Speakers confirmed so far include:

Funmi Adewole

Funmi Adewole moved to England from Nigeria in 1994 where she worked in the media as a freelance writer and TV producer. She toured for several years with various companies including Adzido Pan-African Dance Ensemble, Artistes-in-Exile, Horse and Bamboo Mask and Puppetry Theatre and The Chomondeleys. She was manager and then chair of the Association of Dance of the African Diaspora (ADAD) between  2003 to 2007. She co-edited the book Voicing Black Dance: The British Experience - 1930s to 1990s. She has spoken at conferences nationally  and internationally on African dance as a theatrical practice. She teaches workshops and courses on dance composition exploring the theatricalisation of social dances in London and Amsterdam. She holds an M.A in Post-colonial studies from Goldsmiths College, London and is presently studying for a Doctorate in Dance at De Montfort University, Leicester.

Deborah Baddoo

Deborah Baddoo Deborah Baddoo trained at the University of Surrey, then went on to gain an MA in Performance Arts at Middlesex University. A performer and choreographer in her own right in the fields of jazz and African contemporary dance, Deborah went on to open Pyramid Dance Studio in London in 1985, which was instrumental in providing a launch pad for many artists and companies. She set up State of Emergency in partnership with Steve Marshall in 1986. State of Emergency is a performance and production company committed to the creation of high quality work and to preservation and innovation in the fields of dance and music. State of Emergency is an advocate for artists and performers with a national and international perspective. 

Amongst her many credits is the co-choreography for the opening ceremony of the Sailing Olympics in Weymouth in 2012 and her membership of the International Dance Council CID at UNESCO, the official World Dance Organisation. Throughout her varied career she has pursued a passionate, long-term vision to support the development of Black dance and choreography nationally and internationally, and in 2010 she was awarded an MBE for services to British dance.

Mark Baldwin

Mark Baldwin by Hugo Glendinning Mark Baldwin was born in Fiji and raised and educated in New Zealand where he pursued a degree in Fine Art at the University of Auckland. He danced with Royal New Zealand Ballet before joining Ballet Rambert in 1983. He left ten years later to become resident choreographer at Sadler’s Wells, where he established the Mark Baldwin Dance Company (1993 – 2001). His status as a leading choreographer was affirmed with the creation of over 40 works for his own as well as for other major dance companies including: The Royal Ballet, Royal New Zealand Ballet, Berlin State Opera House, Phoenix Dance Theatre, Scottish Ballet, London City Ballet and Rambert.

Mark has received numerous awards, including the Bonnie Bird Choreographic Award (1992), the 1995 Time Out Award for Dance, and the South Bank Show Award for The Bird Sings With Its Fingers (2001). He received the French Grand Prix Award for Film in 1996 for Echo, a collaboration with visual artist Anish Kapoor and composer Brian Elias, and the Dance Artist Fellowship for Outstanding Contribution to Dance in 2002.

In December 2002, Mark returned to Rambert as Artistic Director. His vision since then has been to encourage collaborations with other art forms. Critically praised for reinvigorating the Company and its repertoire, Mark has commissioned new works by numerous British and international choreographers.

In May 2005, Mark premiered Constant Speed, his first work for Rambert since becoming Artistic Director. The work, and the high calibre of his artistic directorship of Rambert, won him the TMA Theatre Award for Achievement in Dance. His restaging of Michael Clark’s Swamp also won an Olivier Award. Since then he has choreographed Eternal Light, The Comedy of Change, Seven for a Secret, never to be told and What Wild Ecstasy. In 2010, the Company won the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance. In 2012 Mark was awarded the Honorary Amber Faun for outstanding achievements in choreographic art and the development of dance in the UK by the Sergei Diaghilev International Association for the Promotion of Choreographic Art.

Ashley Banjo

Ashley Banjo choreographer and creator of Diversity exploded onto our screens back in 2009. Since then Ashley has been a lead judge on Sky 1’s Got To Dance for 5 series and has created 4 series of Ashley Banjo’s Secret Street Crew, another hit show on Sky 1. Also, in 2014 Ashley Banjo’s Big Town Dance was broadcast on Sky 1 which was another huge hit! Since winning Britain’s Got Talent in 2009, Ashley and Diversity have won numerous awards, been the first act to perform outside No. 10 Downing Street in front of the Prime Minister. They have sold out five UK & Ireland tours and are the only dance group to ever sell out the 02 arena in their own right. They currently have another Brand New and Exclusive  – up close and personal 31-date theatre tour on sale, which is almost sold out. 

Ashley started dancing at 5 years old at Dancework Studio, which was opened up by his parent Danielle and Funso almost 30 years ago. Ashley’s mother Danielle, a former ballet dancer taught him from an early age and Ashley grew into a creative talent very quickly. 

Ashley has a unique vision and believes that dance is a powerful tool to connect with everyone. He also believes that dance can be used to help conditions such as alzheimer’s, autism and simply to build confidence.

Ashley’s aim is to use the opportunities that he has been given to be the most positive role model he can be.  The mottos that Ashley, the rest of Diversity and Dancework have always believed in are: Dream, Believe, Achieve And Our similarities make us strong but our differences make us stronger.

Christopher Bannerman

Christopher Bannerman Christopher Bannerman had an international career as a dancer, choreographer and arts education worker, principally with London Contemporary Dance Theatre, before becoming Professor of Dance and Head of ResCen Research Centre, at Middlesex University, He has served as a panel member for numerous arts awards, two Higher Education Research Assessment Exercises and as a Specialist Assessor for the Quality Assurance Agency. 

He has also served as Chair of Dance UK, Chair of the Arts Council England’s Advisory Panel for Dance, Chair of the National Dance Coordinating Committee, Chair of London North Creative Partnerships and as a member of the Dance Forum of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). 

He is currently Head of ResCen Research Centre, an artist–focused research initiative and recently he has developed the ArtsCross international Research Network funded by the AHRC in collaboration with the Beijing Dance Academy and Taipei National University of the Arts.

Glenna Batson, P.T., Sc.D., M.A.

Glenna Batson Glenna Batson, P.T., Sc.D., M.A., is an independent researcher/lecturer in dance science. For the past 35 years, she has honed a trans-disciplinary approach to the study of embodied cognition, bridging between dance, science and somatic studies. She has sourced from multiple studies as catalysts for teaching, research, and artistic growth. She apprenticed for four years with Irene Dowd (Ideokinesis) (1977-1981) and is an internationally recognized teacher of the Alexander Technique (qualified 1989). A former dancer (MA, dance education, 1978), Glenna holds a Masters and Doctorate in physical therapy (1983/2006), and is currently professor emeritus at Winston-Salem State University, USA. She was pivotal in the early establishment of IADMS (International Association of Dance Medicine and Science). Faculty of the American Dance Festival (1986-2013) and the Hollins/ADF M.F.A. (2006-2013), Glenna was Fulbright Senior Specialist in residence at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Dance in 2009, and the Universities of Tallinn and Tartu, Estonia, 2011. Glenna is professor emeritus of physical therapy at Winston-Salem State University (USA) and research associate professor with the Translational Science Center at Wake Forest University. Her current research involves the exploration of tactile and visual imagery in improvisational contexts. Recent books include authoring Body and Mind in Motion: Dance and Neuroscience in Conversation and co-editing Dance, Somatics and Spiritualities: Contemporary Sacred Narratives.

Sir Peter Bazalgette (Keynote speech, Thursday night)

Sir Peter Bazalgette photo by Philippa Gedge Sir Peter Bazalgette is Chair of Arts Council England and former Chair of English National Opera and Crossness Engines, an embryonic steam museum. 

Sir Peter also has a number of media interests, serving on the Boards of market researcher YouGov, and digital advertiser MirriAd and is on the Advisory Board of advertiser, BBH.  In TV he is the president of The Royal Television Society and a non-executive director of ITV. He previously worked as a television producer for 30 years devising several internationally successful formats.

Sarah Beck

Sarah Beck Sarah graduated from the University of Exeter with a BSc (Hons) in Exercise and Sport Sciences in 2009 and gained an MSc in Dance Science from Trinity Laban in 2010. She has a keen interest in research and is currently also undertaking PhD study in Dance Science at Trinity Laban. Her research focuses on energy demand during dance activity and is attempting to develop understanding of concepts such as oxygen deficit, lactate threshold, and efficiency within non-steady state activities. 

Sarah is currently the Governance Secretary and a member of the Promotion Committee for the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) and has previously served as Chair of the Student Committee.

Sarah has always been passionate about dance and has completed major examinations in Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Modern. During her time at the University of Exeter, Sarah served as the President of the University’s Dance Society, teaching beginners and advanced tap dance classes and choreographing for competitions and shows.

Jason Beechey

Jason Beechey Jason Beechey is since 2006 the Rector of the Palucca Hochschule für Tanz Dresden, Germany.  Having trained at Canada’s National Ballet School, the Vaganova Ballet Academy St. Petersburg and the School of American Ballet in New York, he danced as a soloist for the London City Ballet and then fifteen years with Charleroi/Danses in Belgium.  Parallel to this, he was the Pedagogical Director for the National Choreographic Centre of the French Community of Belgium, founded and ran his own studio, The Loft and was the creator/coordinator of the D.A.N.C.E. Program under the Artistic Direction of Frédéric Flamand, William Forsythe, Wayne McGregor and Angelin Preljocaj.  Joining the Prix de Lausanne as a Member of the Artistic Committee in 2009, he is also a regular jury Member of the Youth America Grand Prix and is the First Speaker of the AK|T Conference, the association of Professional dance Training Institutions of Germany. 

Lucy Bennett

Lucy Bennett Lucy Bennett is a Dancer, Choreographer, and the Artistic Director of Stopgap Dance Company. Stopgap is a dance company whose inventive movement style is the result of a process in which performers with and without disabilities are seamlessly integrated.

Immersed in Stopgap work for nine years Lucy has learnt to blend and expand the dynamic interaction of distinctly different dancers. Working as a Choreographer within a company of markedly diverse dancers has allowed Lucy to develop, define and encapsulate her love for expressing human stories through dance theatre.

As a dancer Lucy gained a first class BA hons at Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts. She has worked with choreographers such as Thomas Noone, Carol Brown, Nathalie Pernette, Hofesh Shecter and Rob Tannion (Stan Won’t Dance). 

In recent years she has choreographed ‘Tracking’ inspired by Britain and 2012 and commissioned by Without Walls consortium and Shape Arts, 2008. ‘Spun Productions’, commissioned for the Cultural Olympiad by Legacy Trust UK, 2011/12. ‘Extra Ordinary’ for Dave Toole and Lucy Hind, 2010 and  ‘Sharra-bang’ for Epic Arts in Cambodia 2011/2012. Most recently Lucy has choreographed ‘Artificial Things’ and ‘Bill and Bobby’ for Stopgap Dance Company. 

Lucy is currently leading on the development of Stopgap’s inclusive dance programme, IRIS. 

Emma Bettridge

Emma Bettridge is a Producer, Dramaturg and Festival director. She is the Producer for Bristol Old Vic Ferment and Consultant producer for Hunt & Darton. She is also an Arts Council Assessor. Prior to this she ran Pulse Festival at the New Wolsey Theatre for three years and was part of the curatorial group for Caravan2014 (Farnham Maltings/Brighton Festival). She was an associate reader for the Soho Theatre, a consultant for East to Edinburgh (ACE East initiative) and a peer reviewer for the Wellcome Trust from 2010-2013. In 2010 she managed Gecko's international tour of The Overcoat (China & UK), produced the national tour of My Name is Sue (Northern Stage, Queer Up North, Soho theatre) and worked on the NSDF festival in Scarborough. Between 2004 and 2009 she ran the Pleasance London and Edinburgh Programmes. Her passion lies in developing and commissioning new work. With a focus on creating and enabling artists to make the best work they can. Examples of this type of process are demonstrated in Stillhouse's Ours Was the Fen Country, The Bullet and the Bass Trombone (Sleepdogs), Exposure (Jo Bannon), Sue the Second Coming (Dafydd James & Co) and Hoke's Bluff (Action Hero). 

Adolphe Binder

Adolphe Binder photo by Mats Backer Adolphe Binder is Artistic Director of GöteborgsOperans Danskompani since August 2011. She has previously been the Artistic Director and Administrative Director of the Berlin Ballet at Komische Oper and the Head Dramatic Advisor of the dance company of the Deutsche Oper in Berlin. She has also worked as Curator and Program Director for international dance festivals and the world Expo 2000 in Hanover. During 2005–2010 Adolphe Binder ran the production and consulting company Binder + Partners Berlin, a company active on the international contemporary dance arena. She has been appointed to a number of boards of trend-setting German dance organisations and has served on the jury of several international dance festivals.

Ivan Blackstock

Ivan Blackstock Ivan Blackstock, Co-Founder & Artistic Director of BirdGang Dance Company describes himself as multifaceted Artist who stimulates audiences through movement with guidance of music, film and lighting design, His work is both intense and extremely visually conceptual.

Creating a world inside his subconscious that would have Tim Burton and Salvador Dali on the same astral plane. 

He works closely with his dancers using many tools and methods of improvisation to support his dancers in understanding the concept for each work.

With honesty and thinking strategically about his work Blackstock brings to the stage a signature style both illustrative and thought-provoking.

Blackstock has worked commercially on music videos, advertisements and in street dance productions. He is now at a point in his career where he is focusing on a future creating work for the theatre.

Credits include: Dynamo, A Harlem Dream, Breakin Convention, Jonzi-D's Lyrikal Fearta, Company of Elders, TAG…Just Writing My Name, Dizzee Rascal and Will.I.Am, Rita Ora, Glastonbury Festival, So You think You Can Dance UK, Dancing with the Stars USA, Adidas, Reebok, STRIKE!

"Ivan Blackstock is a rising star of British Dance" -The Telegraph

Sarah Blanc

Sarah is a performer and choreographer based in London. She is Artistic Director of Moxie Brawl, a fresh all female dance theatre company. When she is not shaking or movement making, you will find her presenting on Inside Dance TV (of which she is a co-founder) and Artstreaming TV. She is a Candoco Artist and is passionate about teaching. She is currently working with The People Pile, Jessie Brett whilst developing a new solo work called It Started With Jason Donovan.

Teneisha Bonner

Teneisha Bonner Teneisha Bonner works as a freelance dancer, choreographer, teacher and actress. Her works includes theatre, television, film, music video, commercials and live events.

Teneisha has been a core member of the highly acclaimed ZooNation UK Dance Company since 2004 and whilst working with them she created and played the role of Spinderella (2006) in the 5* Award-Winning show Into The Hoods which became both the first ever hip hop dance show and the longest running dance show in West End's history.

Teneisha was also credited for her roles Kerri Kimbalayo and David Davidson in ZooNation's hit show Some Like It Hip Hop (2013) by winning the National Dance Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Modern Performance (female). She was also first cast in Mad Hatters Tea Party (2015), playing the Queen Of Hearts.

Her credits include representing the UK at the Olympics Closing Ceremony in Beijing, performing and captaining in the London 2012 Olympics, playing Nurse Ratched with the Swedish company Bounce in their adaption of One Flew Over The Coco's Nest - Insane In The Brain, being a part of the original cast of Sadlers Wells Shoes, playing the support lead Shawna in Streetdance 3D, touring with Kylie Minogue showgirl and Take That Progress to name a few.

Matthew Bourne OBE

Matthew Bourne OBE is widely hailed as the UK’s most popular and successful choreographer and director. His company New Adventures has changed the landscape of theatre and is now the most successful and busiest dance company in the UK and a major exporter of British dance across the world.

In 2012 he celebrated 25 years of creating and directing dance for musicals, opera, theatre, film as well as his own highly successful, award winning companies. Matthew is the creator of the world’s longest running dance production, a five-time Olivier Award winner, and the only British director to have won the Tony Award for both Best Choreographer and Best Director of a Musical. He has been recognised by over 30 international awards, including following Dame Margot Fonteyn as only the second dance recipient of the Hamburg Shakespeare Prize for the Arts and being the first recipient, in the arts category, of The British Inspiration Award. He received a Special Theatre Managers Association Award for services to dance touring and audience development. He was awarded the OBE for Services to Dance in 2001.

Matthew is proud to be an Associate Artist and Resident Company at Sadler’s Wells. In 2008 he established the charity Re:Bourne to increase opportunities to inspire young people with a passion for dance, and in 2010 he created the New Adventures Choreographer Award to showcase the talents of emerging choreographers.

In 1997 Matthew was made an Honorary Fellow of his former college, The Laban Centre, becoming a Companion of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in 2012. He has five Honorary Doctorates from The Open University, and the De Montford, Plymouth, Kingston and Roehampton Universities. He is a Companion of Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts and a proud patron of many organisations including The Arts Educational School, CREATE and Shoreditch Youth Dance.

In January 2014 Matthew was awarded the De Valois Award for his lifetime achievement in Dance.

Kim Brandstrup

Kim Brandstrup photo by Henrik Bjerregrav Choreographer 

Winner of the 2010 Olivier Award for Best New Dance Creation for Goldberg: The Rojo/Brandstrup project – and in 1990 for Orfeo, created for London Contemporary Dance.

Kim trained in film in Denmark, and then in dance at the London Contemporary Dance School, He has been working as a choreographer since 1983 and in 1985 founded his own dance company ARC for whom he created many new productions including Antic, Anatomy of a Story Teller, Brothers.

Previously for the Royal Ballet: Metamorphosis - Titian 2012,  co-choreographed with Wayne McGregor; Invitus, Invitam; Goldberg; Rushes, Fragments of a Lost Story; Footnote to Ashton

Current and Recent choreography: A New short ballet for New York City Ballet, 2015; A new pas de Deux for the Royal Opera Gala, February 2015, to music from The Faery Queen;  A new full length ballet made to the poetry of Rystet Spejl by Sorek Ulrik Thomsen, Royal Danish Ballet and Theatre, 2016; A new ballet made to the music of Schoenberg’s Verklarte Nacht, Rambert 2015; Leda and the Swan (Deloite Ignite Film Festival ROH, 2014);  Eidolon two versions of the same ballet for a company of male and a company of female dancers, Royal Danish Ballet; the Act 11 ballet in Carousel,  Opera North, Barbican and Chatelet, Paris,  Dir. Jo Davies; Lilith-Ab!, Danish Dance Theatre; Pulcinella, Birmingham Royal  Ballet; La Chute de la Maison Usher, (Bregenz Festival with Dir. Phyllida Llloyd) where the fore story to the unfinished opera was created to the music of L’Apres midi d’un Faun and Jeux.

Ismene Brown

Ismene Brown Ismene Brown is The Spectator’s dance critic. She has been the Daily Telegraph’s dance critic and founder-creator and dance editor of The Arts Desk. She trained as a pianist and singer at the Royal College of Music, then joined the Slough and Windsor Express, a weekly newspaper, where in addition to news reporting she reviewed Windsor Festival concerts and Slough’s amateur dramatics scene. She then worked in news radio in Cardiff and Oxford, founded a local politics news agency in Bucks, and became editor of a weekly newspaper. Working as a Fleet Street subeditor led to joining The Observer as a freelance subeditor on news and arts. She became assistant arts editor at the Sunday Telegraph, and from 1993 the Daily Telegraph dance critic for 15 years, and the regular dance contributor on Sheridan Morley’s Radio 2 arts programme.  She spent two years teaching herself Russian and launching a Soviet culture research project. In 2009 she created Britain’s first online critics’ daily, theartsdesk.com(The Arts Desk), and was its dance editor and site manager for three years. She took an MA in Russian Studies at University College London last year, and joined The Spectator last autumn.

Steven Brett (“Brand UK” panel on Friday)

Born in Australia in 1965, Steven danced for Nederlands Dans Teatre II under Jiri Kylian and Rambert Dance Company directed by Richard Alston and Christopher Bruce.  He became in 1997 a rehearsal director and in 2000 Steven was appointed Associate Artistic Director to Christopher Bruce, a role he continued to perform with Mark Baldwin’s time as Artistic Director.  In 15 years working with Rambert on both sides of the curtain Steven worked with many of the 20th century’s contemporary dance luminaries.

In 2004 Steven joined the British Council as a Drama and Dance Projects Manager with responsibilities for Western Europe, Latin America and Southern Africa.  Projects he developed included a showcase for Western European programmers and directors of Britain’s most innovative dance makers – UKMoves – in Roubaix, France and a showcase of UK artists working in unusual spaces – S.P.A.C.E.UK – in Gijon, Spain.

In 2008 Steven was appointed Executive Producer of Pacitti Company and SPILL Festival of Performance, the UK’s largest artist-led festival of experimental theatre and liveart, with events being staged in venues across London.

Currently Steven works for British Council as Theatre and Dance Advisor for Latin America and the Caribbean, runs the Nightingale Theatre in Brighton, a small artist development and residency space, and as assistant to Christopher Bruce, setting his pieces on companies in Europe and America.  He also freelances as a creative producer, mentor, teacher and consultant.

Jan Burkhardt

Jan Burkhardt Jan Burkhardt has 25 years of experience working in the dance sector and 10 years experience in the NHS and Leeds City Council as a Health Improvement Specialist. She developed and directed DAZL (Dance Action Zone Leeds), a dance and health programme commissioned by NHS.  DAZL was recognised by the Chief Medical Officer as an innovation in public health in 2002.  Jan has a Masters in Public Health, has produced guidance on Commissioning Dance for Health and Wellbeing and published research on the health effects of dance on children and young people.  Most recently she has led a strategic development programme in Yorkshire and Humberside successfully bringing the dance and public health sectors together, which has increased investment for the dance sector in the region.

Enrique Cabrera

Enrique Cabrera Enrique Cabrera was born in Buenos Aires (Argentina) in 1960 and has lived in Spain since 1989. He is Aracaladanza’s driving force. In 1994 he won the Prize to An Outstanding Choreographer (VIII Certamen Coreográfico de Madrid) with his piece Nigua which allowed him to travel to The American Dance Festival (USA). It was then that he founded his dance company.

From the very beginning, he found great inspiration in working for young audiences and he devoted himself to a sole quest: creating scenic works of the highest technical and artistic quality.  

His work with props is original and highly distinctive and has become part of his signature. 

He has collaborated with other well known artists who have engaged in his artistic processes. This has resulted in fruitful collaborative work. 

Artistic director and choreographer of all the works by the company, he has been invited to work with several British institutions. He has facilitated workshops at The Place (London). In 2006, he worked in Ipswich where he created the piece Dancing on the News for amateur teenage dancers.  

His work has been well received in the UK. British Company Bare Bones invited him to develop the piece Anywhichway which was performed at the Royal Opera House in the 2005 winter season.

Furthermore, he was commissioned by DanceXchange (Birmingham) to create a work about human senses which was premiered in April 2008. It was restaged in 2010. Titled DanceSenses, it was part of a broader educative project which aimed to integrate human senses in the British educative curriculum. 

Maiden Voyage Dance Company invited him to create Quartet for 15 Chairs, premiered during Belfast Children's Festival in 2014. The work will be shown at London’s Southbank Centre during  Imagine Children´s Festival,  2015.

His pedagogic experience is as relevant in his career as the artistic practice. He has taught children of all ages, teenagers and adults. He has facilitated dance, improvisation and composition workshops in a variety of cities in Spain, UK and Argentina. 

He has been invited by British Agency DanceEast to lead choreography workshops and to create works for amateur young dancers. Dundee College (Scotland), invited him to teach classes to professionals dedicated to scenic work with the young audiences.

Nottingham University has also asked the choreographer to deliver master classes and to work with a group of British professionals to transmit his passion for dance for young audiences. This project, which has continued its development in subsequent years, resulted in the creation of two pieces: It’s mine and Sea of Clothes (still touring in the UK), and in the invitation of six dancers and a répétiteur to join the company in Madrid for three weeks.

In 2002, he was invited to London Contemporary Dance School (The Place) to direct a workshop at the International Festival The Catch (London). 

He has also taught primary schools teachers in Castilla León (a workshop organized by Castilla León Education Council and European Social Fund). 

He has attended several courses on education for the children and arts administration such as the one organized by Dirección General de Educación de la Comunidad de Madrid in 1994 titled The Creation of Dance Shows for the Young Audiences. In 2002 he attended an International seminar on dance distribution in Spain organized by Instituto Complutense de Ciencias Musicales.

In 2004 and 2007, he was invited to be part of the jury that selected the works which would compete at Certamen Coreográfico de Madrid.

In 2005, Spanish Ministerio de Cultura invited him to be in the panel that assessed dance students’ applications for grants to study abroad.

He has actively collaborated with Comunidad de Madrid pedagogical project Trasdanza creating the choreography Cinco Taburetes y no me puedo sentar

In 2010 he was invited to perform in the show Tacita a Tacita which served to commemorate Teresa Nieto Dance Company’s 20th anniversary. 

During January, 2015 he delivered a special workshop to teachers of secondary education in  Mercat de les Flors (Barcelona). 

Deirdre Chapman

Deirdre grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She danced professionally with San Francisco Ballet 1992–8,  Rambert Dance Company 1998–2002, and as a first soloist at the The Royal Ballet 2002- Nov. 2014. Her repertory has included works by Ashton, Balanchine, Brandstrup, Bruce, Bournonville, Canaparoli, Cunningham, DeMille, DeValois, Ek, Flindt, Forsythe, Kylian, MacMillan, Morris, Naharin, Nijinska, Nijinsky, Petipa, Taylor, Tetley, Tharp, Tomasson, Tuckett, Robbins, and Wheeldon among others. She has a teaching diploma from the Professional Teachers Training Course- Royal Ballet School. She has taught and coached for the Royal Ballet, Royal Ballet upper and lower schools, Central School of Ballet, Rambert School, as well as running masterclasses in the US. Her staging credits include assisting and re-staging several works for the Royal Ballet; Rushes and Ceremony of Innocence by Kim Brandstrup, The Lesson by Fleming Flindt, and Unearthed by Aakash Odedra. She is currently assisting Hofesh Schecter on his new work for the Royal Ballet premiering March 2015. She is a governor of Granard Primary School, and currently working on an MA in Dance Anthropology at Roehampton University. She lives in Roehampton with her husband, and two children.

Navala Chaudhari

Navala Chaudhari Navala Chaudhari was born in London and began her training in Shaolin Kung Fu (1989-1997).  She then completed her professional dance training at the NSCD graduating with a BA Honours in 2002. Professionally she has worked with Andre Gingras, Bawren Tavaziva, Shobana Jeyasingh, Akram Khan, Union Dance and New Movement Collective amongst others.  From 2006-2010 she worked with Company Decalage as co- director and made works in collaboration Appel and Breaking Point (place prize semi finals 2008).  In 2009 she made Amaranthine with Kevin Edward Turner (Company Chameleon) and was awarded the Choreodrome scholarship programme to research and develop her own work.  In January 2010 she joined Eastman, the company of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui with the creation of Babel (words) co - choreography Damien Jalet. Since then she has been involved with the company as dancer, teacher and assistant choreographer working on Puz/zle, 4D, the feature film Anna Karenina and theatre play A Season in the Congo. She continues to teach worldwide and also works as a movement and rehearsal director.

Farooq Chaudhry 

Born in Pakistan, Farooq Chaudhry enjoyed an international professional dance career in the eighties and nineties. He was awarded an Asian Achievement Award for his work as a dancer in 1988.

After retiring from dancing in 1999 he completed an MA in Arts Management from City University. A year later he teamed up with Akram Khan and co-founded Akram Khan Company. As the company producer, Chaudhry puts creativity at the heart of his leadership style, forming innovative business models to support Khan's artistic ambitions. Their partnership has made the company one of the world’s most foremost and successful dance companies. 

In addition to his work for Akram Khan Company he became the Producer for English National Ballet in October 2013.

Chaudhry is the Chair of Dance UK's Board, a member of the Strategic Advisory Committee for Clore Leadership Programme and a witness of the School for Social Entrepreneurs. The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs acknowledged him in a list of the world's top hundred cultural actors and entrepreneurs. Chaudhry is a regular guest speaker in cultural entrepreneurship including the Advanced Cultural Leadership Programme at Hong Kong University and the London Business School. 

He was awarded an honorary doctorate from De Montfort University for his services to dance in 2014. 

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, photo by Koen Broos Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui made his first choreography, Rien de rien, as a member of Les Ballets C de la B in 2000. Since then he has made more than 30 full-fledged choreographic pieces and worked for a variety of theaters, opera houses, dance companies and film directors, ranging from the Ballets de Monte-Carlo, Sadler's Wells in London, Bunkamura in Tokyo, GöteborgsOperans Danskompani, to La Monnaie in Brussels. His choreographies have earned him a series of prizes including a Benois de la Danse, three Olivier Awards, and two National Dance Awards. In 2008 and 2011 Tanz magazine proclaimed him 'Choreographer of the Year'.

In 2010, he founded his own company, Eastman, for which he created over the years Play with Shantala Shivalingappa, Babel(words) with Damien Jalet, TeZukA, Puz/zle, 4D, 生长genesis, and the new production Fractus that will premiere in September 2015. Eastman is resident at deSingel International Arts Campus in Antwerp, and was European Cultural Ambassador in 2013. Cherkaoui is associate artist at Sadler’s Wells, London, and guest artistic director of the National Youth Dance Company. He’s also dance director of Festival Equilibrio in Rome.

Simon Coates

Simon Coates Creative Associate, National Theatre Wales

Simon is a producer, supporting artists to make, discover and present new performance work. He is Creative Associate at National Theatre Wales, where he is responsible for WalesLab, a unique initiative that places artists across the landscape of Wales to develop new performance ideas. He joined the company in April 2013.

Simon has experience working for small independent and large national organisations in Wales and England; producing, programming, and delivering community events. 

Previously Simon was working as Associate Producer at Wales Millennium Centre, involved in the Centre’s programming, producing and co-producing activities including producing the Incubator Project, Wales Millennium Centre’s artist development project. Simon has been worked with over 350 talented artists, on projects crossing the boundaries between theatre, dance, contemporary circus, live art and new media performances.

His background is in devised theatre and choreographic practices having trained at Dartington College of Arts.

Dr John L Collins

Dr John L Collins John is currently Commercial Director of a UK National Centre for commercialising new technologies based at Imperial College London. 

For several years John ran the UK’s ‘Emerging Technologies and Industries’ programme and was tasked with taking new, disruptive technologies and promoting them to Government for support to become the industries of tomorrow. Several of these are now part of Government’s heavily-funded and successful ‘8 Great Technologies’ programme.

Prior to this John has had a varied portfolio career including R&D, product development, technical sales, business development, international development for a trade association, innovation and digital creativity growth and in educational services. Throughout his careers John has run his own ‘Disruptive Technologies and Innovations Management’ consultancy – Innovation Foundry Ltd. – and continues to work with a diverse spread of technologies, services and creative industry.

A long-standing supporter and patron of the arts – particularly contemporary dance, theatre and opera - John is an Ambassador for Dance Umbrella and is very proud take an active role in Dance Umbrella’s Artistic Director’s Circle.

John has a PhD in Nuclear Physics and Microelectronics and a BSc in Physics and Mathematics – but this hasn’t quelled his creative drive! He is married with 3 children and lives in London.

Lou Cope

Lou Cope Lou Cope is an Olivier award winning performance dramaturg, teacher and writer. She currently works with performance makers in the Netherlands, France, Belgium, Greece, Sweden, Malta, Scotland and England.

Current or recent projects include collaborations with Jose Agudo for the National Dance Company of Malta, concert pianist Sarah Niccolls (UK), Hannah Ringham (SHUNT), Sharon Watson & Phoenix Dance Theatre, Gary Clarke on Nourish and a MAP Dance commission, Helder Seabra (P/BE), South East Dance, Emese Cornai & Silvia Bennett (H/NL), Jelena Kostic (NL), Compagnie Ubi (FR), Robin Dingemans (UK/SE).

Past work includes working as dramaturg to: Jose Agudo for ACE and Phoenix Dance Theatre; Koen Augustijnen & les ballets c de la b (BE); Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (BE) and Damien Jalet (BE/FR) on the double Olivier Award, and Benois Prize for Dance, winning ‘Babel (words)’ designed by Antony Gormley - now in its 6th year of global touring; & dramaturgical consultant on Cherkaoui and Gormley's 'Sutra'. 

Lou teaches dramaturgy and process in a number of HE institutions and has written a number of articles and chapters for books, the most recent being a chapter in New Dramaturgy: International Perspectives on Theory and Practice which was published by Bloomsbury in May 2014.

Lizzie Crump

Lizzie Crump Lizzie Crump works across the arts and culture, leading projects with many different people and partners; from large-scale agencies and cultural venues, to very small organisations, individuals and artists. She specialises in being the strategic glue between the public sector, politics, culture, arts and learning professionals and in finding new ways for people to share expertise, work together, express opinions and make change. 

Lizzie has worked for Torbay Local Authority, as Head of Education and Learning at the Arts Council, as a Cultural Adviser to Partnerships for Schools, and as a freelance consultant. She currently runs the Cultural Learning Alliance with Samantha Cairns, acts as Strategic Lead for the growing What Next? movement, and is a trustee of the English and Media Centre, the Poetry Society and of Musical Futures.

Claire Cunningham

Claire Cunningham is a performer and creator of multi-disciplinary performance based in Glasgow. One of the UK’s most acclaimed and internationally renown disabled artists, Cunningham's work is often rooted in the study and use/misuse of her crutches and the exploration of the potential of her own specific physicality with a conscious rejection of traditional dance techniques (developed for non-disabled bodies) or the attempt to move with the pretense of a body or aesthetic other than her own.

A self-identifying disabled artist, Cunningham’s work combines multiple artforms and ranges from the intimate solo show ME (Mobile/Evolution) (2009), to the large ensemble work “12” made for Candoco Dance Company.  In 2014 she created a new solo: Give me a reason to live, inspired by the work of Dutch medieval painter Jheronimus Bosch and the role of beggars/cripples in his work, and the full length show Guide Gods, looking at the perspectives of the major Faith traditions of towards the issue of disability.  She is a former Artist-in –Residence at the Women of the World Festival at the Southbank, and also with the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queens.

Jonzi D

Jonzi D photo by Paul Hampartsoumian Jonzi D is the Artistic Director of Breakin' Convention and Jonzi D Projects. He has been actively involved in British hip hop culture, rapping and b-boying since its genesis in the early 80s.

Since graduating from the London Contemporary Dance School, Jonzi has been committed to the development of Hip Hop theatre, creating Lyrikal Fearta in 1995, and Aeroplane Man in 1999. He was an Associate Artist at The Place and has performed and created dance theatre pieces all over Europe, North America, Russia, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, Cuba, Uganda and Southern Africa. Recent works include TAG... Just Writing My Name, and Markus The Sadist, featuring Bashy.

As an emcee Jonzi has worked with The Roots, Steve Williamson, MC Mell'o', Wordsworth, Hymphatic Thabs, and toured Europe with Jeru The Damaja and Gangstarr in the early 90s.

Jonzi has recently written and toured The Letter, a piece about the responses to receiving a nomination for an MBE in 2011, and Broken Lineage in collaboration with Ivan Blackstock.

Fleur Darkin

"One of the most overtly theatrical choreographers of the British new wave" (The Observer), Darkin's career has included choreographic stints at Laban, Royal Opera House, The Place and the 02. Former Associate Artist at Bristol Old Vic,  Darkin's commissions include Jardin D’Europe, Linbury Trust, Jerwood, The Place Prize, Southbank Centre and Glasgow 2014. Fleur Darkin’s choreography has been described as ‘tightly written dance’ (The Times), ‘powerful and disturbing’ (The Stage), ‘always inventive’ (Telegraph) and as ‘politics comes to life in the body’ (New Statesman). Darkin's work made under her own company  Hotel (2005), Augustine (2007), Low Fidelity (2009) and DisGo (2009) toured to more than 100 venues in the UK alone. 

Internationally, Darkin’s artistic practice has been commissioned by partners including Junges Hundes (Germany), P.A.R.T.S. (Belgium) and Bolzano Danz (Italy). Darkin is a prolific collaborator and her theatre work includes Roam (Grid Iron), Playtime (West Yorkshire Playhouse), You Tell Us What Was (National Theatre of Scotland), Bint Jbeil (Grid Iron/National Theatre of Scotland), The Three Musketeers (Traverse/Belgrade), Virgins (Company of Angels) and various productions for venues including Birmingham Rep, Dundee Rep, Bristol Old Vic, Liverpool's Everyman, Edinburgh Lyceum and Battersea Arts Centre.

Darkin’s large-scale projects include three Glastonbury Festivals, choreographing the world’s first ever science musical, Dr Tatiana, (Channel 4/Discovery) and the 2006 commission Parabolic, which played to a live audience of 25,000. Circus productions include Helter Skelter (Tramway/Brewhouse), War and Peace (Giffords Circus) and her aerial choreography for Threesixty's Peter Pan - "best of all"  Benedict Nightingale (The Times) -  was  seen by audiences of over 300,000 on its two year global tour. 

Darkin is a passionate advocate of innovative dance education and was at the helm of The Collaboratory - the UK's first peer-lead choreographic laboratory in 2012. Darkin has choreographed in castles, universities, prisons, schools and nightclubs and written for publications including The Guardian, Icon and The Observer. Darkin is passionate that dance is a powerful means of self-transformation  and has worked with participants in schools, pupil referral units and mental health charities. -Darkin is currently developing partnerships with the V&A at Dundee and various festivals and venues in India and Brazil for forthcoming projects. 

Fleur joined Scottish Dance Theatre as Artistic Director in 2012.

Dr Ann David (“Future of South Asian Dance” panel on Saturday)

Dr Ann R. David is Head of Department and Reader in Dance Studies at the University of Roehampton, London, specialising in dance anthropology and South Asian classical and popular dance. Trained in ballet and folk dance, as well as the Indian classical styles of Bharatanatyam and Kathak, she has been a Research Fellow on an international project on religious migrants funded by the Ford Foundation, USA. David is frequently invited to contribute papers on dance, ritual, migration and the performance of identity at international conferences and has published widely in dance and other interdisciplinary journals. Her publications include co-editing and contributing to a book on dance ethnography, Dance Ethnography and Global Perspectives: Identity, Embodiment, and Culture (2013), as well as chapters in books on embodied ethnography, Performance and Ethnography: Dance, Drama, Music (2013) and ritual, Summoning the Spirits: Possession and Invocation in Contemporary Religion (2010), and dance, Dance Matters: Performing India (2010). She is passionate about the need for the arts in education and dance’s unique role in matters of communication, and works closely with policy makers in the arts.

Siobhan Davies ("World Cafe" Provocation, Friday morning)

Siobhan Davies (CBE) is a renowned British choreographer, having created over 60 works to critical acclaim: twice-winning an Olivier Award, and others including Digital Dance Awards and a South Bank Show Award.

Founding Siobhan Davies Dance in 1988, Siobhan has worked closely with collaborating dance artists to ensure that their own artistic enquiry is part of the creative process. By 2002 Siobhan moved away from the traditional theatre circuit and started making work for gallery spaces and alternative locations, including an aircraft hangar.

In 2006, the RIBA award-winning Siobhan Davies Studios opened in London realising Davies’ long-standing goal of establishing a permanent base for her organisation and for independent dance artists. The Studios are now a vibrant contemporary arts space in central London, filled with dance, film, visual art and craft, through a programme of exhibitions, performances, participation projects and new commissions from leading contemporary artists.

Siobhan works alongside independent dance artists to create new work and applies choreography across a wide range of creative disciplines including visual arts and film. Her recent works have been presented at some of the most prestigious art institutions in the UK and Europe including Lenbachhaus (Munich), Arnolfini (Bristol), Ashmolean Museum (Oxford), Turner Contemporary (Margate), Tramway and the Gallery of Modern Art (Glasgow), Institute of Contemporary Arts, Roundhouse and Whitechapel Gallery (London).

Sue Davies   MA, PGCert Business Psych, B.Ed

Sue Davies Currently provides mentoring and coaching for people working in dance along with learning and development initiatives for organisations.

Sue offers one to one support in areas such as business, career and professional development.  She has a particular interest in helping people make changes in their career at whatever stage from emerging to those building a sustainable career.   Recently Sue has worked with James Wilton (BBC Performing Arts Fellow), and Marie-Louise Flexen (Dance UK artist mentoring scheme) and private clients working as practitioners, producers, managers and directors. 

Sue trained in dance education at the Laban Art of Movement Studio and Goldsmiths College and has worked with dance organisations for over thirty years in a wide range of capacities from small-scale dance company manager, dance programmer, company education director, university lecturer, and freelance dance manager since 1989. 

As Associate Consultant to the national dance agency, Swindon Dance, Sue devised and directed an extensive artist development programme from 1995 to 2010.   Sue continues to work as a consultant with Swindon Dance. 

Sue is co-director of Charlton Associates www.charltonassociates.org that offers HR and organisational development for small to medium enterprises.   

Sue is a member of IDMN, a board member of GDance and the Advisory Group of Independent Dance and treasurer of the Lisa Ullmann Travel Scholarship Fund. Her most recent professional qualification is in cognitive behaviour coaching.  

Christine Devaney

Christine is the Artistic Director of Edinburgh based company Curious Seed.

Glasgow born Christine trained at London Contemporary Dance School and has been performing, choreographing and teaching throughout her extensive career. She was a founding member of Dundee Rep Dance Company (now Scottish Dance Theatre) and for nine years performed and was associate director with V-tol Dance Company.

Curious Seed's production, Chalk About premiered at the Imaginate festival 2013 and featured in The Made In Scotland showcase 2014. PUSH toured Scotland in Spring 2012 and The Woman Who Wants to Be Funny was presented at the Edinburgh international Fringe 2012. Found, Curious Seed’s 2009 production, was awarded a Scotsman Fringe First. Her other work includes movement direction for The National Theatre Of Scotland’s production of Macbeth, The Wheel (2011), and co-directing their award-winning Venus As A Boy.

Christine was an Associate Artist with Imaginate (2011-2013) and the recipient of a Creative Scotland Artists' Bursary in 2014. 

Sheila Dickie 

Sheila Dickie Sheila Dickie trained at Shelagh Elliott-Clarke‘s in Liverpool then the Royal Ballet Upper School. After several years as a performer she ran a dance school in north London for 15 years before taking a BA in Dance and Education at Middlesex University and an MA at the University of Surrey. She then taught dance history at Birkbeck, Middlesex University and the Royal Academy of Dance and was Head of Dance at Hackney Community College.  For twelve years she was Education Officer at Sadler’s Wells. Shelia performs with the Company of Elders and is the Secretary of the European Association of Dance Historians

Patricia Doyle

Patricia has a long association with Northern Ballet. Credits as Director include: A Streetcar Named Desire and Carmen (Royal New Zealand Ballet, Sadler’s Wells and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens). Patricia also created the original scenario for Northern Ballet’s Cinderella set in Imperial Russia. Her productions as Co-Director and co-scenario creator with David Nixon include: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (UK tour/Sadler’s Wells, Olivier Award nominated for ‘Best New Dance Production’), Peter Pan, Hamlet, Cleopatra and The Great Gatsby (all UK tour/Sadler’s Wells). Earlier work for Northern Ballet includes: Dramaturge on Wuthering Heights, Dramatic Associate on Swan Lake, scenario contributor on A Sleeping Beauty Tale and Drama Consultant/Acting Coach on Christopher Gable’s Dracula, Giselle, Romeo & Juliet and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Future dance work includes a new ballet about Nijinsky in Bratislava in 2015.

After training at RADA, Patricia worked as an actress with the National Theatre, The Royal Court Theatre and The Royal Shakespeare Company as well as in repertory, radio and television in Britain and America. Theatre credits as a Director include: Martine (Salisbury Playhouse), Time and the Conways and Noises Off (Ohio USA), No Fond Return of Love (London première), A Clergyman’s Daughter (Bristol UK Tour/Old Vic) and Blue Remembered Hills, Serious Money (Man In The Moon Theatre/London/Tour) Puss in Boots and Little Red Riding Hood (The Theatre, Chipping Norton), Aladdin, Travesties, The Three Sisters, A Doll’s House and adaptations of Wuthering Heights, Barnaby Rudge and Great Expectations. She has also directed short films Beware of What You Wish For and No Man’s Land, together with work in youth and drama training for both theatre and ballet and also directs courses at the Actors Centre in London.

Antony Dunn

Antony Dunn Antony Dunn has been Marketing & Communications Manager of Yorkshire Dance, Leeds, since 2008. After a very short career as an actor, in 1997 he was appointed Marketing Manager of Riding Lights Theatre Company, an independent national touring company based in York, then Head of Communications at York Theatre Royal.

Laura Eaton Lewis

Laura Eaton Lewis Director, The Work Room

For seven years Laura has been director of the national independent dance body, The Work Room centre for choreography at Tramway in Scotland. The Work Room is an artist-led organisation which supports around 80 individuals and companies. Laura has produced and managed projects in theatre, music, literature, site, politics, and technology, and was one of the curators of British Dance Edition 2014.  She is also an artist and writer, and contributes to print media in Scotland as well as being on the editorial team of the online political publication, Bella Caledonia. 

She is an experienced lecturer and has enjoyed teaching theatre directing and arts management at two leading Scottish universities, and at the legendary Dartington College of Arts in its original home on Dartington Estate.

Nicky Ellis 

Nicky trained at the Arts Educational School, Tring and London Contemporary Dance School (LCDS). After graduating she performed with Aletta Collins, Jasmin Vardimon, Charles Linehan and Laurie Booth. She also worked with Twitch Dance Company at Sadler's Well's Breaking Convention and appeared in BBC2’s Dance for Camera series in Carol Brown’s The Lift. Her teaching career ranges from leading BTEC & GCSE dance courses through to training elite young dancers at institutions including The Royal Ballet School (White Lodge) & Central School of Ballet. She led the Contemporary and Choreography courses at English National Ballet School between 2005-09, with her students winning several International Contemporary prizes under her tutelage, including The Prix de Lausanne & Beijing International Ballet Competition. In 2014 her choreography was selected by English National Ballet dancer Guilherme Menezes to be performed at ‘Emerging dancer of the year’.

Nicky now divides her time between her Osteopathic practice (she qualified in 2005) and working with the C.A.T scheme at LCDS. She regularly guest teaches, lectures and choreographs around the UK and Europe. This is her tenth year as Osteopath at LCDS where she has taught anatomy and biomechanics to both undergraduate and post-graduate students.

Lizzie Fargher

Lizzie Fargher Lizzie Fargher grew up in Suffolk. She spent her early life in an atmosphere of culture and the arts as her father was General Manager of the Aldeburgh Festival in the heyday of Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears. She trained extensively as a dancer and after a short professional career she taught Cecchetti ballet in London for some years.

After her marriage to Tim, an artist, in 1978 and their subsequent move back to Suffolk, she concentrated on the upbringing of their four children as well as starting and running a successful retail business for many years. During this time she organised several acclaimed concert series at Orford, also continuing to do some teaching in the area.

She was invited to join the Board of DanceEast in 2003 by Assis Carreiro and has been primarily involved in fundraising and development especially during the Capital Appeal, several balls and the establishment of the new Choreographic Fund. 

She is fascinated by all forms of dance and attends many and varied performances wherever she may be in the world.

Shanelle Fergus

Shannelle Fergus has been a professional dancer for 10 years, performing with artists including Kylie Minogue, Cheryl Cole and Jessie J, and companies such as ZooNation and BirdGang. In recent years, she has also taught dance in studios and colleges across the country and the world.

In 2012, with three other professional dancers, Shannelle co-founded Dancers United UK, a campaign to improve dancers’ rights within the commercial dance industry. They have been working alone and with Equity since, in the long running battle to instigate and implement desperately needed change.

Shannelle’s knowledge of the industry is helped further by her position as Agency Manager for ZooNation Dance Company. She hopes with her experience as both a dancer and an agent, she can offer well rounded opinions, in the best interests of all concerned.

Nelson Fernandez

Nelson Fernandez is an arts producer and cultural consultant with working experience   as an artist, producer, management trainer, and facilitator with many organisations in the fields of drama, dance, opera, museums, visual arts, and the creative industries in the UK and around the world.   

In 1997, after working as a dance and performance artist with companies in the UK, Europe, and North America (such as Koln Tanz Forum, Ballet Rambert, Louis Falco, Balletto del Sole, Lindsay Kemp, Jane Dudley, Glyndebourne, and English National Opera) and later as an independent arts producer (working with companies and artists like the National Theatre, Nottingham Playhouse, Dance Umbrella, Thamesdown Dance Agency, Wendy Houstoun, and Rosemary Butcher), he joined the British Council and was seconded to Visiting Arts, a UK government agency which supports artistic exchange between the UK and the rest of the world.  As one of Visiting Arts’ three directors, with responsibility for Cultural Operations, Nelson was charged with the development of a broad spectrum of arts support programmes as well as for arts management and cultural leadership programmes dealing with the visual and performing arts.  

He left Visiting Arts in 2008 to set up NFA International Arts and Culture.  The company provides specialist services to artists and arts organisations, as well as to foundations, government agencies, and academic institutions involved in international arts and culture projects.  The company undertakes strategic development research, project and event management, arts management training and development, and brokering of international relationships, bringing together the international expertise and contacts of its two principal directors, Nelson Fernandez and Roger McCann and a number of associates from the UK and around the world.  

In addition, Nelson has acted as International Producer for Scottish Dance Theatre since 2009, producing tours for the company to China, India, Dubai, the US, Italy, Mexico, and Brazil. 

He is a regular speaker at seminars, conferences, training programmes, and symposia on issues relating to the arts, arts management, and cultural policy and diplomacy.  He is regularly invited to sit on a variety of selection panels and to chair events for organisations around the world, most recently  by the Iran Heritage Foundation in London; the Prakriti Foundation in Chennai, India; Sibiu Festival in Romania, and the Romanian Institute in London.  He is a Trustee of Brighton Festival & Dome Ltd., and Deputy Chairman of ATC Theatre Company.  A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, he is also a Chevalier of France’s Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and was awarded an OBE for services to the arts in the June 2009 Birthday Honours List.  

Leif Federico Firnhaber 

Dancer and photographer. 

Leif grew up in up in Chile, Germany and Spain and has been based in Brussels since 2008.

In Belgium, Leif was worked as a dancer with recognized companies, institutions and artists including David Zambrano, The Vlaamse Opera House, Michelle Anne de Mey / Charleroi-Danses, Eastman/ Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet. Leif has also toured his own work in collaboration with Vicky P. Miranda. Over recent years he has been involved in an increasing number of freelance projects: Choreographic research and creation with Tallinn University (Estonia), Choreographic assistant for José Besprosvany (Brussels), Creation „UP“ (Cie Jozef Trefeli, Geneva), Collaboration with Cie La Flux (Paris), as well as an extensive amount of pedagogical activities through movement. These include refugee camps, theatre and circus schools, company classes, conservatoires to freelance workshops and training programs across Europe and South America.

Tamsin Fitzgerald

Artistic Director 2Faced Dance Company 

Tamsin founded 2Faced Dance Company in 1999. In the last 15 years Tamsin has choreographed six major works for the company: Lucid Grounds, State of Matter, Still Breathing, Third, 7.0 and Out of His Skin which have toured across the UK and Internationally. In 2009 Tamsin received the Rayne Fellowship for Choreography and worked with Australian Dance Theatre and The Ballet Boyz as well as leading on several large scale social and education projects. Tamsin co-choreographed Watch This Space in 2008 with Hofesh Shechter for the Birmingham International Dance Festival and soon after became Associate Artist at DanceXchange. Tamsin has since choreographed and taught at The Place, NSCD, The Centre for Advanced training in Birmingham as well as extensively in schools and colleges across the UK. Other commissions include: The Rock for Moko Mix, Wings of Desire for IDFB, Soap The Show (World Tour) and various commissions for CAT and youth company schemes across the UK. Tamsin was awarded the prestigious Jerwood Choreographic Research Prize in 2013 for her large outdoor dance project The Pod.

Yassmin Foster

Yassmin V Foster is a creative producer, international dance artist and scholar. She has worked progressively in the arts and culture sector since 1992: her passion, skill and experience have taken her from urban London to South America, Asia and Europe on cultural exchange and artist development projects. Yassmin advocates for movement and dance as intangible cultural heritage and champions cross cultural and multi art form collaborative journeys.

Yassmin is currently undertaking MA Choreomundus: International Master in Dance Knowledge, Practice and Heritage. Her research investigates how England recognizes “black dance”, and in particular the notion of invisibility. Yassmin explores initiatives that aim to reverse this notion, as well as to uncover the hidden histories of “black dance’. Her approach is both contextual and choreological, Yassmin posits the idea that “black dance” is action not behaviour, which could allow for movement analysis and a refined understanding. 

Antonia Franceschi

Antonia Franceschi was one of the last dancers selected personally by George Balanchine to join the New York City Ballet where numerous works were created for her by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins and Peter Martins. Her career has taken her all over the world with additional works created on her by Wayne McGregor, Mark Baldwin, Michael Clarke, Karole Armitage, Anthony van Laastalong with other major choreographers.

As a young dancer she starred a lead role in the film Fame and also in the film Grease. Antonia was awarded The Time Out Outstanding Achievement in Dance. She has taught and coached the original Billy Elliot boys along with coaching several other West End dancers.

She has produced and choreographed for both British and American companies, and has recently formed her own Neo-classical company AFD Just Dance after a sell-out summer tour. She is currently one of the dance judges in the BBC’s Young Dancer 2015 Competition. Currently, she is teaching the professional dancers at The Royal Ballet, Random Dance, The New York Theatre Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and DV8.

Monika Fraser

Monika Fraser is in her second year studying sports therapy at the University of Gloucestershire studying to become a sports therapist. She is passionate about sports therapy, and interested in getting people back to how they were previous to injury. 

She has enjoyed dancing since a very young age, and was part of Contrast Dance Company from 2010 up until she started university. She has performed on various occasions, and locations including a showcase the London O2 arena and competitions such as South Coast Street Dance Championships 2012. 

Adam Galbraith

Adam trained at London Contemporary Dance School. In 1999, he joined Matthew Bourne’s dance company New Adventures. Most recently for New Adventures Adam was Tour Director on Lord Of The Flies.

His stage credits for New Adventuress include: Original Cast Lord Of The Flies creating the role of Jack, Original Cast Edward Scissorhands playing Jim Upton (Sydney Opera House and Australian Tour 08/09, London, UK, US, Japan, Korean Tours 2005-07), Nutcracker! (London and UK tour 2008) playing Nutcracker and Dr Dross, The Car Man, Original Cast in 2000 (UK, Old Vic, European, Japan and US tours) creating the role of Hot-Rod and going on to play the role of Luca (Sadler’s Wells and UK Tour 2007), Highland Fling playing the role of James and Robbie (London, UK, Japan 2005), and Nutcracker! Playing the role of Nutcracker, Dr Dross and Pink Gobstopper (London, UK, Japan, Korea, US 2002-05); for AMP, Swan Lake (UK 1999), Cinderella (LA 1999).

Adam continually works with an extensive range of choreographers on various projects and collaborations and also choreographs, teaches workshops and contemporary classes for a wide range of students and groups of all ages and abilities, nationally and internationally.

Clara Giraud

Clara is an arts producer who has worked with up-and-coming performance maker Joseph Mercier since 2008, with whom she co-founded company PanicLab, presenting work in the realms of dance, live art and theatre.  She produces performance artist Tom Marshman and was Associate Producer with Ridiculusmus 2012-2014.  She works part time with Artsadmin on the Unlimited programme, funded by Arts Council England and other partners. 

Clara is passionate about performance that is raw, honest, extraordinary and humble.  The work she engages with is political, personal, serious yet with a good dose of humour.  It is accessible to a wide audience, and unpretentious.  It is always devised and necessarily collaborative.

She has been a member of the Independent Dance Management Network since 2013, of which she is now the Chair.

Anne Gleave

Anne Gleave In 1969 Anne's parents intention was that she and her Sister would be able to dance when they were older as a social grace, so at the age of 6 Anne and her sister were taken to the local dance school.

Anne took all her medals first as lady and then as man, and it was during a medalist competition that she was approached by a 10 year old young man and her first partnership was formed.

1973 - 4th in the Juvenile Ballroom International Championships

1977 - 6th in the Junior Ballroom International Championships.

1978 - Winner of the V. Waltz at the Blackpool Junior Dance Festival

It was her love of Latin America however, that made Anne search for a partner and pursue this as a career and in 1979 formed a partnership with James McKechan. 

1983/4 - Finalists in the European, British Open, United Kingdom and International Amateur Latin Championships

1984 - started dancing with John Wood and a career change dancing Ballroom

1985 - British Professional Rising Star winners

1987 - winners of the Segue competition at the United Kingdom Championships

1988 - winners of the Closed British Championships

1989 - British Open and World Professional Ballroom Champions

1991 and 1993 - British Open Professional Ballroom Champions

1989, 1991 and 1992 - European Professional Ballroom Champions

Retired in 1994 at the Team Match in Blackpool.

2003 - British team captain, as part of the Open Ceremony of the British Team Match, Anne danced with Peter Eggleton and Karen Hilton danced with Bill Irvine in a mock 'duel'

Red Button Commentary for the BBC Strictly Come Dancing Series

2011 - co-presenter of the first Freedom to Dance Open to the World Competitions

Gail Graves

Gail Graves Gail Graves has worked predominantly in Further Education for 18 years and is currently Head of Vocational Studies at The Royal Ballet upper School . She has taught a range of age groups from secondary level to Postgraduate trainee dance teachers. Gail has taught GCSE dance, A and AS level, Btec Courses at all levels. as well as providing INSET courses for teachers in a freelance capacity as well as for NRCD and Philip Allen Updates.

She has also considerable experience as a senior examiner for AQA and has worked as an external examiner/moderator for a number of specialist dance/Performing Arts Institutions. She has also had experience as a subject specialist inspector on a number of DADA Ofsted led Inspections. 

Emma Gladstone

Appointed Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Dance Umbrella in 2013, Emma’s first festival took place last October. The festival showcased 21st century choreography to over 10,000 people across the capital by ice skaters, hip hop and flamenco artists, alongside contemporary performances for audiences of all ages. 

Emma has produced performances and events with many partners over the years including Southbank Centre, The Place, Crying Out Loud, Cape Farewell, Latitude Festival, Tate Modern, the Young Vic, and the British Council.  Most recently, she was Artistic Producer and Programmer at Sadler's Wells in London (2005 – 2013), where she has initiated pioneering professional development programmes such as Jerwood Studio at Sadler’s Wells, and Summer University with choreographer Jonathan Burrows. Emma has championed new, high quality dance for children and young people since 2000 and produced many works for both large and small scale spaces. 

Before producing, she danced happily for twenty years with, among others, Lea Anderson’s The Cholmondeleys, Matthew Bourne - with whom she co-founded Adventures in Motion Pictures - and Arlene Phillips. She has a History Degree from Manchester University, and took post-graduate studies at Trinity Laban.  Emma is a Trustee for independent film maker Rachel Davies, advisor for the Family Arts Campaign, and a mentor for Dance UK and the Leverhulme Trust. She has recently been awarded an Honorary Fellowship from Trinity Laban.

Hilary Hadley

Hilary Hadley Hilary Hadley, Head of Live Performance Department at Equity, is responsible for industrial negotiations on terms and conditions of employment for Equity’s National Agreements. This covers the West End, Commercial touring and regional theatre, Subsidised theatre, Dance and Opera. In addition she manages the terms and conditions for dancers employed at the Royal Ballet, English National Ballet and Rambert. 

As the Union Official substantially responsible for all the Union agreements on which dancers are employed, she has an oversight of all the terms and conditions that apply, as well as an understanding of the areas covered by low pay/no pay and where dancers work without the protection of Equity Agreements.

Hilary’s department in Equity has recently been working with members to set up the Equity Freelance Dance Network.

Christopher Hampson ("Future of Ballet" Panel on Saturday)

Christopher Hampson joined Scottish Ballet as Artistic Director in August 2012.

Christopher trained at the Royal Ballet Schools. His choreographic work began there and continued at English National Ballet (ENB), where he danced until 1999 and for whom he subsequently created numerous award-winning works, including Double Concerto,Perpetuum MobileCountry GardenConcerto Grosso and The Nutcracker.

Christopher’s Romeo and Juliet, created for the Royal New Zealand Ballet (RNZB), was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award (Best New Production 2005) and his production of Giselle for the National Theatre in Prague has been performed every year since its premiere in 2004. Christopher created Sinfonietta Giocosa for the Atlanta Ballet (USA) in 2006 and after a New York tour it received its UK premiere with ENB in 2007.

He created Cinderella for RNZB in 2007, which was subsequently hailed as Best New Production by the New Zealand Herald and televised by TVNZ in 2009. His work has toured Australia, China, the USA and throughout Europe. His most recent commissions areDear Norman (Royal Ballet, 2009); Sextet (Ballet Black/ROH2, 2010); Silhouette (RNZB, 2010), Rite of Spring (Atlanta Ballet, 2011), Storyville (Ballet Black/ROH2, 2012) nominated for a National Dance Award 2012, and Hansel and Gretel (Scottish Ballet 2013).

Christopher is a co-founder of the International Ballet Masterclasses in Prague and has been a guest teacher for English National Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet, Royal New Zealand Ballet, Hong Kong Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Bonachela Dance Company, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures and the Genée International Ballet Competition. Christopher’s work now forms part of the Solo Seal Award for the Royal Academy of Dance.

Amanda Hancox 

Amanda Hancox Executive Director, Dancer Transition Resource Centre, Canada

Amanda Hancox is a graduate of the Arts Educational School Tring Park. Over her 30 year performance career she worked extensively across Canada as a dancer and actress in theatre, film, and television. Amanda has been Executive Director of Canada’s Dancer Transition Resource Centre (DTRC) since 2006. The DTRC is a national, charitable organization with a mandate to help dancers make necessary transitions into, within, and from professional performing careers.

Throughout her tenure with the DTRC, Amanda has contributed her expertise to a number of international and national conferences including the international aDvANCE Project; the World Dance Alliance; UNESCO Arts and Learning Symposium; HR Council for the Nonprofit Sector; Cultural Careers Council Ontario; and the ACTRA 2014 National Conference. Additionally she acts as a career transition consultant within and outside the arts community.

Amanda is Co-leader of the LEAP Project (Leading Edge After Performance), a three-year collaborative exploration into the similarities of transition issues of professional dancers and elite athletes. She is an Executive member of International Organization for the Transition of Professional Dancers (IOTPD), and Chair of the Dance Media Group. 

Andrew Hochauser QC

Andrew Hochauser Andrew Hochhauser QC is a barrister at Essex Court Chambers, a Bencher of Middle Temple, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Deputy High Court Judge. He specialises in commercial and employment litigation. He is passionate about dance and from 2007-2014, he was chair of Dance Umbrella, the annual London festival of international contemporary dance. In 2011 obtained an MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art, where he specialised in British Modernism. He is also the Vice-Chairman of Paintings in Hospitals.

Mary Ann Hushlak (“Making Dramaturgy” panel on Saturday)

Mary Ann Hushlak Mary Ann Hushlak is a writer, dance/performance dramaturg and curator. Originally Canadian, she first came to the UK to do a PhD on the subject of political language.  Instead, she became immersed in performance art, trained as a screenwriter which gives her a fluency in visual, spatial ‘story’ and dramatic structure, and, wanting a specificity of vocabulary of dance and movement, she did a range of choreology workshops with Rosemary Brandt. Now, a cross-media approach is a key feature of her dance and performance dramaturgy practice.

Recent work includes: Qasim Riza Shaheen (One and Misplaced Memoirs, also co-editing essays/reflections for a publication on the artist), Lizzi Kew Ross (Reading with Bach and Without Warning), Athina Vahla, Darren Ellis Dance, Freddie Opoku-Addaie, squib-box and, currently, Becka McFadden and Scheherazaad Cooper’s BackStories. Curatorial work includes: “Five Hundred Years On – A Walking Reading Group of Machiavelli’s The Prince (with Bram Arnold and Mary Jane Edwards) as part of Machiavelli, Interpreted (Artangel 100) and, in development, it all starts with a book, a reading meets performance event. 

She is President of the dramaturgs’ network (d’n) and her Think Dramaturgy, a modular teaching workshop, will go live in late spring 2015.

Joseba Yerro Izaguirre

Originally from Pamplona, Spain, Joseba trained at the Institut del Teatre in Barcelona, graduating in 2011, that same year he was awarded the 1st Prize at the National Dance Competition in Castellon.  Joseba danced with IT Dansa Jove Companyia from 2011 – 2013 under the artistic direction of Catherine Allard.  As a freelancer, he has also performed works by Israel Aloni & Lee Brummer and Ronald Wintjens & Stefan Ernst.  Joseba joined National Dance Company Wales in July 2014. 

Linda Jasper MBE, MA, Cert. Ed

Linda Jasper Linda is founder Director of Youth Dance England, setting up the first national network for children and young people’s dance and national programmes involving young people as performers, choreographers, viewers/critics and leaders.  

Before starting Youth Dance England she was Director of South East Dance, Senior Professional Training Tutor for the University of Surrey’s Dance Department and the first Dance Officer for Berkshire County Council. 

Linda has served on many Arts Council panels and committees, was Elected Chair of the Foundation for Community Dance (1992-1998) and Vice Chair of Culture South East (2005-2009). She is a member of the Programme Board: Children and Young People’s Dance and the Cultural Learning Alliance’s Steering Group. She was awarded a MBE for services for dance in 2011 and an Honorary Doctorate Arts, by Demontfort University, in 2014.

Jeanefer Jean-Charles

Jeanefer Jean-Charles Choreographer, Mass Movement Director and Creative Consultant. 

Jeanefer has recently worked as Creative Director for the New Year’s Eve Parade in Newcastle - one of the host cities for the Rugby World cup 2015, and is presently choreographer for the world premiere of the musical Yarico produced by John & Jodie Kidd.

Credits: Mass Bolero Film - celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Torvill and Dean’s Gold medal win at the Winter Olympics, Live Bolero - a Big Dance event in Nottingham for Dance4. Creative Consultant in Doha, Qatar for the Minister for Youth and Sports. Movement Director on the film Enigneering Happiness, comissioned by the Institution of Engineers.

Other credits include: Artistic Director of the Rugby League World Cup 2013 Opening Ceremony and the Community Engagement Dance Programme, Opening Ceremony for the Commonwealth Youth Games, Isle of Man. Mass Movement Co-ordinator on all four London 2012 Olympic Ceremonies, plus large-scale commissions for the  Coronation Festival at Buckingham Palace, East London Dance, Big Dance, Greenwich and Docklands International Festival,  the Beijing Cultural Olympic Festival, and the Unveiling of Mandela’s Statue on Parliament Square.

Jeanefer is proud to say that The Return of Colmcille’ created by London Olympics writer Frank Cottrell Boyce – as part of Derry-Londonderry UK City of Culture 2013 with Walk the Plank, won an award for Best Outdoor Event.

Jeanefer is a Rayne Fellow and Executive Director of Tomorrow’s Men – using dance as a tool to help young men re-engage in education.

From 1990 until 2000 she was the artistic director of Bullies Ballerinas Jazz Productions. Following a 20 year career, working across theatre, dance, television and film she has gone on to work extensively in a range of contexts and bespoke events both in the UK and internationally. 

Kirin Sinha

Kirin Sinha Kirin Sinha graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a degree in Theoretical Mathematics and Electrical Engineering/Computer Science, and a minor in Music. As a Marshall Scholar, she is pursuing a graduate degree in Mathematics at the University of Cambridge. After years of tutoring and teaching, she founded and serves as Executive Director of SHINE for Girls, a national nonprofit targeted at encouraging middle school girls to pursue the study of mathematics through a unique combination of dance and math. SHINE for Girls has been recognized for its work in equalizing the gender gap in STEM by CNN, CBS Evening News, Fox 25, The Boston Globe, and numerous other publications. Kirin has performed with a professional Indian dance troupe in Boston and taught dance, in addition to having danced with numerous competitive groups while at MIT. Kirin has conducted research in hydrodynamic quantum analogs in the lab of Professor John Bush and has completed internships at the Blackstone Group and Adaptly. She served as Vice President of the Sloan Business Club and has helped organize the Harvard-MIT Math Tournament.

Shobana Jeyasingh

Shobana Jeyasingh Shobana Jeyasingh founded Shobana Jeyasingh Dance in 1988. She has since created over 55 original and critically acclaimed works for theatres, outdoor and indoor sites and on film.

Bayadère - The Ninth Life (2015) is Shobana's latest commission from the Royal Ballet Studio Programme and is inspired by the ballet La Bayadère. Shobana's other recent works include commissions from Artakt, In Flagrante (2013) and Southbank Centre, Strange Blooms (2013). She has also created works for companies such as Rambert, Terra Incognita (2014), Ballet Black, Breach (2008) and Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, Polar Sequences (2003), as well as for companies in Canada, Hong Kong and Beijing. The company's current creative partners include Kings College Cultural Institute and the Mulberry School for girls in Tower Hamlets.

Shobana has received the 2014 Award for Excellence in International Dance from the International Institute of Dance and Theatre and in both 2013 and 2012 the company was nominated Best Independent Company in the Critics' Circle National Dance Awards. Shobana has also received two Time Out Dance Awards, three Digital Dance Awards and her work Palimpsest (1996) was short listed for the Southbank Show Award.

Veronica Jobbins MA FRSA

Veronica Jobbins is Head of Learning and Participation (Dance) at Trinity Laban. She originally trained as a specialist dance teacher and was instrumental in the formation of the National Dance Teachers Association, taking an active interest in promoting and developing dance in schools throughout her career.

She regularly writes for dance and arts journals and presents at conferences in the UK and abroad, serving on a number of dance, arts and education boards, panels and working groups concerned with youth dance and dance in the curriculum.

Special interests in include:

  • Place and role of dance in the school curriculum
  • Arts education policy /curriculum development
  • Dance artists working in education
  • Training of teachers, community workers and dance artists for work with children and young people
  • Continuing professional training of teachers and community dance workers
  • Access and progression for young people in dance
  • Creativity in dance teaching

Laura Jones (“Status of dance in education” panel on Friday)

Performing with Stopgap since 2001, Laura has been integral to the growth and direction of the company and is a fierce advocate for the dance and disability sector. Drawing from her immense experience of devising and translating movement material, Laura has begun to establish a technical framework for dancers who use wheelchairs.

In 1998 Laura became the first wheelchair user to complete 100% of the A-Level dance syllabus. She has worked with choreographers including Bettina Strickler, Adam Benjamin, Filip Van Huffel, Carol Brown, Rob Tannion, Gary Clarke, Nathalie Purnette, Thomas Mettler, Thomas Noone, Dan Watson, Caroline Bowditch and Kevin Finnan.

As a part of Stopgap Dance Company Laura has toured both nationally and internationally including Portugal 2003; Sweden Tour 2004 & 2007; Japan Tour 2009, UK National Tour Triple Bill 2005; UK National Tour Portfolio Collection 2008 – 2009; British Council Mixed Ability Dance Project Albania & Romania; UK National TourTrespass 2010 & 2011 and European Street Arts Festivals TourTracking 2008 & 2012.

As a choreographer Laura successfully created A:Version for Resolution! 2009 and choreographed and edited the dance filmRe:bound.

In the summer of 2012 Laura took on the role of Dance Captain for the Paralympics Opening Ceremony. During this time she assisted choreographer Kevin Finnan (Motionhouse), rehearsed 3500 dancers and performed in all of the dance routines in the ceremony.

Laura has collaborated with Stopgap on Triple Bill, Double Booked, Portfolio Collection, Tracking, Trespass, SPUN Productions and Artificial Things.

Laura was mentored by Caroline Bowditch on Dance UK’s funded Dancers Mentoring Programme 2012-2013.

Nicholas Keegan

Nicholas Keegan Nick is a professional Dance Artist and has been the Dance Representative on Equity Council since July 2014.

His professional credits span a wide variety of companies and choreographers in the UK and internationally including; Akram Khan Company (for the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics), Arcade Fire at Earls Court, Charlotte Spencer, Darshan Singh Bhuller, English National Opera (Madam Butterfly, The Mikado), Errol White, Gary Clarke, James Cousins, Janine Harrington, Janusz Orlik, Joanna Leśnierowska, Jorge Crecis, Les Miserables (Oscar winning motion picture), MadDogs Dance Theatre, RSC, Stephen Pelton, Welsh National Opera (La Traviata, Boulevard Solitude, Manon Lescaut) and extensive work with Willi Dorner since 2009.

He has a First Class BA(Hons) from Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance and a Distinction Post-Grad Diploma from Northern School of Contemporary Dance. 

Nick started to develop his own creative work for Hebden Bridge Arts Festival between 2010-12, and he has collaborated on numerous musicals, music videos, fashion editorials and freelance commissions. He continues to tour for Willi Dorner’s acclaimed Bodies in Urban Spaces as the tour director.

As Equity’s Representative for Dance, he initiated the Equity Freelance Dance Network, which aims to improve standards and empower the varied community of professional dancers in the freelance and subsidised dance sector. His work with the Union has also seen a 79% increase in the number of new dance members during the period of 2014, which has led to the formation of a new Dance specialist committee. This will come into effect in July 2015 and will aim to greatly advance and develop dance representation in the Union.

Akram Khan ("Dramaturgy Panel" Saturday)

Akram Khan by Jean-Louis Fernandez Artistic Director/Choreographer/Dancer

Akram Khan is one of the most celebrated and respected dance artists today. In just over a decade he has created a body of work that has contributed significantly to the arts in the UK and abroad. His reputation has been built on the success of imaginative, highly accessible and relevant productions such as DESHiTMOiVertical RoadGnosis and zero degrees.

An instinctive and natural collaborator, Khan has been a magnet to world-class artists from other cultures and disciplines. His previous collaborators include the National Ballet of China, actress Juliette Binoche, ballerina Sylvie Guillem, choreographer/dancer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, singer Kylie Minogue, visual artists Anish Kapoor, Antony Gormley and Tim Yip, writer Hanif Kureishi and composers Steve Reich, Nitin Sawhney, Jocelyn Pook and Ben Frost.

 Khan’s work is recognised as being profoundly moving, in which his intelligently crafted storytelling is effortlessly intimate and epic. Described by the Financial Times as an artist "who speaks tremendously of tremendous things", a recent highlight of his career was the creation of a section of the London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony that was received with unanimous acclaim.

 Khan has been the recipient of numerous awards throughout his career including the Laurence Olivier Award, the Bessie Award (New York Dance and Performance Award), the prestigious ISPA (International Society for the Performing Arts) Distinguished Artist Award, the Herald Archangel Award at the Edinburgh International Festival, the South Bank Sky Arts Award and several Critics' Circle National Dance Awards. Khan was awarded an MBE for services to dance in 2005. He is also an Honorary Graduate of Roehampton and De Montfort Universities, and an Honorary Fellow of Trinity Laban.

 Khan is an Associate Artist of Sadler’s Wells, London.

Judith Knight

Judith Knight photo by Hugo Glendinning Judith Knight is the co-director and founder of Artsadmin. She worked in theatres in Hull, Glasgow and London before setting up Artsadmin in 1979. Over the last thirty-five years, the organisation has supported and produced the work of contemporary artists and companies working across all disciplines. Artsadmin has developed its base at Toynbee Studios in East London into a centre for the creation and development of new work, with rehearsal spaces, free advisory service, bursary scheme, education programme, residencies, showcases, workshops and performances.  Together with Shape, Artsadmin runs Unlimited – a three year programme of commissions of work by disabled artists. Judith has produced numerous projects nationally and internationally, many of which have been site-specific pieces in locations all over the world.  She works with the Imagine 2020 European Network producing artists’ projects about climate change, including Artsadmin’s Two Degrees festival and associated projects including the commissions with LIFT of Michael Pinsky’s Plunge (2012) and Amy Sharrocks’ Museum of Water (2014). She is on the board of the arts and environment organisation Tipping Point.  She was awarded an MBE in 2007, and in 2009 was made Officier des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government.


Laura Kriefman

Laura Kriefman, photo by Anna Soderblom Laura Kriefman is an award winning Choreographer and Creative Technologist. She is a 2011-2012 Fellow of the Clore Cultural Leadership Programme, and the Royal Society of the Arts and a board member for the international renowned Museum of Broken Relationships (having produced the premiere UK transfer to national critical acclaim).  

Laura’s company, the Guerilla Dance Project (GDP) are an innovative dance company resident at the Pervasive Media Studio in Bristol who specialise in Augmented dance: the fusion between movement and technology. Laura works closely with a range of universities, architects, technologists, futurists and policy makers to create work that encourages positive behavioural change and is actively involved in the Playable City Movement. Alongside research and interactive installations the company creates large scale shows that tour internationally. 

The GDP’s work has been seen at the National Theatre, South Bank Centre, Barbican, Arnolfini, Imperial War Museum North, Theatre Royal Bath, V&A and as part of the Cultural Olympiad. They have also been commissioned in Brazil, Ireland, Croatia, Indonesia, Germany and the Netherlands. Since 2012 Laura has been a guest speaker at SxSW Interactive, World Science Fair (New York), IRCAM Paris, Birkbeck University and the South Bank Centre.

Recent work has been featured in Wired, Huffington Post, The Guardian, and published by MIT press, in Molecular Aesthetics. Laura's work has been cited by the Arts Council UK (Alan Davey and Sir Peter Bazalgette) as the best contemporary example of Sci Art Collaboration. Recent awards include: Outstanding Contribution to Innovation – Media Innovation Award 2013; Best Exhibition/Event- Media Innovation Award 2013; Royal Television Society Award for Best Digital Innovation 2012; and an Honorary Mention, Prix Des Arts, Ars Electronica.  

Aleks Krotoski

Aleks Krotoski Aleks Krotoski is an academic and journalist who writes about and studies technology and interactivity. Her new book, Untangling the Web: What the Internet is Doing to You looks at the psychology research behind the claims about the positive and negative forces of the digital age.

Aleks presents BBC Radio 4’s award-winning science series The Digital Human. She has been hosting The Guardian’s Tech Weekly podcast since its inception, in 2007.

Hannes Langolf

Hannes Langolf After his training in dance in his hometown in Germany and later London, Hannes was offered a place in the unique European interdisciplinary program D.A.N.C.E. (Dance Apprentice Network aCross Europe) where he was learning, working, creating and performing under the artistic direction of Angelin Preljocaj, Frédéric Flamand, Wayne McGregor and William Forsythe.

He then went on to join DV8 Physical Theatre as a performer in 2007, and was an original cast member of the critically acclaimed stage productions "To Be Straight With You" (2007-2009, nominated for an Olivier Award) and “Can We Talk About This?” (2010-2012), both conceived and directed by Lloyd Newson.

Hannes is currently DV8’s Creative Associate and plays the title character in their latest production “JOHN”.

Further, Hannes has also worked with Punchdrunk (UK), Wayne McGregor | Random Dance (UK), Thierry de Mey (B), Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre (IRL) and Akram Khan Company (UK), among others.

He has been a guest member of the contemporary teaching faculty of the English National Ballet School (UK), Iwanson international school for Contemporary Dance (D), and London Contemporary Dance School – The Place (UK). His professional teaching credits also include The Featherstonehaughs and Matthew Bourne – New Adventures among others.

Helen Laws

Helen Laws Helen Laws has worked at Dance UK for its Healthier Dancer Programme (HDP) since 1998 and was manager of the programme from 2001 to 2011, before becoming manager of the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science. With a remit to promote and advocate to improve dancers’ health and performance she has organised conferences, events and talks; produced publications and information sheets; and facilitated and carried out research in the areas of dance health and science.

She manages networks for dance medicine practitioners and researchers and dance professionals, encouraging communication across disciplines and providing a point of contact in the UK for those seeking advice, information or expertise in dance medicine and science.

Helen studied ballet, tap, modern and contemporary dance from an early age and completed a BA(Hons) Degree in Dance at Roehampton University, London, in 1996. She also has a Diploma in Arts Management. She is the author of Fit to Dance 2 – The report of the second national inquiry into dancers’ health and injury in the UK. Helen has served on various committees for the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science since 2001 and is was a member of the IADMS board (2006/2007, 2008/2009, 2010/2011).

Ruth Little

Ruth Little Ruth Little is a theatre and dance dramaturg, a teacher and writer. She lectured in English literature at the University of Sydney, and was literary manager at Out of Joint, Soho Theatre, the Young Vic and the Royal Court. Ruth is associate director at Cape Farewell, where she is curating and producing Sea Change, a programme of interdisciplinary research, sailing expeditions, events and exhibitions across the islands of Scotland. She is dramaturg with Akram Khan Company (Gnosis, Vertical Road, Desh, iTMOi, Dust (with ENB)), and has worked with Sadlers Wells, Spitalfields Festival, Barbican, National Theatre Connections, Fuel, Theatre Forum Dublin, Siobhan Davies Dance, Le Patin Libre. Recent projects include A Season in the Congo (Dir. Joe Wright: Young Vic, 2013), The Full Monty (Dir. Daniel Evans: UK tour 2013-14), Kes (Dir. Jonathan Watkins: Sheffield Theatres, 2014), Shell Shock (Dir. Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui: La Monnaie/de Munt, 2014). International Guest Artist, Banff Arts Centre Playwrights’ Colony 2014. Trustee: Cove Park, Eiggbox. Winner of 2012 Kenneth Tynan Award for dramaturgy. Publications include The Young Vic Book (Methuen, 2004), The Royal Court Theatre Inside Out (Oberon, 2007), The Slow Art of Contemporary Expedition: Islandings (in Expedition, University of the Arts, 2012), Art, Place, Climate: Situated Ethics (In Art and Ethics, Springer, 2014), War in the Body (La Monnaie/de Munt, 2014). 

Peter Lovatt

Peter Lovatt is a Dance Psychologist. He holds the academic post of Reader and Principal Lecturer in the Psychology of Dance at the University of Hertfordshire where he runs the Dance Psychology Lab. His academic research addresses questions such as: what’s the link between dancing and neurodegeneration? How does dancing change the way people think and solve problems? And, why is the way we move linked to our hormonal and genetic make up? Peter has a BSc in Psychology and English, a MSc in Neural Computation and a PhD in Experimental Cognitive Psychology. He carried out his post-doctoral research at the University of Cambridge. 

Before studying the psychology of dance Peter was a professional dancer. He trained in dance and musical theatre at the Guildford School of Acting. Peter combined the study of dance and psychology in 2008 and since then his work has been reported on TV, radio and in the national and international press, where he has become known as Doctor Dance. He has been invited to give many keynote talks around the world, he has given five TEDx talks. As a TV Dance Psychologist he’s appeared on many popular TV and radio shows, including Strictly Come Dancing: It takes two, The Alan Titchmarsh Show, Big Brother's Bit on the Side and the Graham Norton Show.

Dame Gillian Lynne (Keynote speech, Thursday night)

A seminal influence on British dance and musical theatre, Dame Gillian Lynne started her career in 1942 at age 16 before joining the Sadler’s Wells Ballet Company in 1944 where she became a soloist performing at the newly opened Covent Garden Opera House as detailed in her autobiography A Dancer in Wartime. Her many roles with the soon-to-be renamed Royal Ballet included the Black Queen in Checkmate, the Lilac Fairy in Sleeping Beauty and Queen of the Willis in Giselle.

Following her successful performing career as the star dancer at the London Palladium and on early British TV, as well as being Britain’s foremost exponent of Jazz Dance, Lynne went on to be a leading director/choreographer of her generation. Notable ballet credits include A Simple Man, Lipizzaner and The Brontes for Northern Ballet, Journey for the Bolshoi Ballet, Some You Win for Irek Mukhamedov’s Company and Fool on the Hill for the Australian Ballet,

Best-known for her ground-breaking work on Cats and The Phantom of the Opera, Lynne has directed over 60 productions in the West End and on Broadway, including the UK premiere of Jerry Herman’s Dear World in 2013.  She has worked on 11 feature films and 100’s of television productions as producer, director, choreographer or performer.

At the end of 2014 Lynne returned to the London Palladium for the new production of Cats. The production marked, apart from her many dancing appearances, the 3rd major musical she has opened at this iconic venue. 

Earlier this year Lynne released a landmark exercise DVD aimed at mature audiences entitled Longevity Through Exercise and in October 2014 she recreated Miracle in the Gorbals for the Birmingham Royal Ballet.

Lynne has received numerous accolades including two Olivier Awards - the first Award for Outstanding Achievement for her Choreography of Cats in 1981 - while in 2013 she was presented with a Lifetime Achievement ‘Special’ Olivier. Other awards include: Vienna’s Silver Order of Merit, Golden Rose of Montreux Award for The Muppet Show, Samuel G. Engel Television Award (USA) for her conceptual drama The Morte d’Arthur, a BAFTA for her dance drama A Simple Man which she directed for BBC TV, a Moliere Award and The Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Award from the Royal Academy of Dance who elected her Vice-President in 2012. Lynne was honoured with CBE in 1997 and made DBE in the 2014 New Years Honours List for her services to Dance and Musical Theatre, the first woman to be honoured in this way.

Nick Mason

Nick heads up Portfolio and Impact at BeyondMe. In this role he recruits and manages a portfolio of more than 100 outstanding charities and social enterprises. BeyondMe is cause agnostic, supporting organisations that tackle issues ranging from offender rehabilitation, human trafficking to environmental protection. He ensures that the impact BeyondMe has with these organisations is captured and reported back to the charities, professionals and businesses involved.

Prior to BeyondMe Nick worked for Toniic, a global network of action-oriented impact investors. He developed systems and processes for social sector partners in Central and Eastern Europe and generated research on the opportunity for equity and debt-based crowdfunding for impact in Europe and the USA.

Since 2011, and now on the side of BeyondMe, Nick has run We Yone Child Foundation (WYCF), a charity focused on delivering education and community development initiatives in two slum communities in Freetown, Sierra Leone. He raised WYCF’s funding profile more than 400% and formed strategic partnerships to support projects in school management, school construction and Ebola crisis response. In January 2015, Nick and his team co-ordinated an Ebola education programme across 19 slum communities in Freetown.

Nick studied at Trinity College Dublin, graduating in 2013 with a degree in Natural Sciences.

James Mackenzie-Blackman

James Mackenzie-Blackman James has worked in arts policy, fundraising and management for over twelve years. He started working internationally in Nepal, Zurich, Czech Republic and the USA. On his career at the Theatre Royal in Plymouth before a period returning to the UK James took up the management of the Greenwich Musical Theatre Academy a European Social Fund project re-engaging young people outside the formal education sector with the arts. James joined the Lyric Hammersmith in April 2006. In 2009 James was appointed Commercial Director at the Lyric leading on all income streams, marketing, public relations and visitor services. In September 2010 James joined the National Youth Theatre as Executive Director. In February 2012 James joined New Adventures and Re:Bourne. James is responsible for the day-to-day management of the charity and works across the production company and the charity on fundraising, advocacy and special projects. James is regularly invited to speak at conferences and events and sits on a number of advisory boards and panels for the public and private sector.

Ingrid Mackinnon

Ingrid Mackinnon Ingrid Mackinnon is a London based professional dancer and teacher. Originally hailing from Toronto, Canada she has performed in contemporary concert dance, film, music videos, cruise ships, opera and the West End. She has worked with choreographers and directors such as Christopher Huggins, Milton Myers, Jessica Lang, Garth Fagan, George Momboye, Fergus Early, Vicki Igbokwe,  Sheron Wray, Peter Sellars, Alesandra Seutin and Bawren Tavaziva.  Ingrid danced with Dallas Black Dance Theater and her UK performance credits include Tavaziva Dance, Disney’s The Lion King (West End), Royal Opera House, English National Opera, Green Candle Dance Company and Uchenna Dance. Ingrid also holds a BA (Hons) in Kinesiology and is a certified STOTT Pilates instructor in matwork and reformer. She is currently studying her MA in Movement: Directing and Teaching at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

Moira McCormack MSc

Moira McCormack Moira has worked in Physiotherapy for dancers for many years after a professional career in classical ballet.

She is Head of Physiotherapy at the Royal Ballet and lectures internationally on Anatomy, Dance Technique and Injury Prevention.

Involvement with the International Association of Dance Medicine & Science has spanned many years both on the Board of Directors and as a presenter.

She has been a loyal supporter of Dance UK since its inception.

Alice McGrath

Alice McGrath is an experienced freelance Arts Producer and also Executive Producer with Scottish Dance Theatre.  She held previous posts of Director of Creative Development, Participation and Research at macrobert arts centre (2012-2015) and Creative Development Director (2002-2012) at Imaginate, Scotland’s development agency for children and young people’s performing arts.  

She is experienced in curating programmes of live, film and visual arts for young audiences; artist development programmes; collaborative research projects; community engagement and creative learning programmes and resources.

Wayne McGregor

Wayne McGregor, photo by Nick Mead Wayne McGregor is a multi-award-winning British choreographer and director, internationally renowned for his collaborations across dance, film, music, visual art, technology and science. He is Artistic Director of Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, Resident Company at Sadler's Wells, London, and Resident Choreographer of The Royal Ballet. He is Professor of Choreography at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and has an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from Plymouth University.

McGregor has created new works for Paris Opera Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, New York City Ballet, Australian Ballet, Zurich Ballet, English National Ballet, NDT1 and Rambert Dance Company among others. His works are also in the repertories of the leading ballet companies in the world including the Bolshoi, Royal Danish Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Boston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Mariinsky Ballet. 

Most recently he premiered Kairos for Zurich Ballet, Tetractys – The Art of Fugue for The Royal Ballet, and Atomos for Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, and presented Thinking with the Body at Wellcome Collection, an exhibition exploring his collaborative enquiry into choreographic thinking. He premieres Woolf Works at The Royal Ballet in May and Tree of Codes at Manchester International Festival in July.    

McGregor's work has earned him three Critics' Circle Awards, two Time Out Awards, two South Bank Show Awards, two Olivier Awards, a prix Benois de la Danse and a Critics’ Prize at the Golden Mask Awards. In 2011 McGregor was awarded a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) for Services to Dance. 

Joost van Megen

Joost van Megen Health Coodinator, ArtEz

Joost van Megen works concurrently for the Sports Medicine Center Papendal and ArtEZ School of Dance, where he is the health coordinator. 

After finishing high school, Joost completed the sports academy in Tilburg before moving on to 4.5 years of military service in the Elite Corps Command. A trained Mensendieck therapist, he also studied exercise therapy at the University of Amsterdam and worked as a remedial therapist in a health center in Arnhem. During this time he completed his training in haptonomy. At this moment, Joost is studying for the MSc Dance Science at the University of Wolverhampton.

Isabel Mortimer (Dancer’s Career Development session on Saturday)

Isabel Mortimer, photo by Matthew Dalby Isabel is a Personal and Executive coach CPCC, Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, and an Organisational Relationship and Systems Coach (both endorsed by the International Coaching Federation, ICF). Isabel specialises in Leadership development, cultural change, and enabling positive team dynamics.

Isabel is an established leader, having been Resident Director for Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures Dance Company. During her successful 22 year career as a professional dancer and choreographer she worked with some of Europe's most innovative directors; performing principal roles in London's West End and taking centre stage on Broadway. Throughout her time as Resident Director she coached and mentored people from all walks of life, as well as performing artists.

Performing made her aware of the power of choice in every moment. She learnt to be highly tuned to herself, and other people. She has amazing skills of understanding and intuition, and is able to get to the heart of a situation fast.

In 2007 Isabel joined Connectwell, a people and organisational development company. She led cultural change and team development work in organisations such as the BBC, AstraZeneca, Action for Children, Royal Borough of Kingston, British Airways, British Gas, Greenpeace, The Royal Commonwealth Society, International Passport Services, Royal Mail and Strategic North.www.connectwell.co.uk

In 2010 Isabel became a visiting lecturer at Birkbeck University specialising in personal development planning.

In 2011 Isabel became an approved coach for the 21st Century Legacy ‘Be The Best You Can Be’ programme for primary and secondary schools. A programme to discover student’s unique potential and empower them to pursue and fulfil their dreams.www.21stcenturylegacy.com

Isabel is a graduate of the prestigious Clore Fellowship Programme. This is a highly regarded leadership programme, for recognised leaders who specialise in the arts. www.cloreleadership.org

Isabel has endless energy for people realising their unique potential, and pursuing the powerful impact they create in the world, when they unleash that focus, flow and drive.

Jodi Myers

Jodi Myers is a consultant working across the arts. Her current clients include the National Dance Network, for whom she is independent chair. 

Prior to consultancy Jodi was Director of Performing Arts at the South Bank Centre from 1996 – 2005 and Director of Warwick Arts Centre from 1991 - 1996. Previously she worked for the Arts Council of Great Britain for a number of years, initially as Marketing Officer/Touring and subsequently as Deputy Director of Touring with responsibility for drama. Her early career was spent in marketing opera and stage managing theatre.  

Her consultancy experience includes sector reviews, organisation and board development, options appraisals, facilitation and recruitment. She has worked with local authorities, funding bodies, educational institutions, a diverse range of theatre, dance and music organisations in both the not-for-profit and commercial sectors, and with independent artists. She also works with artists and arts managers as a coach/mentor focusing on career crossroads.

Jodi has been an artistic assessor for theatre for Arts Council England for five years. She is currently chair of the board of Musical Theatre Network, a member of the board of Propeller Theatre Company and a governor of the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. 

Deryck Newland

Deryck Newland has been Artistic Director of Pavilion Dance South West, one of England’s National Dance Development Organisations, since 2012.

Previous to that he led Salisbury Arts Centre for five years, set up dance and theatre development initiatives, established and ran a new venue for an F.E. College and worked as an academic manager, lecturer and teacher in secondary education and in F.E..

He uses this background in theatre, teaching, arts development and venue management to inform his work in and for the dance sector and is passionate about opening dance up for as broad a cross section of society as possible.

Deryck is experienced at leading arts organisations, encouraging them to work in creative partnerships and connecting artists and makers to communities and audiences.

Pavilion Dance South West is committed to five creative priorities:

Bounce:    Inspiring children and young people in and through dance

Grow:      Challenging and supporting artists and makers to respond creatively to opportunities and markets

Shift:       Developing and testing new ideas for commissioning, producing and distributing dance

Share:      Championing and supporting an audience’s right to feel connected and engaged with dance

Breathe:   Advocating for and embedding dance into society’s health and well being provision

John Nicholls (“Post catalyst funded landscape for the future” panel on Friday)

John Nicholls established Arts Quarter in January 2008 having worked in arts and wider not-for-profit fundraising, communications and business development since 1986. John has worked as a senior business development, communications and brand professional for a number of arts organisations in the UK and overseas including Shakespeare's Globe where he held the position of Director of Development. He has also worked for the Young Vic, English National Ballet, San Francisco Symphony and The Washington Ballet in similar roles. Outside of the cultural sector he has worked for Friends of the Earth, the Royal Institute of International Affairs and Stonewall, improving the effectiveness of communications and revenue generation activities - taking each of these organisations through significant processes of change to realise their ambitions. From 2004 – 2007, John served as MD of London Calling Arts.  In addition to serving as Managing Partner of AQ, working with arts clients to enhance their business models to build income and reduce costs, he also leads on the agency’s respected programme of arts sector-wide research.  He is also Chair of the Board of Greenwich Dance and in the past, he has served as a Trustee of South East Dance, National AIDS Trust, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Headlong Theatre and Pacitti Company.

David Nixon (“Making Dramaturgy” panel on Saturday)

David Nixon has been Artistic Director of Northern Ballet since 2001.

David trained as a dancer, first in his home town of Chatham, Ontario and then at the National Ballet School of Canada where his training began in earnest. It was during his time there that he first became interested in choreography, helping to revive a choreographic workshop with the approval of school director Betty Oliphant. After further training in Europe he returned to Canada to train with Erik Bruhn and the great Russian teacher, Eugene Valukin.

David’s career began at the National Ballet of Canada where he progressed rapidly through the ranks to become a Principal Dancer, dancing lead roles in the classical and contemporary repertoire. In 1985 he joined the Deutsche Oper Ballet in Berlin as Principal Dancer where he won the Critics’ Award for Best Male Performance (1987) and continued to increase his own choreographic output. This included producing and directing a successful mixed programme, David Nixon’s Liaisons, at the Hebbel Theatre, Berlin in 1990.

David left Berlin for a series of Principal Guest Artist positions with National Ballet of Canada, Bayerisches Staatsballett, Munich and Royal Winnipeg Ballet before returning to Deutsche Oper Ballet in 1994 as First Ballet Master. His Guest Artist credits also include: Birmingham Royal Ballet, Komische Oper, Deutsche Staatsoper, Hamburg Ballet and Sydney City Ballet.

In 1994 David became Artistic Director of BalletMet in Columbus, Ohio, USA. During his six years with the Company he added 16 world and 15 Company premières to the repertoire.

Since joining Northern Ballet, David has added an impressive array of new works to the repertoire including the hugely popular Madame ButterflyWuthering Heights, the Gershwin extravaganza I Got RhythmSwan LakeA Midsummer Night’s DreamPeter Pan,DraculaThe Three MusketeersA Sleeping Beauty TaleThe NutcrackerHamletCleopatraBeauty & the Beast and The Great Gatsby. Most recently, David created Cinderella which premièred in 2013 and was the Company’s highest grossing première season to date.

David’s productions have been staged worldwide including Europe, Canada, the USA and South Africa. Most recently he has reproducedBeauty & the Beast for the Israel Ballet, The Three Musketeers for Alberta Ballet in Calgary.

His work has received recognition. A Midsummer Night’s Dream andThe Three Musketeers were nominated for an Olivier Award, The Three Musketeers won a Manchester Evening News (MEN) Theatre Award and Madame Butterfly and A Midsummer Night’s Dream were nominated for an MEN Award. Most recently, The Great Gatsby was nominated for a National Dance Award (Best Classical Choreography) and a UK Theatre Award (Achievement in Dance).

David was voted Director of the Year by readers of Dance Europe in 2003 and 2006, and Northern Ballet received the audience award at the Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards for three successive years (2004, 2005, 2006), and the Patron’s Award in 2009. In 2014 Northern Ballet won the award for Best European Company at the inaugural Taglioni European Ballet Awards and was nominated for Outstanding Company at the 2014 National Dance Awards.

In January 2010 David was awarded an OBE for his services to dance in the Queen’s New Year Honours list.

Eddie Nixon

Eddie Nixon photo Benedict Johnson Director of Theatre and Artist Development at The Place in London. 

Eddie started tap and modern dancing classes when he was 5 years old. He also loved singing and acting and appeared in The Sound of Music and Bugsy Malone in London’s West End. As a teenager he was a member of the youth dance company at Swindon Dance. After studying Chemistry at Bristol University he changed career direction somewhat and gained a BA (Hons) and MA at London Contemporary Dance School. For twelve years he performed for a wide range of companies and choreographers including New Adventures, The Featherstonehaughs, Protein Dance, DV8 Physical Theatre, Adventures In Motion Pictures; Rosemary Lee, Aletta Collins and Mark Bruce. In 2004 Eddie was awarded a Fellowship from The Clore Leadership Programme. He began working as Associate Director of The Place in 2005, programming theatre seasons and leading the theatre’s projects and artist development programmes. He was appointed to the role of Director in 2009. During this period he has initiated many new seasons and projects at The Place – Work Place, Choreoroam, Summer House, Currency, Touchwood and Fringe at The Place, as well as developing established seasons such as Resolution!, Spring Loaded and the Place Prize for Dance. He is the UK representative for the Aerowaves network and represents The Place on the National Dance Network and European Dancehouse Network.

Stine Nilsen

Stine Nilsen Stine Nilsen was born in Norway and moved to London to train at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. After completing her BA Hons in Dance Theatre in 1996, she joined Transitions Dance Company graduating in 1997. After graduating she performed with artists including Jeremy James & Company, Angela Woodhouse and Barriedale Opera house. In 2000 she joined Candoco Dance Company and has worked with Javier de Frutos, Jasmin Vardemon, Stephen Petronio and Protein Dance amongst others. Following research into inclusive approaches to teaching (supported by Independent Dance), Stine completed an MA in 2005 in Professional Practice (Integrated Dance Practice), Middlesex University.  In 2007, she was appointed Artistic Co-Director of Candoco Dance Company together with Pedro Machado. Stine gives regular workshops and lectures in the UK about inclusive dance practice, and was recently featured in a TEDx talk about ‘Evolution of the Arts’, 

Dr. Patricia Noxolo

Dr. Patricia Noxolo Dr Pat Noxolo is a lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Birmingham. She has twenty years’ experience lecturing and researching in higher education. Her research is at the confluence of international development, culture and in/security, and uses postcolonial, discursive and literary approaches to explore a range of Caribbean and British cultural practices. Recent work has focused on spatialities in the novels of Wilson Harris, Maryse Conde and Earl Lovelace; on Caribbean laughter and materialities; on African-Caribbean dance; on re-theorising postcolonial responsibility; and on securitisation in British development and immigration discourses.

Kevin O'Hare

Kevin O'Hare by Joe Plimmer Kevin O’Hare was born in Yorkshire. Having started dancing at an early age, he trained at The Royal Ballet School from the age of 11 and, through an exchange programme, Royal Danish Ballet. On graduating he joined Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet under the direction of Peter Wright and was promoted to Principal in 1990 at the same time as the company relocated to Birmingham, becoming Birmingham Royal Ballet. Performing across the UK and worldwide, he danced all the leading classical roles including Siegfried, Florimund, Albrecht and Romeo (in the first performance of Kenneth MacMillan’s new production of Romeo and Juliet for BRB), and created the role of Amynta in David Bintley’s full-length Sylvia. He also danced in major works by Ashton, Balanchine, Cranko, MacMillan, Van Manen, Tharp and Tudor. During his performing career he worked with Ashton, De Valois, MacMillan, Bintley and Wright, among others, as well as creating many roles. He has made guest appearances with companies all over the world, and produced many galas and choreographic evenings. 

He retired from dancing in 2000 to work with the RSC, training in company management. He returned to BRB as Company Manager in 2001 and joined The Royal Ballet as Company Manager in 2004. He was appointed Administrative Director in 2009 and Director in July 2012. Since then, in addition to presenting the Company’s heritage repertory, he has demonstrated his commitment to new work by commissioning many one-act and two full-length ballets. He has also programmed a series of concert performances that, in addition to overseas tours, have presented the Company in places as widespread as Rio de Janeiro, Londonderry, Aldeburgh and Copenhagen. He is a governor of The Royal Ballet School and on the board of Dance UK. In July 2014 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Hull.

Mari O'Neil

Mari O'Neil Mari joined the Family Arts Campaign in June 2013, and now manages the project that has worked with arts organisations from all areas of the UK in the past three years to increase levels of arts engagement by families. Over 1 million family members have participated to date in the annual Family Arts Festivals; 300 organisations have signed up to the Family Arts Standards, committing to provide an excellent welcome to families; and new research and resources are being commissioned to develop the knowledge of professionals working in the visual and performing arts. An exciting project is now being planned with partners across the EU to develop family arts activity at a European level from 2016.

Prior to the Family Arts Campaign, Mari trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama before working in the marketing teams at Anvil Arts, Basingstoke, and Watford Colosseum.

Freddie Opoku-Addaie

Freddie Opoku-Addaie Freddie Opoku-Addaie is an East London born and partly Ghanaian raised Dance Artist.  His live work draws on the emotional and behavioral characteristics of games which are usually deliberately unpredictable. The results are visceral choreography exploring notions of groups, individuals, performance, performer and outsider. 

Opoku-Addaie is a former Royal Opera House Associate Artist at ROH2 (2009-12) and recipient of numerous choreographic awards, residencies and commissions, including the Robin Howard Commission, finalist twice in The Place Prize. His works have been presented nationally and international as part of Aerowaves/ Dance Across Europe, Dance3 (UK), Jardin d'Europe (Romania), B-Motion (Italy) and Attakkalari India Biennial Festival. 

Opoku-Addaie's first solo production Show of Hands (2013), was directed by Graeme Miller and commissioned by Dance Umbrella, Trinity Laban /Greenwich Dance partnership. Currently he is co-author/performer for Unplugged Bodies with Kyoung-Shin Kim, premiered at MODAFE international Festival 2014 (South Korea). 

He has developed work in collaboration with other art forms including as Choreographer for The Arrival (2013) a Tamasha Theatre and Circus Space collaboration and as Movement Director for Turfed (2014) co-commissioned by LIFT and Momentum Arts in partnership with Street Child World Cup.

Opoku-Addaie is currently Associate Artist of Artsadmin, and ADAD Trailblazer Champion 2014/15.

For more info: www.freddieopoku-addaie.com

Ray Oudkerk

Ray Oudkerk studied Dance & Philosophy at Middlesex University followed by a year at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance.  After completing a PGCE he went into mainstream education and has almost 20 years experience of teaching Dance in secondary schools, predominantly in south London.

Over the years Ray has worked as an Advanced Skills Teacher, mentored beginning dance teachers, delivered professional training courses and worked with many arts companies and professional artists. He has delivered INSET in a number of secondary school, worked within performing arts teams and delivered a range of cross-curricular work.  He has focused on boys’ dance for a number of years and created a range of teaching resources.  

In 2013 he completed a Masters in Teaching through the Royal Academy of Dance. His dissertation focused on the relationship between Ofsted and pedagogy. 

Ray is currently an Assistant Principal at the BRIT School of Performing Arts and Technology in Croydon managing performing arts teams and teaching GCSE, BTEC and A Level Dance. In addition, Ray is on the board of Rambert Dance Company and is part of the development team working on the new Dance GCSE qualification.

Hetain Patel

Hetain Patel Hetain Patel is a visual artist. Since 2004, his video, photography, sculpture and live works have been shown internationally to critical and popular acclaim within institutions from Tate Britain, London to the Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art, Beijing. 

In recent years, Hetain has done Bruce Lee impersonations on stage at the Royal Opera House, completed commissions for Tate Modern and Southbank Centre, London, made a working class Transformer robot from an old Ford Fiesta (with his dad), toured his live performance, TEN, internationally (in English and French), made his first dance company work for Candoco, and was invited to do a TED talk which has since been had over two million hits.

Hetain’s practice, exploring the subtle and often humorous complexities of identity formation manifests in multiple forms, from work in galleries and theatres to the screen, the web and the page.

Hetain is currently making new work for the 56th Venice Biennale, and exhibitions further afield in Australia and America. In London this year his new solo exhibition opens at the Agency Gallery (April) just before his solo performance American Boy returns to Sadler’s Wells (May). 

Hetain is a Sadlers Wells New Wave Associate Artist and is represented by Chatterjee & Lal (gallery), Mumbai.



Seeta Patel

Seeta Patel Born in London, Seeta began training under the guidance of Kiran Ratna in 1990 and has since worked with a range of Bharatanatyam and contemporary dance professionals. She furthered her studies in Bharatanatyam under the guidance of Mavin Khoo, Padma Shri Adyar K Lakshman, Meena Raman and Pushkala Gopal. She has also worked with Professor C.V. Chandrashekar and Liz Lea.

Seeta has toured with DV8 Physical Theatre, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company, David Hughes Dance Company and Mavin Khoo Dance amongst others.

Seeta presented her London debut as a classical soloist to a sold out audience at The Clore Upstairs, Royal Opera House, June 2009. 

Over the past 12 years, Seeta has received numerous awards and bursaries for her creative and professional development.

More recently Seeta has branched out into the field of dance on screen and film. The first film she produced, The Art of Defining Me in 2013, gained national and international acclaim and has won several awards in the independent film/dance on screen circuit.

Seeta curated an evening of dance as part of the Wild Card Initiative by Sadler’s Wells, presenting an evening of high quality solo classical dance with live music for two nights.  Both nights sold out and a tour of the work is in development.

Dance UK has chosen Seeta to be a part of the 2015 Mentoring Program as a future leader within the arts.

Arlene Philips CBE (Compere, Thursday night)

Arlene Phillips is a showbiz legend, since she revolutionised dance with Hot Gossip in the 70s, she has become world renowned for her creativity: she has choreographed for Hollywood directors on films from John Huston’s Annie to Ridley Scott’s Legend, created iconic videos for stars including Whitney Houston, Elton John, Queen and Robbie Williams. She has directed arena shows such as Monty Python Live, Strictly Come Dancing The Live Tour, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance, The Manchester XVII Commonwealth Games and The 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games Official Theme. Arlene’s theatre credits range from Creative Director of Brazilian dance spectacular Brazouka to producing the enchanting  Midnight Tango  starring Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace to choreographing and directing hit West End, Broadway and international tours of musicals such as The Wizard of Oz, Starlight Express, Flashdance, The Sound of Music, Grease, We Will Rock You and Saturday Night Fever. As a television talent judge on So You Think You Can Dance and Strictly Come Dancing in the UK and Over The Rainbow in Canada, Arlene has become a well-loved household name and in 2013 she was honoured by the Queen as a CBE for her services to dance and charity. Follow on Twitter:  @arlenephillips, Facebook: TheArlenePhillips

Arthur Pita

Arthur Pita Arthur is Portuguese, was born in South Africa. He came to London in 1991 where he trained at London Contemporary Dance School, gaining a masters degree. Arthur works internationally as a freelance choreographer in commissions for dance, opera, musicals, theatre, film as well as creating his own dance theatre productions. His work has been brought to venues such as Royal Opera House, Royal National Theatre, Sadler's Wells, The Joyce Theatre NYC, The Young Vic, Royal Albert Hall, The Metropolitan Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Israeli Opera, Den Norske Opera Oslo, Lithuanian Opera including others. Most recently: The Little Match Girl (Sadlers Wells), Ex Machina (DNA films), The Death of Klinghoffer (Metropolitan Opera), The Metamorphosis, South Bank Award, National Dance Award (Royal Opera House, The Joyce Theatre NYC)


Shona Powell

Shona Powell Shona Powell was appointed in March 2002 as the first Director of Nottingham Lakeside Arts, the University of Nottingham's public arts programme based in the beautiful surroundings of Highfields Park.  Lakeside comprises the Djanogly Theatre (220 capacity), Djanogly Art Gallery & Angear Visitor Centre, Museum of Archaeology, and Djanogly Recital Hall (200 capacity), The Wallner and The Weston Galleries.   Lakeside also has a Visual Artist in Residence Studio, and both a Visual Arts and Performing Arts Studio space used by the venues’ many community and young people’s groups, as well as providing creation spaces for new work.  Whilst the Lakeside programme is very broad-based in its appeal, it has always had a strong commitment to presenting high quality work for children and families, and since 2005 has promoted international work for this audience as part of the annual Wheee! Festival. 

Shona is a founding member of the East Midlands Children’s Theatre Network, together with Déda (Derby) and the Spark Children’s Arts Festival, which together seek to source and lead in the touring of quality work for children and families in the region to include venues in Spalding, Lincoln, Buxton, Northampton and Corby as well as the original three, taking international and UK to new audiences in the region.  This project received Strategic Touring funding support from ACE in 2012.

Shona became Chair of MOKO Dance in 2014; she is a board member of Cultivate-EM; and was Chair of Déda (Derby) 2003-2010; and until 2012 a board member of The Egalitarian Trust (Galleries of Justice).  She is also a member of the Cultural Partnership Executive, and Ticketing Network East Midlands.  

Before moving to Nottingham, Shona was for 10 years founding Director of The Lemon Tree, a multi arts venue in Aberdeen which combined a major touring programme with a strong education and access programme.  During this time she was a member of a range of Scottish Arts Council Committees including Combined Arts, Capital and New Directions Lottery Committees.  She was a Board Member of Dance Productions, and until moving to Nottingham was a member of the Advisory Group for Scottish Dance Theatre.   

Edel Quin, MSc, FHEA

Edel Quin, MSc, FHEA, is Programme Leader of the Masters in Dance Science in the faculty of dance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, UK. She specializes in the application of dance science theory and research to the teaching and practice of dance, across styles, ages and settings. She frequently presents her applied research at national and international conferences, and has published numerous papers. She also serves on the Education Committee of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS), is a registered Course Provider with Safe in Dance International (SiDI), and is a listed Dance UK Healthier Dancer speaker.  

Edel is a trained Irish and Contemporary dancer. She has performed in London’s Westend, has toured full-time as a troupe member and lead dancer with “Riverdance the Show” from 1996-2001 and was an original member of Henri Oguike’s H20 apprentice company.  She has also taught Performance Enhancement on Trinity Laban’s Centre for Advanced Training scheme for gifted and talented young dancers, along with rehearsal directing for visiting professional dance artists and choreographers. 

Mark Rasmussen

Mark Rasmussen Group Marketing Manager, Harlequin Floors

Mark has become a familiar face at industry events as Harlequin’s head of marketing. Harlequin Floors is a long standing supporter of healthy dance initiatives and the promotion of new talent and Mark brings a philanthropist's perspective to discussions regarding fundraising and sponsorship. 

Born and raised in North London, Mark has enjoyed a 30 year career in business and joined Harlequin five years ago. His role embraces an overview of marketing operations for the main Harlequin businesses located in the UK, America, Europe, Asia and Australasia, as well as the Black Cat Music distribution franchise in the UK, Europe and Russia.

Harlequin’s global leadership in the technology of the dance floor is based on informed research and working closely with the dance and scientific community to create floors that dancers, at all levels of achievement, want to dance on.

Somehow Mark has, over the years, managed to combine his business life with a dual career as a musician and finds that understanding issues affecting performers enables him to quickly build rapport with dancers. “I’m sure there is a spiritual connection between musicians and dancers” he says.

Dr. Emma Redding

Dr Emma Redding is Head of Dance Science at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Emma originally trained as a dancer and performed with the company Tranz Danz, Hungary and for Rosalind Newman, Hong Kong. She teaches contemporary dance technique at Trinity Laban and lectures in physiology alongside her management and research work. She has been Principal Investigator for several large-scale research projects including a 3-year government funded study into dance talent identification and development as well as studies into the physical and mental demands of music playing and the role of mental imagery within creative practice. She has published her work in academic journals and is a member of the Board of Directors and a Past-President of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS).

Louise Richards  (“Post catalyst funded landscape for the future” panel on Friday)

Louise is co-founding director of Motionhouse and producer of the company’s extensive programme, strategically leading the company in realising the vision she develops with Artistic Director, Kevin Finnan MBE.

She is instrumental in developing the many partnerships Motionhouse enjoys across the industry, skilled at spotting opportunities for the company and persuasive in her pitches for commissioning, project development and collaboration.

Originally a dancer and choreographer Louise has undertaken numerous commissions for other companies and maintains close links with the Motionhouse performing company and creative process, acting as sounding board and outside eye.  Louise continues to offer inspirational training to dancers, students, teachers and practitioners both in the UK and throughout the world.

Louise is regularly invited to present and speak at seminars and conferences. Committed to the development of the dance sector, she acts as a mentor for performers, arts leaders and organisations, as well as developing a range of apprenticeships and professional development strands to the Motionhouse programme. She is currently on the Board of Mimbre and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Kristina Rihanoff 

Kristina Rihanoff was born in Vladivostok, Russia. As a competitive dancer since the age of 7, Kristina’s years of dancing experience extends from the standard styles of ballet, ballroom and Latin, to rhythm and theatre arts. 

Having spent her early years in Russia where she was first introduced to dance, Kristina relocated to the United States in 2001, and some of her competitive dance achievements include: 1st place in the South African International Latin Championship (2005-2006), 2nd in the US National American Rhythm Finals (2003-2005.) 2nd in the Open to the World, Mambo Championship (2003-2004). She went on to represent the USA at the World Exhibition at the Blackpool Dance Festival, subsequently placing 2nd in the Theatre Dance category. In 2007 Kristina and her partner made it to the top 12 couples in the "Open to the World Latin championships"- the most prestigious completion in the world held at the Winter Gardens ballroom hall in Blackpool England. These achievements have led Kristina to perform and teach all over the World in South Africa, Japan, Hong Kong, Russia and the USA. 

Kristina later joined the US hit TV series Dancing with the Stars winter tour in 2007/2008. It was less than a year later that her increasing popularity and the public's admiration for her dance brought her to London to join the hugely popular British show Strictly Come Dancing. In her first season she was partnered with the well-respected political broadcaster John Sergeant. Seven years later she has become one of the long standing professional dancers having been partnered with a range of celebrities from professional sportsmen, to a James Bond actor, to include world champion boxer Joe Calzaghe, DJ Goldie, screen and stage superstar Jason Donovan, actor Colin Salmon, rugby star Ben Cohen and most recently last year with Simon Webbe from one of the most known group "Blue" where they reached the final. Kristina also won Strictly Come Dancing special with John Barrowman in 2010. 

Kristina is known as one of the best dance choreographers and dance directors in the UK. Her expertise is used in a wide variety of TV shows and commercials including Strictly Come Dancing,  BBC 3 show Dancing on Wheels, Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special 2012, Aviva commercial with Paul Whithouse , BT commercial with Kris Marshall just to name a few.  Officialkristinarihanoff.com 

Polly Risbridger

Polly Risbridger Polly became Director at East London Dance in August 2013, having joined the organisation as Community Projects Coordinator in 2003, becoming Programme Manager in 2004 and Creative Producer in 2007. Highlights of her work include leading the Big Dance hub development for east London; producing ambitious outdoor & site specific productions such at Leaving Limbo Landing by Caroline Bowditch and The Bunker Thing by Avant Garde Dance; commissioning and editing DansAthletic - a teaching resource inspired by the Olympic and Paralympic Games; mentoring and advising a range of artists; and establishing The FI.ELD - a unique initiative to support the future innovators in dance. Polly is currently forging the way to establish a Dance Enterprise Hub for east London. Polly has been a Guest Lecturer for University of East London, delivering the Arts Management module for undergraduate performing arts students. Polly completed the BA Dance and Culture degree at University of Surrey, and following graduation became a dance artist, teaching dance for a short while before becoming Education Officer at Rambert Dance Company. Polly currently sits on the Board of Directors of Protein Dance.

Sir Ken Robinson

An internationally recognized authority in creativity and innovation in education and business, Sir Ken Robinson is also one of the world’s leading speakers. Videos of his famous talks to the prestigious TED Conference are the most viewed in the history of the organization and have been seen by an estimated 300 million people in over 150 countries. 

Sir Ken works with governments in Europe, Asia and the US, international agencies, Fortune 500 companies and leading cultural organizations. He led a national commission on creativity, education and the economy for the UK Government, was the central figure in developing a strategy for creative and economic development as part of the Peace Process in Northern Ireland, and was one of four international advisors to the Singapore Government for a strategy to become the creative hub of SE Asia. 

Called “one of the world’s elite thinkers on creativity and innovation” by Fast Company Magazine, Sir Ken has received numerous awards and recognitions for his groundbreaking contributions.  He was included inThinkers50 list of the world’s leading business thinkers and has been named one of Time/Fortune/CNN’s Principal Voices. In 2003, he received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for services to the arts. His 2009 book, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, is a New York Times best seller and has been translated into 21 languages. A 10th anniversary edition of his classic work on creativity and innovation, Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative, was published in 2011. His latest book, Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life, was published by Viking in May 2013 and is also a New York Times best seller. 

Tamara Rojo

Tamara Rojo is Artistic Director and Principal Dancer of English National Ballet. She trained in Madrid at the Victor Ullate School and started dancing professionally at 17 with Ballet Victor Ullate.

She received the Gold Medal and the Special Jury Prize at the 1994 Paris International Dance Competition resulting in an invitation from Galina Samsova, one of the judges, to join Scottish Ballet in 1996. A year later, she joined English National Ballet and within six months she was promoted to Principal. 

She made her guest artist debut with The Royal Ballet in Giselle and following the acclaim was invited by Sir Anthony Dowell to join the company as a Principal in 2000, where she stayed until 2012.

She holds a Masters degree in Theatrical Arts and a Bachelors degree in Dance and Choreography from the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos de Madrid. As well as Dance UK, Tamara is on the boards of Arts Council East, the ICA, the Anglo-Spanish Society and is a Patron of the Ipswich-based DanceEast Academy and Adviser to Spain’s Superior Counsel of Artistic Studies.

Deborah Roslund

My love of dance started in the mid 60’s when I used to queue from 6am in the morning, outside the Royal Opera House, to buy cheap standing only tickets to watch Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev dance together!

After a year at art school doing Foundation, I then started a three year course at Bedford College to become a teacher of Physical Education with art as my second subject. During the three years there I studied many forms of dance including Laban, some choreography plus a huge variety of sports, PE and art.

I taught for a couple of years and then moved into making TV commercials… I had 2 children and then set up my own conference and video production company, Zenith Corporate Communications. This has now been been producing many varied events for 31 years!

I joined the Development Board of Dance Umbrella working with them to help raise a considerable amount of money over the nine years I was involved: three charity Balls (two at the Savoy) and 2 smaller fundraisers, one at the Ivy Club and the other at Anthony Gormleys studio.

Recently I also joined the Board of Paintings in Hospitals as Chair of Development. So more funds to raise for them too. 

And finally I have never stopped supporting dance whether at the ROH, Sadler's Wells or at many other locations around the world and although I no longer practice making art, I do support many artists and art shows, galleries and exhibitions.

So in other words I have followed my heart from the 60’s until now!

Paul Russ

Paul is Artistic Director and Chief Executive for Nottingham based Dance4 an internationally renowned organisation that strives to question the future of the art form and its relationship to its locality. 

Since studying Contemporary Dance and Performance at Nottingham Trent University and volunteering on the Nottdance festival in the mid 90’s he has worked in a number of roles as dance professional, from programmer, educator, funder, commissioner and producer, for organisations including; Arts Council England, Cambsdance, Birmingham Rep, Audiences Central, The Old Town Hall Theatre and Nottingham Playhouse.

He now has responsibility for the strategic and artistic direction of Dance4 including; Nottdance, a biennial international festival of experimental dance and performance, Dance4’s international choreographic facility currently in development and the East Midlands Centre for Advanced Training - a Government funded scheme for gifted and talented dancers. 

Paul is Chair of Titled Productions a company led by choreographer and theatre maker Maresa von Stockert, a Community Governor of a special education school, Vice Chair for Ticketing Network East Midlands and Co-Chair of Nottingham’s What Next? Chapter.

Sonia Sabri (“Future of South Asian Dance” panel on Saturday)

Sonia Sabri is amongst the brightest and most inspirational of British born dancer-choreographers working in the twenty-first century. Creating work that spans from the presentation of classical North Indian Kathak to explorations of contemporary approaches, her productions reflect an appreciation of Indian and British culture. She has created a fresh, unique style of Kathak by reinventing it from within, by pushing boundaries and generating work that is original in concept and exciting and relevant to today’s audiences. As a dancer, she is acclaimed for her enchanting stage presence, grace and musicality that enthral audiences both nationally as well as globally. In addition, Sonia is a teacher of Kathak and regularly undertakes various workshops, lecture-demonstrations and residencies in both national and international venues. She is accredited by the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD).

She is also the Artistic Director of her youth dance company, Kathakaars.

She is a recipient of the Bonnie Bird New Choreography Award and Lisa Ullman Choreography scholarship. Sonia was nominated for the Asian Women of Achievement Award and recently for the London Dance Awards 2011. Sonia is an Associate Artist of one UK’s most celebrated arts centres, mac.

Kenrick 'H2O' Sandy

Kenrick Sandy, photo by Will Wilkinson Award-winning, International Choreographer, Kenrick ‘H2O’ Sandy, is considered one of the UK’s leading dance professionals. Credited with diverse works across TV (So You Think You Can Dance, CBBC’s Alesha’s Street Dance Stars), film (Street Dance 3D), stage (BAFTA), theatre (Pied Piper, Into The Hoods) and music (Misteeq, Sugababes, Plan B, Victoria Beckham), he has choreographed and co-directed an array of high profile, successful productions.

Following a personal invitation from Danny Boyle – citing him as a “genius” - Sandy choreographed the Frankie and June say… thanks Tim segment of the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony. Sandy then went on to undertake a commission to choreograph a segment in the Sochi 2014 Paralympics Closing Ceremony. In constant demand, Sandy recently led a 40 strong ensemble to deliver Legacy at Breakin’ Convention 2014, taught UK and International residencies, performed at the Haute Tensions Festival de Cirque et Danse Hip Hop, delivered a 10 day tour performing BBE: Touch to sell out audiences in Hong Kong and featured in Jonzi D’s Lyrikal Fearta Redux at Sadler’s Wells; just a tip of the H2O proverbial iceberg.

Following the critically acclaimed success of Laurence Olivier Award-winning, Pied Piper, which Sandy created with co-artistic director and composer, Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante, the pair were invited to be Artistic Associate at Europe’s largest multi-arts and conference venue, the Barbican in 2009.

Sandy, who got into choreography in the late 90’s, began his life in dance with a performance at Stratford Shopping Centre. With a thirst for teaching, he choreographed his first show with his own group Matrix, for a performance at New Vic College. Fast forward 15 years and despite a gruelling training and performance schedule, combining stage and commercial work, Sandy stillmakes time to personally deliver weekly Boy Blue Ent dance classes at their studio base, Centre Stage, in the heart of East London. Testament to his stellar work, some of his students began their dance journeys with him as young as 4 years of age (Mini Bluez), and are now teenagers with a bright future in dance ahead of them. 

Currently working on remounting The Five & the Prophecy of Prana, ahead of a UK tour in autumn, his H2Ography dance classes in and around London, as well as a series of future collaborative projects, to be announced.

Dr. Gerald Schwanzer

Dr. Gerald Schwanzer Dr. Gerald Schwanzer, born in Vienna, had a successful competitive Ballroom career achieving a top 48 World ranking and danced as part of the Austrian Ballroom National team in the 80s and early 90s. Gerald read Law at the University of Vienna and achieved his Doctorate in Law in 1987. This background in Law along with Gerald’s innate passion for dancing has positioned him and driven him within the dance business. In 2001 Gerald became Managing Director of DSI London, a company with strong core dance values that produces couture performance costumes for Elite Performers and for hit TV shows such as Strictly Come Dancing

Chris Scott

Chris graduated from London Contemporary Dance School in July 2012 with a First Class degree and the Principles Award for high achievement and joined NDCWales in August as an apprentice.  During his training Chris studied overseas at Purchase College in New York, and was awarded scholarship money to visit and train with companies in Australia.  In 2012 Chris was invited by the World Dance Alliance to be a keynote speaker at their international summit on 'Young People, Dance & Change' in Taipei, Taiwan.  Chris started dancing professionally for the company 2013. 

Helder Seabra

Helder Seabra, photo by Koen Broos Helder Seabra started dancing in 2000 and studied at Ginasiano (Portugal) and P.A.R.T.S. (Belgium). Between 2000 and 2003 he was involved in projects with Pedro Carvalho, Ronit Ziv and Javier de Frutos (Companhia Instável). In 2004, he joined Ultima Vez / Wim Vandekeybus for the revival of Les Porteuses de Mauvaises Nouvelles and continued on as a member of the company till 2008. He performed in PUUR, Spiegel, MENSKE and the dance film Here After. In 2008 he assisted Vandekeybus in BlackBiist for the Götteborg Ballet, he co-created the duo Fica Aqui with Cláudio Stellato, collaborated with Inês Cerqueira and Joaquim Carvalho in the video dance Macla and gave movement/rhythm classes to the Basketball Oporto team. In 2009 he was involved in different projects, both as a creator and as a performer and taught internationally. He directed In.Tent, created IMAGO for Companhia Instável, performed in Mindscaping, and assisted Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui in Dunas. In 2010 he co-created and performed with Victor Hugo Pontes the duo Rendez-Vous. From January 2010, till recently, he was a member of Eastman Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui company as a performer, choreographic assistant, and tutor for local and international teaching assignments of the company performer in BABEL (by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui & Damien Jalet,), TeZukA and Anna Karenina, assistant for IT3.0, Automaton for Pilobolus Dance theater, Siegfried, Götterdammerung, Milonga, Noetic for Götteborg DansKompani, and Puz/zle in which he figures also as a performer. In 2013 he assisted Damien Jalet in Les Meduses for the Louvre Museum in Paris. In parallel he has been developing his own work; he created a new work for Compass for Sadlers Wells; Caress, Unfolded, No Man’s Land, FootPrint, ConTinuum, Poisoned Arrow, Coup de Foudre, Six of one, (and) Half a Dozen of the Other, Untrodden Grounds, the choreography for Trouw Met Mij the new film by Kadir Balci, and he teaches his class/workshop InnerCore regularly internationally. In 2013 he created the dance and production company HelKa Vzw, together with Executive Producer, Karen Feys to support his own artistic work as a choreographer and performer. In November 2014 the first full-length company production When The Birds Fly Low The Wind Will Blow premiered at de Warande, Turnhout and has a significant tour in 2015-2016.

Charlotte Sexton

Charlotte Sexton is a digital strategist and independent consultant for the museum, heritage and cultural sectors and is passionate about the important role that new technologies play in connecting audiences to culture. Formally President of MCN (Museum Computer Network), an international peer network specialising in supporting professionals in their use of technology, she understands the challenges organisations face when trying to get the most from digital.

She was responsible for defining digital at the National Gallery, London in her role as Head of Digital Media and revolutionised the way that the public could engage with the Gallery’s world-class art collection using digital technologies, whether physically in the museum, online or using mobile devices.

With more than 20 years experience creating and managing complex digital projects she is highly skilled in her field and is frequently asked to share her expertise both in the UK and internationally.

Charlotte has lectured in digital media and strategy, is a frequent presenter at conferences and has been invited to judge several prestigious specialist awards. She has worked as an Interaction and Multi-Media designer, was a Director of a .com and has fond memories of being a fine art filmmaker and photographer.

Helen Shute

Helen Shute Helen is Executive Director of Hofesh Shechter Company, which she founded in 2008, having worked with Hofesh since the creation of Uprising, his acclaimed work for seven men in 2006.  Since 2008 she has overseen the building of Hofesh Shechter Company into a full-time international touring company.

Helen graduated from Trinity Laban in London and previously worked as Project Manager for Woking Dance Festival, and Programming Associate at The Place, London alongside then Theatre Director John Ashford.

Helen is on the Board of the European Dance Network, Aerowaves, and has two young children. 

Luca Silvestrini

Luca Silvestrini photo by Angelo Bellotti Luca is the Artistic Director of National Dance Award-winning company Protein. He is known for his unique style of dance theatre combining choreography, text, humour and social commentary to present the everyday in revealing and subversive ways, on- and off-stage. Protein’s work, such as Dear Body, LOL (lots of love) and most recently Border Tales, has toured the world, from the USA to Russia, Columbia to Thailand.

Luca's accessible, inclusive approach to dance has led to Protein’s work being in international demand in both professional and community settings. He has created large-scale intergenerational works in the UK, France, Greece, Spain, Italy and Japan.

Through Protein’s Real Life, Real Dance programme, Luca has created industry-leading participatory performance opportunities for disadvantaged and disengaged people, including young people in Pupil Referral Units, patients at Evelina Children’s Hospital and for the first time this year, refugees, asylum seekers and migrants.

He has made work for Transitions, CandoCo, Intoto, Verve, Company of Elders, Sankalpalm, HeadSpaceDance and ROH. Theatre and opera credits include work for ENO, Theatre Rites, Royal Court and Duckie. He has won a Jerwood Choreography Award, a Bonnie Bird New Choreography Award, The Place Prize Audience Award and received a Rayne Fellowship. Luca is a Work Place artist.

Dr. Liane Simmel

Liane Simmel photo by Ida Zenna Dr. Liane Simmel is a medical doctor and osteopath specialized in dance medicine as well as a former professional dancer. She studied dance at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Munich and at the Cunningham School in New York. As dancer she has been working at state theatres in Germany and was part of the European freelance dance scene. By studying medicine she found her way to dance medicine. Today she runs “Fit for Dance”, an institute for dance medicine and a private outpatient clinic in Munich with focus on dance medicine, osteopathy and spiral dynamics. She is taking care of dancers and dance-students of all levels and dance styles. As lecturer and medical consultant she teaches dance medicine at the University for Music and Performing Arts, Munich, the Palucca University for Dance, Dresden, and the University for Arts, Zurich. She is Founding Member and was for 15 years president of “tamed”, Dance Medicine Germany, the biggest national organisation for dance medicine worldwide. Her book Dance Medicine in Practice published in German and English has become standard literature for applied dance medicine all over Europe and US. 



Alistair Spalding CBE

Alistair Spalding CBE is Chief Executive and Artistic Director of Sadler’s Wells.

Under Spalding, Sadler’s Wells has become the UK’s leading venue for dance, presenting a highly ambitious programme of cutting edge dance in all its forms, hosting world class national and international companies and artists.

In 2005, he announced his vision for Sadler’s Wells to become a producing house. He has since driven the commissioning, producing and co-producing of more than 80 shows including acclaimed cross art form collaborations zero degrees, PUSH and Sutra.

Spalding also created the position of Associate Artist to the theatre. There are currently 16 Associate Artists.

He was appointed as a national member of the Arts Council of England Board in January 2009. He was awarded Le Chevalier des Artes et Lettres by the French Embassy in October 2005. In June 2012 he was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen’s Birthday honours list, for services to dance. In July 2012 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Middlesex University.

Helen Steggles – FISTD

Helen Steggles Helen trained at the Arts Educational School, London. After graduating Helen taught in various schools throughout Essex before joining Junior Performers in 1995 and was their Ballet teacher for twelve years. During this  time she also joined the staff at Performers College on both the Ballet Faculty and Pilates department. Helen continued to further her qualifications and after becoming a Fellow of the ISTD became an Examiner and is also on the  committee for The Imperial Classical Ballet .Helen  has lectured at the ISTD regional, London, Chichester, l and Italian courses. She also teaches DDI and DDE at the Anthony Clifford Dance School in Romford.

Nicola Stephens, MSc, MCSP, MMACP

Nicola Stephens Nicola graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University in 1997 with an honours degree in Physiotherapy and gained her Masters advanced clinical practice degree in 2011. Having worked initially for the NHS in Leeds, West Yorkshire specialising in musculoskeletal and rheumatology physiotherapy, Nicola then formed Performers Physiotherapy in 2003 which is now responsible for the physiotherapy provision for three UK performing-arts colleges.

Nicola is passionate about the health and well-being of dancers and has developed her role as a Specialist Physiotherapist in Dance Medicine. Nicola regularly lectures on the international performing arts circuit on dancer / musical theatre performer health. She is involved in research into promoting vocal health in the musical theatre dancer and dance-injury prevention within her work at Performers College, Essex. Nicola is also a free-lance lecturer in undergraduate physiotherapy, Clinical Pilates and dance medicine.

Tassos Stevens

Tassos Stevens Tassos Stevens (@tassosstevens) is founder, director and artist frequently representing Coney (@agencyofconey). Coney makes all kinds of theatre and play with the audience at its heart, often using digital platforms to talk and play with people wherever they are in the experience. Tassos directed the critically-acclaimed interactive theatre piece A Small Town Anywhere, co-created adventures in learning A Cat Escapes and award-winning The Astronautical Challenge, and co-created and directed learning for the BAFTA-winning Nightmare High. Currently he’s developing a new piece of interactive theatre Codename: REMOTE about the ideology of choice and the internet, devising a set of adventures A Tail Of Two Cities about the financial system, and steering development of innovative playful digital and tech platforms for the Philadelphia Game Lab. He co-created the award-winning iPhone game Papa Sangre, and prior to Coney was a theatre producer and director, winning the first JMK award for emerging directors. He has a doctorate in psychology.

Subathra Subramaniam

Subathra Subramaniam is a choreographer, dancer and educator. She is the artistic director of Sadhana Dance.  Suba’s choreography navigates the confluence of arts and science drawing from her belief that dance, can play a part in the public understanding and engagement with scientific concepts. Her work combines contemporary choreography and Bharata Natyam, an ancient South Indian dance form. Suba’s dance works are a result of cross art collaborations and extended periods of research undertaken with scientists or in scientific and academic institutions. Her touring works for Sadhana include The Shiver, Elixir and most recently, Under My Skin, which explored and evoked the unseen, unspoken practices of the operating theatre.  In 1997, Suba co-founded Angika, an international touring company and was joint artistic director, choreographer and dancer until the company’s closure in 2008. Suba is also part of the education team of Cape Farewell, a project that brings together young people, artists, scientists, educators and journalists to raise awareness about climate change.  She helped to organise two youth voyages to the High Arctic during her previous role as Co-Education Director of Cape Farewell. In recent years Suba has been an artist in residence at The Environment Institute at UCL, Associate Artist at South East Dance and choreographer in residence at Bucks New University.  Suba is regularly asked to speak at conferences and events including a TEDx and  British Council International seminars in Thailand, Cuba Canada and Egypt. Suba is currently artist in residence at the Maudsley Hospital at the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) as part of her research for her new work. She also teaches science at her local secondary school. 

Chitra Sundaram (“Future of South Asian Dance” panel on Saturday)

Chitra Sundaram has been acclaimed as a performer, over decades of appearances in India, England and abroad, for her technical command, expressive power and performative intelligence. Traditionally trained in Bharatanatyam, her choreographic and performative practices also draw upon her explorations into other conceptual, textual, and physical scripts, as well as her collaborations. Chitra is highly respected as a mentor as well as leader and proactive member of the South Asian Dance sector in its discourses and policy engagements, winning during her editorship, serious recognition for the UK-based South Asian Dance magazine Pulse, in the UK and abroad. A member of the ISTD’s Classical Indian Dance Faculty, for over a decade, Chitra has been teaching South Asian Performance Methodologies for the MA Performance course for the Department of Drama and Performance at Goldsmiths College. Chitra is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (FRSA).

Robbie Synge

Robbie Synge Based in Ross-shire, Scotland, Robbie Synge is a choreographer and performer and works regularly in education with young people and adults.

Robbie originally studied BSc (Hons) Physiology at Edinburgh University before working in the science, health and education sectors in the UK and abroad. Robbie practiced martial arts and hip-hop dance styles for many years before changing career path and studying on the Postgraduate Certificate: Dance in the Community programme at Laban, graduating with distinction in 2008.

Robbie was a semi-finalist in The Place Prize for Contemporary Dance 2012 sponsored by Bloomberg with Settlement, and in 2014 was commissioned to create Douglas through the respond_ project, a collaboration between Yorkshire Dance, Breakfast Creatives and the University of Leeds funded through the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts.

Current projects and interests sit within broad aims of contributing to dance sector and community development as widely as possible. Robbie is passionate about considering artist-audience encounters of process or artwork/performance itself through various different forms. Ongoing work involves developing collaborative projects with artists and organisations in the craft and visual arts and, with the support of PAL Labs, founding a magazine focusing around dance and body practices based in Scotland and beyond.

Ian Taylor

Ian Taylor is President and CEO of Vitol, a global energy and commodities company with 40 offices worldwide and business interests in oil refining, distribution, shipping, storage, power generation, exploration and production, as well as petrol service stations across Africa and Australia.  Vitol’s turnover in 2014 was $270 billion.

In addition, Ian has supported and worked in a voluntary capacity with a number of organisations, including the Royal Opera House, the Tate, Rambert and the V&A.  He believes strongly in broadening access to the arts. He is also a Founder Member of the Vitruvian Group, which supports one of the world’s leading choreographers, Wayne McGregor, in his work. 

Also, in 2005 he saved the historic clothing brand Harris Tweed from bankruptcy, providing the investment and support which led the company towards profitability, thereby preserving the historic tradition and supporting the future of weaving on the Isles of Harris and Lewis.  

Sarah Thirtle

Sarah Thirtle is Head of Business Lending Programmes at Creative United.

Sarah's current primary focus is the strategy and development of the Creative Industry Finance programme. It provides business advice and access to finance to creative and cultural enterprises across England, with the objective to build sustainability across the sectors, enabling the continuance of creative excellence and talent development. It is her belief that the blending of public investment (from Arts Council England) and access to social, alternative and commercial finance will drive smart, long-term sector growth.

Prior to working at Creative United, Sarah managed the communications at PRS for Music Foundation. She worked on a number of nationwide programmes including New Music 20x12 for the Cultural Olympiad and the launch of the Momentum Music Fund. Before this she ran her own live music agency, managed artists, and started out booking for music venues across London.

Kevin Tipton

Kevin Tipton Kevin Tipton is a Professor of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences at the University of Stirling in Scotland. His research focuses on exercise, nutrition and muscle metabolism with emphasis on protein nutrition and metabolism in athletes, healthy volunteers and clinical populations. He is an author of over 80 papers, book chapters and review articles. He reviews for, and serves on the editorial boards of, several scientific journals. His interest in exercise science and nutrition extends to the application of the science of nutrition to athletic populations, including the military. He served on the USA National Academy of Science’s, Institute of Medicine, Committee for Military Nutrition Research. Kevin has participated in seminars and workshops for numerous nutrition and exercise organizations. He has helped develop sports nutrition consensus statements for the IOC, FIFA, FINA and IAAF and has served on the UK Sport Nutritional Supplements Advisory Board. When not working he enjoys walking in the hills with his dog, Reiver.

Clare Titley (“Post catalyst funded landscape for the future” panel on Friday)

Clare Titley joined Arts Council England in February 2014 in the newly created post of Director of Philanthropy and South West. Clare has regional responsibilities in addition to national responsibility for Philanthropy. Clare oversees the implementation of the Arts Council England Catalyst funding programme as well as the associated training and fellowship scheme in place to support the sector. Clare actively works to encourage collaboration and thought leadership on philanthropy with the wider charitable sector to learn lessons and influence the arts and cultural sector in the UK. Clare is currently planning the next phase of strategic investments that will support the sector in generating increased income from private sources.

Clare has over 15 years of fundraising experience in both international development and the arts. Before joining Arts Council, Clare was at Welsh National Opera leading on the organisation’s fundraising from companies, trusts and individuals. Before WNO, Clare managed the trust funding team at Save the Children and during her time visited their work in West Africa to gather children’s stories providing valued support material for fundraising and marketing. This followed a period of time project managing several Lottery Funded programmes in India.

Anthony Van Laast MBE

Anthony Van Laast Anthony Van Laast trained at the London School of Contemporary Dance, later joining the Company as both performer and choreographer. 

Theatre: Mamma Mia! (Worldwide - Dora Mavor Moore award and Helpman award nomination); Side Show (La Jolla, Kennedy Centre, Washington and Broadway); Bombay Dreams (London and Broadway –Tony award nomination); Whistle Down the Wind; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (worldwide - Laurence Olivier award nomination, Dramalogue award); Jesus Christ Superstar (UK and USA tours); Song & Dance (worldwide - Green Room award, Australia); A Little Night Music; Hair (Laurence Olivier award nomination); Into the Woods; My Fair Lady (USA tour); The Boy From Oz (Australia).  

Arena Shows: Ant & Dec Takeaway on Tour; Batman Live (worldwide); Burn the Floor (worldwide); Holiday on Ice (worldwide); Grease, Hair and Chess (Europe); The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber (worldwide). Arena Concerts for Mika, Sarah Brightman and Kate Bush.

Direction & Staging: Siegfried and Roy (Mirage Hotel, Las Vegas); EFX starring Michael Crawford (MGM Grand Hotel, Las Vegas); Carmen Jones (European tour); Candide (Old Vic – Laurence Olivier award for Best Musical); Chess ( UK and Europe). 

Film: Mamma Mia!; Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince; The Sex Pistols’ Great Rock and Roll Swindle; Never Say Never Again; Excalibur; Hope and Glory; Jesus Christ Superstar (Emmy award) & Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat

In 1999 Anthony Van Laast was awarded the MBE for Services to Dance and Choreography.

Theo Van Rompay

Theo Van Rompay has a Master Degree in Sociology (K.U. Leuven, 1978).

He is co-founder of the arts centre STUK in Leuven, Belgium, from which he has been the director from 1978 to 1986.

Afterwards he worked for Kaaitheater in Brussels (1986-1987) and for the Dutch theatre company Maatschappij Discordia, based in Amsterdam (1988). In 1989 he became director of Beursschouwburg (Brussels) and in 1991 program director of the international arts centre deSingel (Antwerp).

In 1994 Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker asked him to set up the project of a new dance school. Since then he has been deputy director of Performing Arts Research and Training Studios (P.A.R.T.S.), the school for contemporary dance, which opened its doors in September 1995.

Theo Van Rompay was co-founder (1982) and editor (1982-1991) of the performing arts magazine Etcetera. He was co-founder of the Vlaams Theater Circuit (1980) and later of the Flemish Theatre Institute (V.T.I.) (1988). 

He was during 20 years member of the Board of V.T.I. and in the period 2006-2008 also president. 

In 2008 the minister of Culture appointed him as a member of the Advisory Board for the Arts of the Flemish Community.

Emanuelle de Varax

Emmanuelle de Varax has been a producer at Quaternaire since 2012.Quaternaire is an international non profit arts organization involved in the production and tour management of artists from various fields in the performing arts (theatre, dance, visual performance and music), such as Aakash Odedra (UK), Akram Khan (UK), Arthur Nauzyciel (France), Brokentalkers (Ireland), Damien Jalet (Belgium), Handspring Puppet Company (South Africa), Hotel Pro Forma (Denmark), The Tiger Lillies (UK), Wim Vandekeybus (Belgium), Scottish Dance Theatre (UK), Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (Belgium)…Prior to Quaternaire, she had explored many facets of the performing arts, working in theatres (National Theatre of Odéon and Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, BAM in NY), festivals (theatre in Avignon and London, opera in Aix en Provence) and theatre companies, alongside stage directors Paul Desveaux and Arthur Nauzyciel, with whom she toured throughout the world, before joining Quaternaire with a strong desire of developing international projects and building bridges between artists and new countries.

Jasmin Vardimon

Jasmin Vardimon is a leading force in British dance theatre. Born and raised on a Kibbutz in central Israel, she joined the Kibbutz Dance Company and in 1995 won a British Council On the Way to London Choreography Award. She moved to London in 1997 where she founded Jasmin Vardimon Company (previously Zbang). Jasmin is an Associate Artist at Sadler's Wells, since 2006. Previously, she was an Associate Artist at The Place in 1998 and a Yorkshire Dance Partner from 1999-2005.

Enjoying sell-out performances across the UK and internationally, her Company's works include: Freedom, 7734, Yesterday, Justitia, Park, Lullaby, Ticklish, LureLureLure, Tête, Madame Made and Therapist. Lullaby gained Jasmin selection for the BBC documentary Dance Film Academy featuring the development of a film version of the piece (2005). Jasmin has been commissioned to choreograph for the Royal Opera House (Tannhäuser, 2010) and for ROH2's OperaShots season with composer Graham Fitkin at the Linbury Studio (Home 2012). Other commissions include Hellenic Dance Athens, CandoCo, WID, Bare Bones, Transitions and curating the Dance Ballads Festival at the Oval House. Jasmin was the Guest Artistic Director for National Youth Dance Company in 2013. 

She is the recipient of numerous awards including: the prestigious Jerwood Choreography Award (2000); the Jerwood Foundation's Changing Stages Award (2004); a nomination for Best Female Artist at the Critics Circle National Dance Awards (2003); The London Arts Board New Choreographers' Award (1998); The Colette Littman Scholarship Award (1997); The Havatzeleth Foundation Scholarship (1997 & 1995); and the America-Israel Foundation Choreography Scholarship (1989 & 1991).

Jasmin is a Visiting Professor at the University of Wolverhampton, since September 2011. She developed a Higher Education programme for dancers and actors, led by her company as a Post-Graduate Diploma at Royal Holloway University London and in 2012 launched JV2, a full-time certificate course at her company's home base in Ashford.

Elizabeth Varley

Elizabeth Varley Elizabeth Varley is a communicator, connector and entrepreneur with a background in technology, content, community and events. She is Co-founder and CEO of TechHub – a network bringing together the global technology startup community, in London, Riga, Bucharest, Swansea, Bangalore, Boston and soon many other cities around the world. 

Elizabeth has appeared in all of the major UK tech and business press, including WIRED UK, the BBC, the Guardian and the Economist, and listed in other major publications such as Computer Weekly’s UKtech50 top influencers, the Evening Standard’s Silicon 60, Vogue UK’s Generation Tech and Cosmopolitan’s Fierce 40 Under 40. She has been a judge for many technology and business awards and is a sought-after conference and event speaker around the world.

Previously, she worked with small business advice site Smarta, with Germination on the SHINE unconference for social entrepreneurs, and headed the team for international charity festival Twestival London in 2009-2010.

After copywriting, editing and senior content strategy and management roles in her earlier career, she ran editorial and content agency Online Content UK and the community for online content professionals, plus programmed and produced digital and tech-focused events for Chinwag and NMK. She is committed to supporting the wider technology industry and was one of the founding steering committee members of the DigitalEve women in technology organisation in the UK and was a consultant with e-skills UK on a project to encourage girls to get involved in IT and new media. @evarley @TechHub

Didy Veldman

Didy Veldman Didy Veldman graduated at the Scapino Academy in Amsterdam in ’86. She has danced with Scapino Ballet, Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève, Alias Company and Rambert Dance Company working with international choreographers such as Jiří Kylián, Mats Ek, Ohad Naharin, Christopher Bruce and many others. She started to choreograph in ’87 and continued to develop her choreography through out her dancing career. Whilst being a dancer with Rambert Dance Company, Didy created three works for the repertory. She received a grant from the Choo-San Goh & Robert Magee Foundation for her third production with Rambert. 

Didy left Rambert in 2000 to concentrate on her choreographic career. She has created a big variety of choreographies, full evening story telling works with symphony orchestra and smaller creations as part of a triple bill. She has worked for companies all over the world like; Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, Cedarlake N-Y, Rambert Dance Company UK, Cullberg Ballet from Sweden, Royal New Zealand Ballet, Phoenix Dance Theatre, Komische Oper Berlin, Introdans NL, Iceland Dance Company amongst others. She also has an interest in teaching and has taught contemporary classes and workshops at the Prix de Lausanne, Jacob’s Pillow in the USA, Codarts from Holland to name but a few.


VERVE provides Northern School of Contemporary Dance postgraduate students with professional-level experience working as a member of a touring contemporary dance company.VERVE comprises of twelve dancers trained at some of the world’s leading conservatoires. The company is committed to pioneering new dance development and commissions both established dance artists and upcoming national and international choreographers to offer a dynamic, passionate and varied repertoire. VERVE aims to create thought provoking choreographic journeys that entertain audiences with dexterous skill.

Dr. Natalie Walker

Dr. Natalie Walker is a British Psychological Society Chartered psychologist and is registered with the Heath Care Professionals Council. She works as a Principal Lecturer in the Department of Sport Therapy at the University of Bedfordshire and as an Associate Lecturer for the Open University. She has a specialist interest and expertise in psychological rehabilitation from sport and exercise injuries. She completed her PhD entitled The meaning of sports injury and re-injury anxiety assessment and intervention in 2006 and has a number of peer-reviewed journal publications in this area. She has also examined Postgraduate theses in this area and is currently supervising PhDs in this field. She has also presented her work on sport injuries at National and International conferences and been invited as a guest speaker on various sport injury related special interest groups.

Suzanne Walker

Suzanne Walker photo Andrew Lang Suzanne Walker has worked as a company manager, venue programmer and producer in the UK for over 20 years. She was General Manager of V-TOL Dance Company for 10 years and then Interim Executive Director of Northern Stage, Newcastle and a freelance Producer. In 2006 she took up post as Director of Programming at Sadler’s Wells. In 2011 Suzanne became Executive Producer heading up its new Producing & Touring Department, which has produced major productions which tour the globe with a range of its Associate Artists including Push with Sylvie Guillem & Russell Maliphant, Sutra with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui & Antony Gormley, Rian with Michael Keegan-Dolan of Fabulous Beast and Thomas Ades: See the music, Hear the dance.

She founded and is consultant for Dance Touring Partnership – a consortium of UK wide regional middle scale venues, working together to build audiences for dance through the presentation of International and UK Artists. She was previously a dance advisor for London Arts Board, a member of the DCMS Cultural Industries Performing Arts Cluster Group, Vice-Chair of Dance UK and a British Council Drama and Dance Advisor.

Daniel Watson

Daniel Watson Daniel is a Chartered Physiotherapist with a diverse clinical background covering NHS, private, and sports sectors. Upon completion of his master’s degree in advanced neuromusculoskeletal physiotherapy, Daniel worked as head physiotherapist at Nottingham County Cricket Club. In this position he utilised computer software to build bespoke epidemiological profiles to positively influence injury reduction strategies for first team and academy players.

Daniel currently works as a Company Physiotherapist with the Royal Ballet, managing a challenging case load of dance and musculoskeletal injuries. Daniel led the development and implementation of bespoke musculoskeletal profiling measures and subsequent database integration for the Company in 2014-2015, providing dancers with a unique overview of their general musculoskeletal health. He has also been instrumental in embedding a new database management system (Smartabase) within the wider Healthcare Team at The Royal Ballet.

Edward Watson

English dancer Edward Watson is a Principal of The Royal Ballet. He has won particular acclaim for his interpretation of Principal roles in the works of Kenneth MacMillan, including Crown Prince Rudolf (Mayerling), Romeo, The Chosen One (The Rite of Spring), Woyzeck (Different Drummer) and roles in Gloria and Song of the Earth, in addition to his many other roles for The Royal Ballet. In the 2014/15 Season he dances in a newly created mixed programme with Wendy Whelan in the Linbury Studio Theatre.

Watson was born in Bromley, South London. He started going to ballet lessons aged three with his twin sister and joined The Royal Ballet School aged 11. He graduated into The Royal Ballet in 1994 and was promoted to First Artist in 1998, Soloist in 2000, First Soloist in 2002 and Principal in 2005. Watson's extreme flexibility has made him a muse for The Royal Ballet's Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor and Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon. Role creations for McGregor include Symbiont(s), Qualia, Chroma, Infra, Limen, Carbon Life, Raven Girl and Tetractys – The Art of Fugue, and for Wheeldon Lewis Carroll/The White Rabbit (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland) and Leontes (The Winter's Tale). Watson has worked with numerous other contemporary choreographers, including Alastair Marriott, Ashley Page, Siobhan Davies, Arthur Pita and Cathy Marston, whom he has known from childhood.

Other significant roles with the Company include Count Albrecht (Giselle), Des Grieux (Manon), Palemon (Ondine) and Ivan Tsarevich (The Firebird). In 2012 Watson received an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance for his role as Gregor Samsa in Pita’s The Metamorphosis.

Sharon Watson

Sharon Watson Trained at the London School of Contemporary Dance, on graduation Sharon danced with Spiral and Extemporary Dance Theatre. Sharon joined Phoenix in 1989 as a dancer and also choreographed for the company as well as creating new works for the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, National Youth Dance Company and Union Dance. Before returning to Phoenix Dance Theatre as the 7th Artistic Director in May 2009, she formed her own company ABCD, touring nationally and internationally and lectured at Northern School of Contemporary Dance. In 2010 Sharon was named as one of the Cultural Leadership Programme’s Women to Watch, a list of 50 influential women working in arts and culture in the UK. First awarded in 2010, Sharon is one of the distinguished panel of judges for the New Adventures Choreographer Award. In 2013 Sharon was nominated for the prestigious h.Club100 search for the UK’s most influential people working in the creative industries. For Phoenix Dance Theatre she has choreographed six new works, and produced six tours.

Sharon is a trustee of Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, The Place, West Yorkshire Playhouse, and an artistic advisor for Central School of Ballet and Leeds Inspired. 

Flora Wellesley Wesley 

Flora Wellesley Wesley Flora Wellesley Wesley is a dance artist who has worked with a variety of choreographers, directors and visual artists besides independently and collaboratively producing her own work. Alongside being part of the editorial team of BELLYFLOP Magazine (www.bellyflopmag.com), Flora co-founded Hiru Dance Organisation (www.hirudance.org, The Public House, Lazy Susan) and directed and performed with Trumpet Creepers improvisation ensemble from 2008-12. Flora’s performance work varies from intimately staged improvisations (Sorbet du Soir) to large-scale performance scores for site-specific contexts (Trappings). 

Freelance performance projects include: dancing for choreographers Simonetta Alessandri, Seke Chimutengwende, Joe Moran, Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome, Janine Proost, Eva Recacha, Colette Sadler, Robbie Synge, and companies immigrants and animals and REQUARDT&ROSENBERG; working with visual artists William Hunt, Ed Fornieles, Eddie Peake, Grace Schwindt and Tino Seghal; and collaborating on research projects led by performance practitioner Guy Dartnell and theatre director Rebecca McCutcheon.

In 2015, Flora is undertaking a new dancer-led choreographic commissioning project with Eleanor Sikorski, commissioning Liz Aggiss, Simon Tanguy, and Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion to make three new duets for them to perform.

Robin Windsor

Robin’s dance genesis was initiated by his parents when at the age of three they enrolled him in a local dance school in Ipswich, a non-metropolitan district and the county town of Suffolk, England. From the very beginning, Robin studied both Ballroom and Latin dance eventually competing in those disciplines at the highest levels. His skills eventually led him to represent England, amassing numerous World Championships, both on the domestic and international level.

During 2000 in addition to celebrating his 21st birthday, Robin was cast in the immensely popular and critically acclaimed dance Company Burn the Floor. He continued his remarkable career with Burn the Floor for nine years which included two world tours (2003/2004). The Company developed a new show, FloorPlay where he enjoyed a leading role as well as another world tour (2006-08). Burn the Floor’s FloorPlay eventually took Robin to appear on Broadway at the Longacre Theatre in 2009 enjoying two show extensions. No small feat since Burn the Floor’s FloorPlay was the first and only Ballroom performance to appear on Broadway. Upon watching the show for the first time, a seasoned union stage hand commented, “You all might as well buy property here in NYC. You’ll all be here for a very long time.”

From Broadway Robin’s abilities took him to Dancing with the Stars Australia and So You Think You Can Dance in Holland. In addition to every stage performer’s dream to perform on Broadway, Robin is one of the very few who can also claim his appearance on London’s West End in the very same year. He was also asked to assist in the choreography for the Australian version of So You Think You Can Dance. And if all of those accomplishments were not enough he was then asked to undertake the role of “Swing” where he learned as well as performed all of the male dancer roles in Burn the Floor.

His abilities vaulted him once again to the challenge of joining the popular BBC show Strictly Come Dancing in 2010. Robin joined as one of the three new male professional dancers alongside Artem Chigvintsev and Jared Murillo. For his first year Robin was partnered with actress Patsy Kensit. Robin’s professional partner is Kristina Rihanoff. Both have performed for many celebrities including Neil Diamond, Alice Cooper, Rod Stewart and Katherine Jenkins.

In 2011 Robin enjoyed his second year of Strictly Come Dancingthis time paired with EastEnders legend Anita Dobson. Matching his first year success, Robin was eliminated with Anita during the ninth week of the competition.

Robin also competed in 2011’s Children in Need Special with BBC Breakfast presenter Susanna Reid and successfully won the competition. This hopefully was the first Glitterball of many!

At the beginning of 2012 Robin completed his second Strictly Live Tour before hitting the road for Dance To The Music with the Strictly band, Kristina Rihanoff, Artem Chigvintsev and Kara Tointon.

Robin enjoyed his most successful series of Strictly to date in 2012 when he reached the semi-final dancing with actress Lisa Riley. The pair were the people’s favourite and wowed audiences in the UK as part of the Strictly Come Dancing live tour in 2013.

Last spring Robin returned to Burn The Floor alongside Kristina Rihanoff. It ran at the Shaftesbury Theatre from March for a limited season. Robin was delighted to be part of the show once again and enjoyed being part of the West End revival.

Robin had the pleasure of dancing with Dragon’s Den star Deborah Meaden in 2013 who had the surprise exit of the competition at week 5. The pair went on to compete in the Strictly Come Dancing live tour.

Robin took to the Strictly ballroom once again to participate in the Christmas special. His lucky partner on this occasion was Radio 1 DJ Sara Cox who performed a beautiful waltz.

Last year Robin sadly had to withdraw from Strictly Come Dancing due to a crippling back injury. He spent the series working on Strictly's sister show It Takes Two. Despite the odds he made a triumphant return to the main show for group dances in week 10 followed by the Strictly Christmas Special where he was reunited with Lisa Riley to dance a Jive

Now back to full health Robin is eagerly awaiting hitting that ballroom floor once again 

Dr Roger Wolman MD (Research), FRCP FFSEM

Roger Wolman Consultant in Rheumatology and SEM

Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, London, UK

National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science

Dr. Wolman was appointed as Consultant in Rheumatology and SEM to the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in 1994. In the same year he was awarded a Winston Churchill travelling fellowship in Sports Medicine where he visited several centres in the USA over a 3 month period. He has a particular interest in bone stress injuries, exertional leg pain and exercise prescription.

Dr. Wolman has been involved with Dance Medicine since the late 1980’s when he conducted research on the Female athlete triad in Dancers. His ongoing research has involved the bone health of dancer and this includes research on Vitamin D deficiency and Bone stress injuries.

Since 1993 he has run weekly Dance Medicine clinics at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital. He has worked with many Dance Schools and Companies including the Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Central School of Ballet, Rambert Dance Company and Riverdance. 

He has been Medical Advisor to Dance UK over the last 20 years and helped to set up the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science which was launched in 2012. This has helped to develop the NHS Dance Medicine clinic where about 150 dancers are seen each year. 

Sara Wookey

Sara Wookey Sara is an American dancer, choreographer and consultant based in London on a Tier 1 Visa endorsed by Arts Council England. Prior to her move to the UK she was based in Los Angeles where she consulted for the Art Program at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and, before that, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands where she established her company Wookey Works and taught at the Amsterdam School for the Arts. Her current projects include work with Tate on The Experience and Value of Live Art and Associate Role: Curating and Young People and mentoring for Dance UK. As a certified transmitter of Yvonne Rainer’s repertoire Sara recently performed in Yvonne Rainer: Dance Works at Raven Row gallery and has presented her own choreographic work at the Hammer Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, REDCAT, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Performance Space, Sydney, and the New Museum, NYC. Sara holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Department of World Arts and Cultures at the University of California, Los Angeles and has been recently published in The Ethics of Art: Ecological Turns in the Performing Arts (2014, Valiz Press).

For more information visit: www.sarawookey.com

Jessica Wright

Jessica was born in Nottingham and trained at Central School of Ballet, London. She went on to work with theensemblegroup and Mobius Dance. 

In 2005 she was selected to join D.A.N.C.E., an interdisciplinary programme based in Brussels, Aix-en-Provence and Dresden and directed by Wayne McGregor, William Forsythe, Angelin Preljocaj and Frédéric Flamand. During this time she performed as a guest dancer with the Forsythe Company in Human Writes and with Ballet Preljocaj in an installation at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, and danced in two new creations, Memeri by McGregor and A Success Story by Flamand. 

Since joining Wayne McGregor | Random Dance she has been part of the creation of Entity, Dyad 1909, FAR and UNDANCE

In 2005 Jessica also began collaborating with Morgann Runacre-Temple, creating dance films and interactive performances. Out of Hand, their first short, was selected for the Cobravision Shorts final. Mishandled (2011) was produced by MJW Productions, One Etunim (2012) was commissioned by Dance Ireland and The Keeper (2013) was shown in Random Works at Kings Place, London. 

Jessica joined Wayne McGregor | Random Dance in 2008.

Matthew Wyon

Matthew Wyon Matthew Wyon, PhD, is a Professor in Dance Science at the University of Wolverhampton, UK and a Visiting Professor at the Division of Surgery and Intervention Science, Institute of Orthopaedics and Musculoskeletal Science, University College London and ArtEZ, Institute of the Arts, The Netherlands.  At Wolverhampton he is the course leader for the MSc in Dance Science and Director of Studies for a number of dance science and medicine doctoral candidates. He is a founding partner of the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science, UK.  Prof. Wyon is Vice President of International Association for Dance Medicine & Science and a past chair of the Research Committee. He has worked with numerous dancers and companies within the UK and Europe as an applied physiologist and strength and conditioning coach. He has published over 80 peer-reviewed articles in dance medicine and science.

Zoë van Zwanenberg MA BA MHSM MCIPD FRSA 

Dancers’ Career Development Chair

Zoë is an independent consultant, researcher and coach working on issues of personal and organisational leadership and change. 

In the last 6 years Zoe has been working with a range of organisations and individuals on issues of change and development partly as an independent consultant and partly as an Associate of the Centre for Confidence and Well Being. The organisations she has worked with have included housing associations, Further Education Colleges, arts and cultural organisations and the NHS. In addition she has completed two research projects, one for The Equalities and Human Rights Commission on leadership and equalities and the other for Churches Together in Britain and Ireland which focused on areas of deprivation and the work of faith groups, asking the question “what is a good society here?.” 

Zoë’s career has been mainly focused in the public services including roles as a Chief Executive, General Manager, HR Director and Organisational Change advisor. She has worked in organisations as diverse as the Railways (through the process of privatisation) the Police, the NHS and the Environment Agency. Throughout all of these roles she has been concerned with leadership, change and the development of individuals and teams. For 8 years Zoe led the Scottish Leadership Foundation, developing new approaches to leadership development and change across the public and third sectors.

Zoë maintains an active involvement with the Arts, stemming from her original training at the Arts Educational Trust. Zoe was Chair of Scottish Ballet for 9 years, leading the organisation through its renaissance as a major dance company and she is currently Chair of Scottish Youth Dance who successfully created and ran the first Commonwealth Youth Dance Festival in 2014. Zoe is also Chair of Hearts and Minds a multi-arts organisation working in health and care, and a Non-Executive Director of the Scottish Prison Service and the Lamp of Lothian.