Teacher Biographies

The Dance Summer School provides a rich and diverse contemporary dance experience and a flavour of our full-time training. Classes are led by members of Trinity Laban faculty and established teachers from across the dance profession.

Liz Alpe

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, Singpore, Japan Iceland and UK.

Kim Amundsen

Kim Amundsen

Kim has danced with several globally recognised Ballet and Contemporary Companies and productions, including: Bavarian State Ballet, Wayne Sleeps World of Classical Ballet, Wayne McGregor's Random Dance Company, Matthew Bourne’s Adventure In Motion Pictures Swan Lake (World Tour), Ballet Ireland, Moving Art A Nordic Dance Company, Wildfire, Oslo Danse Ensemble, Traveling by Molly Molloy, Les Ballet de Trockadero, Julius Cesar Opera Lille, Song of the City Akademie, Street Dance the Movie, Three Cities Dance, Speak Easy Secrets by Julia Gleich, and many more.

In 2012, Kim graduated from the Royal Academy of Dance, obtaining a Professional Dancer's Teaching Diploma (PDTD). As a dance teacher, he teaches Ballet, Contemporary, and Barre à Terre technique, which he learned from Jaqueline Fynnaert in Paris, for Ballet and contemporary companies and colleges across the UK and internationally. Those companies and organisations include: Moving Art A Nordic Dance Company, Matthew Bourne's Adventure In Motion Pictures, Random Dance Company, The Place, Murley Dance Company, Colin's Performing Art, Master's Performing Art, London Studio Centre, Dance East Academy, Pineapple Dance Studio, Oslo Danse Ensamble, GDT (free daily classes for Professional Dancers, Norway), Baardar Performing Art Academy, Akademi, London Amateur Ballet, Trinity Laban, D&B School of Performing Arts (head of Ballet, present), and Kington University (present). 

Hannah Cameron

Hannah CameronSince graduating from Trinity Laban, Hannah has worked professionally with choreographers Nina Kov, Mari Frogner and Daisy Farris, as well as with various designers and visual artists. Over the last year, Hannah has been working with SKADooSH Dance Company, devising and touring a new full-length work for families based around a giant 3D structure. Since 2013, she has also performed with Daisy Farris Dance Collective (DFDC) and Nutshell Dance Company in various site-specific and theatre spaces. Hannah joined Transitions Dance Company in 2012, touring work by Tom Dale, Lauri Stallings, and Augusto Corrieri, and completing an MA in Dance Performance in the following year.

Hannah teaches dance across a range of professional and educational settings. She currently teaches contemporary technique as part of the One Year Programme at Trinity Laban and adult technique classes for City Academy. Hannah also teaches across the Trinity Laban Learning and Participation programmes including Adult Classes, the Youth Dance Company, Lift Dance group, the Trinity Laban Centre for Advanced Training, and Summer School. As a current member of Nutshell Dance Company, DFDC and SKADooSH Dance, Hannah regularly teaches company classes and delivers workshops as part of their educational outreach programmes. 

 Tim Casson

Tim Casson

Tim has performed and taught extensively for Jasmin Vardimon Company, creating their JV2 postgraduate programme. He has also performed for Nigel Charnock, Katie Green and Ben Wright among others, and featured in music videos, commercials and the movie 'World War Z'. 

Described as “The friendliest man in dance” by Donald Hutera, Tim leads educational projects for a wide range of dance organisations, such as Yorkshire Dance and Sadler’s Wells, where he has worked extensively with the National Youth Dance Company. 

Tim has been an Associate Artist at Pavilion Dance South West and dancedigital, created the World Record Breaking online performance project, ‘The Dance WE Made’ and directs his company ‘Casson & Friends’, creating work with a focus on collaboration, interaction and joy. 

Kathy Crick

Kathy CrickKathy 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 fields 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.

Kathy's previous work includes: 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. Kathy is a member of SoFt, a collective of artists with a mutual curiosity for exploring ensemble performance, CI, and improvised music.

Jade Faithfull

Jade FaithfullAfter 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.

Liora Goldwater

LioraLiora 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 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. 

Anne-Lise Marie Hearn 

Anne-Lise Marie HearnAnna-Lise is an award-winning choreographer, dance and movement artist and teacher. She has a vast experience of creating dance and performance work for stage, film, site-specific, outdoor and non-conventional performance spaces. Anna-Lise has choreographed and produced many collaborative projects and commissions; commercially and artistically. She has extensive international teaching experience, working with people of varying ages and abilities. She is passionate about infusing creativity, individuality and expression in her classes and creating a supportive, inclusive and encouraging environment.

Anna-Lise has created her own independent dance projects and worked with dance organisations such as Danceworks Berlin, London Studio Centre, East London Dance and Sadler’s Wells. She was shortlisted for the Inspiring Emerging Choreographer Award with Dance London and was also a selected artist for the Creation Box London InBox Residency Programme. Her work within dance and film has been recognized internationally, receiving awards from Pavilion Dance South West, ScreenMotion Festival, Southbank Poetry Film Competition and screened at Topanga Film Institute LA, ScreenDance Festival Stockholm and Sadler's Wells Theatre London.

Hofesh Shechter Company

Hofesh Shechter Company is the internationally acclaimed UK-based company of choreographer Hofesh Shechter. Formed in 2008 following the success of his award-winning production Uprising/In your rooms, the company went on to tour and perform worldwide with works which include; The Art of Not Looking Back (2009), Political Mother (2010), Sun (2013) and barbarians (2015). In autumn 2015, #HOFEST, a four-week long season, celebrated Shechter's work across four of London’s most iconic venues, the Royal Opera House, where he co-directed Orphée et Eurydice with John Fulljames, Sadler’s Wells, Stratford Circus and O2 Academy Brixton ("Political Mother: The Choreographer's Cut") - reaching audiences of 30,000 people across the season. Hofesh Shechter recently received a Tony Award nomination for his choreography of Fiddler on the Roof on Broadway and will premiere a new work for his company in Paris, in June 2017.

Participation has been at the heart of Hofesh Shechter Company’s ethos since its inception. Whether watching one of their performances or taking part in a workshop, the company aims to take you on a journey with them. Hofesh and the dancers enjoy working and dancing with groups of all types – from workshops in schools, to courses for professionals, to residences with older dancers. We are delighted to be working with the company again during Trinity Laban’s Dance Summer School 2017.

Christophe Jeannot

Christophe JeannotChristophe Jeannot is a former principal dancer with the 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, and as of 2011, he is a faculty member of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris. 

David Kam

David KamDavid Kam is an international dance artist and yoga teacher, based in London. He graduated from Trinity Laban with an MA in Dance Performance as part of Transitions Dance Company 2015, during which he toured work by Bawren Tavaziva, Zoi Dimitriou and Miguel Pereira. While on tour, he discovered that his dedicated yoga practice complemented his dance practice, leading towards his specialisation in Dance-Specific Yoga. As a dance artist, David has since worked with TEDx, United Visual Artists, Dancers of London, Jools Holland, Lyric Organix, Moana Nepia, Tony Thatcher and Dr Valerie Preston-Dunlop. At present, David is Rehearsal Director of Natalie Su Company and co-founded the collective Scatterlings. In addition, he extensively teaches yoga and dance across yoga studios in London, the Place, Trinity Laban, Morley College and most recently at the Tertiary Dance Festival, New Zealand last summer.

Lyndsey McConville

Lyndsey McConvilleLyndsey trained at Trinity Laban and has worked with Yael Flexer Nic 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.

Olga Masleinnikova

Olga MasleinnikovaOlga 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.

Ben McEwenBen McEwen

 Ben is a dancer based between the UK and Belgium. After graduating from the BA programme at Trinity Laban, he completed the training cycle at PARTS in Belgium, where he had the opportunity to study with David Zambrano, the initiator of Flying Low. He regularly works as a performer and researcher for Vera Tussing, and has appeared in works by Hagit Yakira, Leila McMillan, and others. He also enjoys aikido, long distance hiking, barefoot running, and tea. 

Shamita Ray

Shamita RayShamita 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.   

Sylvie Robaldo

Sylvie RobaldoSylvie 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.

Kenrick ‘H2O’ Sandy

Kenrick ‘H2O’ Sandy is Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Boy Blue Entertainment (Associate Artists at The Barbican Centre) and one of the top choreographers and artists in the UK Urban, Commercial and Hip Hop Theatre Scene. His credits include: Thanks Tim segment at the London 2012 Olympic Opening ceremony, Sochi 2014 Paralympic Closing Ceremony, Tour de France Opening Ceremony in London, Street Dance 3D Movie, AllStars Movie, So You Think You Can Dance 2011 Hip Hop pieces, and Laurence Olivier's award-winning production Pied Piper. Kenrick has choreographed for many Artists including: Plan B, Rita Ora, Stooshe, Alexandra Burke, Dizzee Rascal and Peter Andre. Other credits include: Passion of Girls Aloud with Cheryl Cole, Judge of CBBC’s Alesha’s Street Dance Stars, and Hip Hop Judge of BBC Young Dancer’s Grand Final. Kenrick has also danced for various artists such as: Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas, Victoria Beckham, Duffy, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, The Saturdays, Simon Webb from Blue, Leona Lewis, Misteeq, Sugababes, George Michael, and Ladies First. 

Daniel Squire

Daniel Squire trained at White Lodge and Rambert. He has worked with Michael Clark (1994-95, 2007, 2013-14), Matthew Hawkins (1995), Merce Cunningham (1998–2009), and others, as well as training in Acting Shakespeare at RADA. Daniel has taught Cunningham Technique® internationally to companies and schools, as well as staging Merce Cunningham work with various groups. He was Curator for the Dance Program for the exhibit Dancing Around The Bride: Cage, Cunningham, Johns, Rauschenberg, and Duchamp at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2012-13. In 2014, Daniel created a triple bill for performances in Ostrava and Prague (National Theatre) to mark the 50th Anniversary of Merce Cunningham's first performances there during his company's World Tour. He also holds a BTEC Level 5 Professional Diploma in Clinical Sport and Remedial Massage Therapy and is a member of the ISRM. 

Christine Tanner

CChristine Tannerhristine 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.

Athina Valha

Athina Vahla is an independent multidisciplinary artist and lecturer, specialized in choreography and producing work in the UK and Europe for almost thirty years. She graduated from the State School of Dance in Athens, and was awarded the first prize in the first choreographic competition for young choreographers (1989). Since 1999, Athina moved to large-scale site-specific works supported by the Arts Council of England. Commissioned works include the Royal Shakespeare Company, the re-opening of the Royal Festival Hall, the Science Museum, Tate Modern, and the London Olympics 2012. She is associate lecturer for St Martins University of Arts in the UK and has taught extensively at various institutions, including Trinity Laban. Athina is currently an honorary researcher and lecturer at the Drama Department of Rhodes University in South Africa. She moved there in 2010, invited to create public art works for the Infecting the City Festival in Cape Town. Future commissions include the Athens Concert Hall, the Fine Arts Institute in Mexico City and Edge at London Contemporary Dance School.  

Ellen van Schuylenburch

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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.

Gianluca Vincentini

Gianluca Vincentini

Gianluca Vincentini has performed, taught and directed dance throughout the UK, Europe, Asia and USA since 2003. He is Artistic Director and curator for Möbius Dance.

He trained at the Accademia Nazionale di Danza in Rome, La Biennale Di Venezia, and Transitions Dance Company at Trinity Laban. Performance credits include: Henri Oguike, IJAD Dance Company, Efrosini Protopata’s Lapsus Corpi, Himherandit Productions and Iceland Dance Company.  

Gianluca has held Artistic Director roles with VERVE at Northern School of Contemporary Dance and Iceland Dance Company. He was also collaborative Rehearsal Director for Carte Blanche. His diverse portfolio includes projects; he was assistant choreographer for the BBC TV show So You Think You Can Dance and choreographed music videos internationally. Gianluca now offers freelance Artistic Direction, programming and curation across the dance industry internationally as well as coaching and supporting early career dance artists.

Hannah Wheeler

Hannah trained in contemporary dance at Trinity Laban, obtaining a BA (Hons) in Dance Theatre in 2005. Hannah went on to study the Feldenkrais Method on the Amsterdam International Feldenkrais Teacher Training: a comprehensive 800-hour training over 3.5 years. She is a fully accredited member of the UK Feldenkrais Guild and has applied the method to her work with dancers, musicians, retired people, and children. Hannah currently practises Feldenkrais at Trinity Laban, London College of Music, and Lee Complementary Health Centre, in addition to being a guest teacher at several universities, schools, and specialist centres in the UK. Hannah is also a practitioner of the Jeremy Krauss approach to working with children with special needs in Germany.

Contemporary Level 2 Guest Teachers

Will Aitchison

Will trained at London Contemporary Dance School where he gained BA Hons in contemporary dance. In 2004, he joined Transitions Dance Company at Trinity Laban, a programme that brings together the world’s most exciting choreographers & exceptional young dancers touring the UK, Japan & Singapore. After Transitions Will performed in Matthew Bourne’s 'Swan Lake' completing two International Tours, a UK tour and Sadler's Wells season. Will has taught at graduate and undergraduate level as well as many youth and community projects and more recently at Arts Educational Schools London. He is currently the lead teacher for the Centre for Advanced Training at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and has just completed the Dance UK Dance Teaching Mentoring Programme 2013-2014 where he was mentored by Kerry Nicholls and London Contemporary Dance School. Will still performs & choreographs professionally, recently co-founding his own company Anecdotal Evidence.

Lucy Evans

Lucy Evans trained at London Contemporary Dance School and Laban as part of Transitions Dance Company 2007 gaining an MA in Dance Performance. Whilst in Transitions, Lucy toured work in the UK and Europe by Henri Okguike, Jenni Kivela, Pablo Ventura, Aszure Barton and Cristian Duarte. Her career as a freelance dance artist has included performing with H2dance, La Fura del Baus, Cie. Willi Dorner, e.dance, Aletta Collins, DeDa and the Olympics Closing Ceremony under the direction of Kym Gavin.  She has taught for TrinityLaban, The Royal Ballet School, Urdang, Arts Educational Schools London, London Children’s Ballet, The Academy for Theatre Arts and Darren Ellis Dance.  She received the Lisa Ullmann Travelling Scholarship in 2008 to deliver dance workshops to under privileged children and young people in La Paz, Bolivia. In September 2014, she was awarded a place on Dance UK’s Teacher Mentoring Program. Lucy co-founded her own dance theatre company ‘Anecdotal Evidence’ with William Aitchison in 2013 making work that uses text and movement.  Other choreographic commissions for young people include creating ‘Fair-e-Tale’, a professional work for e.dance that toured schools in the North of England, as well as receiving commissions to create work for young people from U Dance, PrimarySteps and the Unicorn Theatre.

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