Co-founders of LPM Dance, a Lancaster and Lancashire-wide dance company, Helen and George formed the joint venture in 2011 out of a desire to create exciting new dance initiatives for diverse audiences across the North West .
Now offering people of all ages and abilities the chance to experience the power of dance, offering a range of dance classes, including specialist sessions across the county for people with Parkinson’s and dementia. The power of dance is in the spotlight.
“Our practice promotes an inclusive ethos that offers people of all ages and abilities the opportunity to experience the power of dance,” a spokesperson for LPM Dance said. “We use movement and dance as a tool for collaboration, education and social change.
“As an artist-led organization, LPM strives to place the art, the artist and the audience at the heart of our work. We like to be responsive to new opportunities, which allows us to enrich and deepen the understanding of our work in a wide range of contexts.
A performer and choreographer as well as a pilates and yoga teacher, George was born in Glasgow and trained at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance. Having worked with some of the UK’s leading dance companies, he is also a Senior Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, having developed dance workshops for the National Curriculum.
Also a performer herself in addition to being a movement director and project manager, Helen trained at the Bird College of Dance and Theater Performance and also holds a degree in Dance Science in Education from the University from Edinburgh, where she conducted award-winning research on Dalcroze Eurhythmics and its impact during Dance for Parkinson’s classes
Needless to say, the pair have a considerable dance pedigree, a pedigree that went international recently after the Lancashire-based dance company took part in a virtual meeting of dancers to learn the Limón movement technique alongside dancers from the world-class Limón company in New York, widely regarded as one of the most renowned dance troupes in the world.
Facilitated by the Four Nations International Fund, the groundbreaking initiative saw George and Helen join renowned Scottish dancers Julie Spence and Neil Price in Glasgow before connecting virtually with Eve Mutso from Estonia and dancers from the American company Limón Lauren Twomley, Savannah Spratt and Joseph Columbus.
All the dancers involved came from very different training backgrounds, including some with disabilities, in what was the most diverse group of professionals to come together to explore the Limón technique.
“This was one of the first such collaborative international projects since Brexit and the pandemic,” says George. “Things like this are so important to advancing our work, challenging us and opening up new opportunities.”
Helen strongly agrees, saying, “We really hope this is the start of something more. It was a very rich experience and we all got a lot out of it.”