Ten years of Touch Compass Dance Company’s integrated education programme under the spotlight

A reflective essay

Authored by: Sue Cheesman

The Routledge Handbook of Disability Arts, Culture, and Media

Print publication date:  December  2018
Online publication date:  December  2018

Print ISBN: 9780815368410
eBook ISBN: 9781351254687
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In this chapter, I review the kinds of opportunities that have emerged for integrated dance over the last 20 years, specifically within the context of Encompass, an education and outreach arm of Touch Compass Dance Company based in Auckland, New Zealand. In doing so, I identify and discuss practices and influences that have opened up creative opportunities and synergies in the work I have been involved with as a part of Touch Compass for over 15 years. I analyse challenges, strategies, and successes through a dynamic questioning lens, showing commitment to negotiation while also theorising the journey of integrated dance specifically within the Encompass context.

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