The Team

Mark Allison

Ballet Tutor

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.

Lucy Blazheva

Contemporary Tutor

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 Bowes

Centre for Advanced Training Manager

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.

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Andrew Burke


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 Cambridge

Contemporary & Creative Tutor

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

Health Tutor

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.

Simon Doling


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 Durrant

Contemporary Tutor

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 George


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.

Nicky Gibbs

Ballet Tutor

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.

Stuart Goodwin

Contemporary Tutor

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 Goymer


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

Creative Tutor

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.

Gary Leach


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 Lewis

Contemporary & Health Tutor

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.

Sandra Madgwick

Ballet Tutor

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 Hobsons 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 Hobsons 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.

James Muller

Ballet Tutor

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.

Richard Pye

Tutor & Teaching Assistant

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 Travers

Centre For Advanced Training Coordinator

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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