The relationship between Charnwood Arts and dancer and choreographer Rong Tao from Chongqing in South West China goes back to the mid-2000s. We have worked with him in Charnwood, across schools in Leicestershire and in Leicester and Nottingham. Our UK residencies with him have all been in partnership with Lakeside Arts in Nottingham. We have also undertaken a residency as a staff team with him in China.
Tao has a remarkable ability to stimulate and develop movement expression with people at all levels - from professional dancers to complete beginners. He also has excellent skills and rapport with people who have particular difficulties and disabilities.
His work with Fuelled Dance Theatre in 2016 culminated in their performance of a new piece devised with the company for a night of dance that took place at Lakeside Arts Centre in February of that year. The programme also included work from the same residency with Loughborough College performing arts students and a number of Nottingham based groups.