Laura Bryars

Creative Dance, Musical Theatre and Ballet Barre

Laura started her professional dance training on the CAT at the Northern School of Contemporary dance. After 3 years of intense training, she moved to London to continue her dance and musical theatre training at the Urdang Academy. After graduating in 2012, Laura has worked professionally across the country, working with dance companies ( Rambert, Phoenix dance Theatre), musicals (the fix, Billy Liar, panto) and went on a UK tour with the John Godber Theatre company with “Teechers”. Laura has participated in TV adverts and has recently began teaching at DanceEast. Laura was a part of Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures 2019/20 cohort, and runs a buggy bootcamp for mums in her local area in addition to teaching adult ballet in her local Community, and isa dance associate for Ipswich Town Football Club community trust.

Charlie Buchanan

Hip Hop

After trying a variety of styles as a child, Charlie decided to join the Yorkshire Dance Youth Company at age 14. She then gained a place on the Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance. Whilst at university Charlie began working at Yorkshire Dance, and after graduation moved to Suffolk and started working at DanceEast.

Sarah Franklin

Tot's & Co

Sarah has been a Dance Artist for over 25 years teaching, choreographing and performing. She enjoys the challenge of creating new work, watching imaginations ignite and sharing the joy of dancing.

Katharine Lawrence


Katharine’s yoga journey began in 1996 in London with Satyananda and Sivananda Yoga, returning to Kerala to train to teach Sivananda in 2004. A few years later, Katharine found Ashtanga in Goa and loved the heat and intensity of practice, the constant breath and flow – she then went to Mysore to practice under Sharath and Saraswati.


Hayley Lemon


Hayley graduated from the University of Bedfordshire with a Distinction Master’s in Dance Performance and Choreography in September 2018. After graduating Hayley began working as The Colchester Sixth Form College’s Artist in Residence and choreographed a piece for A-Level dance students, which was selected to represent the East Region at the U.Dance National platform at the Southbank Centre in 2019. As well as this, Hayley has also been working as a community artist in a number of settings, including a local SEN school, secondary schools and leisure centres.

Gail Lister


Gail trained at Linda Shipton School of Dance and was a Suffolk Scholar. She went on to graduate from Laine Theatre Arts and took part in trade shows and commercial work before cruising the world and then turning to teaching.

Michael Mann


Michael trained with Alan Herdman as a pilates teacher in 1987, and worked at Shrubland Hall until it closed in 2006, he then moved to Gilmour Pipers. Michael has worked with all sorts of clients including Royals, celebrities and athletes.

Karen Pratt

Digital Movers

Karen is a Suffolk based Dance Artist specialising in contemporary and community dance. She trained at Roehampton University where she gained a BA (hons) in Dance Studies, she went on to complete a PGCE at University Campus Suffolk in 2014. Karen set up Karen Louise Dance in 2016, which currently runs two weekly classes; StowMovers, a movement class for 55yrs+ and KLYDC, her youth company. She also teaches for Dance Network Association in Essex for their youth clubs and Dance For Parkinson’s classes, as well as DanceEast projects such as Hadleigh Movers.

Rikkai Scott

Hip Hop

Rikkai is a trained graduate from London Contemporary Dance School and has a BA Hons in Fine Arts. Rikkai began his professional career in Amsterdam as company member of De Kiss Moves Fusion Dance Company from 2012 – 14. Rikkai moved to London as a freelance artist and since then he has performed with Boy Blue Entertainment, 201 Dance Company and MCDC. He has also worked with choreographers such as Jean Abreu, Hannah Meraki and Tony Adigun. Rikkai recently began teaching at DanceEast. He is the Artistic Director of BDblaq Dance, and his first duet piece as part of BDblaq premiered at Resolution 2018, which led to a commission by Bermuda Cultural Affairs to remake and perform the duet in Bermuda and nation-wide. As well as this, BDblaq tour shows and lead dance technique workshops to educate, empower and inspire talent from 11 years + including professional dancers.

Tina Kitley-Sparks

Tots & Co, Creative Dance

Tina studied dance at The Royal Academy of Dance in London, where she received a BA (Hons) degree. Tina loves teaching and inspiring young people through dance!

On this page you’ll be able to find out a bit more about who will be leading our digital classes.

We are so grateful to all the dance artists who have taught on our Home Is Where The Dance Is programme, without their support we wouldn’t be able to continue dancing with you at home.



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