Ruth Spencer is an Independent Dance Artist and Lecturer in Higher Education whose work is deeply rooted in Education and Community Practice. Through a person centred approach, Ruth encourages individuals to discover and explore their own ways of moving and through this build relationship with others.
Passionate about debunking myths around dance and dance teaching – she continues to be curious, to question and reframe her own dance practice. She has worked as an independent dance maker, performer and facilitator since 1988 and has worked nationally and internationally with highly acclaimed dance companies and artists.
Ruth regularly works with Cheshire Dance to deliver training specifically designed for artists interested in developing or refreshing their skills in delivering dance to adults with disabilities, including delivery to participants who have profound intellectual and multiple disabilities. She also works alongside Creative Director of Cheshire Dance Jane McLean to direct the “PMLD Practise Sharing Network”
"Passionate about debunking myths around dance and dance teaching, I work with a person-centred approach that encourages individuals to discover and explore their own ways of moving and building relationship with others."Ruth Spencer
Inquiring Bodies is a full day event by dance artists, for dance artists in a mutually supportive environment for dance exploration and open dialogue.
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).
The Wanna Dance? programme sees service users of Vivo Care Choices with profound and complex disabilities take part in one-to-one face to face sessions with Cheshire Dance artists to explore how they might like to dance.
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 with schools and educational facilities to integrate the art form into learning. Dance in Education forms an integral part of the Cheshire Dance annual programme.
Exploring, questioning, developing & inspiring our practice - and each other - to ensure people with PMLD experience and enjoy dance regardless of the challenges that they face.
Cheshire Dance is a specialist in dance for people with PMLD. People with PMLD are participants in many of our regular dance and disability groups and as an organisation, we facilitate a practice sharing network for dancers across the UK who work with people with PMLD.
The intergenerational Living Lives Together - Harmony Wheels Programme has been designed by Ready Generations and Cheshire Dance to provide an engaging set of imaginative provocations and invitations for all ages.
Cheshire West and Chester Council is committed to celebrating diversity and promoting equality in everything it does, to improve the quality of life for everyone living, working and visiting Cheshire West and Chester.
Customer Service Centres, 1 The Arcade, Northwich
Dance Consortia North West (DCNW) is a diverse collection of dance artists, companies and venues that come together to generate, collaborate and celebrate dance across the region.
1st Floor, Winsford Library, High Street, Winsford, Cheshire CW7 2AS
Vivo Care Choices provides a range of daytime activities in several day centres and community settings, including Canal Street Day Centre and Water Tower Gardens (both Chester), Firdale Day Centre (Northwich), Meadowbank Lodge (Winsford), Neston Day Centre, and Coronation Centre and Healthy Living Centre (both Ellesmere Port).
Lightfoot Street, Hoole, Chester CH2 3AD
UCLanDance is a Centre for Excellence in Learning, Participation and Advocacy, developing programmes which are deeply rooted in and responsive to our communities in Lancashire, alongside national and international work.