Dance United London rehearsal. Photograph: Nick Gurney

Create in partnership with Dance Ireland and Dublin Dance Festival
Date: April 15, 2011, 2- 4.30pm
Venue: Artists Resource Room
Dance Ireland, Foley Street Dublin 1

Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts in social and community contexts, in partnership with Dance Ireland and Dublin Dance Festival are delighted to host Transformed Through Dance, an 'in conversation' event with Nikki Crane, Advisor to Dance United and Paul Johnson, CEO Dance Ireland.

Nikki Crane will explore the history, and practice of the award winning UK based Dance United, who pro-actively work with young people at risk of (re)offending.  Nikki will also explain how the company developed evidence based evaluation tools that show how dance does make a difference. The event is open to dancers, performers and all those with an interest in the context of arts and prisons.

The 'in conversation' event will be followed by an opportunity for everyone present to ask questions. Teas and Coffees will also be provided.

Please note there is no charge but limited spaces are available - to avoid disappointment please book at Transformed Through Dance by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01 855 8800

Transformed Through Dance is the second event of the Arts and Prisons Network, a Create initiative curated by artist Aideen McDonald.

Paul Johnson

Paul is CEO of Dance Ireland, the national resource and service organisation for professional dance practice.

With over 21 years experience as a dance artist, Paul has worked on a range of dance, theatre, film and writing projects with among others Daghdha, Dublin Contemporary Dance Theatre, Druid, icontact, IMDT, Rubato Ballet, Tag Theatre Company and his own company MaNDaNCE (1991 to 2001). He holds a BA in Communication Studies and a MA in Communication and Cultural Studies from Dublin City University.

He is the author of Fine Lines on Shifting Ground: Reflections on a Choreographic Process (Project Press: 2000).

Nikki Crane

Nikki has a background in dance and over 20 years experience in the arts and cultural sector at practitioner and strategic levels.

Her particular expertise lies in the field of the arts and social inclusion; she led this work for Arts Council England for 7 years where she produced the first national strategies for Arts and Youth Justice and Arts and Health. Since becoming an independent arts consultant in 2007, Nikki has worked with the Youth Justice Board and pioneering community-based arts organisations as well as large organisations such as the Royal Albert Hall, Sadler’s Wells Theatre, the Barbican, Birmingham Royal Ballet and the National Gallery.Her particular focus is as a strategic adviser for Dance United, the UK’s leading charity for dance and social inclusion, with whom she has worked intensively over a four year period. Nikki is Executive Producer on the documentary film ‘Destino’ and has made a number of features and programmes for television and radio. Nikki is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.