Teacher Biographies

Icy Ice 54 - Street Dance General Level (Thu)

Ayshen aka Icy Ice 54 is a freelance dance artist and has been teaching in academic and community settings across London for over 13 years. Icy is the Artistic Director of her own company, Dynamic Eclipse Arts (D.E Arts), founded at Roehampton University in 2003, while studying her BA (Hons) in Dance Studies.  D.E Arts are now based at Forest Gate Youth Zone in East London. 

Icy has created a technique/style called D.Eology, which is a combination of Contemporary and Hip Hop foundations.

Icy is passionate about community dance and works closely with schools, colleges and local companies to promote dance and well-being from a grass root movement. Her company D.E Arts is recognised and supported by her ambassadors, artists well-known within the industry:  Kevin Lancelot Everiste, Kenrick H2O Sandy, Dr Ann David and Derek Brown.

‎Icy works in a creative way to deliver fun, high-energy, accessible dance workshops to all ages and abilities.

Vicki Busfield - Classical Ballet Beginners (Thu) (Maternity Cover)

Vicki Busfield is a dance artist, teacher, community practitioner, project manager and choreographer with a broad range of experience working with children, adults and older adults in both private and community settings.  Vicki trained at the Northern Ballet School and London Contemporary Dance School and holds a 1st class BA (Hons) degree in contemporary dance. Through her training Vicki has gained extensive knowledge in a variety of dance techniques and holds accredited dance teacher status in five disciplines and is also a freelance exam coach and examiner. She has performed work by Kerry Nicholls, Marc Brew, Aletta Collins, Frauke Requardt and Victoria Marks and was a dancer in the London Olympics 2012 Opening Ceremony, choreography by Kenrick 'H20' Sandy of Boy Blue Entertainment.

Working internationally in New Zealand and America, Vicki has choreographed work for large-scale live performances and dance film. As head of performing arts for a secondary school in NZ she devised and implemented a whole school dance programme and when back in the UK ran her own ballet school in Surrey.  Vicki was a choreographer for the London Lord Mayor's Show 2015 celebrating inclusive arts. Vicki also works for Green Candle Dance Company managing and delivering projects in education and community settings, including working with children and older adults with and without disabilities, people with dementia and older people with age-related conditions.

Vicki will be teaching on both our adults' and children's classes on the Learning and Participation (Dance) programme.

Hannah Cameron - Contemporary Level 2 (Tue)

Since graduating from Trinity Laban, Hannah has worked professionally with choreographers Nina Kov, Mari Frogner, and Daisy Farris, and has collaborated with various designers and visual artists. Throughout 2011-2012, she performed in a number of short dance films including: In Trans(it)mission (Nutshell Dance Company), Touch the Sound (Lingjing Yin) and How They Never Met Themselves for Ron Arad’s Curtain Call at the Roundhouse (London). Hannah joined Transitions Dance Company in 2012, touring work by Tom Dale, Lauri Stallings, and Augusto Corrieri, and completed an MA in Dance Performance in the following year.

Hannah teaches dance across a range of professional and educational settings. Since 2013, she has been teaching at Trinity Laban, covering contemporary technique classes across the BA, MA, and Professional Development programmes. Hannah has also worked across Trinity Laban's Learning and Participation programmes including the Youth Dance Company, Lift Dance group, the Trinity Laban Centre for Advanced Training, and the Dance Summer School. As a current member of Nutshell Dance Company and Daisy Farris Dance Collective, Hannah regularly teaches company classes and delivers workshops as part of their educational outreach programmes. 

Katie Cambridge - Contemporary Level 1 (Wed)

Katie trained at London Contemporary Dance School and graduated in 2009. During this time, she worked with Marc Brew and Colin Poole, and toured works by Siobhan Davies and Merce Cunningham. Katie joined Tavaziva Dance as an apprentice in August 2009 and as a full-time dancer in September 2010. She has danced, toured, and taught for the company over the last five years. More recently, Katie worked as a freelance dancer for Mad Dogs Dance Theatre, Pagrav Dance, Divya Kasturi, ArtsCross, SmallPetitKlein and Moxie Brawl. Katie has taught extensively throughout her career, both in education and to professionals, and is the Creative Director for Shuffle Youth Dance Company at The Place and Dance Artist for Rosie Kay and New Arts Club.

Luisa D'Ambrosio - Pilates-based Body Conditioning General Level (Sat) 

Luisa teaches dance technique, improvisation, and choreographic workshops at degree, postgraduate and vocational levels in the UK and Italy. She is a dancer and has worked for several choreographers including A. Vahla, R. Garrison, Rebecca Skelton, and L. Latour, as well as making her own work. She also choreographs for the theatre, collaborating with various theatre directors at Italia Conti in London and in Rome. After training in contemporary dance, Luisa D'Ambrosio trained as a Pilates teacher at The Place with The Pilates Foundation. She currently teaches Evening Classes at The Place, and Saturday Classes as part of the Young Dancers' programme. She also works independently as an instructor and lectures in Pilates and Body Conditioning.

Daisy Farris - Contemporary Beginners (Sat) 

Daisy is a London-based dance artist working freelance as a dancer and teacher. She is Artistic Director of Daisy Farris Dance Collective, creating choreographic work in collaboration with visual artists, composers, film makers and lighting designers. Daisy has been commissioned by Medway Council, Anglia Ruskin University and Big Dance to create work for a number of exciting projects.

Daisy began her training at Northern School of Contemporary Dance. In 2012, she joined Transition Dance Company at Trinity Laban, touring works by Lauri Stallings, Tom Dale and Augusto Corrieri internationally.  Daisy graduated in 2013, having completed an MA in Dance Performance. As a dancer, Daisy has worked with Vicky Hunter, Sidonie Carey-Green and The Little Witch Project. She is also a dancer with Loop Dance Company, where she recently worked with Sivan Rubinstein. Daisy regularly teaches professional class for Loop Dance Company. She is also a specialist with Artis Education and teaches contemporary dance and adult ballet at Bastet School of Dancing. 

Natalie Gibbs - Contemporary General Level (Sat)

Natalie is a freelance dance artist. She has a Postgraduate Diploma in Community Dance from Trinity Laban and has a BA (Hons) QTS in Physical Education specialising in Dance. Natalie has 12 years of experience in teaching Dance and Physical Education in Secondary Schools, 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 Won't Dance, Dance United, and is part of Resolution!

Currently, Natalie works at Trinity Laban, where she teaches youth classes, creative dance classes for children, and contemporary technique classes for 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, creating a site-specific piece, and teaching an adult fitness group.

Liora Goldwater - Ballet level 1 Improver (Tue) and Ballet Level 2 (Thu)

Liora Goldwater is a professional dance artist working in the discipline of contemporary dance and Ballet. She trained at Northern Ballet School and then at the London Contemporary Dance School gaining a BA (Hons) in Contemporary Dance. During her training, Liora performed with the Birmingham Royal Ballet and Manchester City Ballet. She also performed pieces by Kerry Nicholls, Richard Alston, Jan de Schynkel, and Stephen Petronio.

Liora was a founding member of the dance company Made by Katie Green. She performed with the company in the UK and Europe and was a part of the company's educational outreach programme, taking dance into various schools and colleges. She has also performed on various projects, including projects for Charlotte Spencer, Laura McGill, and Akane Abe.

Liora teaches Ballet, Contemporary, Ballet Tone, and Vinyasa Flow Yoga around the London area.

 

Dollie Henry - Jazz Dance General Level (Thu)

Dollie has led a respected career of over 30 years as a performer, choreographer, director, creative Jazz artist and educator and is recognised as one of the most formidable exponents of artistic and creative Jazz dance and theatre dance in Britain and internationally. She has shared her passion and philosophy of creative dance in every continent of the world, with a reputation that is widely revered and respected.

Her breadth of work as a performer, creative artist and producer has been vast and varied ranging from - West End Theatre Productions, Theatre Plays, Film and TV to Concert Dance, Jazz Theatre productions and Cabaret Shows.  Dollie is also Founder and Artistic Director of Body of People (BOP), the Premier Jazz Theatre Company in the UK.  In 2012 BOP Company became artistic company in Residence at Morley College London.  Dollie is a regular guest Jazz teacher at Broadway Dance Center & Faison Firehouse Theatre, New York and can still be found teaching her spirited open Jazz dance classes in London at Pineapple Dance Studios and Morley College.

Dollie is Jazz Lecturer at Trinity Laban Music & Dance Conservatoire of Music and Dance, on the Musical Theatre Course.  Dollie is also an Associate Teacher of ISTD (Imperial Society of Teachers Dance) and Honorary Member with IDTA (International Dance Teachers Association).  Dollie Henry epitomizes all it is to be a consummate, all-encompassing creative artist. A fusion of expertise and genuine expression of creative spirit allows this Lady to sustain her position as the catalyst for the Jazz dance art form and its legacy in the UK & Europe, enabling her to share her passion and creativity all over the world.

Shamita Ray - Yoga General Level (Wed and Sat)

Shamita Ray is an independent dance artist specialising in contemporary dance, Indian dance (bharatanatyam), and yoga. She trained in ballet, contemporary dance, and jazz at the Urdang Academy of Ballet and Performing Arts, London, and has a first-class diploma in bharatanatyam (Indian classical dance) from the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan (Institute of Indian Culture), also in London. A performing artist since 1993, she has worked with dance companies all over the world, realising the creations of some of the world's top choreographers, including Shobana Jeyasingh and Wayne McGregor. In the UK, she has worked with Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company, Tabula Rasa Dance Company, Company Chordelia, Sankalpam, Srishti, The Dance Movement, Salamanda Tandem, and Opera Holland Park. Internationally, she has worked with Wilhelm Groener and Tanzlandschaft Ruhr (both in Germany), Sinha Danse (Canada) and Axel Danses (Belgium). Parallel to working in companies, she also collaborated with independent choreographers, such as Subathra Subramaniam and Annie pui ling Lok. Shamita also continues to teach dance, including classes and workshops with organisations such as Green Candle Dance Company, East London Dance, Chisenhale Dance Company, and the Royal Academy of Dance. She also leads her own workshops for nursery, primary, secondary, and special schools throughout the UK. She has taught courses for adults, including elderly groups, INSET teacher training, vocational classes, and open professional classes. She has taught extensively in Germany for Tanzfabrik (Berlin) and Mind the Gap Tanztheater, and is a regular guest teacher at the Tanzfestival Bielefeld and for Legitimate Bodies Dance Company (Ireland). Shamita also holds a BA (Hons) degree from the Open University.

After more than 10 years of performing, Shamita launched her own choreography career. Her work is known for its multi-disciplinary approach, forging new collaborations with composers, lighting designers, and digital artists, to create aesthetically beautiful works. She has also been an assistant choreographer for the Tatarstan State Opera (Russia) for Les Pecheurs de Perles. Throughout this period, Shamita was an avid practitioner of Iyengar yoga, which she found beneficial in developing flexibility and complementing dance training. However, a chance wandering into an Ashtanga class one day turned what was until then, a mere hobby, into a lifelong passion, rivalling her love for dance. She went on to study both in India and in the UK, with world-class teachers including Sharath Rangaswamy and David Swenson. She most recently studied with Lara Baumann in the Quantum method, which incorporates Ayurvedic guidelines to create an optimal holistic practice. She currently offers classes, workshops, and retreats worldwide in Vinyasa Flow yoga, combining the precision and alignment of Iyengar with the breath and dynamism of Ashtanga. She allows her background as a dancer to influence her choreography of original sequences, and is known for allowing practitioners to discover what their bodies are truly capable of, whilst maintaining a sense of humour and playfulness.

Chloe Stone - Classical Ballet Beginners (Thu) (Maternity Leave)

Chloe started her vocational training at the Arts Educational School (Tring Park). She then went to Trinity Laban to undertake a Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Dance. She has since toured the works of Henri Oguike, Azure Barton, Pablo Ventura, and Christian Duarte with Transitions Dance Company. She has also worked for choreographers Candida Elton, Thomas Small in his company Smallpetitklein, and Anne-Marie Smalldon in her company Combination Dance. Chloe also creates her own work for her company E.Dance, which toured Primary Schools in North-East Lincolnshire. Chloe has worked through dance, art, and movement, with children, young people, and adults from diverse backgrounds for a number of years and in a variety of settings including primary and secondary schools, HE colleges, special schools, vocational schools, arts organisations, and community settings.

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