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Body & Earth: seven web based somatic excursions

This project was created by Andrea Olsen and Caryn McHose with dance & digital media artist Scotty Hardwig & collaborating performers & videographers. The films are for individual & educational use, tools for teaching movement awareness and environmental practice, these films can be used individually part by part or linked for an hour-long practice & provide web-based resources to accompany the authors’ quartet of books:

All four books are held in the NSCD Library collections.

Body and Earth

DV8 Media Portal

The DV8 Media Portal allowed access to resources & never seen before video excerpts of works by Lloyd Newson & DV8 Physical Theatre, the portal closed in May 2022 with the retirement of Lloyd Newson.

DV8’s award winning films (Dead Dreams of Monochrome Men, Strange Fish, Enter Achilles and The Cost of Living) are now available via Digital Theatre and Digital Theatre Plus.

Photo by Oliver Manzi

Digital Theatre+

The Dancers Series

Twelve beautiful Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement lessons, delivered by Ingrid Weisfelt, designed specifically to support the movement education of people training to be professional dancers. The lessons focus on helping dancers find greater release, clearer connections, & improved efficiency of movement.

This series is open to all levels & can be enjoyed by non-dancers as well. Students & staff can access the 12 audio sessions on the NSCD Media Archive.

1. Freeing The Hip Joints
2. Roll To Reach
3. Activating The Core
4. Baby Bear Rolls
5. Discovering The Spine
6. Sitting Towards The Heels
7. Coordinating The Flexors & Extensors
8. Opening The Arms In Side Lying
9. Powerful Arching
10. Baby Alligator
11. Flying Mermaid
12. Perfecting The Self Image


Hip Hop Dance Almanac

The Hip Hop Dance Almanac is an open access media platform, committed to commissioning & archiving the stories & voices of Hip Hop dance in the UK & internationally. Including in depth interviews, original writing & an archive of Hip Hop voice the platform presents primary accounts of people who are active & an integral part of the broad diaspora of the Hip Hop dance community.

“We started interviewing people in 2018; these have been transcribed & published to ensure original Hip Hop voices are documented for current & future generations. Volumes 1-5 are released annually in January until 2023 & these will focus on the contributions made by people living in the UK. In 2021 we started commissioning original features & long form writing on Hip Hop dance from people based in the UK and internationally; we want to address the imbalance & misrepresentation of the culture in MSM as well as offering a platform to publish personal, thoughtful & critical responses.” – Ian Abbott, 2021.

Hip Hop Dance Almanac


Powered by BalletBoyz, MoovBank is the home of a range of free digital teaching materials for PE, dance and drama teachers.

Filmed in their Kingston studio with BalletBoyz Company dancers, lessons are based on contact work, creativity and choreography designed to develop students’ physical health, build trust, problem solve and enhance creativity.

The bank features schemes of work for students aged 7-19, lesson planstutorials with the dancers, BalletBoyz stage productions, interviews with choreographers, live streamed events from the studio, documentaries and films.

To access the resource simply follow the access button & sign up.

Moovbank Balletboyz

One Dance UK

One Dance UK is the support organisation leading the way to a stronger, more vibrant & diverse dance sector.  They provide one clear voice to:

  • Support all those working in the sector to achieve excellence in dance performance, education & management
  • Advocate for the increased profile & importance of dance in all its diverse forms & settings
  • Enhance dancers’ health, well-being & performance
  • Identify gaps, provide opportunities & improve conditions for dance to be learnt, discussed & seen

They provide membership packages for a range of individuals & organisations to support, advise & connect people across the sector.

Their aim is to create a workforce that is well-equipped to secure dance’s prominence in the cultural landscape of the future. They do this by providing services, information & opportunities for dance organisations; all dance professionals including dance artists & choreographers; dance teachers, educators & practitioners; dance managers & producers; dance medicine & science/research professionals; children & young people.

One Dance UK Hotfoot Online

Stopgap : Learn & Practice

Stopgap are leaders in dance & inclusivity, their website contains a range of useful teaching, community & school resources, including sections on:

  • Dance Teachers and Artists
  • Youth & Community
  • Schools

British Library Resources

  • British Library Archival Sound Recordings

To access content via this resource follow the log in instructions for UK HE/FE students/staff/institutions. Select ‘Conservatoire for Dance and Drama’ if asked to select your institution & then log in using your OpenAthens password & username.

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  • British Library EThOS

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Sound Recordings EThOS

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