autumn.
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