Curriculum Vitae

Kathryn Spence

2 Sands of Sound, Lerwick, Shetland, ZE1 0SZ

My Objective
I am a community arts facilitator/creator/performer specialising in dance (although incorporating all art forms) from the Shetland Islands. I wish to create and encourage creativity.

My community and outreach work goes on the belief that I am interested in making art with anyone regardless of age or ability. I work inclusively and strive to combine professional and outreach work in my practice. I believe the arts should be an opportunity for all. I enjoy working internationally and enjoy looking at what material our different cultures provide us with and how these can fit together to allow the arts as an international language for all of us.
I enjoy team management as well as organising and delivering projects and regard organisation of upmost importance allowing constant delivery of a high standard, as well as collaboration and communication between projects.



Dance Development Officer (Education and Professional Pathways), CItymoves

This managerial role is to develop and nurture dance in the North East of Scotland. I am part of the team Co-Curating Dance Live, an international festival celebrating contemporary dance. I am SQA Course Leader for Citymoves’ Higher Dance programme, and am managing our residency programme, including those in collaboration with Imaginate Theatre. I deliver CPD and manage budgets and projects, including their development, freelance staff and marketing. I am currently sole managing Project Strive, a three year project funded by Cashback for Creativity and National Lottery, as well as developing events for the professional community and community participants such as performance opportunities and cross art-form events, and leading on the studio programme (45+ weekly classes).

Volunteer Dance Team Manager, Hidden Door Festival

Curating the dance strand of the festival, artist liaison, scheduling, stage management

Choreographer, Project Manager, Artistic Director Kathryn Spence Dance

Curating, choreographing and dancing in works. Managing work deadlines and commitments. Funding and residency applications and delivery. Budget and employee management. Performance venue liaising, organising rehearsal schedules, travel and accommodation for dancers for touring works as well as marketing and press-releases.

Dance Teacher, Scottish Dance Theatre

Delivering early years dance workshops in preparation for touring Innocence production by Fleur Darkin. Delivering and devising interactive performance with their Community Engagement Team for Aberdeen Performing Arts.

Dancer, Katie Milroy Dance

Dancer in research and development for Katie Milroy of KaSt Dance Company. Touring May/Oct 2018.


Kathryn Spence Dance – Citymoves – Aberdeen (manager/choreographer)

Kathryn Spence Dance -Dance Base – Edinburgh (2)

Dancer, fast+Dirty workshop/residency, Ian Spink, Highland

Tony Humbleyard – Shetland (dancer)

Siobhan Healy – The Whisky Bond – Glasgow (dancer)

Lindsay Kemp Professional residency – Dance Base, Edinburgh

Kathryn Spence Dance – development – Horsecross Arts – Perth

Errol White and Davina Givan – Dance House – Glasgow (dancer)

Dancer and Company Assistant, Flickerr Dance, Somerset, touring Pavilion Dance South West, Bournemouth and Circomedia, Bristol

Performance Venues – Kathryn Spence Choreography

‘What we choose to see’, Dance Base – Edinburgh (2), Hidden Door Festival – Leith Theatre, The Anatomy Rooms, Dance Live – Aberdeen, The Space – Dundee

‘A couple of People’, Mareel – Shetland, Belladrum Festival – Highland, Brighton Fringe

‘Krama’, The American Embassy Phnom Penh, UWSEA Singapore, Kampot Readers and Writers Festival, Kampot

‘I Can’ toured Cambodia and Hong Kong

‘Passing Through’ Sadlers Wells Main stage, London

‘Girl in the Yellow Dress’ music video for David Gilmour is shown as he performs on world tour

‘Home’ Tumen River Festival, China (North Korean border)

‘Bird’ Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theatre


Festival Assistant, The Place, Helping market and support artists for 3 shows coming to the Edinburgh Fringe

Total Theatre Awards, Awards Assessor for the Edinburgh Fringe awards (2017, 2018)

Dance Associate, plan B creative, Highland (dancing in works by Frank McConnell)

Dancer, Nybble exhibition at the Victoria and Albert museum, London

Dancer, LiveVibe, Rich Mix Theatre, London

Assistant Choreographer, UK Productions, Snow White pantomime, Tunbridge Wells

Choreographer, UNICEF, Cambodia

Assistant Choreographer, music video, David Gilmour (Pink Floyd), London

Choreographer and Performer, Tumen River International Festival, China

SQA Higher Dance Tutor, Eden Court, Delivering the choreography and contemporary technique modules on the SQA Higher Dance Qualification and preparing students for assessment

MovementWorks, helping on dance science research studying movement and learning, delivering the Developmental Dance Programme for ages 3-7, delivering presentations at touring Autism Shows, UK

Dance Intensive Teacher and choreographer, Shetland Arts Dance worker, NHS Forth Valley

Training consultant, developing early years and education training plans, Step it up Dance, Edinburgh

Choreographer, Placement Mentor, Teacher (SEN and mainstream), Step into Dance, The Royal Academy of Dance, London

Choreographer, Professional and Community Dance Company manager, mentor, teacher and Dance Module Leader on College Course, Epic Arts, Cambodia

Choreographer and Dancer, music video, Cold Courage, London

Cover Teacher, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Dance, Education Department, ages 3+, London

Baby Stretch and Ballet teacher, nursery dance sessions, Stretch Activities, London


Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Postgraduate Diploma Community Dance 2011-2012

University of Strathclyde, BA Honours Community Arts, 2007-2011


Autism Movement Therapy, certified AMT teacher

Early Years Movement Practice, Scottish Dance Theatre, Louise Klarnett

Trinity Laban, Dance in Care: The aged dancer, inclusive dance, dance in hospital settings, dance in rehabilitation settings

Candoco, approaches to Inclusive dance practice

Green Candle, dance with over 50’s

The Royal Academy of Dance, Authentic Street Dance styles, Inclusive Dance, Focus on Learning Styles, behavioural Management, Choreography, Bones, joints and basic Pilates, Developing students as ‘dance makers’, students as young leaders, safe practice and working with support workers

First Aid for Life (3.9.13)

Mental Health First Aider for Young People, NHS

Education Through Cashback trained course delivery

UNICEF, Film and editing through OneMinutes

MovementWorks, Developmental Dance Movement Programme, one year apprenticeship

Stretch Activities, Baby Massage and Yoga

GAGA intensive, Greenwich Dance


Steve Slater – 07791 314650

David Martin – 07989748108