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Lea Anderson

Dance Artist, Choreographer, Filmmaker


I was lucky enough to meet the co-founders of The Cholmondeleys at [Trinity] Laban and also to be taught by the mythical Bonnie Bird.

Lea Anderson
Lea Anderson


Lea Anderson graduated in 1984 after completing a BA Dance. After graduating, she co-founded the all-female company The Cholmondeleys with fellow alumni Teresa Barker and Gaynor Coward and then founded the all-male company The Featherstonehaughs in 1998. Both companies were hugely influential to the development of UK dance and her work is studied from GCSE to undergraduate level. Lea choreographed over 100 original works for the companies, touring nationally and internationally and collaborating with designers, filmmakers and other artists. She is now an independent artist, working with  Welsh company Ladies & Gentlemen, which Lea co-founded with composer Steve Blake. Lea has won many awards including a number of Time Out and Dance Umbrella awards and the Bonnie Bird Choreography award. She was made an MBE in 2002 for services to dance and has been artist in residence at the Southbank Centre, Critical Path, Sydney and the University of California amongst others. Lea is currently Regents' Professor at UCLA  (University of California Los Angeles), where she is creating new work and researching her Performed Exhibition of Costume (Quick Change) project, that will be taking place in Autumn 2015 in partnership with the V&A Museum, London.