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Dance Summer School 2022 is taking place on the 25 July – 5 August.

Find out more about our fantastic teachers for 2022, showcasing a wide range of expertise and breadth of styles that we programme on the Summer School.

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New Adventures

New Adventures is an iconic, ground-breaking British dance-theatre company, famous for telling stories with a unique theatrical twist. Since 1987 New Adventures has changed the popularity of dance in Britain, creating works that have altered the public perception of what is possible when it comes to telling stories without words.

New Adventures has received numerous international awards and an incredible 6 Olivier Awards and 12 Nominations. New Adventures has created 13 full-length productions and a triple-bill of short works. The company tours nationally and internationally, our award-winning repertoire inspiring and thrilling millions of people worldwide.

New Adventures is a charity and its principal funder is Arts Council England. We are passionate about diversifying the dance landscape and investing in the future of dance through delivering inclusive projects for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds alongside development opportunities for emerging artists. We are committed to there being no barriers to our work and deliver a wealth of transformative programmes year-round.

Photo Credit: Johan Persson, Show: Nutcracker!

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Boy Blue

Founded in London in 2001, Boy Blue, the award-winning brainchild of producer Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante and choreographer Kenrick ‘H2O’ Sandy MBE, encapsulates the pulse of the city it was born in.

Weaving their frontline stage and screen work around the elevation of hip-hop culture, from the offset, artistic directors Asante and Sandy have created works that challenge common perception while delivering a new voice from the streets and clubs that have long inspired a generation.

It was just over a decade ago, in 2007, that Pied Piper propelled Boy Blue to new heights in the world of UK theatre; first performed at Theatre Royal Stratford East, who had supported Asante and Sandy through its creation, it found a further home at the Barbican, London and won a Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre.

By 2009, Boy Blue had joined the Barbican as an Associate Artist, where the company is still based, going on to present Touch (2011), The Five & The Prophecy of Prana (2013), A Night With Boy Blue (2013, 2015, 2016, 2018), the Olivier nominated Blak Whyte Gray (2017 & 2018), Outliers (2018) – Asante’s musical debut in the Concert Hall – and REDD (2019).  In 2018, Asante and Sandy co-directed their first film, R.E.B.E.L, a Sky Arts / Art 50 commission.

Boy Blue contributed to the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics, where in collaboration with Danny Boyle, Sandy choreographed hundreds of young dancers for the segment ‘Frankie and June say thanks Tim’, as well as staging the handover of the Olympic torch and the lighting of the Olympic Cauldron.

With a company ethos befitting of the founders roots, and a long-term commitment to education, Boy Blue can be found running a highly respected dance education programme in east London. Using a typically unique approach, they enable more than 100 young dancers to train weekly alongside professionals.  In addition, their work Emancipation of Expressionism is a set work of the AQA GCSE Dance syllabus – the first hip-hop dance theatre piece to be included – and was filmed by Director Danny Boyle and screened on BBC2 (2018).

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

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Otis Carr

Otis initially trained in Music at the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology. During this time, he also trained as a Ballet Black associate, going onto the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, completing his dance studies at the Central School of Ballet. Otis-Cameron is also a 2013 Finzi Scholar commencing intense study in Countertenor voice.

Upon graduation Otis performed with the Red Tape Dance Company as part of the Malta Arts Festival 2008, as well as ACE Dance and Music for SKIN and Turandot at the Royal Opera House 2008 and 2017. From 2009-2013 Otis danced with Rambert Dance Company working with choreographers including Henri Oguike, Henrietta Horne, Tim Rushton, Marguerite Donlon, Itzik Galli and Mark Baldwin as well as performing in works by Merce Cunningham and Paul Taylor. Otis also performed in Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake National and International tour. In 2015 Otis began working  with Barry Kosky and Otto Pichler creating both the Glyndebourne Opera’s Production of Saul and Royal Opera House, Covent Garden production of The Nose with Saul going on to be presented as part of the Glyndebourne 2015 Tour and the Adelaide Festival 2017. During this time Otis was also engaged with CIE 7273 (Geneva), performing Tarab in Europe, Serbia and the Middle East. Other notable work includes End of Line by Goshka Macuga preforming at the Lowry Gallery 2017.

Otis has presented work as part of the Rambert season of new choreography at The Place Theatre 2011 as well as assisting Choreographer Mbulelo Ndabeni in subsequent seasons.

Otis is currently engaged with CIE 7273 (Geneva) and is a Technique Lecturer at Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Music and Dance.

Photo Credit: Jack Thomson

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Kasper Cornish

Kasper’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. Kasper’s 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). He 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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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.  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 currently teaches for the MA/MFA Dance Leadership and Community Practice course at Trinity Laban. She is also a Dance Artist for the Royal Opera House Create and Dance programme and the Primary School projects at Siobhan Davies Dance, delivering teacher training across the UK.

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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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 Trinity Laban, the training cycle at P.A.R.T.S., and completed an MA in Creative Practice at Independent Dance/Trinity Laban. He works extensively as a performer and movement researcher, including major works with Vera Tussing, Charlotte Spencer Projects, Francesco Scavetta and Lisa May Thomas. In 2021/22 he was a guest dancer with Scottish Dance Theatre. He is part of the collective working under the name Salvage – a grassroots movement for training, mutual support and dance-making. Alongside performing, Ben teaches classes and workshops throughout Europe for professionals and dance companies. He has been a regular guest teacher at Trinity Laban, London Contemporary Dance School, is a visiting teacher at several conservatoires and universities, including Norther Contemporary Dance School, and has been a teacher on the Trinity Laban Centre for Advanced Training programme.

He also practises the Japanese martial art Aikido at Tetsushinkan (London), and really loves to walk and run, especially if mountains are involved!

Photography credit: Julia Testa

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Shamita Ray

Shamita started life as a dancer and choreographer, working for 20 years within the spheres of 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, rivalling 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 the many facets 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. Most recently, she has undertaken Gong Master Training, and is studying for a MA in Traditions of Yoga and Meditation.

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Akshay Sharma

Akshay Sharma, from India, trained at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and since has been making his own work and continues to work with choreographers in the United Kingdom touring within the country and abroad. He also draws from his practice of Indian Classical music and is invested in exploring choreographic practices that draw upon our multidisciplinary experience. His work has been supported by Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Yorkshire Dance, Kalasangam, Fevered Sleep, Dancecity and Dance4. He received mentorship from Akram Khan Company through their Artist Development Programme supported by Sky Arts in 2021.