After finishing my undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at The University of Chester, I began pursuing a career as a freelance artist. I work as a Freelance Artist and a Programme Coordinator for Cheshire Dance, delivering and supporting sessions with Cheshire Dance’s Down Syndrome Dance classes and delivering in schools across Cheshire.
My current focus in community practice is developing projects with LGBTQ+ youths, to offer safe spaces and creative opportunities for people within the community. I work as a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Chester, delivering lectures to the undergraduate and postgraduate students. My lectures usually focus on choreographic approaches, improvisation, and performance aesthetics. My most recent project was titled The Dawning, which was a Research and Development supported by Arts Council England, in partnership with Cheshire Dance.
"Creating a safe space for others to dance, move and just be themselves plays a large role in my practise, and working with the community to generate creative opportunities for all is my passion."Connor Elliman
Cheshire Dance has an established and growing specialism in developing dance opportunities with and for people with learning disabilities and people with Profound Intellectual and Multiple Disabilities (PIMD).
Cheshire Dance works with educational settings to deliver school improvement plans and to enrich the current curriculum framework through quality dance practises that add real value.
Cheshire Dance works within the community and in education settings to enrich young lives through dance. Dance & Young People forms an integral part of the principle Cheshire Dance Programme.
Inspiring learning through dance, Crossing Point has provided a unique opportunity for young people to develop dance skills, deepen curriculum knowledge of a chosen topic and perform.
DS Dance is a dance group for people with Downs Syndrome, run in partnership with Down's Syndrome Cheshire , with regular sessions in Winsford, Chester and Crewe.
Project #1 is a creative project for young LGBTQ+ people aged 13-19 living in and around the City of Chester to come together and explore new ways of moving.
Shining the Spotlight on the mental well being of young people in the town of Winsford, encouraging physical activity and engagement with peers,
Project #2: Queer Histories is a youth led creative exhibition for young LGBTQ+ people in Chester
Bringing together over 50s dance groups to share, devise and dance as a celebration of ageing creatively for Storyhouse Elders Festival.
Young Creatives is a creative opportunity for young people to connect with Queer History through creative weekly sessions.
Arts Council England is the national development agency for creativity and culture. Cheshire Dance is a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England.
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Chester Pride works to support, advocate for, and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community of Cheshire and North Wales.
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