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Jenny is a dancer and qualified teacher, specialising in the fusion of Samba and African dance forms, and Body Percussion. Jenny has over 10 years experience running dance workshops in primary and secondary schools and FE colleges. She also works with community groups, and has taught and choreographed Bristol-based community dance and drum collective African Sambistas since 2008. Jenny provides CPD workshops for school teachers on the development of dance in primary schools, and runs seminars for PGCE students on integrating dance in the National Curriculum.
Jenny currently dances with the Guinean dance and theatre company Hamana, and makes regular trips abroad to study and update her dance practice. Jenny has performed and taught at various festivals and has worked as a choreographer for the popular Channel 4 series ‘Skins’. As well as dance in practice, Jenny is interested in the theory of dance; she gives dance lectures at university level and has presented on gender and ethnicity in dance as part of Bristol Feminist Network lecture series. She has a PhD in art education, which covers issues of ‘theory’ and ‘practice’ in creative subjects and the position and status of the arts in formal education.
Her energy and enthusiasm is massively infectious and is sure to get everyone engaged and moving!
Jackson has been playing music since age 8 and leading music workshops for almost 10 years. Jackson runs drumming workshops for both adults and young people based around Brazilian rhythms such as Samba & Maracatu fused with other rhythms from around the world. He also currently runs community music group Afon Sistema, performing Maractatu percussion and songs. In addition to percussion, Jackson also runs music composition and DJ workshops. Jackson has worked as a SEN/EBD teaching assistant for several years in both primary and secondary schools and has also studied a traineeship in Early Years Music leading in partnership with the Merlin Theatre in Frome.
After travelling to Brazil several times to study music in depth he also currently works with many local bands as a gigging/ recording musician including sets at Glastonbury, Womad, Greenman & Boomtown festivals. He also DJ’s regularly at venues around the South West.
Joel has been performing arts and crafts workshops at festivals for the past 9 years and currently works as a playworker at BRAC and an Art Tutor at KG Doodles. His passion for science, nature and global culture has lead him to develop activities that get children asking questions about the world they live in.
Joel has also been working extensively with masks, puppets and board games to help children explore new ways of communicating, interacting and making stories. Many of the activities Joel has been bringing to the table involve using discarded recyclable materials that the children can collect and prepare themselves. Through workshops these objects are transformed into useful materials for arts and crafts. One of Joel’s main goals is to use workshops to teach children that they can find potential for creativity everywhere.
Rebecca is a writer whose short stories, poetry and journalism have been published in various anthologies, magazines and books. In 2012 she was awarded the Rising Stars Performance Poetry Award and spoke at the annual Mix Conference on the theme of Digital Media and Poetry. She has performed in numerous venues, including the Royal Albert Hall, the Barbican Theatre and Colston Hall as well as both Bristol and Bath Literature Festivals.
When not performning, she teaches creative writing in a variety of forms. In San Francisco, she worked for the globally-recognised creative writing centre, 826 Valencia teaching projects around race, ethnicity and culture in inner city High Schools. Back in the UK she taught on Apples and Snakes project “Shake the Dust”, which was the UK’s largest ever teen poetry slam. She currently runs the Bristol branch of the prestigious Hammer and Tongue Poetry Night and manages The Wandering Word Workshop Tent for teenagers. Rebecca also co-programmes The Applied Theatre Action Initiative, a California-based arts organisation that works with teenagers across the globe to create solution-focussed social change.
Enthusiastic, friendly and patient, Jordan runs music production and DJ’ing workshops. Graduating with a BAHons in Creative Music Technology from Bath Spa University, he now performs as a Producer/DJ around the South West supporting names such as Mr Scruff, Mistajam and Sarah Cox from Radio 1. He officially released his first track in 2014 on Bear Fresh records. Jordan also runs a weekly radio shows and successful club nights as part of CDB Soundsystem. Through all of this he has first hand experience with recorded music, production and DJ skills.
Since 2009 Jordan has also been leading engaging and fun drumming workshops nationwide in schools, community groups and corporate team building events. Jordan teaches traditional Brazillian Samba fused with modern rhythms and leads several successful Samba groups.
Caleb is a a poet, performer and educator, based in South-West England. He currenty teaches part-time for a Pupil Referral Unit and is studying for an MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes, with Metanoia Institute. His education work has been primarily in Pupil Referral Units and therapeutic learning environments. He is an accredited Arts Advisor and has experience in delivering the Arts Award programme with young people.
Previously, he worked for the BBC as a Production Co-ordinator and in the development and production of TV Arts and Social/Cultural History documentaries. He has ran workshops and performed his writing at festivals such as Green Man and Towersey, at spoken word nights across the country, as well as in online and print publications. He is interested in the comic, the gothic, the scientific, the tragic, the trippy and the transcendant.
Caleb believes that all human beings have a voice and a right to be heard; that creative writing and expression should be a safe, fulfilling and exciting way to find your voice, explore your identity and discover possibilities for your future; that we can learn so much about ourselves by writing together; that the way we speak about the world, can change the world.
Jo originally trained at the Royal College of Music and began her career working with orchestras such as the BBC Symphony Orchestra. She has studied West African drumming and balafon (West African xylophone) with a number of different teachers, both in England and in Senegal. And she has completed courses in Afro-Cuban and Afro-Brazilian percussion with One Voice Music.
Jo is an experienced percussion teacher and workshop leader having spent many years as a peripatetic music teacher in schools. Jo currently runs Spoons Workshops for all ages, in schools, and for parties, festivals and events. For the last couple of years, she has run the Sidmouth Spoonchestra at Sidmouth Folk Week, a series of workshops working on different arrangements leading to a performance. Jo performs regularly with groups such as Against the Grain, Folk Dance Remixed and with various ceilidh bands including Token Women.
Med “AfroDub” Rann has worked in music production for 12 years now, working both as a recording artist and studio engineer. Outside of the studio, he is an avid percussionist and performer. Graduating with an MMus Creative Sound and Media Technology from Bath Spa Uni, and with five years worth of samba teaching experience, Med works with the other Bris Arts music leaders to conduct their classes, as well as running his own bands every summer for festival workshops.
Med also works with teenagers at camps and festivals, organising activities and workshops and working on inter-generational synergy.
As well as working with Bris Arts, Becky also works for other key organisations across the South West, co-ordinating several music and arts projects. She is an experienced Project Manager, specialising in Evaluation and analysing the impact that arts activities have upon society. She works primarily on projects with young people, focussing on creative learning and their involvement in musical activities. Becky is also a keen samba percussionist and regularly performs with Bristol-based groups Ilu Axé and Afon Sistema. In addition to performing, she teaches weekly adults samba drumming classes for people wishing to join Ilu Axé. Becky has also helped run drumming workshops for children, and adults with learning disabilities.
Becky assists in the organisational aspects of Bris Arts, bringing experience of fundraising and marketing. She currently manages the youth samba group United Beatz project, liaising with schools and other music organisations across Bristol. In addition she volunteers as part of the core team organising Oxjam Bristol Takeover music festival.