Dr Polly Hudson has worked in dance for the last 30 years and is Head of Movement at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. She makes performance and Screendance works that have been shown in the UK and internationally, and is a certified teacher of Skinner Releasing Technique. Polly’s work focuses on process within artistic making, ethical embodied approaches to teaching and leadership, and is informed by the slow movement, ecology and gardening.
As a student at London Contemporary Dance School in the late 1980’s, Polly spent her third year as a member of the post-graduate performance company and graduated with a distinction in contemporary dance. Her teaching has developed over a 30-year period and is influenced by studies in contact improvisation, instant composition and authentic movement techniques. Skinner Releasing Technique underpins her approaches to teaching, making art and art, and to daily activities.
With a strong reputation as a teacher and mentor, Polly is deeply committed to supporting young artists in their studies, and she often works alongside other artists in their practice as outside eye.
Prior to working at BCU, Polly was Course Director for Dance at Coventry University, and has taught at many conservatoires and universities in the UK and overseas. She also teaches open workshops in Skinner Releasing Technique, and works regularly with professional dancers. As well teaching movement at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Polly also supervises MA, MFA and PhD students in their research.