Tell us a bit about yourself
Since graduating from Laban in 2012 with a First Class Honours degree in Dance Performance, I have worked as a performer for a wide variety of companies in the UK and internationally. These include: Pina Bausch’s Tanztheater Wuppertal, Luca Silvistrini’s Protein, Hagit Yakira Dance, English National Opera, and Goldfrapp. I have also toured my own work to UK venues such as Sadler’s Wells Lilian Baylis Theatre, The Place, and Tramway. In 2021 I was commissioned by Ballet Boyz to create the film work YES on their company, which was premiered as part of an online broadcast in tribute to the life of Sir Ken Robinson. In addition, I received a Distinction in Performance Design and Practice at UAL in 2016, and have recently finished my City and Guild Carpentry and Joinery Level 1 course at Brighton MET. I am interested in finding ways of adapting my work to outdoor less conventional performance settings.
I have taught a wide variety of people of different ages, backgrounds, and levels of experience - From professional classes at venues such as Tripspace and The Place, to online sat down classes at elderly care homes and sheltered accommodations in South East London (during the pandemic). Teaching challenges me in a way that nothing else does, and allows me to meet and connect with individuals from all walks of life. Teaching is my main source of inspiration when creating work.
What do you enjoy most about your work with children and young people?
One of the things I enjoy most when working with children and younger people is their creativity, and how each child can connect to an idea in a slightly different and original way. I also enjoy seeing how different young people can develop self-confidence and relationships with other class members - and in doing this become more bold and daring with their movement and creative choices.
What can the children who take part in your creative movement classes expect?
Children taking part in my classes should expect plenty of props, storybooks, drawing and colouring in, made up games, and (of course) some movement as well. They should also be prepared to engage their imaginations, and have a bit of a laugh at themselves, but mainly me, along the way.
Who is your favourite dance artist or company?
My favourite dance artist/maker is Jerome Bel. His works are both bold and delicate, funny and tragic, bizarre and relatable, and spectacular and mundane - all at once. The Show Must Go On, is the best show I have ever seen live.
What is your favourite dance film?
My favourite dance film is Save The Last Dance, partly because it’s so bad, and partly because my sister taught me one of the dance phrases in it when I was 12 years old.
Which song always gets you on the dancefloor?
The song that gets me onto the dance floor is Rasputin by Boney M. I’m also a big fan of Don’t Start Now by Dua Lipa.