Dr Polly Hudson is a teacher, artist, dance activist and gardener. She makes performance and screendance works that have been shown in the UK and internationally to critical acclaim.
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. She is a certified teacher of Skinner Releasing Technique, which underpins her approaches to making art and to daily activities.
Polly’s work focuses on process within artistic making, ethical approaches to teaching and interaction, and is informed by the Slow Movement. She is currently curious about at what point a practice or an activity becomes art.
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 Senior Lecturer and 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 and PhD students in their research.