Teaching Team & Musicians

Lucy Blazheva

Dance Tutor, Contemporary Technique

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.

Andrew Burke

Pianist

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

Dance Tutor, Contemporary Technique & Creative Dance

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.

Kate Durrant

Dance Tutor, Contemporary Technique & Creative Dance

Kate trained at the 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, Sols Dance Company and Helix Dance.

Kate has also choreographed for charity and corporate events, schools, youth groups and vocational schools.

Jonathan George

Physiotherapist

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

Dance Tutor, Ballet Technique

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 Goymer

Pianist

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

Dance Tutor, Creative Dance

Tom originally trained to be an actor at DeMonfort University with a BA in Contemporary Performing Arts and pursued his study with an MA in Choreography at London Contemporary Dance School. Here he produced and presented a range of works including ‘Backwards’ (2003) and ‘Shhh!’ (2003) at the Robin Howard Theatre. Following this he took a year-long choreographic residency at Bury St Edmunds Theatre Royal. Tom is now the co artistic director of Tom Hobden Dance and is an upcoming leader in the field of community and participatory work.

Tom has worked as an Eastern region dance artist for 13 years. During his career he has encountered many diverse communities and artists and worked alongside companies such as Dance in Devon, The Royal Ballet School, Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, Suffolk Art link, University Campus Suffolk and Dance United. As well he has worked alongside Darren Ellis Dance, Tom Dale Dance, Matthias Sperling, Etta Murfitt form New Adventures, Hofesh Schecter company, Jasmin VardImon Company.

Tom is now widely recognised as an expert in Boys Dance and has been commissioned by DanceEast to choreograph Boys in Babergh (large scale community dance project) in 2012 and 2013. In 2012 Tom was awarded Babergh District Council Community Achievement Award for his work with boys dance.

As well as his artistic qualifications and experience, Tom is a qualified teacher in the FE sector and has 8 years experience as a qualified Fitness Yoga Instructor.

Manassah (Keith) Jackson-Crosse

Percussionist

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

Percussionist

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

Health Tutor

On completion of her training at London Contemporary Dance School, Sarah went on to tour works by Henri Oguike, Darshan Singh-Bhuller, Carol Brown, Simon Birch and Wendy Houstoun with Verve08, the graduate company at Northern School of Contemporary Dance. Sarah has been a company member of SMITH dancetheatre since 2009, touring work by Neil Paris (Fabulous Beast, Stillhouse) locally, regionally and nationally. In 2013, Sarah co-founded GlassHouse, a company making work for non-traditional spaces, supported by Arts Council England. Their latest creation ‘You, me and everybody else’ premiered at the Norfolk and Norwich festival in 2014.

Sarah has enjoyed teaching and choreographing a vast array of community projects with all age groups. For 5 years she taught for Richard Alston Dance Company and for 4 years as a dance artist for development organisation Norfolk Dance.

In 2013 Sarah completed her 200 hour Yoga Alliance registered training programme with the World Conscious Yoga family in Rishikesh, India. Her yoga practice has been an important tool in living and moving with presence, embracing life’s ups and downs and keeping a healthy mind and body through her dance career. Sarah teaches regular yoga classes in and around Norwich, sharing the tools that can assist us in realising our potential, improve our wellbeing and embrace our true nature.

Wayne Parsons

Dance Tutor, Contemporary Technique

Wayne’s long-term engagements as a performer include five years of domestic and international touring with National Dance Company of Wales (NDCWales), two periods with Richard Alston Dance Company, including Richard Alston’s 40th and more recently guesting for his companies 2oth Anniversary Season, both were hosted at Sadler’s Wells. In 2011 Wayne moved to Australia on an invitation by Artistic Director Rafael Bonachela to join Sydney Dance Company.

Wayne has also worked with Motionhouse, Mark Bruce Company, Alexander Whitley Dance Company, Joe Moran Dance, Kim Brandstrup, Yorke Dance Project, SmallPetitKlein, Shobana Jeyasingh and Oguike Dance amongst others. In the past Wayne has been the recipient of an Arts Council of Wales grant and the Lisa Ullmann Travelling Scholarship Fund.

Throughout his performance career, Wayne has also developed his choreographic practice. Whilst at NDCWales he created two ensemble works for the company and a solo on himself. In April 2013 he was selected by the National Centre for Choreography to attend the LAB at DanceEast, Ipswich. Here he spent two weeks looking at narrative in dance under the direction of Jonathan Lunn. In 2013 his duet Meeting premiered at The Place Theatre, London as a part of Resolution! 2013. Meeting was a finalist and the only representative from the UK to compete in the 6th Copenhagen International Choreography Competition in March 2013.

In 2014 Wayne created three new works. After working with London Studio Centre students in 2013 he was invited back to make a new work titled Habitus for Intoto Dance Company. He also made a new work titled Like This? for London Contemporary Dance School’s 2014 graduation showcase performed at The Place Theatre, London. He was also commissioned by Arts Active in Cardiff to make Enter After Dark for their Dans Haf season. He is currently developing a new a work titled Vestige that has been supported by the Arts Council England and DanceEast through their Choreographic Development Fund.

Wayne has taught classes and workshops to students of all ages and abilities. Recent teaching includes undergraduate technique classes and choreographic workshops at London Contemporary Dance School, Trinity Laban and London Studio Centre, and professional company classes for Motionhouse Dance Theatre, DV8 Physical Theatre, NDCWales, Alexander Whitley Dance Company, and Ballet Cymru. Wayne also teaches regularly for The Place’s open professional classes.

www.wayneparsondance.com

Morgann Runacre-Temple

Dance Tutor, Ballet Technqiue

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.

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