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Di  Ruddick [Choreographer | Movement Director]

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Recently moved to the Newport/Cardiff region


Highly experienced educator, choreographer and dance teacher with very
successful track record in the Arts and Dance sector of Society. Proactive
in development and change with hands on professional approach.

Direction and Choreographic Experience

Extensive directing, choreographic and staging experience across the
entire spectrum of society, including major professional productions,
national dance festival productions, professional dance company
productions, amateur theatre and school productions.

Other Experience

? Contemporary, Modern, Jazz and Tap teacher. Also trained in Ballet and
African Dance.
? Extensive theatre knowledge including directing and technical aspects ?
sets, costumes, lighting and sound
? Training of dance pupils to dance teacher level
? Development of theatre, arts, culture, visual arts and craft, art
centres and music.
? Work shopping communities groups on dance in various dance styles.
? Producing, directing and choreographing annually Youth Dance Productions
of up to 600 participants. Arrangement of events and festivals on a local
and national level.
? Assisting and organising musicians, dancers, performers, artists from
communities to have a platform for exposure at local and national events.
? Selected to arrange, co-ordinate and direct the opening and closing
ceremonies of the 2004 South African Games.
? Founder member and Artistic Director of a Professional Dance Company.
? Founder member and Artistic Director of a Youth Dance Company.
? Working with disadvantaged and disabled communities.
? Arranging professional teaching of students with learning disabilities
? Working with Downs Syndrome and disabled students in the dance and
movement field.

Formal Qualifications

2001 Associate Dance Teacher, Dancecor.
1990 Associate Dance Teacher, I.D.T.A., Tap Dance.
1987 Advanced Associate Dance Teacher, I.D.T.A. (Member), Contemporary Dance.
1979 Associate Dance Teacher, I.D.T.A., Contemporary Dance.

Employment History

Academy of Musical Theatre Wales
Head of Dance

2006 to present
New Forest Arts Centre
Conducting freelance dance workshops

2006 to present
Kingston Adult Education Centre
Teacher?s panel

2005 to present
Bracknell Forest Dance
Dance Artist.
Contemporary and Jazz

1997 to 2005
Department of Sport, Arts and Culture (South Africa)
2005/03: Assistant Director
2003/97: Deputy Chief Education Specialist

1979 to 1997
Di Ruddick Dance Academy:
Owner - teaching Modern, Contemporary, Jazz and Tap Dancing.

1985 to 1995
Choreographic and directing contract work
Various professional bodies including Cape Performing Arts Board,
Performing Arts
Council of the Orange Free State, Guild Theatre,
Alexander Theatre and Arts Theatre Group.

Other Responsibilities

2000 to 2005 Artistic Director and Coordinator Guild Theatre Dance Company

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