Jo is a trained dancer, qualified teacher and Artist in Residence at Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury. She has devoted her career to the development of children and adults with (and without) learning disabilties through dance and performance.
Jo has a lifetime of experience within the field of learning disability, as a sister to Luke, who has Downs Syndrome and communication difficulties. She has grown up witnessing and reflecting on the positive effect that he has had on those around him, and the change to preconceptions that others may have about him.
The transformative nature of dance is central to Jo's ethos, and she uses perfomance as a platform to champion the skills of people with learning disabilties.
Working as an inclusive dance specialist for a range of organisations, including Royal Opera House, Kent County Council, Rose Bruford College and Mencap, Jo continues to grow her practice and broaden the reach of CONFIDANCE in the South East.
For more information about Jo's experience download her CV here.
Grace joined Confidance in 2017 after graduating from University of Kent with a Masters in Physical Acting. Grace’s research into psychophysical practices led to a keen interest in how physical creativity- specifically through dance and drama- can develop confidence, community and a sense of self.
As an experienced facilitator in mainstream theatre and movement, Grace has incorporated Confidance's methododology to make her practice inclusive. From the start of her journey with Confidance, Grace was inspired by the creativity and passion of learning-disabled dancers, and the positive effect that dance has on participants and their audiences.
Alongside her work with Confidance, Grace is Co-Founder and Performer of GOLKK Theatre. GOLKK are a physical theatre ensemble, who create playful and curious worlds which are dynamic and vitally playful. GOLKK performances are often developed by crossing art disciplines, and they champion performance which is grounded in sharing and unity. Grace’s work with Confidance has led to a more inclusive approach to theatre-making and contemporary performance.