Associate Dance Artists 2012-13
LIBBY BATTAGLIA | KATE WESTON
LIBBY BATTAGLIA: Libby began her career as a professional dancer after training at Elmhurst Ballet School. She continued in the entertainment business as a choreographer, production manager and producer working throughout Europe and America. She started her first business in 1989 and since then has been successful in creating a variety of different companies including an Italian restaurant and more recently a dance studio and retail dance shop. She has worked within the education sector teaching, training and lecturing dance in schools and colleges. In partnership with Lincolnshire Dance she created and designed the curriculum for “Lincolnshire Dance Academy” the local authority’s initiative to support the development of talented dancers across the county.
More recently Libby has set-up Arts Ambitions which provides producer and project management services to arts organisations, companies and individuals. She has worked on a variety of projects within the performing arts sector including “Disney in Concert” produced by AW Events for the Queen’s Jubilee in Hyde Park and “Moment to Shine” an intergenerational performance project at LPAC for Lincolnshire Dance with over150 performers. She is delighted to have been selected by Hampshire Dance as an associate dance artist. This opportunity will allow her to combine all her previous knowledge and develop new skills to provide all round bespoke producer services that bring creative ideas to life.
KATE WESTON: Kate is a Choreography and Dance graduate from the University of Winchester, who has lived and danced in Hampshire her whole life. Upon graduating in 2010 Kate has worked on many dance projects and internships and is now currently company manager of Tailor Made Dance. A local company based at The Point in Eastleigh, Tailor Made Dance create dance experiences and perform around the South East.
At the beginning of 2012 Kate returned to Winchester University to begin a Masters in Cultural and Arts Management, which she is finding not only educational but also inspirational. Although dance is her passion Kate is also interested in other art forms, and enjoys working collaboratively. Her aspirations are to work within the area of dance management and producing, and as Associate Dance Artist Kate plans to attend courses and seminars on fundraising and book keeping as well as dance specific events and conferences.
Associate Dance Artist Scheme
The Associate Dance Artist Scheme provides a Hampshire-based artist with an award of £1,000 to undertake an individual professional development programme, and to deliver a project or event as part of Hampshire Dance’s programme.
Artists will be supported to create a programme tailored to their own training and development needs. Programmes could include opportunities such as:
- Mentoring and placements
- Practical dance workshops and masterclasses
- Training courses and conferences
The scheme is open to artists who work in any dance style and can demonstrate their commitment to developing their particular field of dance practice eg: as a performer, choreographer, teacher or dance manager. It would be suitable for an artist early in their career, or could benefit a more experienced artist.
Applications for 2013-14 are open - for more information visit the ADAS page on the Hampshire County Council website.