Jodie Cole is a working-class independent movement artist. She’s a choreographer, movement director, facilitator, and performer and she is Weston Jerwood Creative Fellow at the UK's leading integrated circus company, Extraordinary Bodies.
Jodie creates joyful spaces for everyone to be part of, she is an agent for change, an inhibition loosener, a movement “sponteneyaniser”, and she brings performance to unexpected places.
Inspired by the healing powers of movement and social divides, she celebrates difference and uses movement to unite experience. Audiences leave saying “she made me want to see more” (Sarah Crompton, The Telegraph), and “You cannot help but instantly like her” (The Dance Enthusiast).
As an inclusive researcher and practitioner of movement and dance, she also works in the community and has extensive experience teaching in SEND settings (special educational needs and disabilities). She mentors dance facilitators at the Royal Academy of Dance, and she is an MA Movement: Directing and Teaching graduate (Royal Central School of Speech & Drama). She currently runs workshops and movement sessions for institutions across the UK, and she is trained to level 2 British Sign Language.
She is especially interested in the raucous joy of movement, the potential for full-bodied expression, and inclusive practice.