Creativity and Choreography | Dance Knowledge.

Creativity and Choreography

The neuroscience of creative thinking | taught by Dr Shona Erskine

Course description

The neuroscience of creativity has practical applications in the dance studio. 

Explore the specific actions and processes that a dancer, choreographer, or teacher can engage with in order to achieve creative outcomes. 

Tap into the unconscious mind for creative thought and problem solving. 

2 hours time valued on demand CPD. Includes three months access.

Course aims: 

  • Understanding of the unconscious mind and creative thought
  • Appreciate how everyone is capable of creative thought
  • Reconceptualise creativity as something that can be deliberately cultivated  
  • Look at specific techniques to engage in creative thought and action

Course outcomes:

  • Define creativity and look at the relevant neuroscience literature
  • Elucidate how individual and ensemble creativity are symbiotic
  • Recognise how creative skills can function in all aspects of dance
  • Formulate creative action plans
  • Consider how creativity functions in your own practice




Dr Shona Erskine
Dr Shona Erskine

As a psychologist specialising in the performing arts I work with you on your journey to become the performer, educator or director you want to be. I develop bespoke and evidence based solutions for the challenges you face. 

The learning in Dance Knowledge works with the same principles I employ in face to face psychological services.

Practice Fostering mindful practice to establish workable techniques and habits.

Performance Achieving personal goals and acclaimed levels of performance.

Artistry Harnessing and understanding creativity and talent.

Resilience Building strength and flexibility through mental and emotional toughness.

Course Curriculum

Introduction to Creativity and Choreography FREE PREVIEW
Creativity deck of cards
Course notes
Your own practice - reflecting on creativity
Companion document - Creativity and Choreography
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Neuroscience and creativity
How neuroscience informs creativity FREE PREVIEW
Quiz 1
Your own prcatice - pick a problem
Your own practice - incubate and catch ideas
Warm up and frame
The Fat Chance warm up
Your own practice - warm up and frame
Quiz 2
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Getting ready and getting unstuck
Feelings and body states
Quiz 3
Your own practice - feeling good
Creative associations
Your own practice - create links
Reconceptualise FREE PREVIEW
Reframe to get unstuck
Your own practice - reframing
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Creativity in groups
The importance of groups
Creative group composition, culture, and dynamic FREE PREVIEW
Facilitation and creativity
Nominate a creative facilitator
Quiz 4
Your own practice - working in an ensemble
The Shifting Technique
Your own practice - shifting
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The Theory of Loose Parts
Keeping things loose
Your own practice - play
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References for creativity and choreography
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