Dance Summer School 2020 is taking place on the 20 - 31 July.
Teachers for 2020 will be announced soon. See below for a full list of Teacher Biographies from 2019 to give you an idea of the range of professionals who will teach you.
Kim has danced with several globally recognised Ballet and Contemporary Companies and productions, including the Bavarian State Ballet, Wayne Sleep’s World of Classical Ballet, Wayne McGregor's Random Dance Company, Matthew Bourne’s Adventures In Motion Pictures: Swan Lake (World Tour) Ballet Ireland, Moving Art A Nordic Dance Company, Wildfire, Oslo Danse Ensamble, Traveling by Molly Molloy, Les Ballet de Trockadero, Julius Cesar Opera Lille, Song of the City Akademie, Street Dance the Movie, and many more. As a dance teacher, Kim has taught Ballet, Contemporary, and Barre a Terre technique (studied with Jaqueline Fynnaert in Paris) for Ballet and Contemporary Companies and Colleges across the UK and internationally.
Liz completed her training at the Royal Ballet School before graduating into the Royal Ballet, performing all the major classics including new works by Kenneth MacMillan. She has also danced as a soloist with Ballet For All UK and the New Zealand Ballet. In 1991, she gained the Professional Dancers' Teaching diploma (distinction) and has since enjoyed considerable teaching experience at a number of leading dance institutions, including Central School of Ballet, Elmhurst, the Royal Ballet Associate programme, Showa Academia Musicae/ Japan, Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance and Trinity Laban, where she currently teaches on the undergraduate course. She is a regular guest teacher on summer courses in Italy, Singapore, Japan, Iceland and the UK.
Since graduating with an MA in Dance Performance from Trinity Laban, Hannah has performed extensively working with choreographers Nina Kov, Mari Frogner, Masha Gurina and Laura Verbeek. She has also been a company member of Nutshell Dance Company, SKADooSH Dance and most recently Daisy Farris Dance Collective. Hannah has worked with a number of visual artists, filmmakers and designers on projects with London Contemporary Orchestra, London College of Art, YAMAHA and Rocca Gallery London. Alongside performing Hannah also has experience in choreography and rehearsal direction, recently choreographing 'Brace Leash Pack' for Resolution 2018 at The Place, London. She has worked creatively on a number of short films including Michaël Boucherie's 'One Shot' and How They Never Met Themselves, which she choreographed for Ron Arad's Curtain Call at the Roundhouse, London.
Hannah teaches dance across a range of professional and educational settings, currently delivering contemporary technique and creative practice to students at Trinity Laban, Bird College and City Academy. Hannah also works extensively across Trinity Laban's Learning and Participation programmes including the Trinity Laban Centre for Advanced Training, 'Lift' youth group, Adult Programmes and the Dance Summer School.
Kathy teaches Contact Improvisation as a faculty member at Trinity Laban. She has been developing and sharing her practice through creative collaboration, performance and teaching for over 25 years. Dance practitioners who have inspired her in the field of Improvisation and composition include Steve Paxton, Nancy Stark Smith, Kirstie Simson, Miranda Tufnell, KJ Holmes and Thomas Kampe. Her practice is also informed by studies in education, psychology, shiatsu and an MA in Dance and Somatic Well Being. Her previous work has included: performing with Motionhouse Dance Theatre, Jai- Yu Corti and Florence Peake; collaborations with choreographer Yolande Snaith and theatre directors, Richard Gregory and Tim Wheeler; research and performance making with choreographer/composer Sarah Goldfarb; site-specific work with composer Charles Hayward; Improvised music and dance with composer Paul Bartholemew; and Live Art with Michael Mayhew.
Katie trained at London Contemporary Dance School and graduated in 2009, joining Tavaziva Dance Company directly after graduating in 2009. She danced toured and taught for the company for over five years. Katie has worked as a freelance dancer for Mad Dogs Dance Theatre, Pagrav Dance, ArtsCross, and Moxie Brawl to name a few.
Katie has taught extensively throughout her career both in education and to professionals and was the Creative Director for Shuffle Youth Dance Company, before taking on Suffolk Youth Dance from 2015-2016.
Katie has worked as Dance Artist for Rosie Kay and New Arts Club creating work for their community casts. As well as working with us here at Trinity Laban, Katie is currently a faculty member at Performers College, the CAT Scheme at DanceEast and delivers work for Rambert and English National Ballet.
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Ihsaan was born in London and began dance training at The Place as part of its youth dance programs, Shift and Centre for Advanced Training (CAT). Following this, he then went on to train at London Contemporary Dance School (LCDS). During his time as a student, he danced work by Bawren Taviziva, Tom Dale and Theo Clinkard amongst others. Once graduated Ihsaan danced with Richard Alston Dance Company for 5 years, performing numerous works by Alston and Martin Lawrance nationally and internationally. Ihsaan has also performed work by Trisha Okinawa, Renaud Wiser and has performed and created work with James Wilton Dance. Ihsaan is currently the Rehearsal Director for Shuffle Youth Dance Company, and a teacher on The Place CAT at LCDS, he is passionate about teaching and nurturing talent.
Fred Gehrig was a social worker for adults with special needs in Geneva and studied fine art at the HdK Berlin before his dance career took off. Upon graduation with a degree from London Contemporary Dance School in 1992 Fred has worked amongst others with Ballet Preljocaj, Alias, Bill T Jones (USA), Carte Blanche or in the UK with Aletta Collins, Mathew Bourne, London Contemporary Dance Theater, RADC,7 Sisters, Random Dance, DV8, Michael Clark, Michael Keegan-Dolan, Frauke Requardt & David Rosenberg, Punch Drunk and Siobhan Davies. Since 1994 Fred has been created 24 pieces to date for stage or site-specific locations in countries like Iceland, Japan, France, the U.K. The most recent, January 2019 ‘WIR, Kann gefaehrlich sein, muss aber nicht’ at Wannenseeforum, Berlin in cooperation with Goethe Institute. Fred is a founding member of ToG e.V. (Dancers without Borders)
Other: personal trainer to Juliette Binoche for the movie 'Polina, danser sa vie' and for the play 'Antigone' at the Barbican, London (Jan-April 2016), Zombie trainer, performer and assistant choreographer to Alex Reynolds in 'World War Z' produced by and starring Brad Pit (2011). Since his MA in Design Performance & Practice at the Central St Martin School of the Arts, London, in 2009, Fred has collaborated with visual artists such as Martin Creed, Pablo Bronstein, Carlos Motta or Franz Erhard Walter. He has been teaching at the UEL, Architectural Association for Trinity Laban, in various dance and performance related modules. Fred obtained the national qualification for teaching in a university (FEAH) validated by Trinity Laban, London and is a registered masseur (ITEC, (Morley College, London). His book: 'Death in Shanghai' will be published in autumn 2019 with Circadian books, Berlin.
Liora Goldwater is a professional dance artist working in the disciplines 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 the 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 those for Charlotte Spencer, Laura McGill, and Akane Abe. Liora teaches Ballet, Pilates and Vinyasa Flow Yoga around central London.
Uchenna Dance’s (UD) overarching aim is to empower, entertain and educate through dance in a diverse programme that includes the creation of dance theatre production experiences, coaching, dance-based empowerment workshops and teaching in further and higher education. Igbokwe’s career highlights include a five-year sponsorship deal with Nike, work as a Mass Movement Choreographer for the London 2012, Sochi 2014 and Glasgow 2014 Olympic, Paralympic & Commonwealth Games and The Baku 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games. Lead by Choreographer Vicki Igbokwe, UD’s work is a unique blend of traditional dance styles - African and Contemporary dance, fused with club styles – House, Waacking and Vogue.
Natalia was born in Poland and is now a freelance dancer and teacher based in London. She finished her Master’s in Theatre in Cracov and completed her degree in dance at the Dance College in Wrocław in Poland. As a dancer she has collaborated with choreographers Yasmeen Godder, Iwona Olszowska, Ella Ben-Aharon, Rhiannon Faith and others. Natalia became a qualified teacher of Gaga in August 2012. Since then she travels all over Europe and Israel to teach Gaga. She is also choreographing and recently created a piece The Link for dance students in STW in Poznan, Poland and FORMal in residency in Scenario Pubblico in Sicily. Natalia is co-founder and member of NaNa Collective that is based in London. Natalia just premiered her solo work Birdland in July during International Dance Week Budapest.
Adrian Look is a freelance dance artist and lecturer for Tanztheater based in London. He is also the artistic director and choreographer of T a n z t h e a t er Adrian Look (TAL), founded in 2014. TAL performed at Sadler’s Wells, Stratford Circus and The Place. Adrian studied Dance Theatre (Tanztheater) at the Fokwang University in Germany, whose alumni include Pina Bausch, Reinhild Hoffmann and Susanne Linke. After graduation, he was a soloist in the dance theatre company Tanztheater Bielefeld for three years, followed by two years of freelance projects in Germany, Switzerland and the UK. Adrian has worked with several dancers from the Pina Bausch-Tanztheater Wuppertal - Company including Dominique Mercy, Malou Airaudo, Rainer Behr and Stephan Brinkman, and danced in works by Gregor Zöllig, Urs Dietrich, Guilherme Bothelho (Alias Company), Simone Sandroni (Deja donné), Giovanni Netzer (Origen Festival) and Rainer Behr (Pina Bausch). Adrian has taught workshops in contemporary dance, ballet, and improvisation for over ten years and has led classes for various professional companies, including Alvin Ailey II, Tanztheater Bielefeld and the Origen Festival in Switzerland. In April 2014, Adrian moved to London and has since taught regular classes and workshops at The Place, Trinity Laban, Chisenhale Dance, Siobhan Davies and Greenwich Dance. Adrian is a lecturer at Morley College and a visiting lecturer at the University of Bedfordshire.
Olga Masleinnikova is a dance-theatre maker, choreologist, movement director and teacher. She graduated with an MA in Theatre Directing from INSAS in Brussels and specialised in Choreological Studies (Contemporary Developments in Laban's Principles for Performing Arts) and contemporary dance at Trinity Laban. In London, she teaches at Trinity Laban, the Royal Academy of Music, and the Giles Foreman Centre for Acting, and is a visiting teacher at ENO Opera Works and at Kingston University. She has taught at HZT University of the Arts in Berlin, Bird College of Performing Arts, East 15 Acting School at the University of Essex, and Le Grand Conservatoire d'Avignon. Her choreographic, performance and collaborative works have been performed in venues in London, Ghent, Malmo, Dublin, Paris, Chur, Berlin, and Reykjavik. In addition, she coaches companies and makers, and delivers numerous workshops internationally.
Leila McMillan (UK/USA) is an international choreographer, teacher and performer. She has worked with artists including David Zambrano, Crystal Pite, Thomas Lehmen, Wendy Houstoun, Vicky Amedume, Jasmina Krizaj & Nina Fajdiga. Leila was a Wild Card artist of Sadler’s Wells curating This Way, That Way (2015), at Lilian Baylis, an evening of dance, music and art. Her full-length work Family Portrait (2015) has been presented throughout the UK. She was Artist in Residence at Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (2017) creating a new work 3 Fingers at Arm's Length, nominated for ‘Outstanding Choreography’ Hong Kong Dance Alliance Awards 2018. Leila creates work that is high-energy yet nuanced and abstract in its choreography, drawing on personal experiences focusing on themes of identity, gender and the cultural interface. Since receiving a place on David Zambrano’s 50 Days Flying Low and Passing Through (2010), Leila is now one of the internationally certified artists teaching this technique, and has led the development of this approach in the UK. She is Lecturer at London Contemporary Dance School and has taught throughout the UK, Europe, Middle East, Asia, United States and South America. From 2012 she has collaborated with Angolan visual artist Isaac Carlos as co-founders of Muxima, an Independent cafe in Bow, East London, regularly producing art, music and performance events, awarded several times ‘Best Cafe in East London’.
Rainer, born in Germany, graduated from the School for New Dance Development (EDDC) in the 90s in Arnhem, NL. He has a long history of performing and choreographing throughout Europe and has been trained in many dance technique approaches. In Arnhem Rainer learnt about physical awareness and how a somatic approach can be helpful for dancers in many ways. He studied Feldenkrais in Amsterdam and became a certified teacher of the method in 2008. Today, Rainer is still dancing and is a passionate singer. He works in community arts projects with Entelechy Arts in Deptford and runs a Feldenkrais practice in the city of London and in Lewisham
Shamita started life as a dancer and choreographer, specialising in contemporary dance and Indian classical dance. She started practising Iyengar yoga as a means to increase flexibility and complement dance training. A chance wandering into an Ashtanga class one day turned what was, until then, a mere hobby, into a lifelong passion, rivaling her love for dance. She went on to study with David Swenson, with whom she completed Ashtanga teacher training, and Lara Baumann, with whom she completed 500 hour teacher training. Ever curious to explore other, diverse styles of yoga, she has also completed Advanced Teacher Training with Ana Forrest, meditation teacher training with Sally Kempton, and Yin teacher training with Norman Blair.
Christine Tanner completed her training in 1981 at the Arts Educational Schools and The Royal Ballet School. She has worked with companies including Stadttheater Bern (Switzerland) Scapino Dance Co (Holland), Mark Baldwin Dance Co and Nederlands Dance Theatre. As a freelance teacher, Christine has taught Rambert Dance Company, NDT 2, Scapino Dance Company, Charleroi Dance Company, Jonathan Burrows Group, AMP, and Scottish Dance Theatre. Christine also teaches on the International Dance Course for professional dancers and choreographers. She teaches Evening classes at the Place in London and is a member of the teaching faculty at Trinity Laban.
Sylvie Robaldo, initially a dancer and ballet teacher D.E. in France, expanded her work into new areas after discovering, deepening, and understanding choreology through Rosemary Brandt’s Practice. She has developed an innovative way of teaching Dance History through choreological practice for conservatory students and art students in high school. She has created concrete and specific actions for dance teachers, performers, choreographers, theatre companies, researchers, and schedulers.
In 2013, Sylvie graduated, with distinction, in Choreological Studies with a SDCS Specialist Diploma in Choreological Studies, Contemporary Developments in Laban’s Principles and Practice, from Trinity Laban. Since then, she has tutored dance teachers in initial education (ESMD Nord de France) and delivered in-service training in Dijon, Lille and Montbard in France), Milan in Italy, and Brussels in Belgium. She is a guest teacher at University Lille 3 for the Licence Arts, at University Theatre in Dijon, and at La Cafeteria della Danza in Milan.
Sylvie has contributed to the promotion of the choreological studies and practices as a practical choreologist, most notably by participating in the international 'Laban Event 2013' at Monte Verita–Ascona in Switzerland, and by contributing to 'Focus Danse 2014' and 'Focus Cirque 2016', organised by Liaison Art Bourgogne, which supports Burgundy's emergent performing arts companies.