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Dance Summer School 2020 is taking place on the 20 - 31 July.

Learn more about or teaching team for Dance Summer School 2020

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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, Singapore, Japan, Iceland and the UK.

Simonetta Alessandri

Simonetta Alessandri

Simonetta is Italian dance artist based in London. She teaches at Trinity Laban, London Contemporary Dance School and Goldsmiths University. Her work is informed by more than 30 years of dancing, teaching and choreographing. Her choreography has been for dance companies, student pieces, large scale opera, improvised performance, site specific and movement direction for theatre. She was one of the few dance practitioners in Italy who began working with CI in the 90’s.  She taught for more than 20 years in Italy and kept Contact Improvisation alive in Roma for 10 years with her classes and jams. She has been a guest teacher in Germany, Colombia, UK, Norway, Israel, France, Switzerland, Italy, Spain and Taiwan. She obtained the Post Graduated Diploma in Choreography at London Contemporary Dance School, she is qualified teacher of the Feldenkrais Method and she holds the Teacher Certificate of the Royal Academy of Dance

Giuseppe Asaro

Giuseppe Asaro

For over 30 years he has been working in the field of dance, as a dancer and choreographer. He is a teacher of various disciplines, from contemporary dance to physical theatre. He enriches his experience by training as a teacher of contact improvisation, practitioner of the Feldenkrais Method and Craniosacral therapist (Upledger Institut).

In 1995 he moved to Rome where he worked with numerous companies of contemporary dance and dance theatre, with numerous choreographers and theatre directors. At the same time, he has carried out an intense activity of dancer and performer in international meetings of Contact-Improvisation, In 2007 he moved to Switzerland (Ticino), collaborating for about 10 years with the Ticino choreographer Tiziana Arnaboldi.

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Elly Braund

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.

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Ihsaan de Banya

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 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, Clod Ensemble and has performed and created work with James Wilton Dance. Ihsaan can also be seen performing in music videos for artist including  Friendly Fires and Au/Ra. Ihsaan is currently the Rehearsal Director for Shuffle Youth Dance Company, and a teacher on The Place CAT, he is passionate about teaching and nurturing talent, he has also taught outreach as part of The Royal Ballet’s Primary Steps and English National Ballet’s Dance Journeys.

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Hannah Cameron

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.

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Luisa D’Ambrosio

Luisa is a freelance movement practitioner and works extensively in London within HE at Trinity Laban, FE, studio and community settings.  She started her dance training in Italy where she also gained a professional diploma in Gestural theatre and an MA in set and costume Design.  Luisa also performed in various festival around the country.  She came to London and studied at Trinity Laban (previously Laban Centre London) and carried on her performance career in the UK and Europe working with choreographers Athina Vahla, S.Shorten, Storm dance Co, T.Jill and Toby Sedgwick for London 2012 Olympic opening ceremonies.  In 2009 she took part in Siobhan Davies Bank and in various movement research projects with Rosemary Butcher.  She trained in Pilates in 2003 at the Place in matt work with Pilates foundation UK and taught at The Place as teacher for the CAT programme, Young Place and Adult education. She completed her machine Pilates training with Body Balance in 2013.  She currently teaches somatic technique, movement fundamentals, dance and Pilates with a strong emphasis on enhancing the understanding of body mechanics and anatomy to improve physical performance.

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Kloé Dean

Wednesdays 29 Jan - 12 Feb 2020

Join Kloé Dean, founder of Myself UK Dance Company in the studios. She is here for three dates only and her empowering Hip-Hop guest workshops are not to be missed.

You will be learning and performing Hip-Hop choreography utilising Hip-Hop foundations and vocabulary. Kloé will be focusing on the execution, dynamic journey and performance technique of the choreography as well as the performance of the Hip-Hop movement techniques utilised. A session filled with good vibes, good music and good training.

Kloé’s workshops will promote empowerment, individuality and self-worth through the medium of Hip-Hop. The workshops are at general level, so all are welcome to join together. Kloé will share her mantra and empower you to leave the studio saying ‘I love Myself’

Kloé Dean, the founder, choreographer and dancer of Myself UK Dance Company is a passionate and creative performer from London, UK. Kloé, also a member of Boy Blue Entertainment, has performed in numerous productions, showcases and competitions around the world.  Kloé has presented with her own work on many platforms including; Ladies of Hip Hop at the Alvin Ailey Theatre, New York. Alliances Urbaines in Paris, Denmark’s Sub Urban Festival - Copenhagen, HHI in Las Vegas, Breakin Convention at Sadler's Wells London as well as TV appearances on Channel 4, CBBC, ITV, Sky 1 and BBC for the Queen’s Coronation celebration at Buckingham Palace. Kloé also features in the O2 Campaign ‘Think Big’ advert and the films ‘All-Stars’ and ‘The Harry Hill Movie’.

Proudly representing Hip Hop Dance along with a range of other Urban Dance styles, Kloé teaches regularly at various studios and educational establishments being resident teacher at Pineapple Dance Studios, Studio 68 London and Rambert. As well as teaching both nationally and internationally over the past 10 years. We are delighted that Kloé will be joining us for Guest workshops here at Trinity Laban.

Cost: £34(£22) Drop in: £12 (£8)

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Marie Forbes

After graduating in 2001 with a first class BA (Hons) in Dance Studies from Middlesex University, Marie joined Loop Dance Company as a dancer.  She has since toured works by choreographers including; Yael Flexor, Jonzi D, Fillip Van Huffel, Rashpal Singh Bansal, Nina Atkinson, Annie Lok, Joss Arnott and Sivan Rubinstein.  Recent choreographic projects include co-directing The Little Witch intergenerational project for The Place, London and a British Council funded music and dance community project in Kathmandu, Nepal. 

Marie has a Post Graduate Certificate in Education and Qualified Teacher Status and is a Dance Lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University where she teaches Dance Pedagogy.  Marie currently teaches for the Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) and adult Classes and Courses at The Place, London where she is the lead teacher for older adults.  She is a Dance Artist for the Primary School projects at Siobhan Davies Dance delivering teacher training at Institute of Education and London South Bank University and she is also artistic director of Maths Dance based in London.

Marie shares her knowledge by writing educational resource packs for company’s such as Central School for Ballet, Royal Opera House, Siobhan Davies Dance and English National Ballet. 

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Liora Goldwater

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.

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Shannon Hudson

Shannon Hudson is an American born, London based director, choreographer and instructor.  A faculty member at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and director of CBS Dance London for actor/singers, she specialises in musical theatre styles of dance, their history and story-telling through movement. Her Simonson Technique teaching focuses on somatic expression of the body, emphasising anatomical knowledge and safety to prevent injury and support a long and healthy relationship with dance. As someone with a diverse performance career, many students currently performing on the West End and associate directing a world premiere show last summer, Shannon is still involved in the industry at all levels. Shannon is a graduate of the University of Michigan holding a BFA in Musical Theatre. Go Blue! She is a freelance corporate consultant with the iOpener Institute teaching on various EMBA/MBA programs at London Business School and Cambridge University. Shannon is an active volunteer with Talitha Arts, a charity that uses creative arts therapy to support victims of trauma, trafficking and those suffering with dementia. 

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Vicki Igbokwe

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.

Guest Workshops Adrian Look

Adrian Look

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.

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Ben McEwen

Ben graduated from TrinityLaban before going on to complete the training cycle at P.A.R.T.S. (BE) and MA in Creative Practice at Independent Dance/TrinityLaban. Now he regularly works as a performer and movement researcher for (among others); Charlotte Spencer Projects, Vera Tussing, Francesco Scavetta/Wee and Lisa May Thomas. Alongside performing he teaches at conservatoires, universities, professional classes throughout Europe. He also practises Aikido at Tetsushinkan/MovingEast, enjoys barefoot running and wandering amongst mountains with a small tent and a big smile.

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Leila McMillan

Leila McMillan (UK/USA) is an international choreographer, teacher and performer. She worked with artists including David Zambrano, Crystal Pite, Thomas Lehmen, Wendy Houstoun, Jasmina Krizaj & Nina Fajdiga. Leila curated ‘this way, that way’ (2015) at Lilian Baylis, Sadler’s Wells as a part of Wild Card. 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 new work ‘3 fingers at arms length’, nominated for ‘outstanding choreography’ at 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 one of the few internationally certified artists teaching this technique, and has led the development of this approach in the UK. She is Lecturer of Contemporary Dance at London Contemporary Dance School and has gone on to teach throughout Europe, Middle East, Asia, United States and South America. From 2012 she collaborated with Angolan visual artist Isaac Carlos as co-founders of Muxima, an independent cafe in Bow, East London, producing regular art, music and performance events, awarded several times 'best cafe' in East London.

Robert Keates

Robert Keates

Robert trained at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance for both his Honours and Masters degrees. Robert has had an exciting and fulfilled freelance life over the past 8 years and has worked with a variety of companies exploring different realm in the dance world- including Summit Dance Theatre, Tom Dale Company, Laurie Stallings, Gingerline LTD, Secret Cinema, Royal Opera House, Company DNA (Italy) among others.  Alongside his performance work Robert has been teaching and with many other various companies internationally and nationally.  Robert is a qualified AcroYoga teacher and has set up workshops specifically for dancers and runs an academy in central London. He has also performed creative Acroyoga at a variety of different Yoga event such as Omyoga, Morning glory ville and Reimagine. 

Rebecca Scheinberg

Rebecca Scheinberg

Rebecca was born in Sydney, Australia. She graduated from Central School of Ballet, receiving a First Class Ba. (Hons) in Dance and Performance. On completion of her studies in 2008, Rebecca travelled to Israel to dance with Batsheva Ensemble. She also participated in the joint project of Riksteatern and Batsheva Dance Company in Sweden, performing Ohad Naharin’s Kamuyot. Rebecca has been teaching Gaga since 2009. She regularly teaches in the UK and abroad, and has taught at Greenwich Dance, Danceworks, Tripspace, Fourth Monkey, Siobhan Davies Dance, National Dance Company Wales, Rambert and The Place. Since 2011 Rebecca has been a photographer, working editorially and commercially in London, UK. 

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Shamita Ray

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.

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Christine Tanner

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.

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Sylvie Robaldo

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.