Teacher Biographies

Our team of highly experienced dance practitioners, who work with the Children's Creative Dance Classes on Saturdays at Trinity Laban

Chantal Bardouille

Born in Derby Chantal graduated from Derby University gaining a BA(Hons) in Creative Expressive Therapies, Chantal continued her training at Trinity Laban gaining a Postgraduate Certificate in Community Dance. Chantal is currently teaching all ages and abilities from early years to 16 years in schools, including Carers and Toddlers classes and Dance Venture for disabled and non disabled young people at Laban. She works at SILS, dance institutions and community centres in London, with a focus of nurturing participants' process of growth and development in dance, and inspiring their creativity. Chantal also works closely with SAGE Educational Trust where she delivers dance inset for primary school teachers. Chantal combines her two passions of teaching and performance by devising with other artists, fusing together different styles of dance, with art, photography, film and live music to create new, innovative dance for different types of audiences. She is in the process of writing and collaborating on a number of  other creative projects.

Louise Klarnett (on sabbatical autumn term 2013)

Louise graduated with BA (hons) Contemporary Dance from De Montfort University in 1998. She has since performed, choreographed, taught and worked with dance spanning all ages and sectors of the community from babies to 90+ year olds. She leads regular classes at Trinity Laban, Newington Dance Space, Stratford Circus and Ivy Street Family Centre and delivers training specialising in dance for the Early Years. She recently led a Professional Development Day for Trinity Laban and provided training and support to the Fleur Darkin Ensemble for the Blake Diptych (Innocence). Recent choreography includes One Giant Leap supported by East London Dance for The Big Dance Trail, Creative Cities for Trinity Laban at the Eastwinter Garden, Canary Wharf, and pieces for Trinity Laban's Children's Creative Dance end of year shows. www.louiseklarnett.co.uk

Kit Smith

Kit Smith works as a freelance dance practitioner for Trinity Laban's Education and Community team and with the Learning Access Department at The Place. Kit has extensive experience of teaching dance across the Key Stages and is currently working part-time at St Matthew Academy in Lewisham. She is also involved with various initiatives to develop good practice within the Primary Sector. Kit also works as a sessional lecturer at Trinity Laban where she delivers the Teaching Principles and Practice component for the One Year Programme.

Sarah Greener

Sarah studied Dance and Culture at the University of Surrey and is the head of Dance at Kennet School in Thatcham teaching Key Stage 3, GCSE and A-Level dance. She also works as a freelance teacher in a variety of primary and secondary settings as well as teaching ballet from primary to adults.

Eleanor Thompson (on leave autumn term 2013)

Eleanor is a graduate of the BA (Hons) Dance Theatre Programme at Trinity Laban. Since 2008 Eleanor has worked with Trinity Laban's Education and Community department, initially in the role of graduate trainee, then as a freelance Dance Artist on a wide variety of projects and workshops. Eleanor currently works a freelance Dance Artist in schools and community settings for organisations including Chisenhale Dance Space and the R.A.D's Step into Dance programme, specialising in contemporary creative dance activities for children and young people of all abilities.

Natalie Gibbs

Natalie is a freelance dance artist.  She has a Post Graduate Diploma in Community Dance from Trinity Laban and has a BA (Hons) QTS in Physical Education specialising in Dance.  Natalie has 12 years experience of working in Secondary Schools teaching Dance and Physical Education across all Key Stages to pupils of all abilities.  Alongside her teaching Natalie works as a choreographer and dancer performing in a mixture of projects including work with Stan Wont Dance, Dance United & part of Resolution!

Currently Natalie works at Trinity Laban teaching for the Youth Programme, the Children's Creative Dance Classes, and also teaching contemporary technique to adults.  Natalie joined Rambert Dance Company in 2009 working as an Animateur, teaching educational workshops based on current repertoire and creating pieces within schools.  Natalie has taught for Greenwich Dance Agency working in both primary and secondary schools, this has included creating a site specific piece and teaching an adult fitness group.

Rachel Newby

Rachel began her career as a Dance Animateur at Cheshire Dance after graduating with a BA Honours degree in Creative Arts from the Manchester Metropolitan University. Rachel is the London Dance Officer for English National Ballet and is a highly experienced Dance Artist and Choreographer. Before joining English National Ballet in 2005 she worked freelance across schools and college in the Birmingham and Warwickshire area after being one of the first Dance Artists in Residence (DAiR) in a highly successful performance and education project run by DanceXchange, the dance agency for Birmingham and the West Midlands. Highlights of her career are performing works by Luca Silvestrini and Banksy as well as choreographing work for a mass schools' choir performance of 600 children at the Symphony Hall in Birmingham. Rachel joins the Laban Children's class team in Autumn 2011.

Emma Jones (Carers and Toddlers, 10-11s and 12-14s - autumn term 2013)

Emma studied for her BA(Hons) Dance at Bretton Hall, University of Leeds before undertaking a one year programme at Laban in 2007. Since this time Emma has worked with Trinity Laban's Learning & Participation department as a freelance dance artist on a range of projects & is a member of the Dance Ability team. Emma is also a teacher on the RAD's RADiate programme which specialises in delivering dance to primary children with special educational needs. Emma's other freelance work includes teaching in primary schools delivering dance sessions linked to the curriculum. This work has been performed in the Clore Ballroom at the Royal Festival Hall & at the BFI. Last year Emma completed her Masters in Dance (Teaching) during which time she researched the use of visual stimuli when working with Autistic students to create imaginative movement. 

Tarika Hidayatullah (10-11s and 4-5s - autumn term 2013)

Tarika Hidayatullah began training in RAD ballet and ISTD modern dance and jazz through the School of Classical Ballet and Western Dance in Mumbai, (India) from the age of 6. She later worked as an assistant teacher for the school before moving to London to train as a Dance Movement Psychotherapist at Goldsmiths College. She joined The Place's 'Young Dancers' Saturday Programme' as an assistant in 2008 and subsequently graduated from Trinity Laban in 2010 with a Postgraduate Diploma in Dance in Community. Tarika currently delivers sessions in several primary schools for Artis Education and teaches on The Place's Children and Youth Dance programme.

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