Mark began his performing career touring the UK after training at Liberatus School of Performing Arts.
Having taken his major ISTD exams in Modern Theatre and Imperial Ballet, Mark soon decided to turn his attention to teaching and completed his Diploma in Dance Education.
Since then Mark has taught within both junior and vocational settings and is currently the Head of Ballet at Junior Masters Performing Arts, as well as being a Ballet faculty member at Performers College and Wilkes Academy. Mark is also an Associate Dance Artist for the Royal Ballet’s Chance to Dance programme.
Mark is currently in the final stages of completing his BA through Middlesex University and very shortly due to take his licentiate within the ISTD’s Imperial Ballet Faculty.
After graduation from London Contemporary Dance School, Florence dedicated most of her time to The Yonis – a contemporary girl band based in London that she created during the last year of her training. The Yonis have been commissioned to perform at Edinburgh fringe, Camden Fringe, Brainchild Festival, V&A London, The Place, Dazed and Confused Magazine and a range of many more venues, platforms and events. As an all-female collective they celebrate their bodies as vehicles to be physical, powerful and dynamic, finding strength in coming together to create, take up space and make noise. She has recently choreographed work for Malena Zavala and is excited to continue the journey of a freelance dance artist.
Lucy is an Independent Dance Artist and Registered Dance Movement Psychotherapist (MA, RDMP), specialising in contemporary release technique, improvisation and somatic practices.
After undergraduate and post-graduate training at Trinity Laban, where she studied Theatre Studies and Community Dance in Education, Lucy went on to work within Community Dance Practice, where she has developed her practice for over a decade.
In 2011, Lucy’s extensive work in Dance and Education was personally recognised by the Prince of Wales, where further funding was awarded by The Princes Trust, to continue educational projects in schools and later initiated a pilot project in Children’s hospices, a now thriving programme within DanceEast’s health and wellbeing programme. This work ran parallel to movement sessions in Children’s Hospital Wards for all ages, both individually and in groups, along with dance for adults. Across the years, Lucy’s dedicated research and development into creative arts practice in NHS settings, spurred artist training and mentoring across child oncology, Children’s Hospital Wards, along with older adults including those with varying stages of Dementia and or Alzeimers disease.
Lucy has taught for Trinity Laban, E15 Acting School, Royal Opera House, Royal Academy of Dance, The Dance Network Association, DanceEast and DanceEast CAT and University of Suffolk. Alongside this, she devises and facilitates independent practice across Essex, Cambridge, Suffolk and Norfolk. She works across NHS, educational and community settings, facilitating Dance Movement Psychotherapy groups and individual sessions, movement improvisation, contemporary technique, choreological studies and dance for film.
Tom studied at the University of Roehampton and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance (Transitions Dance Company).
Tom’s previous roles include Projects Manager in Learning & Participation at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance in London, Learning & Participation Coordinator and CAT Tutor at Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds, and Company Director of Fylde Coast Youth Dance Company in Blackpool.
Working as a freelance Dance Artist, Tom has taught for Northern School of Contemporary Dance, The Lowry, One Dance UK, University of Central Lancaster, Trinity Laban and DanceEast.
He has led and choreographed for the NSCD Youth Dance Company and Fylde Coast Youth Dance Company with performances at the Birmingham Hippodrome, The Lowry, Leeds Town Hall, NSCD Riley Theatre, Leeds Corn Exchange, Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre, UCLan and the Dukes Theatre.
As a performer and choreographer, Tom’s work has been presented at Contact Manchester, Resolution! at The Place, London’s South Bank Centre and Arts Theatre West End.
Tom is currently the DanceEast Centre for Advanced Training Manager and teaches on the Community Class Programme at DanceEast.
A lifelong resident of Ipswich, Andrew studied at the Royal Academy of Music as a composer and pianist. Much of his spare time is spent conducting, playing and arranging music, and – when the mood takes him (which it doesn’t much these days) – composing. Locally he is involved principally with the Ipswich Gilbert & Sullivan Society (as Musical Director), Ipswich Operatic Society and Trianon Music Group.
In 2000 Andrew appeared with Trianon as soloist in the Warsaw Concerto, but since then has contributed mainly as an orchestrator and arranger. Recent arrangements have included selections from MGM Musicals, Abba, James Bond and also a selection of popular music to commemorate Trianon’s 50th anniversary in 2009. Andrew also arranged and orchestrated William Godball’s Ipswich New Town Hall Polka for Trianon’s September concert in 2013. In recent years he has given piano recitals for Ipswich Arts, and at Wingfield Barns, Suffolk.
Katie trained at London Contemporary Dance School and graduated in 2009. Katie joined Tavaziva Dance in 2009. She danced toured and taught for the company for over five years.
Katie has worked as a freelance dancer for Mad Dogs Dance Theatre, Pagrav Dance, ArtsCross, and Moxie Brawl to name a few.
Katie has taught extensively throughout her career both in education and to professionals and was the Creative Director for Shuffle Youth Dance Company, before taking on Suffolk Youth Dance from 2015-2016.
Katie has worked as Dance Artist for Rosie Kay and New Arts Club creating work for their community casts. She also now teaches at Performers College and works as an Animateur for Rambert.
Rachel Canavan graduated with a first class degree from Brighton University in Dance & Visual Art in 2003. From an early age she trained as a competitive gymnast and later in Contemporary Dance at Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. Following her degree she won the Burt, Brill and Carden’s Award and was commissioned as a Dance Artist by the National Review of Live Art in 2004. She was a finalist in the Dazed and Confused & Topshop Re-Creation Awards in 2005 and has worked with internationally acclaimed dance artists on various screen dance commissions for the Art’s Council of England. Rachel continues to develop her artistic practice within dance film, choreography and photography.
Rachel is also a Physiotherapist with a special interest in dance fitness, dance injury and Clinical Pilates. She is a qualified Australian Physiotherapy Pilates Institute (APPI) instructor and teaches all levels of Clinical Pilates including Pilates for Dancers.
In 2011, Rachel was funded by the Private Physiotherapy Education Foundation to train with the Mark Morris Dance Company in New York in Dance for Parkinson’s to extend her research following her Masters degree. Rachel then established Dance And Parkinson’s in Norwich in 2011.
As part of the health team at the Centre of Advanced Training (Dance East) Rachel applies her contemporary dance training and extensive gymnastics coaching directly to her physiotherapy practice to offer the CAT students functional performance enhancement and rehabilitation classes in a contemporary dance context. Rachel strives to find innovative methods of delivery to help reduce injury through adherence, to improve fitness, strength and flexibility and to ultimately benefit dance technique.
Rachel works alongside Elsa Urmston (CAT Manager), Jonathon George (Physiotherapist) and Sarah Lewis (Dance Tutor) and screens the dance students for injury risk by assessing each individuals strengths and weaknesses. Personal exercise programs are then designed to optimise the dancers function and performance and to rehabilitate following injury.
Phoebe started her vocational training on the dance course at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts and then went on to study at University of Suffolk, graduating with a BA (Hons) Dance degree. Since then she has been working as a community dance artist at DanceEast, assisting and delivering various dance programmes in the community. Including dance sessions for individuals with additional need as well as Early Years children and older adults. Phoebe teaches Ballet and contemporary dance at a local dance school and will soon be qualified as a RAD Registered Teacher.
Originally from Ipswich, Judy attended the Linda Shipton School of Dance and Laine Theatre
Arts before cruising the world for several years as a dancer on the prestigious liner Queen
Elizabeth 2. Combining her performance skills with a love of fitness, Judy then trained as a
fitness instructor and quickly progressed to become a teacher trainer with London Central
YMCA’s pioneering Exercise to Music Instructor Training programme. In this role Judy
designed and led their Pregnancy & Postnatal Teacher Training qualification and authored
four books on the subject. After completing formal teaching qualifications Judy joined the
staff at Middlesex University teaching all dance science components of their BA Dance
Performance course where she stayed for 18 years. Judy is also a very experienced Pilates
instructor and soft tissue therapist with a special interest in the rehabilitation of dance
injuries. She studied Dance Medicine at postgraduate level and has an MSc in Sports
Rehabilitation. Judy currently runs three injury clinics in NW London and has been involved
in screening programmes with The English National Ballet School, The Royal Ballet School
and London Studio Centre. Judy is also an occasional lecturer on the BA Dance programme
at University of Suffolk.
Simon recorded and released his first record at the age of fifteen before becoming a member of several London-based alternative acts, playing on numerous albums and touring internationally. He then became a programmer of various North London music venues and spent several years working as a Sound Engineer and Producer and in artist management, working in Germany and the UK with a variety of Hip-Hop and Crossover artists. After relocating, Simon was Lead Tutor of a hugely ambitious Suffolk-wide community music project, after which he has maintained a variety of both musical and educational work. Simon has played with a wide variety of musicians and styles and enjoys being able to infuse all of these into his playing at the CAT. He predominantly uses and plays the drum-kit, but has also occasionally adopted a variety of music-technology in classes.
Kate trained at London Studio Centre, gaining a BA Hons in Theatre Dance. During her time there she was a member of Intoto Dance Company, working with choreographers such as Rafael Bonachela, Jonzi D, Vivienne Newport and Michael Popper.
Through her performance career Kate has worked with the Royal Opera House, Foot In Hand Dance Company, Ruff Cut Dance Theatre, Turbulance Dance Company, Base Dance Company, Sol Dans Company and Helix Dance.
Kate has taught extensively throughout her career, working with schools, youth groups and vocational schools. In 2016, she set up Cambridge Youth Dance Company, for 15 – 19 year olds, to train and perform in contemporary dance. As a member of the faculty on the DanceEast Centre for Advanced Training, Ipswich, she has worked as Rehearsal Director to Joss Arnott, Tim Casson, Sarah Dowling, Jasmin Vardimon Company, Yael Flexer, Michaela Meazza, Alexander Whitely and Re:bourne.
Kate has choreographed pieces for Bodywork Company, Chrysalis London, DanceEast Centre for Advanced Training, Shift West for DanceDigital, Move IT!, as well as corporate events and charities.
Jonathan is a Physiotherapy Extended Scope Practitioner and specializes in musculoskeletal disorders. Jonathan qualified with an Honours degree in Physiotherapy from Brunel University. Having completed a Masters degree in Neuromuscular Physiotherapy as well as successfully completing the Manipulation Association of Chartered Physiotherapy exams, Jonathan is considered an expert and specialist in his chosen field. Jonathan has extensive experience in the public and private sector both in London and the East of England and was Head Physiotherapist at QPR Football Club and has previously worked at Ipswich Town Football Club. Jonathan has treated elite athletes in golf, motor racing, skiing, water skiing, athletics, rugby (men and women’s) and tennis. Additionally he has experience of treating elite dance and performing artists having worked for and with the Royal Academy and Dance and Performing Arts. Jonathan’s key areas of interest and specialism is in spinal and knee disorders.
Sarah began her dance training at the Miskin Theatre before attending Trinity Laban and receiving a BA and MA in dance performance (Transitions Dance Company). Sarah then became a dancer with ‘Lîla Dance’ in 2014 where she toured nationally and rurally. She has performed for theatre companies and choreographers including the Royal Court, Bang Bang Bang group, Darcy Wallace, Quang Kien Van, Cathy Waller. Sarah is currently performing with the world touring cast of STOMP.
Sarah often teaches at various universities and colleges including London Studio Centre, The Place, Belgrade Dance Institute and is a resident choreographer at Miskin Theatre. Sarah’s choreographic credits include Balletboyz dancers course, Royal Court, Mountview (‘As You Like It’, ‘Children of Eden’). She has recently choreographed a short film for Balletboyz (‘the intro’) currently featuring in the Deluxe tour.’ Sarah has recently entered a partnership with Yukiko Masui and together they are currently developing new work ‘the album.
Megan graduated from London Contemporary Dance School in 2010. Since then she has performed and taught across the UK, Europe and Asia. She has performed and worked with Ffin Dance, where she was also rehearsal director, James Cousins Company, Pell Ensemble, Scarlett Mackmin, Moxie Brawl, Amir Hosseinpour, Jonathan Lunn and Peut Etre Theatre. She was also a dancer in the Cohan Collective and regularly performs with Made by Katie Green.
Megan has performed in several operas including WNO’s William Tell, where she was Dance Captain and Assistant Choreographer. She also restaged the work in Poland and Geneva. She recently toured to Japan in The Royal Opera House’s Faust where she was Principal Dancer.
Megan regularly teaches throughout London. She works at The Place on their Recreational Programme, as an animateur for Essential Alston and as a guest lecturer on the BA course at London Contemporary Dance School and London Studio Centre. Megan has also taught technique and creative sessions for James Cousins Company, Central Ballet Associates and Ffin Dance, as well as the Centre for Advanced Training at The Place.
Chris completed his professional training at English National Ballet School, where he regularly performed with the company. As a professional ballet, Chis was Principal Dancer at Northern Ballet. Whilst performing with the company, he worked closely with a number of different choreographers including David Nixon, Christopher Hampson, Cathy Marston, Val Caniparoli and Mark Godden.
Chris was guest Ballet Master for Northern Ballet, and has guest taught for Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures and Wayne McGregor Random Dance. Chris holds a BSc (Hons) in Sports and Exercise Science from the University of Leeds and completed a dance science research internship at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. This experience improved his understanding of how sports science can enhance dance, from both a technical and injury prevention point of view. Chris is currently a faculty member at Central School of Ballet, is currently studying for a MSc in Strength and Conditioning, continuing to pursue his passion for research in dance.
Born in Ipswich, Shakira’s early years of dance are grounded in both Ballet and Hip Hop; joining DanceEast’s Suffolk Youth Dance Company in 2010 for 3 years. Shakira began to peruse an interest in Contemporary Dance and danced with National Youth Dance Company under Guest Artistic Director Akram Khan 2013/14.
Graduating from Northern School of Contemporary Dance in 2017, Shakira has since worked with a range of dance organisations in their learning and participation teams including Royal Opera House as a Chance To Dance Assistant, DanceEast as a creative Hip Hop teacher, Graduate Intern for Trinity Laban’s Learning and Participation team and Company Support team for NYDC, Sadler’s Wells.
Shakira currently works for Rambert Dance Company as the Learning and Communities Coordinator.
Nicky studied at the Northern Ballet School and then went onto further study at London Contemporary Dance School. She has performed with numerous companies covering a wide range of dance styles including Ballet, Contemporary, Flamenco, Physical Theatre and even Circus! Nicky is an experienced dance tutor and also a trained Pilates instructor. She has worked for a wide range of organizations including Northern Ballet Theatre, Opera North, Eidotrope Dance Company, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company, Laban Community Education and Norfolk Dance. Nicky has established a strong reputation for delivering energizing, imaginative and inspiring dance classes.
Upon completion of his training at London Contemporary Dance School, Stuart danced in several international tours of Matthew Bourne‘s Swan Lake as part of New Adventures company. He then shifted focus to more choreographic and teaching practices. He has worked at several London colleges including London Studio Centre, The Urdang Academy, Italia Conti, Tring Park School, Mountview, The Place and teaches regularly on the DanceEast and Dance4 Centres for Advanced Training. His choreographic work includes the Big Dance 2012 Olympic festival, choreographing Goldfrapp’s live cinema event in 2014, opera, music videos and television commercials.
Calvin started playing for the Suffolk County Council Ballet Scholarship Scheme with DanceEast in 2001. He was subsequently invited to play for a variety of additional classes such as Adult Tap, Adult Ballet and the Ballet Enrichment classes.
Calvin has worked for The Royal Ballet School through the Partnership and Access Programme in various schools in Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds and has also played for workshops run by the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD). As well as his daytime job (part time civil servant), Calvin has recently begun playing for Performers College in Essex.
After studying and gaining piano accompaniment diploma ALCM, he has played for many small choirs around Suffolk and is assistant accompanist for the St Edmundsbury Male Voice Choir in Bury St Edmunds. He is also organist in Woolpit parish church Suffolk.
Tom Hobden is a choreographer, educator, dance education consultant, mentor and co-artistic director of UNIT and has successfully been working in dance industry since 2002. He is regarded as a national leader in community dance practice and most known for his exceptional intergenerational performances and is ability to work with anyone.
Tom is the co-artistic director of UNIT which he co-founded in 2014 with film director Kate Flurrie. The company produces touring productions and projects involving participatory casts, stand alone films presented in film festivals across Europe and creative learning projects and consultancy for young dancers, graduates, and dance organisations.
He was the Associate Artist at Dance East (2015 – 2017), Clore Short course recipient 2017, Part of Dance UK’s mentoring programme (Paul Russ, Jonathan Burrows) and consultant for the Ballet Boyz, Alexander Whitley and Start East.
He currently lectures for Trinity Laban, and ISTD as well as the University of Suffolk and is the lead mentor and curator of Overture for New Adventures (a programme to support early career Dance Artists), Lead Artist for Chance to Dance (ROH), Lead Creative Tutor for the DanceEast Centre for Advanced Training and has recently been selected to be part of Quest Lab With Studio Wayne McGregor.
Natasha developed her love for ballet and contemporary when growing up in the United Arab Emirates and Barbados. She moved to the USA where she obtained honours in both her BFA in Dance Performance & Choreography and BSc in Psychology, whilst also performing with the Towson Dance Company. Natasha then spent a year teaching ballet in Vancouver, where she performed with the contemporary collective Collab Art Creations. After obtaining Royal Academy of Dance Registered Teacher Status, Natasha taught ballet and contemporary full-time in Canada, as well as directing and choreographing for three student performing companies, and working as a freelance choreographer.
Natasha moved to the UK in 2017, where she completed her Masters in Dance Science with Distinction at the University of Bedfordshire. She currently works in Central School of Ballet’s Higher Education programmes, and teaches the ballet programme at Sandford School of Dance in Bedford. She also maintains an active research profile, works independently with clients as a Nutritional Therapist, and delivers lectures and workshops at various higher education institutions in dance psychology and nutrition.
Gary Leach is drummer, percussionist and teacher with a range of styles from swing to Afro-beat, pop to jazz. He specialises in drumming for dance and has worked with DanceEast and The Royal Ballet School’s regional dance programmes since 2008.
He is also an experienced workshop facilitator in digital film production, working with young people on sound development and film editing, producing small-budget films and award nominated projects.
Gary regularly gigs around the region in many bands and runs drum classes and rhythm workshops in clubs and schools including Colchester 6th Form College and Colchester Institute.
Sarah works with professional artists, students and community dancers, teaching and choreographing regionally and nationally, both as an independent choreographer and for international companies.
After training at London Contemporary Dance School, Sarah performed with Verve, the graduate performance company at Northern School of Contemporary Dance, winning best international performance at the ITS festival, Amsterdam.
Over the last decade Sarah has taught for international companies including Richard Alston Dance Company, English National Ballet, Rambert, and Gecko and has performed in rural and national touring productions with SMITH dancetheatre.
In 2013, Sarah set up Glass House Dance, with co-director Laura McGill to make interactive dance performances for public spaces which have toured to large and small scale festivals across the UK.
Her interests and continued training in anatomy, yoga, play based practices such as clowning, social dancing and resilience based practices including breath work and mindfulness, makes Sarah’s workshops playful, interactive, thought-provoking and fun; an investigation towards understanding yourself better.
Trained at The Royal Ballet School Sandra was chosen by Sir. Frederick Ashton in her graduation year to dance the lead role of Lise in his ballet La Fille Mal Gardee at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Her professional ballet career was with Birmingham Royal Ballet (BRB) spanning 19 years, with 15 of those years at principal level dancing most of the major roles in the repertoire, including Swanhilda in Coppelia, Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Clara and the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, The Girl in The Two Pigeons, Poll in Pineapple Poll and Vicky Hobson in David Bintley’s Hobson’s Choice together with the principal role in Balanchine’s Theme and Variations and Twyla Tharp’s In The Upper Room. Sir. Kenneth MacMillan also personally chose her by to dance his Juliet in Romeo and Juliet. During her time at BRB Sandra also worked in many local and international community outreach programs, including a dance project in the townships of South Africa and being on the original panel to assess children with no prior dance experience for a place on the BRB Dance Track Scheme.
Guest appearances include The International Dance Festival in Vail partnered by Kevin O’Hare, and lead roles with ballet companies in Turin, Essen and Hong Kong. Television credits include The Hot Shoe Show with Wayne Sleep, Swanhilda in the BBC Christmas production of BRB’s Coppelia. DVD’s of Hobson’s Choice and Clara in The Nutcracker. Guest teaching includes The Mark Morris Dance Company, Matthew Bourne’s Company (The Car Man & Red Shoes) together with international Summer Schools for English National Ballet School, Central School of Ballet and The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD).
Since her retirement from professional dancing Sandra has been teaching ballet at Performers College and for the DanceEast Centre for Advanced Training whilst also being a tutor for the University of Chichester BA (Hons) Musical Theatre (Dance) Degree and for the RAD Dance Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies. Sandra is also a panel member at Trinity College London as an Assessor and Moderator for the Professional Performing Arts Diplomas (PPAD). Sandra has an M.A in Dance in the Community and Education, Professional Graduate Certificate in Education PGCE (Lifelong Learning) and the Royal Academy of Dance Ex-Professional Teaching Diploma (London) with Distinction.
Raised in Ipswich, James started dancing at the Linda Shipton school of Dance and went on to train full-time at the Royal Ballet School, graduating from Central School of Ballet in 2006 with a BA (hons) degree in Professional Dance. After joining Northern Ballet that same year he went on to work with Peter Schaufuss Ballet in Denmark and Theater Ulm in Germany.
In 2013 James returned to the UK to join Richard Alston Dance Company (RADC). Since then he has toured extensively in Europe and the USA performing in a wide variety of work by Alston and associate choreographer Martin Lawrance. In 2019 he also performed the role of interim Rehearsal Director for RADC.
James is currently a faculty Contemporary tutor on the Central School of Ballet associate programme and Ballet/Contemporary tutor for Swindon Dance pre-vocational programme.
In 2017, James created ‘Symbiotic’ for the Resolution Dance festival and since 2018 has choreographed numerous works for ‘Multiphonic Arts’ performances at the Asylum Chapel in Peckham.
After graduating from the DanceEast Centre for Advanced Training, Richard attended Purchase Conservatory of Dance New York and London Contemporary Dance School graduating with First Class Honours. During his studies, Richard performed with Lea Anderson on Hand In Glove at The Victoria and Albert Museum, She Painted Flowers by James Cousins and Jose Limon’s A Choreographoic Offering at the Joyce Theatre Limon Festival. After graduating he was a PEER Artist with Studio Wayne Mcgregor, worked with Choreographer James Cousins on his work Rosalind , and Tanztheater Adrian Look. He has also worked with Opera, under Artistic Director Stephano Poda, and has most recently danced with Sonia Plumb Dance Company in New York. Richard is excited to be embarking on the restaging of Two with Russel Maliphant Company later this year.
Chloe’s love of dance developed through her involvement in community performance projects throughout her youth. During her dance degree, at Middlesex University, she developed an interest in talent development and training methodologies used to enhance dancers’ performance and well-being. This led to Chloe completing her Masters in Dance Science at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance. She has worked professionally as both a performer and dance teacher. Most recently Chloe has been working alongside the Learning and Participation team at DanceXchange, assisting on both the South Asian and Contemporary CAT programmes. Chloe was a DanceXchange Choreo Lab Artist recieving support and mentorin from Lea Anderson.
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