What will you get from the AEP…
The AEP isn’t a model with an evidence base, and it doesn’t offer a take home structure to be replicated. But it does have a unique template – I like to think of it as a score which remains fluid and ensures that everyone in the process is heard, and held. The AEP is a team approach – the team all understand the collective goal to support one another towards an empowered change. The model acknowledges the importance of:
Active Listening (really listening!)
Engaging people (being heard and considered; contributing to self-worth)
Empowering and activating (feeling you are supported inspired action)
Purpose (understanding your worth and what you are meant to do)
The AEP is a Skills Exchange programme – that doesn’t mean we swap ideas and take them away – the AEP is not right for you if you are looking for someone to offer you specific tasks, or lesson plans to replicate. Instead the premise of this programme is that we reflect in artists development, the same values and processes that we as artists use in our own leadership practice. In our facilitation practice we are activists, breaking down hierarchy, making space for voices to emerge and potential to unfold. In CPD this should also be the case. A traditional model of one voice leadership works no better in CPD than it does in community dance practice. That’s not to say that a directive approach isn’t useful in certain phases of life and career. But for those artists at the ‘mid-career’ level, this approach is not satisfying our professional development.
AEP founded on values of humanity and artistry – all the artists involved came from a socially engaged, community practice, and thus the conversations and foundations of the programme emerge from a fascination with people, curiosity, desire to interrogate, perseverance of spirit and dedication to improvement. And from this we could see that by working together, a better self could emerge for the benefit of our work. And that a better work meant a more engaging artistic process for the dancers we work with.
What I’m conscious of is that it could sound like a collective back patting, but in fact it is hard, it is interrogatory, the AEP involves vulnerability, conflict, questioning, answering, being without answers, running at issues head first and knowing that in this vulnerability was a powerful force and a truth that we were able to wear as an amour and support ourselves to make change, for ourselves, for our dancers, for our audiences…
To take part in the AEP process is to reach out for a change…and find what you want next.
And if you do join in, you are guaranteed the following:
A carefully crafted experience which supports you to feel you can learn and contribute in equal measure
We will all dance together
We will all stimulate discussion
You will be encouraged to remain forward focused
You will take away a sense of acceptance
You will be seen and heard
You will experience a generous spirit of investigation; this is a sharing process, not a battle ground
You will feel rejuvenated; an oxygenation of your practice
You will be stimulated artistically
You will feel a surge of confidence, resilience and trust in yourself
You will take away a support network which is powerful and can be your catalyst for great change
If this sounds like it’s for you: Join in..!