Event Details

  • When: Sunday, 23 August 2020
  • to  Friday 28th August 2020

    Timings: Starts 18:15 on first day - Finishes 14:00 on last day

    Tuition fee: £395*

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SHORT COURSE: Movement, Imagination and the Clown

SHORT COURSE: Movement, Imagination and the Clown

A Clown and Movement Improvisation workshop to explore how we move through the worldWith Griff Goehring and Ali Stockford.

How do we dance between the contrasting worlds of imagination and being in the here and now? In both Dance and Clowning we need to let go of judgments – of right or wrong – we start to enjoy moving when we are most connected to the way we are in the moment. This course offers a fun and joyful exploration of your expressive self through movement and clowning.


We connect to our playful spirit. We develop and sustain in ourselves and each other the courage to be who we truly are, to trust life and ourselves. We befriend the fears that block us from being fully present in the here and now. The path of the Clown is simple, vulnerable and naive reminding us to dance lightly through life.


How you can move? How can you move with another person? Where does a movement begin and end? Where do these movements want to take you? Dance improvisation asks these questions and then guides you on a path of  exploration and discovery into your own dance and creative connection with others.



Griff Goehring

Griff Goehring has taught creative dance to people of all ages and abilities since 1972. She received her training from the American dance pioneer, Barbara Mettler, with whom she studied and worked professionally throughout the 1970s & 80s. Griff directed her own professional groups including the New England Bicycle Dance Troupe in 2011. She was adjunct faculty at Hampshire College from 2006-2017 where she taught Group Dance Improvisation. She co-teaches Mettler Studios annual Summer Teacher Training in Tucson, Arizona, USA. Griff stumbled into the joy of clowning in 2017 when she took her first Nose to Nose workshop. Her travel to UK is funded by Mettler Studios, Inc. (www.barbaramettler.org).


Alison Stockford

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Alison participated in her first Nose to Nose workshop in 2000 and fell in love with the work. Many workshops later and she is now a trained facilitator with Nose To Nose. She holds this work in high esteem as a perfect grounding for all creative work and the bigger picture of trusting ourselves and life. Alison is a qualified and experienced teacher of 23 years. She teaches and has taught Drama and Performing Arts in mainstream, special and older peoples settings.

Alison is an experienced performer. She has worked in café-théâtre with Les Amuses Gueules in Lille, France, Street Theatre and Theatre in Education with Inside Out Theatre Company, Hastings. 

A member of the Nose to Nose Team, UK, Clown facilitation has also taken her into training work for the Giggle Doctors, Theodora Foundation, UK and for Lis’n Tell Speech and Language practitioners UK.  Alison speaks both English and French.