The Marie McCluskey ‘DANCE MAKERS’ Fund 2017-18

Competition from applicants was so high that we decided to award not 1 but 2 bursaries for 2017-18.

We are delight to announce that these awards have gone to:

JAMAAL BURKMAR & HEATHER WALROND both recent graduates from the Northern School of Contemporary

Introducing JAMAAL BURKMAR – winner of the Marie McCluskey DANCE MAKERS award 2017-18

“I am a graduate from the Northern School of Contemporary dance and the latest recipient of Matthew Bourne’s ‘New Adventures Choreography Award’. During my time as an undergraduate, I flourished as an artist and enjoyed great success particularly with my first piece of work, Ocean, which was choreographed in my second year. The excitement generated by this piece was instantaneous and led it to being performed seven times that year in various venues across the North of England, before then being reworked on Verve, the postgraduate company of NSCD”.

Jamaal trained at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD) where he gained a BA (Hons) in Contemporary Dance & Foundation Diploma. He has worked with ACE Dance and Music – working with professional artists including: Luyanda Sidiya, Jose Agudo, and Gail Parmel as well as on the company’s outreach programmes working in schools and with their youth company.

Jamaal has taught workshops with the students at NSCD, professional classes in Leeds and Birmingham, for ACE dance and music, for ‘Prodance’ Leeds, first year students at ‘The Place’ as part of their special projects weeks as well as students on the Yorkshire Young Dancers summer school. He currently teaches and has taught in different capacities at Edge Hill University, NSCD and Salford University.

 Whilst in his final year at NSCD he was commissioned to rework his piece ‘Ocean’ on Verve, the Postgraduate Company at NSCD. The piece was performed at the Dance UK conference in 2015. In 2014 he was commissioned to create a piece named Istanbul on a group of dancers based in Ireland at the Shawbrook School of Dance which toured Slovenia.  Jamaal was 1 of 6 artists selected to be a part of ‘sketch’, a developmental programme through Yorkshire Dance working with Peggy Olislaegers on dramaturgy.

 In March 2015 he received his first Arts Council Grant to develop and create a 20 minute piece entitled ‘Sonder’, which was performed in the North and Midland areas and internationally in Spain this summer.

Jamaal has created other works for dancers and companies such as; Edge Hill students, 1st year students at NSCD, Shoreditch Dance Company and Batch Dance Company.

Jamaal was awarded the Matthew Bourne – New Adventures Choreography Award 2015-16 and in 2017 was the recipient of the inaugural Dance Xchange Choreographic Award.He is currently the choreographer on ‘Theatre Rites’ latest site specific project for the Manchester International Festival in July 2017. – Trailer of Ocean (as performed by Verve) – Full piece (original group) – Video of the Youth Piece
Introducing HEATHER WALROND – winner of the Marie McCluskey DANCE MAKERS fund 2017-18

“I trained at Northern School of Contemporary Dance and graduated with a first class honours in 2014.
My Dissertation duet choreography was chosen for the graduation show out of 60 pieces of choreography.
I am a very driven individual and with a clear vision, I also have a strong work ethic to achieve this. I would like to gain international contacts to tour the work to Europe and further afield”.

Heather trained at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD) and graduated with a first class honours in 2014. Since graduating she has consistently made work wanting to produce powerful dance that has an impact on an audience that is meaningful and empowering.

After graduating Heather worked with Fiji’s leading professional dance company ‘Vou Dance Company’ for four months making work and teaching company class. The work toured to Auckland and New Zealand and her piece with the company called ‘Undaunted’ was premiered in Nadi, Fiji in 2014.

She then returned to the UK to undertake a research and development period to develop ideas including Fijian dance and culture influences.

Heather successfully gained a £12,000 award for this and completed 2 informal previews to audiences in London and Plymouth.

Heather received £50,000 development fund and invited the Fijian company to Plymouth for a week’s residency, involving dancers in the community and 900 Fijians in Plymouth. During this project she booked 8 tour dates around the South West and internationally, including; Pavilion Dance South West, Barbican Theatre, Exeter Phoenix, Tacchi Morris Arts Centre, The Whitty Theatre, Sterts Arts Centre and HIFA International Arts Festival, Zimbabwe.

Heather now feels that ready to develop the project to another level and tour the work further afield to the rest of the UK.

During the time she has been making this work, Heather has also directed 2 professional dance films, a duet, over 30 community pieces and a youth dance work that has successfully made it to the next stage for the U.Dance festival.

Heather was also been commissioned by Spindrift Dance Company to make work on professional local dancers. This piece was called ‘Kairos’ and toured to 6 tour dates summer 2016.

Professional work:

The Rising-   Password: heather

The Pursuit film-  Password: heather

Coalescence- Password: heather