Arts Derbyshire

Introducing The Arts Derbyshire Trustees – Alice Marshall (Vale)

Arts Derbyshire is supported by a team of trustees. The Arts Derbyshire board of trustees’ work supports our goal of enriching people’s lives through the arts. As well as supporting Derbyshire’s art scene through Arts Derbyshire, our trustees also have personal links to the creative sector, with many of them being artists themselves. Although you may have read about our trustees already here, in this series we want to introduce you to each Arts Derbyshire Trustee and let them tell you about their story and relationship with the Derbyshire arts scene.

As a Performer, Choreographer, and Academic of Dance, Alice Marshall (Vale) is known for her diverse work in her subject area and is a published author with Routledge credentials.

After an extensive performance career with choreographers such as Paul Bloom, Katie Green and Cathy Seago, Alice went on to form Adaire to Dance – a professional performance company that demonstrates the diversity of Contemporary Dance. Her work with her own company concentrates on accessible dance and combining other art forms with the movement created. Often a collaboration with Illuminos is at the centre of her work.

As an Academic Alice has worked for University’s with strong Dance. This knowledge gained from a variety of Institutions is what helped build the BA and MA programmes at the University of Derby, which she now leads.

Alice’s dance academic research has been recognised, and she has presented papers across the sector including ELIA and Advance HE. Her work has been published in the form of a book Entertainment in the Performing Arts by Routledge and is the start of her exploration into a new way of accessible writing for academia.

Alice was awarded Derbyshire’s Inspirational Woman of the Year Award in the Arts (IWA) in 2015, and was one of three shortlisted for One Dance UK’s Lecturer of the Year 2018.

As a lecturer and artist she has a keen interest in the development and upholding of the work of Dance Artists, and therefore strives to present them all with opportunities that her connections in the industry can provide. This passion is one that drove her to be a part of Art’s Derbyshire:

‘I am born and bred in Derbyshire, and the county and its Arts scene is exceptionally important to me. What we can offer here, what we showcase here, and what we nurture here is next-to-none. I am proud to live and work here, and I hope my time with Arts Derbyshire will help build this passion in many generations to come.’

Visit our Meet the Trustees page here for an overview of our board. Follow our Introducing Our Trustees series to find out more about each individual Trustee’s story and what Arts Derbyshire means to them.

Other articles in this series

Meet the rest of the Board:

  • Matt Black
  • Emma Oaks
  • Sharon Brown
  • Debi Hedderwick
  • Dan Oakley
  • Sanjoy Sen
  • Kalila Storey
  • Charlie Collins

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