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.
Elly trained at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, graduating in 2011. She then joined Richard Alston Dance Company as an Apprentice and has danced for the Company ever since, completing her MA in Contemporary Dance 2015. During her time in the company, Elly has danced many roles, touring to dance festivals around the world, including Context: Diana Vishneva Festival (Moscow) and Schritt_macher Dance Festival (Aachen and Heerlen) and Fall for Dance (New York). In addition to Richard Alston and Martin Lawrance, Elly has performed in works by Martha Graham, Gary Lambert, Kerry Nicholls, Merce Cunningham (Dancing Around Duchamp staged by Jeannie Steele) and Joseph Tonga (Unease). Alongside performing, Elly is regularly involved in teaching workshops and technique classes.
Luke began his training at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and completed his BA (Hons) at Laban in 2008. In 2009, he joined EDge Dance Company, London Contemporary Dance School The Place. Luke has performed for H2 Dance, Yael Flexer, Nic Sandiland, Angela Praed, Charles Linehan, Dog Kennel Hill Project, Rosemary Lee (rehearsal director), Punchdrunk, Florence Peake, Rahel Vonmoos and Saffy Setohy. He has also worked on visual art projects with Pablo Bronstein, Martin Creed and Aya Kobayashi for Tate Modern and Tate Britain, and a restaging of Yvonne Rainer’s Trio A and the Mirror City exhibition at The Hayward Gallery. Luke has a passion for teaching and has taught for Greenwich Dance, The Place, Circus Space, Independent Dance, Trinity Laban, Stavangar University (Norway) and Salzburg Academy of Experimental Dance. Luke is an Associate Lecturer at Surrey University and London Studio Centre.
Amy studied at London Metropolitan University, graduating with a first class honours in Performing Arts. She then went on to complete a Higher Certificate at The Place in 2007. Presently, she is studying for an MA in Developing Artistic Practice at London Contemporary Dance School.
Amy joined Stopgap Dance Company in January 2013, touring internationally. Since 2014, Amy has been developing an inclusive yoga practice with the company. Amy is also rehearsal director for Akram Khan Company, specifically for the piece Chotto Desh and is an inclusive arts practitioner for Joss Arnott Dance Company. She has performed for Akram Khan Company for the 2012 Olympics, Enrique Cabrera (Aracladanza), Helene Blackburn (Cas Public), State of Emergency, Highly Sprung, Ascendance Rep., Jonathan Poole, Motionmanual and Balbir Singh. Earlier this year she acted as a choreographic consultant for Highly Sprung during their creation Tree.
Her choreographic work includes 'Slide with the Sun’ performed and toured by SG2, 'Outside Spaces, Inside Places' for Ascendance Rep., two short works for Three Scores and most recently 'Composition in Time' for Ramallah festival in Palestine. In 2011, Amy was awarded the Lisa Ullmann Travel Scholarship fund enabling her to complete an Integral Yoga qualification at the IYI India. Amy's teaching experience has seen her work for Greenwich Dance Agency, Northern Contemporary Dance School, Phoenix Dance Theatre, Yorkshire Dance, RAD, Trinity Laban and many international companies.
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.
After three years of dance training at Trinity Laban, Jade wanted to continue her learning. Inspired by the technique training of alignment and movement, she embarked upon a teacher training course in Pilates. It was during this training that Jade became injured. This was her biggest and most valuable learning curve. Jade had to stop dancing and reduced her training to the bare minimum, turning her attention to the fundamentals.
Guided by her dance background, Jade explored somatic approaches like Bartenieff, yoga, experiential anatomy, and release technique, which allowed her body to connect in a new and more spacious way. Jade took this approach to her work and became the remedial Pilates teacher on the degree programme that she had graduated from, as well as supporting the injured dancers. Jade now manages and teaches in the Pilates studio, works alongside the therapists in the injury clinic, teaches the BA1 fundamental skills and Pilates. Jade's intention is to promote the Trinity Laban's Pilates Studio as a place of learning and progress. Pilates can be a vehicle for health in so many ways - and it is this diversity that Jade hopes to support.
Gavin trained at London Studio Centre, touring the UK with the Jazz Dance Company in his final year. His theatre credits include Addams Family The Musical, 42nd Street, Paris, Pablo Bronstein: Historical Dances in an Antique Setting at The Tate Britain, Hairspray, We Will Rock You, Cats, ‘One Man’s Dream II’ - Tokyo Disneyland, ‘Nixon in China’, ‘The Mikado’ and Carmen for English National Opera. Theatre Rites’ ‘Mischief’, and Shall We Dance at Sadler’s Wells.
Gavin danced with Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures and roles include the original cast of Edward Scissorhands as Kevin Boggs and Gerald Monroe. Gobstopper, Cupid and cover Fritz in Nutcracker UK Tour, and Cygnet in Swan Lake World Tour. Gavin can be seen in the films ‘Beyond the Sea’ and ‘Swan Lake 3D’. He has also appeared on “The Paul O Grady Show’ and ‘So Graham Norton’ for Channel 4 and ‘The Naked Commercial’ for Sanex. He has also worked as an Assistant to the director, staging “Cats” for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.
Jerwood Award winner Yael Flexer is co-artistic director of Flexer & Sandiland. Originally formed by Yael as Choreographer in Residence at The Place Theatre, London, to date Yael has created 13 full-length productions for the company, touring throughout the UK and internationally. The company has been commissioned to create live and/or interactive works for among others: Sadler’s Wells, Woking Dance Festival, The South Bank Centre, Barbican Centre, London, The Engine Room, Somerset & Cinedans (Amsterdam, The Netherlands). Flexer & Sandiland digital work The Hum (2017) commissioned by Brighton Festival will open in May 2017. The company’s recent touring production Disappearing Acts (2016) performed across the UK and internationally alongside the digital installation Weighting (2015-ongoing).
Commissions as an independent artist include: E-Werk Tanz Festival (Freiburg, Germany), Ludus Dance Company, Edge, Scottish Dance Theatre, Mapdance YDance Scotland, Wessex Academy, Gravity & Levity, Lila, Freefall, 3 Score and Cascade Dance Companies. 2015-2017 planned and completed commissions include works for National Youth Dance Company Scotland, Trinity-Laban, Motus Dance Festival, Maslool, Israel and Stavanger University, Norway. Yael has created numerous works for the Centres of Advanced Training programmes across the UK alongside other youth company commissions. Yael regularly leads choreographic Labs, workshops and professional training in the UK and internationally including: Independent Dance, Greenwich Dance, The Place, The Point, Brighton Dance Network, Motus Dance Festival, Swindon Dance, Bewegungs Arts, Germany, Proda & RAS, Norway, Suzanne Dellal and The Tel-Aviv Dance Centre, Israel.
Yael has been awarded a bursary from The University of Chichester towards a PhD practice-based research which she completed in March 2013. Yael also co-directs mapdance, the University of Chichester’s postgraduate repertoire touring company.
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.
Christophe Jeannot is a former principal dancer with Martha Graham Dance Company, with which he performed in the USA and abroad from 1998 to 2005. He received his dance training at the Conservatory of Nantes in France and the Centre National de Danse Contemporaine in Angers. He then went to New York to study at The Martha Graham School. While in New York, he also performed with the Pearl Lang Dance Theatre and the Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company, among others. After returning to Europe, he performed in the musical The Lion King in Paris, and worked with companies such as Compagnie Kossiwa in Nantes and Compagnie Thor in Brussels.
Teaching credits include The Martha Graham School, Tapei National University of the Arts, Trinity Laban Summer School, Free Art Fusion in Warsaw. He is on Faculty at The Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris as well as at the Conservatoire Régional de Nantes, France.
Hannah began her training at Elmhurst Ballet School and from there went on to London Contemporary Dance School where she completed her MA in Dance. In 2007, Hannah joined Richard Alston Dance Company, with whom she performed both nationally and internationally for six years.
Her most recent performances include 'Collapse' by New Movement Collective for the Barbican, 'Orpheus and Eurydice' for Scottish Opera by Ashley Page, Cunningham's event 'Dancing around Duchamp' at the Barbican, London, Darren Ellis' 'Revolver' for The Place Prize for Dance, NMC's 'Casting Traces' UK Tour, Didy Veldman’s ‘The Happiness Project’ and Mark Bruce's 'Dracula' which won the South Bank Sky Arts Award 2014. Hannah was nominated for the National Dance Award's Outstanding Female Performer in late 2012 and in 2017.
Alongside performing, Hannah has taught in many of the UK's leading dance conservatoires. She has taught on both the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at LCDS, at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, Central School of Ballet and at Trinity Laban, as well as for dance companies Richard Alston Dance Company, Rambert, Matthew Bourne's New Adventures and Mark Bruce Company.
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.
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.
Lyndsey trained at Trinity Laban and has worked with Flexer & Sandiland, formerly known as Bedlam Dance Company, as a performer and a regular teacher since 2001. She is currently the company’s rehearsal director. Lyndsey was a founder member of Kerry Nicholls Dance Company and has also performed with Shane Shambhu, Nunu Silva, Sirens Crossing, and Transitions. She participated in the Jerwood Bank Project 2008 with Siobhan Davies Dance Company. Lyndsey has extensive teaching experience, teaching regularly for Trinity Laban - both in London and overseas - London Studio Centre, GDA, Independent Dance, and The Place. Company class teaching includes New Adventures, Scottish Dance Theatre, Billy Elliott, Diversions, and Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company. Lyndsey has also choreographed numerous pieces for Lewisham College and London Studio Centre, and also on behalf of Yael Flexer’s company. Most recently, Lyndsey worked as an associate choreographer with Joli Vyann, a circus dance fusion company.
Leila is an international choreographer, teacher and performer who has worked with artists including David Zambrano, Crystal Pite, and Wendy Houstoun. She curated This Way, That Way (2015) at Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wells as part of Wild Card, to a Sold Out audience. Her work Family Portrait has been presented at Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wells; Greenwich Dance and Dance4. She's currently Aritst in Residence at Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (2017). Since receiving a place on David Zambrano’s 50 Days Flying Low and Passing Through (2010), Leila is now one of the few internationally certified artists teaching this technique, and has led the development of this approach in the UK. She is a guest Lecturer at London Contemporary Dance School and has gone on to teach throughout Europe, Middle East, Asia, United States and South America. Has an ongoing collaboration with visual artist Paolo Fiorientini producing a series of video, still images and installations under the project Envelop. She is the co-owner of Muxima, an Independent art and culture café in Bow, East London, winner of ‘Best Café in Bow’ from TimeOut London 2015 and 2016.
Letty completed her BA (Hons) at Trinity Laban in 2009, before undertaking the Postgraduate Diploma at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance. Letty then went on to work professionally as a dance artist before discovering her career as a yoga teacher, achieving her initial power yoga training in 2012. She has continued to gain advanced training in biomechanics, vinyasa yoga, yin yoga and meditation with teachers including Jason Crandell and Norman Blair. She has also trained as a myofascial bodyworker with Jambo Truong and Brain Campbell.
Letty continues to explore ways of uniting her passions of yoga, dance, body and breath and currently teaches classes and workshops across London. Her classes offer in-depth knowledge and understanding of body anatomy, alignment and yoga techniques, encouraging a safe environment for students to find their own space and freedom within their bodies. Working holistically with body, mind and spirit, her classes have a strong positive impact on wellbeing.
Simeon Qsyea is founder and director of BirdGang Dance Company a hip hop theatre company based in London. Simeon trained at The Urdang Academy and the London School of Contemporary Dance. His versatile training has meant Simeon has had a wide range of jobs from theatre to film, contemporary to street dance and musicals to music videos. Simeon found commercial success with George Sampson, JLS, & Nigel Lythgoe's hit show “So You Think You Can Dance?”, which lead on to a host of other credits including BAFTA Awards Ceremony, MTV Awards, MOBO Awards, T4 on the Beach, Brit Awards, The next stepa, The Dumping Ground and more. Most recently Simeon has been directing and choreographing a circus show "The magnificent melodic machine" and a theatre production "Stripped” staring TV and theatre performer John Partridge. He has also worked with many established artists such as Ella Eyre, Dizzee Rascal, Will.i.am, Pink, 50 Cent, Alexandra Burke, Elias, Hexstatic, Boxettes to name a few. In addition to his choreography, Simeon is a skilled director. He directed and choreographed his first film "Shadow Men" for The Merce Cunningham Dance Company, teamed up with TV star Lamar Johnson to direct a concept film called Shade. His love of directing films started to draw up a catalogue of work that began making the rounds in UK and worldwide at film festivals with success from Wingspan, Take Off and Fallen. Simeon has taught at many dance colleges in the UK, including Pineapple Performing Arts School, Boogie Zone, Greenwich Dance Agency, Jonzi D productions, Sadler’s Wells, as well as workshops across Europe and worldwide.
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.
Studio Wayne McGregor
Studio Wayne McGregor is the creative engine for choreographer and director Wayne McGregor CBE, and the home of his life-long enquiry into thinking through and with the body. It is a nexus of partners who explore movement, artistry, thought and partnership. With Wayne at its centre, this collaborative network encompasses dancers, writers, composers, producers, software engineers, visual artists, scientists and more.
Studio Wayne McGregor fuels the breadth of Wayne’s creative work including the development and touring of signature works on his ensemble of world-class dancers, Company Wayne McGregor; a portfolio of international commissions across genres including dance, visual arts, film, theatre and opera; specialised learning and engagement programmes emboldening individuals in their own creative expression; mentoring and cultivating of other artists; and inquisitive research enterprises which look across science, technology and the arts to provoke questions about some of the extraordinary phenomena of physical thinking.
Studio Wayne McGregor Artists
Anna Nowak has danced with the Company Wayne McGregor between 2008 and 2016. She took part in all of the Company’s creations, including Entity, Far, Dyad 1909, Undance, Atomos, Tree of Codes and others.
Anna studied at the Parnell Ballet School in Lodz, Poland. She received the award for the Best Graduate of Ballet Schools in Poland in 2001, as well as a Prime Minister's scholarship for academic achievements in the same year. She graduated with Honours from the Chopin National University of Music in Warsaw, where she received an MA in Art specializing in dance teaching. She studied a variety of classical ballet techniques including the Vaganova technique, Balanchine technique and Bournonville technique as a part of her MA.
Anna has taught and led numerous Masterclasses and Workshops around the world, teaching both Classical and Contemporery technique classes as well as restaging and creating new works under the umbrella of the Company Wayne McGregor. She taught at The Place and Trinity Laban in London, Academia Nazionale de Danca in Rome (preparing the opening ceremony of the World Swimming Championships in Rome), Het Muzik Theater in Amsterdam, Beijing City Ballet, Ballet Moscow, Centre Choreographique in Montreal and many other prestigious institutions.
Studio Wayne McGregor Artists
Born in Ontario, Canada, Rebecca trained at the New Zealand School of Dance, graduating in 2011. She interned with New Zealand Dance Company during their 2012 Rotunda development project, and with DanceNorth during director Raewyn Hill’s work Bolera. She performed in DanceNorth’s Townsville Queensland season and through the Australian Ballet’s Melbourne season. Rebecca moved to London in 2013 where she worked with Lewis Major, performing at Sadler’s Wells and the TEDx conference in London. She performed her own works When All is Said and Done at the Australian & New Zealand Festival of Literature and Arts in London, and It’s Complicated and the assessor, the latter co-choreographed by Jono Selvadurai, at the C12 Dance Theatre Emerge Festival in 2015. She has worked closely with Beyond Repair Dance Company and has participated in research and development for The Light Surgeons. Rebecca joined Company Wayne McGregor in 2017.EndFragment.
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.
Ellen van Schuylenburch
Ellen was born in Amsterdam and trained at the Rotterdam Dance Academy, now Codarts University of the Arts. She danced with Rotterdam Werkcentrum Dans and Nederlands Dans Theater 2. She moved to New York to study at the Merce Cunningham Studio and performed with experimental and Post-Modern choreographers including Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane, David Gordon, Albert Reid, Jim Self, Ton Simons and Karole Armitage, amongst others. In New York, she met Michael Clark who invited Van Schuylenburch to perform in his duet programme New Puritans/Parts I-IV. She became a founder member of Michael Clark Company and performed in the productions New Puritans and Do You Me? I Did, not H.AIR, our caca phoney H. our caca phoney H., No Fire Escape in Hell, Pure Pre-Scenes, Because We Must, and I Am Curious, Orange. She performed in several Laurie Booth productions and created and toured her own solo work. She was the assistant to Michael Clark and rehearsal director for Richard Alston Dance Company and Russell Maliphant Dance Company. She was Michael Clark Company’s Special Projects and Artistic Documentation officer and set up Clark’s archive. She recently performed in the works of artists Tino Sehgal, Alexis Blake and Nina Beier. She has taught at Codarts Rooterdam, SEAD Salzburg and Skole for Moderne Dans Copenhagen and will teach at Zagreb Conservatoire this year. Ellen is a company teacher for Rambert Dance, Wayne McGregor Random and Michael Clark Company. She is a dance lecturer and academic tutor at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Faculty of Dance.
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.
Award Winning Israeli choreographer Hagit Yakira founded Hagit Yakira Dance Company in 2007 and has since gone on to tour the UK, Europe, Scandinavia and Israel. To date, she has created eight works for her company amongst many other commissioned works for companies and students. Awards that Hagit has won include First Prize for Oh Baby (Kajaani Choreography Competition, Finland 2009) and Second Prize for Somewhere between a self and another (Burgos New York Choreography Competition, Spain 2007).
Hagit creates work whereby human experiences, movement and dance are uniquely and poetically interwoven into an individual interpretation of relationships and emotions through dance and performance. Hagit is completing these days her PhD in choreography researching autobiography, feminism and female choreographers.
American-born choreographer Melody Squire is known for creating visually stimulating work as well as her innate storytelling ability. Her versatility across dance genres makes her a choreographer in high demand, working extensively in film, television and theatre. As a performer, Melody has worked with numerous artists including Madonna, James Blunt and pop promo for Beyoncé. Notable choreography credits include: Selfridges, the Corrs, SYTYCD UK and Tiger Bay the Musical. Melody is the founder and artistic director of Sol Dans Company, an award winning contemporary dance company. Melody is passionate about dance education and teaches regular classes at Pineapple Dance Studios and Italia Conti, as well as master classes worldwide. We are delighted that Melody and Gavin will work together to deliver our Contemporary Jazz classes for TL Summer School 2018.