I work as a dance and movement artist, skilled in performing, creating, directing and communicating. I integrate all my experiences within movement, research and performance within my practice and how I work with others. Questioning modes of interaction, encounter and production leads me to explore movement through live performance, text and sculpture and most often as a collaborator. I create contexts for audiences and performers to explore their movement/body/expectations of scale and place. My work has been supported, amongst others, by Greenwich Dance, Theatre Delicatessen, Bellyflop, The Lisa Ullman Travelling Scholarship Fund and the British Council.
I am a Certified Movement Analyst in Laban Movement Analysis/Bartenieff Fundamentas and Yoga teacher. I have a rich vocabulary to identify and differentiate movement and personal habits, then facilitate you to expand on your resources. I have multiple entry points to increase connected, refined and nuanced movement. More choice in how you move, no matter how large or small the movement, opens up more possibility for expression, communication and experience. I work with members of the artistic and performing communities and with individuals from many other walks of life.
Your movement might have a particular professional purpose: playing an instrument, dancing, acting, auditioning, playing a sport, communicating in meetings or in a boardroom. Or maybe you are interested in how movement can make going about your day more full of ease, such as getting out of bed or dealing with injury or pain through understanding your connectivity and habits. I work intuitively, playfully and inclusively. Interested? Read here.
I teach in London and Edinburgh, UK, Belgium, Slovenia ad China.
MY TRAINING and EDUCATION – movement
Certification in Movement Analysis training
I trained in Laban Movement Analysis and Bartenieff Fundamentals over 2009 – 2010 through LSSI/LIMS. I have completed all five modules in Laban Movement Analysis/Bartenieff and Somatic studies – ‘Bartenieff Fundamentals and repatterning’, ‘Qualities of Shape and Relationship’, ‘Effort Qualities in Human Expression’, ‘Choreutic Space and the Integration of Shape’ and ‘Integrating in a Final Application project’, under Janet Kaylo, Anna Kemble, Nadine Saxton and Donna Redlick, with other fantastic visiting faculty, including Trisha Bauman, Susan Cash, Cheryl Prophet, Danielle McCulloch and Leslie Bishko (who integrates LMA in teaching Animation). I assisted the first CMA programme in Scotland, under programme leader Karen Studd. Since 2015, I teach alongside Karen Studd, Laura Cox, Stephanie de Bruykiere, Cat Maguire and others.
Certified Yoga Instructor, Vinyasa Flow and Pre and Post Natal Yoga
I am a Vinyasa Flow Yoga teacher, having taken training with YogaLondon in 2011. I facilitate asana practice (postures), meditation and pranayama (breathing/energetics) in workshops and classes. This flowing style is accessible, integrative and a wonderful exploration. Yoga asana and meditation forms part of my personal practice. In 2015 I certified with YogaLondon in Pre and Post-natal yoga.
Contemporary Dance Theatre training
I trained at LABAN on the three-year BA Contemporary Dance Theatre programme, gaining a first class honours degree, and received the Sylvia Bodmer award for outstanding achievement in Choreological Studies (2002 – 2005).
danceWEB 05 scholarship
In 2005 I was fortunate enough to receive a scholarship to the Impulstanz Festival in Vienna, Austria. I spent five weeks with nearly 50 dance artists from around the world experiencing workshops from incredible professional performers/teachers/choreographers, watching a vast range of performances in big/small/shiny/dusty venues and attending talks and discussions. The leader of danceWEB 05 was David Zambrano. The legacy of this experience continues to permeate my thinking and collaborations.
EDUCATION – theoretical perspectives
PhD in Cultural Anthropology
Current PhD student (2015 – 2018) at Middlesex University, Faculty of Art and Cultural Industries. Here is a politics of lightbulbs about my research.
MA in Performance and Culture
Completing a Masters in Performance and Culture: Interdisciplinary studies at Goldsmiths College under Dr. Maria Shevtosova (2006 – 2007) helped expand my perspectives on who can make performance, where it can happen and how. There I also developed further understanding of European and International theatre practices.
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