Generate-black-150x150Join us on Sat 20 March for an all day festival dedicated to supporting the work and development of professional and emerging artists.

This festival has a focus on movement and dance, with performances, workshops, CPD, Q&As and networking opportunities. Whether you are a dancer, choreographer, movement director or actor, there are development opportunities for all.

Find out more about the GenFest:Movement artists here.

The festival is pay-what-you-can, simply click on the link below to book your sessions and you will be sent the link to access your bookings.

Click here to book for the GenFest: Movement event


One to one sessions with Diane Alison-Mitchell should be booked by emailing [email protected]

Please note that some sessions are live streamed and are being recorded.


DeafhubRoyal & Derngate is delighted to partner with Deaf Hub on this event.



michaela10am-10.30am: Festival Launch

Our host Michaela Blackburn launches the day’s events, interviews some of the artists and begins the first of many live checks in with Wriggle Dance as they tour their new doorstep show Dancing Jukebox Gems today.



Erica-MoshmanNatasha-Britton10.45am-11.45am: CPD Addressing Inclusion in Online Dance Teaching

Natasha Britton and Erica Moshman, artistic directors of Parable Dance lead this workshop with tips aimed at supporting teachers both on and offline.



Diane-Headshot11am-5pm: One to One Mentorship Sessions

This is a unique opportunity to gain specific support and personal guidance from choreographer and movement director Diane Alison-Mitchell.

To book for a one to one session, please email [email protected]




Jo-Meredith-Headshot12pm-1pm: Devising and delivering movement content in an online setting. Is it possible? Or simply a farce?

Join movement director Jo Meredith for a fun and engaging workshop exploring how and if movement content can be devised online.




Richard-Alston-by-Hugo-Glendinning_-resized-1170x4762pm-3pm: Q&A with Richard Alston

Join Sir Richard Alston, founder of the renowned Richard Alston Dance Company and Artistic Director of The Place, for a Q&A about his amazing career and gain useful tips on working in this exciting industry.




Jamie-Headshot3.30pm-4.30pm: Exploring Integrated and Inclusive Practice

A workshop exploring integrated and accessible practice by Jamie Beddard, co-artistic Director of Diverse City and lead artist of Extraordinary Bodies. A combination of presentations, discussion and workshop exercises designed to inspire creative practice.



Lauren-Nicole-Whitter5pm-6pm: Q&A with Lauren Nicole Whitter

Join Michaela Blackburn as she Interviews Lauren Nicole Whitter, actor, poet, physical theatre performer, clown and lecturer, about her practice, career and current work.



Parable-logo-on-pic6.45pm-7pm: Interview with Parable Dance

Before the screening of their new film, discover why and how Parable Dance have developed their current work and delve a little deeper into the company.


7pm-8.15pm: Film Screening of ‘Inclusive Practice is Good Practice’ by Parable Dance

Parable Dance’s film is a resource aimed at dance artists keen to expand their knowledge of inclusive dance practice. It offers advice from 42 of the UK’s most experienced inclusive dance practitioners, including freelancers and representation from 26 inclusive dance companies from around the UK.


Kimberley-Harvey-Ink-Matters-2018-_Photo--Roswitha-Chesher,-LR-628.15pm-9pm: Panel Discussion with Parable Dance

Following the release of their film, this panel event provides a chance to delve deeper into an understanding of dance methodologies and conversations started in the film. With Parable Dance Artistic Directors and freelance dance artist Kimberley Harvey.



wriggle9.15pm-10pm: Networking with Wriggle Dance and Royal & Derngate

A relaxed opportunity to meet artists, staff, make connections and highlight your work.