Lucy was awarded a full scholarship from Trinity Laban and embraced the BA (Hons) Dance Studies course, focusing her specialism within Release, Graham and Contact Improvisation alongside nurturing an interest in costume design. After graduation, Lucy went on to teach at EssexDance, leading parent and toddler classes and Adult contemporary. She then worked within the Essex community, teaching creative dance and contemporary dance technique.
In 2008, Lucy returned to Trinity Laban to continue her professional development, studying the Post-Graduate: Dance in Education certificate. Since then she has taught movement and introductory choreology at E15 Acting School, adult Contemporary Technique at Trinity Laban and has previously worked at DanceEast as the Community Dance Artist and practitioner for the CAT scheme, delivering classes in contemporary release technique.
After studying at the University of Roehampton and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance (Transitions Dance Company), I have recently relocated to Ipswich. Previously I worked at Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds, Fylde Coast Youth Dance Company in Blackpool and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance in London. I feel very privileged to manage the fantastic Centre for Advanced Training, I am delighted to be a part of the wonderful team here 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.
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.
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.
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.
Keith Manasseh Jackson is a self taught Drummer /Percussionist from Leeds, who started off playing in local bands, playing various genres of music such as; Reggae, Soul, Funk, Indie and African Percussion.
From 1988 to 1995 he was the resident percussionist at The Northern School of Contemporary Dance. During his time at NSCD he also accompanied classes at London School of Contemporary Dance, Dance City Newcastle, Cheshire Dance and Phoenix Dance Company.
In 1991 he was invited to Zimbabwe along with Neville Campbell the Artistic Director of Phoenix Dance Theatre to work with the National Ballet of Zimbabwe. 1995 he worked with Derek Williams Dance Theatre of Harlem, to accompany classes at The Folksvan Hoch Schule in Essen Germany.
In 1997 he joined the theatre company Stomp and was part of their world tour until 2002 when he moved to the West End opening of the show until 2008.
In 2008 he joined DanceEast as percussionist for the CAT classes.
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.
Morgann is a freelance choreogapher and teacher. She graduated from Central School of Ballet in 2004 and has been choreographer in residence at Ballet Ireland since 2009, making over nine works for the company including four full length ballets.
Elsewhere, Morgann has created works for The Curve Foundation Dance Company, Ballet Central, London Children’s Ballet, The Print Room, Nottingham Youth Dance, Images of Dance and several works for the Chance to Dance Company at Royal Opera House. In partnership with Jessica Wright, she makes dance films, most recently commissioned by Channel 4 to make a new short film The Try Out.
Morgann has performed as a dancer for Ballet Ireland, English National Ballet, Rosie Kay Dance Company and the Curve Foundation Dance Company. www.morgannrunacre-temple.com. She has taught ballet at Glenthorne High School and West Thames College and has delivered numerous education workshops in choreography and dance for the camera.
My love of dance developed through my involvement in community performance projects throughout my youth. I have been fortunate to pursue this passion through my education and career so far. During my dance degree, at Middlesex University, I developed an interest in talent development and training methodologies used to enhance dancers’ performance and well-being. This led me to complete my Masters in Dance Science at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. I have worked professionally as both a performer and dance teacher. Most recently I have been working alongside the Learning and Participation team at DanceXchange, assisting on both the South Asian and Contemporary CAT schemes there. I am thrilled to be part of the DanceEast’s CAT team and working alongside such talented students and staff.
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