Co-Founder and Artistic Director
The John Mead Dance Company and Firefly Tales
The Art of Dance: Discovering its Inherent Educational Potential
Drawing on his years of experience in performing, choreographing and teaching dance in professional and educational contexts both in Singapore and overseas, Dr. John Mead shares clear perspectives on the value of Dance education beyond the staging of eye-catching performances. This masterclass emphasises how students can be guided to discover the joy of boldly moving and optimising their interest and passion for dance. Besides ways to encourage students to actively adopt a personal and innovative approach to dance, we discover also how dance may be a viable means to help students connect their learning across subjects not limited to those in the Arts, as well as to promote their awareness and understanding of contemporary issues. This is a masterclass for teachers who see opportunities within their dynamic, evolving and exciting roles as 21st century educators in inspiring in their students a love for the Arts. Participants can also draw inspiration from the speaker as he shares how dance has shaped his values and attitudes, defined his mission, and changed his life.
About the Speaker
Dr. John Mead is an internationally recognized choreographer, performer and educator. Working professionally over the past 35 years, he has choreographed over 120 works, which have been performed in Canada, China, France, Greece, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Taiwan and the United States. In 1988, Dr. Mead won the prestigious “Lausanne New Choreographers Competition” hosted by Bejart Ballet Lausanne, Switzerland and worked periodically for four years as a visiting faculty member of the official school of the Bejart Ballet: Rudra Bejart Lausanne. From 1993 to 2000 Dr. Mead was the Artistic Director of John Mead & Dancers in New York City, and was also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the New York University Program in Dance Education. Dr. Mead completed his PhD in Communications and New Media in 2015 at the National University of Singapore. Currently, Dr. Mead is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of two Singapore-based companies: The John Mead Dance Company, which is a professional contemporary dance company and Firefly Tales, which is an organization dedicated to narrative film production and dance education outreach. You can find more information about Dr. Mead and the John Mead Dance Company at www.johnmeaddanceco.com
(Masterclass for Dance will be held at SOTA. Transport will be provided)