Trinity Laban graduate Jemima Hoadley (BA Hons Dance Theatre, 1997) was Movement Director for an upbeat dance music video for live band The Fish Police (‘Talent, fun times and unpretentious, danceable songs’ - Left Lion magazine). The Fish Police’s music is produced by award-winning creative arts company Heart n Soul, specifically Charles Stuart, who also plays keyboards in Grace Jones’ live band.
Jemima recruited four disabled performers for the music video to work alongside five amateur street dancers who had already been brought in by the director, Felipe Panagi: Daniel de Mendoza, who is part of Highfliers (see below); hip hop dancers Hearns Sebuado and Laura Dajao that Jemima met through work with Candoco and deaf actress Deepa Shastri.
Jemima says: ”The dancers all brought amazing talent to the video and I'm proud to know and have worked with them all. They really were amazing and look fantastic in the video”. As well as rehearsing and directing the movement of all the dancers, and teaching them the sign version of the song (translated by deaf actor Daryl Jackson), Jemima also features in the video. "The shoot was amazing; there was a great buzz in the studio with The Fish Police there watching. It was really exhausting, but fun!"
Since graduating from Trinity Laban, Jemima has developed a niche for herself working as a dancer and choreographer with a particular interest in working with dancers with disabilities. She is the Associate Director of Magpie Dance’s Highfliers training company for talented dancers with learning disabilities (who are currently recruiting dancers for 2015-2016), and a Candoco Artist, the flagship dance company of disabled and non-disabled dancers.
Jemima credits her training at Trinity Laban with helping her to develop a successful portfolio career. “My training at Trinity Laban was an exciting and formative journey, with an excellent balance of technical, creative and academic training. I had inspiring and dedicated teachers, who were instrumental in my development as a 'thinking dancer'; very much the vision of the late Dr Marion North”.