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Dance Summer School  2024 will take place Monday 29 July – Friday 9 August at the Laban Building.

Our exceptional range of classes is delivered by innovative companies and artists and are subject to change.

 

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Boy Blue

Founded in London in 2001, Boy Blue is the award-winning brainchild of composer Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante MBE and choreographer Kenrick ‘H2O’ Sandy MBE. Weaving stage and screen work around the elevation of hip-hop culture, Boy Blue have created works including Pied Piper (2007), The Five & The Prophecy of Prana (2013), Blak Whyte Gray (2017), Outliers (2018), REDD (2019), and Free Your Mind (2023) with Aviva Studios. Film work includes R.E.B.E.L, and Emancipation of Expressionism, a set work of the GCSE Dance syllabus. Boy Blue run a highly respected dance training programme in East London and teach, train and mentor throughout the UK and internationally.

Boy Blue classes will be led by company artists.

Photo credit: Nicole Guarino, Show: Project Rebel Film 2018.

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New Adventures

New Adventures is an iconic and ground-breaking dance-theatre company. Since 1987, it has been known for creating works that have altered the public perception of what is possible when it comes to telling stories without words. The company is led by celebrated choreographer and director, Sir Matthew Bourne. New Adventures has become the most successful and busiest dance company in the UK and is a major exporter of British dance across the world.

New Adventures classes will be led by company artists Ashley Shaw and Dominic North.

Photo Credit: Johan Persson

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Rhiane Drummond

Rhiane completed her degree in Professional Dance & Musical Theatre at Bird College, Kent. She has worked on Hairspray, Sister Act, Dreamgirls, 9 to 5 & Heathers, to name a few and boasts a wealth of  knowledge and experience in the industry of over 10 years. Rhiane is currently playing “Shenzi” in Disney’s London West End production of The Lion King.

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Hannah Cameron

Hannah is an independent dance artist and teacher with an MA in Dance Performance (Trinity Laban). She has performed with Nina Kov, Masha Gurina, Nutshell Dance Company, SKADooSH Dance, Daisy Farris Dance Collective and for the 2012 London Olympics. Since 2013, she’s been a member of Trinity Laban’s Dance Faculty, teaching release-based contemporary technique. From 2018-21, she served as the contemporary dance tutor at English National Ballet School, teaching technique, choreographing student work for the annual showcase and rehearsal directing works by visiting artists such as Jose Agudo. She has taught on the BA programme at Bird College (2016-18) and as a freelance dance artist for English National Ballet, City Academy, Springs Dance Company, and University of Portsmouth amongst others.

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Kasper Cornish

Kasper Cornish’s performing work ranged from Ballet Dancer to Wrestler for the BAFTA winning Channel 4 series Faking It, to creating the title role in The Snowman (Birmingham Repertory Theatre, West End & BBC film of the stage show). Other credits include The Phantom of The Opera feature film and national tour, playing the Prince of Transylvania in the National Theatre production of My Fair Lady at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, and as a freelance principal artist danced ballet pas de deux as far afield as Japan.

Choreographic work includes: The Classical Brits, Comedy Shuffle (BBC3), Canvas Bag for Tim Minchin, Shakespeare’s Happy Endings (BBC4), The Terence Higgins Trust, Nickelodeon TV, Betty Blue Eyes, My Fair Lady, Degas – A Passion for Perfection (Exhibition on Screen).

Kasper has taught classical ballet and pas de deux since 1997 for performing arts colleges, conservatoires, international summer schools, dance companies and open classes.

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Adrian Look

Adrian Look is a dance artist and lecturer for Tanztheater based in London. He is also the artistic director and choreographer of Tanztheater Adrian Look (TAL), founded in 2014. TAL has 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 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 The Place (evening programme), and a visiting lecturer at the University of Bedfordshire, University of East Anglia, Trinity Laban, and Rambert School.

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Gerrard Martin

Gerrard Martin is a dance artist: performer, choreographer, movement director, dance educator, yoga teacher and consultant.

Gerrard trained at De Montfort University, gaining a BA Hons in English Literature and Performing Arts; he continued his professional dance studies at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, and went on to gain an MA in Choreography from the Central School of Ballet.

He has danced for Jose Agudo’s dance project with Akademi, toured nationally with Tavaziva Dance, Union Dance Company, and Phoenix Dance Company, as well as dancing for the West End production of the Lion King, Ballet Black, Aletta Collins Dance Company, State of Emergency, and Rosie Kay Dance Company. Gerrard has also danced for the National Theatre, toured internationally with the English National Opera, and the Royal Opera House.

Gerrard currently teaches on the Adult and Children Classes & Courses programme at The Place and has taught at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, the CAT programme at Trinity Laban, the University of Northampton, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

Gerrard has choreographed for Sadler’s Wells, Tate Modern, Outbox Theatre, Longborough Opera, British Museum, Pegasus Opera, and the National Portrait Gallery. The West Bengal Federation of Dance, India commissioned Gerrard’s choreography for World Dance Day. He has also had work featured at the Tate Modern, The Place, Curve Theatre, The Royal College of Music, Lyric Hammersmith, National Portrait Gallery, RichMix, as well as the Dance West, A Time to Breathe, Emerge, Between the Lines, Southbank Urban, Let’s Dance International, and Cloud Dance Festivals.

Gerrard is the co-founder of Black Artists in Dance, (BAiD), the co-founder of the Pathways House Collective, a movement facilitator for Micro Rainbow, part of the first cohort of The Kerry Nicholls Dance Mentoring Programme and is a trained Yoga teacher.

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Dominic North

New Adventures Artist

Dominic trained at Nydza School of Dance, Bingley, and Central School of Ballet, London, before joining New Adventures in 2004.

Dominic has been a principal dancer with New Adventures since 2008 with roles including the Prince in Swan Lake; Julian and Ivan in The Red Shoes, Angelo in The Car Man, Edward in Edward Scissorhands, Cyril Vane in Dorian Gray, Ralph in Lord of the Flies, Early Adventures, Fritz in Nutcracker!, Leo and Count Lilac in Sleeping Beauty and Harry the Pilot in Cinderella. Dominic has also performed in Swan Lake 3D, Matthew Bourne’s Christmas, Spitfire and the film versions of Sleeping Beauty, The Car Man, Cinderella and The Red Shoes and Nutcracker!

Dominic has been a Dance Captain and Rehearsal Director on many productions and has been a workshop leader for New Adventures since 2008 and a Resident Artist since 2012.

Other career highlights include: original cast of ROH2’s The Red Balloon by Aletta Collins as the lead role of Pascal; RODA 09 with Douglas Thorpe; the lead role of Lumen in Chantry Dance Company’s Chasing the Eclipse; Cutty Cargo with Shanty Theatre Company; Latitude Festival in 2010 and 2012; Dancing With the Stars (Australia); Star Academy (France); Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire; StreetDance 3D; Skype advert; Stateless; Paul Oakenfold and Mis-Teeq music videos; Richard II; World War Z; shoots for various publications, including Vogue Italia, Marie Claire (Japan) and Time Out. Dominic co-choreographed The Quest in Okinawa and Taiwan in 2013. He is also a member of the comedy Morris dance troupe the Bo Diddlers.

Dominic was named in the top 10 performances of 2014 by londondance.com. He was Dancing Times’ dancer of the month in January 2010 and was nominated for Outstanding Male Dancer (Modern) in the Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards 3 times (2009, 2011 and 2016).

Social Media: Instagram: dommynorth / X: @dommynorth 

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Nandita Shankardass

Nandita Shankardass is a performing artist, choreographer, educator, facilitator, speaker, and the founder of Welcome Movement®. She is an artist in residence at Rambert Dance and an associate artist and Ballet Futures facilitator with English National Ballet.

Trained at The Royal Ballet School, Nandita has performed with Zürcher Ballet, Victor Ullate Ballet, Ballet Black, Scottish Ballet and Compañia Nacional de Danza. She has choreographed for the Zürcher Junior Ballet, Ballet Black, Compañia Nacional de Danza, tve Global Sustainability Film Awards, CAT graduates at The Place, and for a number of dance films. She has collaborated with Sadler’s Wells, The Royal Opera House, Sujata Banerjee Dance Company, Joss Arnott Dance, Vidya Patel, Joseph Toonga, Fabula Collective, Beeja Dance, and Hubert Essakow. She has led classes in the UK, Europe and Asia, including at Rambert Dance, Ballet Black, Alexander Whitley Dance Company, Central School of Ballet, English National Ballet Youth Co, Trinity Laban, The Place, London Ballet Classes, House of Mass and ICMD India.

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Ashley Shaw

New Adventures Artist

Ashely trained at the Marie Walton-Mahon Dance Academy, Australia and Elmhurst School for Dance, UK.

Ashley has been a principal dancer with New Adventures since 2010 dancing roles including Princess in Swan Lake (2009-10 & 2013/14); Cinderella in Cinderella (2010-11 & 2017-18) Princess Sugar in Nutcracker! (2011-12 & 2021-22), Aurora in Sleeping Beauty (2012-13, 2015-16, 2022-23), Kim Boggs in Edward Scissorhands (2014-15) and Lana in The Car Man (2015). A role which she reprised most recently at the Royal Albert Hall’s 150th birthday celebration (2022). Ashley also originated the role of Vicky Page in the world premiere of The Red Shoes (2016-2017 UK and US Tour) She returned to the role again in 2019/2020. Ashley has also appeared in many filmed productions including Matthew Bourne’s Christmas, Sleeping BeautyCinderella, Nutcracker! and The Red Shoes.

Ashley has appeared in the films Last night in Soho (2021) Disney’s Disenchanted (2022).

Other Career Highlights include: Hospital Club 100 Award winner for Theatre and Performance 2017, Winner of The Critics’ Circle National Dance Award for Outstanding Female Performance (Modern) 2018 (And again nominated in 2019), Dancing Times magazine Dancer of the Month February 2016.

Social Media:  Instagram: @asharella14  / X: @ashleyshaw_1

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Amarnah Ufuoma Cleopatra

Amarnah Ufuoma Cleopatra is a London-born Nigerian interdisciplinary artist. Her practice navigates between the realms of contemporary dance, acting, singing, song writing, and poetry. As a versatile performer, teacher, and choreographer, Amarnah has honed her craft through prestigious UK institutions such as Trinity Laban Centre for Advanced Training, The BRIT School, London Contemporary Dance School (undergraduate), and Northern School of Contemporary Dance (Verve).

Alongside her work as a captivating performer, Amarnah is an enthusiastic teacher and facilitator for professionals, young people, and adults. She is a guest lecturer at London Contemporary Dance School where she teachers Flying Low and Passing Through; and a regular teacher at Independent Dance, Trip Space, and various summer music festivals. Grounded in a love for self-expression, her art prioritises heartfelt connections, community, and care while exploring physicality and presence.