The Skylarker team is Pip Jones and Lizzie Swinford who collaborate with many other creative artists

Pip Jones

Pip Jones has been working as a movement and theatre practitioner for many years.

After her degree in Anthropology and English at Jesus College, Cambridge, she trained in Community Dance Practices at the Laban Centre for Movement and Dance in London. Following this, she took a Circus and Performing Arts course at Fool-Time (now Circomedia) in Bristol. She went on to devise and tour a series of street theatre and cabaret shows that fused dance, stilts and puppetry and toured internationally.

Pip has taught in Higher Education for many years, at Dartington College of Arts, University College Falmouth and more recently Plymouth University. Her specialist areas are movement, improvisation and children's creativity.

She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a qualified Early Years Teacher.



Lizzie Swinford


Lizzie Swinford is a dance practitioner who trained at the London Contemporary Dance School and has worked as a performer, and in the community, schools, further and higher education.  Her current focus is with early years and disabled children where Lizzie takes a playful, interactive approach: improvising with children.  Her collaborations with the artists of the Carousel project have enlivened and established her practice, particularly in their ‘Round and Round you Turn me’ and ‘Exploratale’ projects (

Lizzie is active in researching creativity and education.  At present she is working on her MA dissertation into dancing with preschool children who have English as an additional language.  She also co-authored Making and being made: wise humanising creativity in interdisciplinary early years arts education. Chappell, K., Ford, K., Pender, T. & Swinford, L. International Journal of Early Years Education (2016), and Artful humanising creativity: Improvisation in early years dance:  by Chappell, K., &  Swinford, E. in The Oxford Handbook of Improvisation in Dance, (in press).

Lizzie continues dancing herself as a member of the Exeter-based Dance Lab Collective.