Icy Ice 54 - Thursday Night Hype! General Level (Thu)
Ayshen aka Icy Ice 54 is a Freelance Dance Artist and practitioner who has been teaching in Academic and Community settings across London for over 15 years. Ayshen is the Artistic Director of Dynamic Eclipse Arts (D.E Arts), founded at Roehampton University in 2003 while studying her BA (Hons) in Dance Studies. Ayshen is currently the Lead Choreographer at New Vic Sixth Form College, leading the colleges’ Dance Company NDC. As a Dance artist she has also worked with Poetry artist Nairobi Thompson on her sold out shows ‘Journey of Love’ and Bayonets, Mangoes and Beads Bayonets.
Ayshen has created a technique/style called D.Eology, which is a combination of Contemporary and Hip Hop foundations, with influences from different culture dances surrounding her while growing up and training.
Ayshen is passionate about community dance / outreach projects and #SupportingTheArts either by working behind the scenes or and working closely with schools, colleges, artist and local companies to promote dance and well-being from a grass root movement. Companies such as Actorshop, Green Candle Dance Company, Oval House, Bradbear Arts, Impact Dance, X7eaven, Boadicea, The Red Carpet, Forest Gate Youth Zone, BDYD, I Can Project, Hawa Power, E3 ENT, New Dance Ventures and fellow freelance artist within the industry.
In early 2017 till present Ayshen has been funded by Newham Council as the Project Manager for local Library Events called ‘Mixed Bill Open Mic Night’, with support from her team Ashley J and Darren Hart. Her company D.E Arts is recognised and supported by her ambassadors / artists who are well-known within the Arts industry: Kevin Lancelot Everiste, Kenrick H2O Sandy, Dr Ann David and Derek Brown.
Ayshen works in a Creative and unorthodox way to deliver fun, high-energy, accessible dance sessions / workshops to all ages and abilities, while pushing themselves and learning about the movement and music in the session.
Vicki Busfield - Ballet Beginners (Thu)
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 first-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, choreograped by Kenrick 'H20' Sandy of Boy Blue Entertainment.
Working internationally in New Zealand (NZ) 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 after coming to the UK, she ran her own ballet school in Surrey. Vicki was a choreographer for the London Lord Mayor's Show 2015 celebrating inclusive arts. She 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 the adults' and children's classes of the Learning and Participation (Dance) programme.
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 Level 2 ( Tues) & Beginners Level (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 completed the MA in Dance Performance in 2013. 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!
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.
Natalie currently works at Trinity Laban, where she teaches youth classes, creative dance classes for children, and contemporary technique classes for adults.
Liora Goldwater - Ballet General Level (Tue) and Ballet Level 1 (Thu)
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 obtaining 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, pilates and vinyasa flow yoga around the London area.
Sonia Rafferty - Guest Workshops Level 3 (Summer Term)
Sonia is a freelance teacher, performer, choreographer, director, and mentor as well as Senior Lecturer at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. She has performed extensively in a range of work, from La Bouche (electric voice dance) to V-ToL (physical theatre) and more recently with Lizzi Kew-Ross and Athina Vahla in site-specific events. Sonia is a regular and established professional/company/master class leader and, as an MSc Dance Science graduate, uses her physiological and psychological knowledge to underpin her work. An active researcher in dance science and safe practice, she is co-founder of Safe in Dance International and co-author of Safe Dance Practice: An Applied Dance Science Perspective, published 2015.
Shamita Ray - Yoga General Level (Wed and Sat)
Shamita Ray initially worked as a dancer and choreographer, specialising in contemporary dance and bharatanatyam - 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, rivalling her love for dance. She went on to study both in India and in the UK with international teachers, including David Swenson, with whom she completed Ashtanga teacher training, and Lara Baumann, with whom she completed 500-hour teacher training. She most recently completed Advanced Teacher Training with Ana Forrest.