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.



Workshop Facilitator, ArtsNet, South Lanarkshire Council

Delivering ‘Safe and Sound’ workshops in collaboration with Police Scotland and Child protection, with the themes of Sexualisation of Young People, Gender Stereotyping, Personal Safety, Support Network and Empowerment. This involves team teaching in dance and drama as well as Headteacher and Teacher meetings.

Higher Dance Tu  tor, Eden Court Theatre

Delivering the choreography and contemporary technique modules on the Higher Dance Qualification and preparing students for assessment

Company Dancer and Assistant, Flickerr Dance

Dancer of the touring piece ‘Transliterate’ as well as assisting Artistic Director in the company organisation.

Project Manager, Kathryn Spence Dance

Curating, choreographing and dancing in works. Funding and residency applications. Budget and employee management. Performance venue liaising, organising rehearsal schedules, travel and accommodation for dancers as well as marketing and press-releases. Current ongoing projects include collaborations with Siobhan Healy Glass artist to create a multimedia production and Tony Humbleyard Sculptor to create an exhibition.

Performing Arts Coordinator, Hidden Door Festival

Liaising and organising theatre and performance acts for the 2017 Festival, collating applications


Dance Intensive Teacher, organiser and choreographer, Shetland Arts

Training advisor and teacher, Step it up Dance

Shadow, Max in the Middle, NHS Forth Valley

Team Member, MovementWorks

Choreographer, Epic Arts

Choreographer, UNICEF

Collaborator, RUCKUS production

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

Dance Associate, plan B creative

Dancer, fast+Dirty workshop/residency, Ian Spink

Choreographer and Performer, Tumen River International Festival, China

Choreographer and Dancer, music video, Cold Courage

Dancer, Nybble exhibition at the Victoria and Albert museum

Dancer, LiveVibe, Rich Mix Theatre

Choreographer, Placement Mentor, Teacher (SEN and mainstream), Step into Dance, RAD

Cover Teacher, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Dance, Education Department

Baby Stretch and Ballet teacher, Stretch Activities

Performance Venues – Kathryn Spence Choreography

‘A couple of People’, Mareel and Belladrum Festival

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

‘I Can’ toured Cambodia and Hong Kong

‘Never Give Up’ Toured Cambodia

‘What we choose to see’, The Shedquaters, plan B creative, Evanton

‘Bored Lines’ Belladrum festival

‘Tunnel Vision’ Shuffle, the Shedquaters, Evanton

‘Combine’, Tumen River International Festival, China

‘Passing Through’ Sadlers Wells Main stage


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

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

Anderson High School, Shetland, Highers: English (B), History (B), Art and Design (B), Maths (C), Music (C). 8 Standard Grades at credit level


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

Green Candle, dance with over 50’s at Trinity Laban 

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)

Plan B Creative, First Aid (2014), Sound Desk training

UNICEF, Film and editing through OneMinutes

MovementWorks, Developmental Dance Movement Programme, one year apprenticeship

Stretch Activities, Baby Massage and Yoga

GAGA intensive, Greenwich Dance


Full clean British Drivers License

Moderate Cambodian speaking language

Fluent Cambodian Sign Language

Basic Makaton

Basic fiddle player