Kerry Nicholls Dance: May 2014 Newsletter

Hello to all KND followers!

We hope that you have had a wonderful Easter break, are all well, happy and in the midst of lively artistic ventures!

KND has recently been involved in many inspiring projects and has led a range of activities:

  • delivering choreographic residencies at Chichester University for MAP Dance Company, and a wonderful 3rd year cohort at London Contemporary Dance School

  • mentoring artists to create new work for youth dance companies as part of ReFresh at The Place. You can read a blog from Kerry about the experience

  • consulting on the Choreography module for English National Ballet School

  • directing Street Stories: Dance Collaborations, an artistic development initiative by East London Dance and the Royal Opera House to support emerging artists. This intensive project, involving 27 young people from East London, is gaining momentum and the final show will be on 3rd May at the Royal Opera House. Book here

  • teaching continues for the Royal Ballet School and DV8

Big news!

As you will have read in our last newsletter, we have launched our very own KND Performance Mentoring Programme, generously supported by the Linbury Trust. 
The dance landscape is a constantly changing one, and KND wants to respond to this by assisting more professional dancers in equipping themselves with broader skillsets so that they can continue to blossom away from a training institution and explode onto the job market. We are thrilled that this initiative can take flight and we have some fabulous and inspirational artists lined up to deliver alongside us, in what we hope will be a revitalising experience for the participants involved. With talks, practical sessions and individual advice for a select few, it should be a valuable opportunity for those mid-career professionals who want to push in a broader creative direction. 
The full faculty for the fortnight will be announced soon – but the deadline to apply is Friday 30th May, so don't miss this exciting opportunity! For more information visit:

I am delighted to have been awarded a Lisa Ullman Travelling Scholarship to embark on a professional development USA tour at the beginning of 2015. I have secured an impressive schedule of shadowing Critical Response Process founder Liz Lerman, as well as visiting Juilliard and Harvard Dance Departments to work with their students, and research their curriculum and methodologies in training their dancers. I feel sure that it will be an illuminating time and will filter into all areas of my practice on my return to the UK.

Because Kerry herself has expanded the role of being an artist, she will be a magnificent and sensitive participant of my work regardless of what artistic boundaries I am crossing in spring 2015. I look forward to the opportunity of working with Kerry again.”
Liz Lerman - choreographer, performer, writer, educator and speaker

Your reputation as a teacher is remarkable and I feel positive that you will bring another dimension to the work of the dancers at Juilliard. They will benefit hugely from your presence and knowledge.”
Lawrence Rhodes - Artistic Director, Dance Division, The Juilliard School


Current activity

English National Ballet
We are looking forward to being back in the studio after Easter and starting a commission with the 3rd Year dance students at English National Ballet School to create a new short work for their final graduation showcase.
This is coupled with mentoring five English National Ballet company dancers throughout their creative process for 'Choreographics'. Their findings will be performed at the Barbican in May.
On 23rd May, I will be leading an insight talk into the mentoring process at the Barbican

Dance UK
Excitingly, I have been invited to be a mentor on Dance UK's valuable, new Dance Teacher's Mentoring Programme. After teaching Will Aitchison many moons ago at LCDS, I am looking forward to encouraging and provoking his teaching practice over the coming months.
More information on this worthwhile scheme

What next?

In this update we can't exclude the return of the professional Masterclass! We are thrilled to be able to schedule another series, and we can't believe it will have been a whole year since we held the last ones! We will be back at the home of English National Ballet 11th - 15th August and 18th - 22nd August for some more fantastic dancing and sharing.

It continues KND's vision for high-quality professional training in the UK and is a further opportunity to work in a highly sought-after environment with Kerry and David Walters. With only one class per day, places are starting to fill up fast, so don't lose the chance to join us this year!
See for more details.

Technically challenging, musically enhancing and artistically inspiring. KND offers a brilliant concept for professional training and development that is unique in London and urgently needed on a regular basis.”
Course Participant

I have an intensive stint in Glasgow this Summer. KND is working in partnership with Scottish Ballet to create a new piece for the Youth Commonwealth Games. Working with companies from Singapore and Scotland, I will create a new work fusing both cultures to celebrate the young talent on show during the Games.

We have also had new international projects added to our schedule. I will 'suffer' an Italian Residency on the Amalfi Coast, teaching on the summer course for Milano City Ballet, in addition to being the lead teacher on the first Malta International Dance Festival in 2015.

There's much to look forward to – and lots of opportunity to be KND-involved!
We hope that you think that the work we are leading is relevant, vital and fun! Thank you for all of your encouragement in our KND ventures thus far.

If you have any questions about our work, please do contact us at and we look forward to seeing you in the summer and beyond.

As always, we love you keeping in touch with us!

See you soon,

Kerry Nicholls
Director, KND

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