About Us

Our Story

In March 2010, I set up Lisa Simpson Inclusive Dance Limited (LSID) teaching people how to use the Simpson Board as I strongly believe there are other prospective choreographers with no, or limited verbal communication, who have not had the opportunity to realise their true potential.

Lisa Simpson Inclusive Dance is a social enterprise/not for profit organisation.  Originally, creating opportunities for disabled people to choreograph. As a result of teaching people how to use the Simpson Board, we are opening the doors for other prospective choreographers with no, or limited verbal communication, who have not had the opportunity to realize their true potential. 

Lisa Simpson – Founder

Meet Our Directors

The board of directors constitutes of Lisa Simpson and John Glass

Advisory Directors include Lucy Nicholson, Adam Benjamin and Annalaura Alifuoco

Lucy Nicholson

Lucy is a senior lecturer on the BA (Hons) Dance course at The University of Central Lancashire, Preston

Annalaura Alifuoco

Through writing and performance, Annalaura researches the aesthetic and ethical relations among queerness, embodiment, forms and affects.

Adam Benjamin

Adam Benjamin is a choreographer, author and one of the pioneers of integrated dance. His book Making an Entrance, Theory and practice for disabled and non-disabled dancers is considered a seminal text.

Paul Smith

Paul is a skilled cultural executive with an extensive history in the arts, including sector development, governance and fundraising, underpinned by the fundamentals of business and the ability to pull together diverse communities and key actors.

Dr Sarah Black

Dance artist/scholar Sarah Black-Frizell joined Liverpool Hope University as a lecturer in dance, specialising in situated dance and installation practices, maternal and feminist ethics in performance, choreographic methodologies and teaching Contemporary Limon Technique.

What is a Simpson Board

The Simpson Board; a flexible A3 sized laminated board covered in the words, diagrams and symbols needed to create a dance. It allows the user to indicate using their eyes or by pointing where, on a virtual stage, they would like the dancers to go and what sort of moves they should make. An assistant who sits alongside the user, reading the Board then speaks these instructions aloud to the dancers.

How the Simpson Board came about

The Simpson Board came about when Adam Benjamin, co-founder of CandoCo Dance Company, watched how I created pictures with stones. The process of how I arranged each stone interested him. I would look at where I wanted them to be placed. If they were not exactly in the right place, I would indicate with my eyes which direction they should move. So Adam thought, “Can this be done with bodies”. With this in question,, he organised a five-day residency in 1995 at Hereward FE College. The residency involved students with and without disabilities.

As we developed the Simpson Board, my drive to be able to choreograph increased considerably, hence the name.

Although we made a substantial amount of progress during the week, it was clear that in order for me to have more of a precise decision e.g. individual movements of the dancers, the Board would have to be developed further. This led to Jonathon Thrift from the Roehampton Institute London becoming involved, who had expertise in dance analysis and notion. He went on to modify the Simpson Board with Bill Robbins, a student with the same degree of cerebral palsy as me.

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