"Outstanding subject knowledge. Excellent teaching style; engaging and you had a good sense of fun, humour and discipline. Provided a cross-curricular link to subjects such as History and Politics as well as placed the dances into context. The choreography provides the teachers with new ideas that are relevant to the style and time of the play."
Mrs C Pugh, Head of Drama, St James Senior Boys' School, Ashford
Shakespeare 4 Schools Dance Workshops have been created by theatre professional Jo Bartlett.
Jo trained in classical ballet, tap and modern dancing, then studied dramatic art at university. She is a Licentiateship of the Royal Academy of Music in Speech & Drama. Jo was acting when she became Movement Tutor at Middlesex University, teaching Movement for Actors. She is an Associate Teacher at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and has taught dance and choreographed performances on acting courses that include; BA (Hons), Foundation, Shakespeare in Action and NYU TISCH School of the Arts - Shakespeare in Performance.
Jo has worked in the historical dance field for a number of years, creating many educational, historical and performance projects. She has collaborated with a diversity of prestigious organisations, such as; the British Museum, Kenwood House, Hever Castle, Hampton Court Palace, Channel Four, BBC Radio 3 and numerous schools in the Home Counties and Greater London.
In 2016 we commemorate 400 years since William Shakespeare's death, to celebrate his legacy, Jo has created Shakespeare 4 Schools workshops with the aim of bringing her ideas and experience into schools to build understanding and love of Shakespeare amongst students.
"Let's get Shakespeare off the page, bring him to life! I want help the student inhabit Shakespeare's world by starting to move like an Elizabethan."