by Zoë Leigh Gadd

The Kinetic Reading technique merges dance, language and creativity whilst supporting and encouraging social interaction through movement based approaches to learning. Bilingualism and cultural integration are essential tools within contemporary communities of the twenty first century; Kinetic Reading allows people to share, play and engage with culture, language and reading in a fun, physical and innovative way.

“ Long after the event, I heard from the participating children and parents how much fun they had and how positively stretched they felt, both mentally and physically, during the workshop. I witnessed the effectiveness of the technique for children’s motivation (although Zoë’s personal charm has definitely played a role here too) and, anecdotally, spontaneous recall of some learned sentences and movements several days after the workshop.” Dobrochna Futro (2019)

A typical workshop in Kinetic Reading may consist of a selection of the following (and more)…

  • Physical Warm Up and Ice Breakers

  • Introductory Exercises to Kinetic Reading Approaches

  • The Kinetic Reading Alphabet

  • Physical Textual Analysis

  • Body Conversations

  • Choreographing Text

  • Creative Translation

Workshops are delivered by Zoë Leigh Gadd and are currently available in the following formats:

  • KR Introduction: (1.5 hr Workshop) stimulate the brain through Kinetic Reading introductory activities and learn Zoë’s KR Alphabet (precursor to the following).

  • KR Creative: (Half-Day) creative approaches to text and language exploring the Kinetic Reading technique participants will explore ‘Body Conversations’ using the KR Alphabet

  • KR Poetry Day: (Full Day) work with Zoë to explore poetry and dance with the option of using participants languages to create our own Living Translation.

  • KR Choreography: (12 hrs over 6 weeks) working towards a co-choreographed work devised with your choice of text and/or lyrics*

  • KR Mini Intensive: (Sat/Sun) Details upon request

  • KR Intensive: (Week-Long Residency) Details upon request

*you will receive guidance on the appropriateness of the text