move • make • connect
Olly Otley is a community dance artist who works in schools, studios and forests, with toddlers, teenagers and adults, to get feet moving and people connecting.
Olly teaches creative movement to a broad range of ages and abilities in a variety of settings.
She leads and supports dance for women affected by cancer through Move Dance Feel. She teaches creative contemporary dance to children and runs family workshops at Rambert and Chisenhale Dance Space. Olly has taught several different groups of older adults, through Trinity Laban and other organisations, including dance for better balance, dance for dementia and dance for sustained brain injury. She has delivered dance for primary and secondary age children with autism, and children with disabilities.
Whoever she works with, her focus is on facilitating their creative agency, and in building playful communities through dance. Her sessions often draw on storytelling, music and making to create a joyous, playful mish-mash.
A mother of two and a lover of nature, Olly has a special interest in early years development. She started Wild Things in 2020 and loves exploring the woodland on her weekly romps with toddlers and their carers. Over the years she has run various arts-based activities for families in Hackney and in Germany, is a qualified Forest School Leader and regularly leads urban nature workshops for schools with The Garden Classroom.
Olly came back to her childhood passion - dance - relatively late in life, after a career in corporate film production, community work and charitable project management. In 2021 she graduated from Trinity Laban, achieving a distinction in her Community Dance PGDip, and she continues to learn from everyone she dances with. Olly moves because it makes her feel good: her mission is to share that feeling with others.
“We love all the dancing, jumping, running, moving to music, silliness - it’s just wonderful!” Lilou’s mum
“I like how free the children feel to make the session what they want - exploring using their imaginations” Remy’s mum
Wild Things is a chance for children aged 2 – 5 to dance with their parents or carers in the outdoors. We put on great music and explore, gather, stomp bounce and spin amongst the trees and leaves. Currently taking place in London Fields woodland on Friday mornings during term time.
Wild Things will be back in February 2022!
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