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Gil is a highly experienced community dance artist having worked for over 15 years in the field.
Her experience includes working with older people, from the active over 60s to frail elderly and those living with Dementia, the life changes brought about by stroke, and Parkinson's. She has also worked extensively with family groups as well as parents and tots and very early years (0 - 3), and has specialised for many years in working with both adults and children with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and additional needs.
Gil has a special connection with those who are hard to reach - young men out of mainstream education, teenage parents, the travelling community, those who have english as a second+ language, LGBTQ+ young people and women within the prison system - engaging with and inspiring these groups through various dance projects and programmes.
As the Master test for her MA in choreography, Gil extensively studied and investigated the art of choreographing non-trained dancers in both professional and community contexts. She continues to specialise in choreographing performers who are not trained or confident in dance.
Gil is a member of the collective with Can't Dance Can in Rochdale for whom she delivers sessions for older adults. She also performs with the collective and has created props and costume for the companies community performances
She collaborates with West Yorkshire based dance artist Natalie Speake in working with participants in regular dance sessions for those with Parkinson's and MS.
Gil is a lead member of the Calderdale Dance Artsts Network - which she set up in 2014. Through discussion with the network, a team of artists are currently working on a Dance Festival taking place on Oct 9th 2016 in Hebden Bridge during which Gil will be leading a workshop in collaboration with Natalie Speake.
Her most recent specialism is in parade choreography. As a regular choreographer for Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade and for the last two years as part of a team of choreographers on the Manchester Day Parade with Walk the Plank, Gil is developing a love for mass choreography in the street - including several flashmobs.