Biography

I started dancing at an early age, soon realising that  movement provided me with tools to express myself creatively.

In 2001, I successfully auditioned at the Laban Centre, obtaining a full scholarship to study the BA (HONS) Dance Studies Degree. Upon completion in 2004, I returned to my home county, Essex, where I began working for EssexDance (Dance Digital) and freelance teaching within educational and community settings.

In 2008 I returned to Trinity Laban, studying the Post-Graduate Certificate in Community Dance. This course truly inspired and nurtured me. It lit the fire to further explore the beautiful possibilities within community dance practice.

Since completing my studies, I have been fortunate to work at E15 Acting School, Loughton. teaching Introductory Movement and lecturer in Choreology. University Campus Suffolk, lecturing Community Dance in Education, Professional Practices, Improvisation and Choreological studies. I enjoyed the role as Community Dance Artist for DanceEast, managing Suffolk Youth Dance Company, driving delivery in educational, community and health care settings. Alongside this, delivering contemporary technique for the adult class programme at Trinity Laban. I deliver contemporary release technique within DanceEast’s Centre for Advanced Training, where I have been rehearsal director at Summer intensive performance platforms, and creative tutor in refocused recruitment drives across Cambridge, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk.

I am a trainee Dance Movement Psychotherapist, studying a Masters at Goldsmiths University of London. Alongside my studies, I continue to practice within the community and in education. I believe deeply that movement and dance are a birthright to all peoples, and believe my role as facilitator provides a space in keeping dance alive, liberating autonomy. The human body, the structural form fascinates me with its individuality and expressivity.

I have been fortunate enough to have been supported by One Dance UK’s Teacher mentoring scheme, working with Andrea Buckley and Independent Dance. Alongside this, I have successfully received training and CPD accreditation in Dance for Parkinson’s with English National Ballet and Parkinson’s UK.

As an independent artist, I continue to write bespoke projects for NHS charities, arts organisations, educational settings . While continuing to work as lead artist in mass participatory performance events and physical theatre for film for Gecko Physical Theatre Company. I am currently Co-Choreographer for Bard to Bollywood, The Dance Network Association’s Keeping Dance Alive programme. I am mentor to the Royal Opera House Cross-Curricular Programme, specialising in dance and literacy provision in education. My practice flows within a mentor, project writer and arts practitioner model.

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