Participatory and education work
Saffy has a keen interest in and experience of facilitating learning and participatory experiences in a range of education and community settings. She teaches release-based technique, yoga, and facilitates creative workshops and projects involving improvisation and choreographic practices, working with people of varied experience levels. The thread through all of the work is the exploration of our embodied experiences and creativity in an inclusive environment. She has worked with young people in schools, colleges, and youth dance companies, adults in community groups, and professional dance artists. Saffy has also worked as a visiting or associate lecturer at universities including Plymouth, Falmouth and Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
She completed the Hatha Yoga teacher training course at Balance in Glasgow with Gerry Kielty, and teaches adult classes there regularly.
Saffy's education and facilitation experience has included working with Dance Base and Dance House (release-based technique classes for ‘mature’ participants), NHS Forth Valley (primary schools creative project linking into health and wellbeing agendas), City Moves (professional classes and workshops), Dundee College (improvisation workshops for students), Scottish Dance Theatre and Macrobert Arts Centre, (release-based technique classes for their Creative Learning programmes), Dundee College and Glasgow Kelvin College (release-based technique) and delivering schools projects for Artlink Central, facilitating creative movement, drawing and music improvisation workshops with young people with profound disabilities. She has also facilitated contact improvisation workshops for @TheGlasgowJam
Saffy has worked with numerous youth dance and theatre companies, including National Youth Dance Company of Scotland, Lyra Young Company, and was commissioned to make The Sum of Us, Coast Youth Dance Company in Bournemouth.
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"Excellent! The students responded well to the delivery and the artist, and remained fully engaged throughout the workshop.....(which) proved invaluable to the students. They continue to refer to material explored in their current lessons"