TEACHERS

Nina started her career as an actress and a dancer and featured in many productions for TV, in movies and on stage. This led to her teaching and coaching ballet companies and dancers, e.g. Ballet Black, Fabula Collective and Company Wayne McGregor. Nina is currently Company Class teacher at Rambert. 

 

She is also the Executive Vice President of Zena Rommett Floor-Barre® Technique and oversees the tri-annual worldwide training of over 150 teachers in NYC, Mexico and in Europe. She has been on the Board of Directors of the ZR Floor-Barre® Foundation since 2017. She has lectured at Kingston University where she taught Technique and Expression in the Department of Arts and Social Sciences, School of Performance / Screen Studies for four years, and has been coaching presentation, impact and performance technique since 2009.


She taught the Principal dancers for Cats The Movie (2019), i.e. Steven McRae and Francesca Hayward, and she also coaches dancers, soloists and principals from the Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Swedish Royal Ballet and Rumanian National Ballet etc. Nina has taught classes at Broadway Dance Center in New York, at Coppelia’s Ballet in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, and has coached students from Tring, Laban Conservatoire, The Place and Elmhurst, amongst others.

Nina teaches weekly open adult classes at Central School of Ballet, at Danceworks London and online.

Nina Thilas-Mohs

Freelance Dance Teacher

Denzil Bailey started to dance aged 17 in a weekly Jazz class in a church hall in Cricklewood. Encouraged by his teacher to take ballet, he joined the London School of Classical Dance. After 3 years he was chosen to join the internationally prestigious English National Ballet where he danced for 10 years, touring the world.

 

Following some time freelancing and raising his son Jacob, Denzil was approached by Cassa Pancho, a dancer writing her dissertation on the lack of black classical dancers. Together they founded 12 years ago the renowned Ballet Black. This led to numerous requests to teach and Denzil unintentionally became a ballet teacher, which he calls his “dream job”. In addition to his two weekly classes at Danceworks, Denzil teaches at Central Ballet School, The Place, London Studio Centre, Middlesex University, London Theatre School and Pineapple. He also teaches for dance companies such as Rambert, Random, Neo Ballet, Tavaziva and Skanes Danse in Sweden – and of course, Ballet Black.

Denzil Bailey

Freelance Ballet Teacher

Born and trained in Australia, Adam moved to the United Kingdom and began his professional dancing career with London City Ballet. After turning his attention to working as a freelance dancer, and in between stints with English National Ballet, Adam had success on the commercial dance circuit. He danced on two of Kylie Minogue’s world tours, appeared in television productions and feature films including Pride and Prejudice and Phantom of The Opera, and worked with Stanley Kubrick on choreography for Eyes Wide
Shut. He has worked extensively as a dancer, acrobat and actor in opera, and as assistant choreographer on Sir David McVicar’s Adriana Lecouvreur has been responsible for staging the Act III ballet in revivals of the production at Gran Teatre del Liceu (Barcelona), Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna), L'Opéra Bastille (Paris), The Royal Opera House (London) and The Metropolitan Opera (New York).

 

Adam is a freelance ballet teacher and coach, and a member of the teaching staff at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Dance and West London School of Dance/Young Dancer’s Academy. Formerly one of the ballet masters for Ballet Black, Adam has also been a guest teacher for Rambert, Michael Clark and Akram Khan’s company. He teaches open ballet classes of all levels, as well as his unique “Tumbling Skills For Dancers” at London’s Pineapple Dance Studios and Danceworks.

Adam Pudney

Freelance Teacher & Coach

Etta Murfitt

Teacher & Associate Artistic Director New Adventures

Etta joined New Adventures in 1991 first as a performer and is now the Associate
Artistic Director.


For New Adventures: The Red Shoes, Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, Early Adventures, Cinderella, Dorian Gray, Edward Scissorhands, Highland Fling, Nutcracker!, The Car Man, The Infernal Galop, The Percys of Fitzrovia, Deadly Serious and Town and Country.


Other credits: Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe); Tin Drum, Flying Lovers of Vitebsk, 946, Wild Bride, Midnight’s Pumpkin, Steptoe and Son, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and Dead Dog in a Suitcase (Kneehigh); Orpheus and The Underworld directed by Emma Rice (English
National Opera); Romantics Anonymous (Wise Children).

 

Etta was Choreographer for Wise Children directed by Emma Rice, and she created the role of Nora Chance.


Etta is an Associate Artist with Kneehigh Theatre Company and Movement Director
for Emma Rice’s Wise Children.

James Butcher

Teacher & Performer

James trained in Musical Theatre from a young age where he was coached in all styles of
dance. During this time he found a love for classical dance and so attended The Royal Ballet
Summer School where he received a scholarship to train at The Royal Ballet (upper school) full
time.


He graduated with a contract to dance as a member of the ‘Corps de Ballet’ in The Royal Ballet
Company, Covent Garden. During his time in the company, James danced in lots of classical
ballets including Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo & Juliet, Manon, Giselle, The Nutcracker
and the original cast of Christopher Wheeldon’s ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’. Since then,
James has moved into dancing in the West End in roles such as ‘Older Billy’ In Billy Elliot The
Musical (Victoria Palace Theatre), Swing/Ensemble in the original London cast of An American
in Paris (The Dominion Theatre), and most recently Assistant Dance Captain and Ballet Dancer
in Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s Theatre). He has also danced on The Royal Variety
Performance and been on UK and International Tours.


Throughout his stage career, James has danced in many movies such as ‘Cinderella’, ‘The
Nutcracker and the four realms’, and ‘Artemis Fowl’ all for Walt Disney Studios.
Being a passionate teacher as well as a performer, James currently teaches at some of
London’s top vocational dance schools, is a Licentiate member of the ISTD, and is currently
studying for his MA in Dance Pedagogy.

Luke was born in London and trained at the Royal Ballet School from the age of 11. After graduating he joined Scottish Ballet (soloist) where he danced for 10 years and then went on to dance for Rambert until 2019.


In 2004 he performed with K Ballet Company, Japan at the Metropolitan Opera House NYC for the Frederick Ashton gala. He has danced a range of roles with The Royal Ballet, Scottish Ballet, and Rambert by renowned choreographers such as Balanchine, Ashton, Forsythe, Page, Alston, Macmillan, Wheeldon, Tetley, Christopher Bruce and Matthew Bourne.


Luke was an Olivier nominated dancer for outstanding achievements in 2017 for Mark Baldwin’s ‘Creation’. Most recently Luke was a guest dancer with Company Wayne McGregor in ‘Tree of Codes’ in Paris with the Paris Opera Ballet.

Luke Ahmet

Freelance Dance Artist

& Teacher

Raymond Chai

Freelance Dance Teacher & Choreographer

Raymond has worked in classical ballet, musical theatre and television. He danced with the National Ballet of Portugal where he danced a repertoire of classical and contemporary works. Musical theatre productions include CATS, Miss Saigon, Anything Goes, Kiss Me Kate and The King and I (Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre, London West End)

Raymond has been a guest teacher for various well-known dance companies around the world including English National Ballet, National Ballet of Portugal, Singapore Dance Theatre, Rambert Dance Company, Richard Alston Dance Company, Phoenix Dance Theatre, New Adventures, Company Wayne McGregor and highlights includes International Ballet Gala in Malaysia featuring principals and soloists from San Francisco Ballet, Hamburg Ballet and Boston Ballet. He has coached dance students for the Adeline Genee Awards and the Asian Grand Prix. Raymond is also a guest tutor at the Dance Masters International in New Zealand.

Choreographic commissions include for the National Ballet of Portugal, Hong Kong Ballet, Ballet Black (Royal Opera House), Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, Dance Space Malaysia and the BBC.

In October 2015, Raymond premiered his piece ‘Unbroken Silence’ in the USA at YourMove Modern Dance Festival, New Jersey.

Raymond was invited to Hong Kong in 2017 where he choreographed ‘The Architecture of Wu’ for the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts.

 In 2018, Raymond premiered his second ballet production, ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ in Malaysia.

In June 2018, Raymond was awarded Master of Arts in Dance Technique Pedagogy by Middlesex University.

Raymond currently holds the position of Lecturer in Dance at the London Contemporary Dance School, London.

Born in Amiens, France, Constance fell in love with the world of dance, performance and fitness. Her wish and determination to become a professional ballerina led her to train pre-professionally at the Rosella Hightower school in Cannes, then at the English National Ballet School, in London.

 

Constance joined The Scottish Ballet permanently in 2009, was promoted to Soloist in 2014 and became a Principal dancer in 2016. Some of her highlights include: Odette/Odile, Swan Lake (choreography David Dawson), The Sugar Plum fairy in The Nutcracker (choreography Peter Darrell), Cinderella and The Snow Queen (both choreographed by Christopher Hampson). She has been practicing Yoga alongside her career and passed her Yoga Level 3 instructor diploma in 2018. Constance is currently studying for a Bachelor of Science in Sport, Fitness and Coaching and also teaches all level ballet classes and workshops. More recently, in 2020 Constance has achieved her meditation diploma. 

Constance is a very passionate artist, always seeking to inspire her audience both on and off the stage.

Constance Devernay

Principal Ballerina, Teacher & Coach

Volunteer

Rose Alice

Freelance Dance Artist, Choreographer, 

Artistic Director & Teacher

Rose Alice has had an incredibly unique career so far. She was awarded honours for all advanced R.A.D examinations as well as being awarded both Junior and Senior R.A.D scholarships, followed by the prestigious R.A.D Bursary.

After being awarded the Robert and Elizabeth Classical Ballet scholarship she travelled to continue her training in Toulouse, France. Rose was a finalist in the Prix de Lausanne in 2006 and was offered a scholarship to The Basel Theatre Ballet where she completed her final year of training. Rose was a contestant on So You Think You Can Dance Australia and was a guest artist at the finale of Australia’s Got Talent. She performed in Liquid Skin Performing Arts Company where she performed and was an assistant choreographer on works “The Faders” and “Plucked”. She was invited to Stuttgart to premiere her solo piece of choreography “The Waiting Room” which received raved reviews. Rose began performing in Hong Kong and China in 2011 and made the move to Singapore to be dance captain of Gateway Entertainments productions and tours.

Whilst in Asia she worked very closely with CPG where she performed and Choreographed numerous shows for clients such as Patek Philippe, Jaeger Le Couture, Marina Bay Sands, The Venetian Macau, Johnny Walker, Audi, Mercedes Benz, Beijing Fashion week, Caterpillar, Kevin Spacey, The Ritz Carlton, Prestige Magazine, Buick, Luminous, Imagination, Artistry and 1881 Heritage.

Rose has appeared in Harper’s bazaar Australia, Plug magazine, Capezio campaigns and has featured in music videos for Moon Rabbit, Mika, The Magician, Johnny wore black, Bloc party, The Other Animal, and performed “Onegin at the Royal Opera House to name a few. Rose has performed as a soloist in Barcelona for Huawei and in Paris as a guest artist for Rolex at the Palais Opera Garnier. Rose has been a regular guest teacher for Franco Dragone’s cast of Taboo in Macau.

She has also led Movement Direction for Net-A-Porter, Huawei, Central St Martins, designer Irene Jia and more. On film Rose has choreographed and performed in Feature films ‘Love Sarah’ and ‘The Parisian as well as short films ‘Husk’, ‘The Choke’ ‘Heroine’ and ‘Fire’.

Rose is the Artistic Director and founder of International Arts Collective. Under Rose’s direction IAC have performed in Beijing, Hong Kong, Barcelona, Kunming, Paris, Kazakhstan and London. Thus far she has clients such as Tiffany & Co, Patek Philippe, BMW, Jaguar and Huawei.

Rose has produced two full length shows in London in both 2016 and 2019 with International Arts Collective and is the co-founder and producer of the newly launched Loud Groupe.

Mark started dancing at the age of 9 at Janice Marshall Stage School, before also joining Scottish Ballet Junior Associates. At the age of 11 he began training vocationally at The Dance School of Scotland till the age of 16.

 

He moved down to London at that age and studied for 3 years at Central School of Ballet, where he had the opportunity to work with Crystal Pite and perform in “Polaris” at Sadlers Wells. Mark graduated from Central School of Ballet in 2016. Mark has worked for Ballet Ireland, performing in ‘Nutcracker’ and ‘Giselle’ before joining Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, where he performed in ‘Cinderella’ and ‘Romeo and Juliet’, and most recently ‘Swan Lake’ which concluded its tour on Broadway.

Mark Samaras

Freelance Dancer & Teacher

Freya Harris

Freelance Dancer Choreographer & Teacher

Freya graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in 2020 and currently works at Swindon Dance on the CAT programme as an assistant. Alongside studying at Laban Freya was part of the BalletBoyz Dancers Course working with many dance artists including Anna Watkins, Jason Mabana, Kerry Nichols, Joss Arnott Dance and many more. 

 During training Freya also completed work placements with Fabula Collective Shadowing Dancers and working with Travis-Clausen Knight and James Pett. Freya also Shadowed a creative process with Theo Clinkard and Candoco Dance Company. 

 As well as this Freya has worked with various Choreographers including Luke Brown, James Cousins, Stephen Pelton, Hannah Kidd and Tony Thatcher.  

Freya has also choregraphed for various platforms across the UK including International Youth Arts Festival, Lift Off Dance Festival, Ignition, A.P.T Gallery Event (Perception) and Berkshires Young Dance Artist. 

Freya has also previously worked at Trinity Laban’s summer schools, open days and auditions as an assistant. Freya also teaches Contemporary, Improvisation, choreography, Ballet and Fitness within education and community dance settings. 

Born in Stockholm, Matz Skoog trained as a dancer in Sweden and in Russia. After graduating he became a member of the Royal Swedish Ballet, later joining English National Ballet where, along with other guest engagements, he remained as a Principal Dancer for several years. He has also been a member of Netherlands Dance Theatre in Holland and Rambert Dance Company in the UK.

Matz has enjoyed an extensive dancing career at the highest level in both classical ballet and contemporary dance, performing on stages throughout Europe and the rest of the world. Subsequent to his dancing career he has held the positions as Artistic Director of English National Ballet and the Royal New Zealand Ballet. He is currently pursuing a freelance career as international guest teacher, performance coach and artistic consultant.

Some recent guest teaching engagements include the Royal Ballet, New English Ballet Theatre, Junior Ballet Antwerp, Cape Town City Ballet, Studio Wayne McGregor, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance, and as Classical Ballet Instructor on the film set of Cats.

In addition Matz is a certified Executive Coach and Mentor, accredited by the UK Institute of Leadership and Management, and in this capacity he works with a wide variety of clients both within the performing arts and with other businesses professionals. During the Covid 19 crisis he has been working as a coach with several dancers, helping them maintain focus and navigate the challenges of lockdown and social distancing.

Matz Skoog

Freelance International Guest Teacher, Performance Coach & Artistic Consultant

Genevieve grew up in Oxfordshire before moving to White Lodge, the Royal Ballet School, at the age of 11 and then on to Elmhurst School for Dance. 

 

Upon graduating she danced with the Royal Swedish Ballet before joining Northern Ballet for their 2015/16 season.  

 

In 2017 Genevieve stepped into the world of Musical Theatre, as part of the Original London Company of Christopher Wheeldon’s ‘An American in Paris’ at the Dominion Theatre. 

She then continued with the show touring around China, Taiwan and finishing the Chatalet Theatre in Paris. 

Genevieve has also danced with the English National Ballet in Christopher Wheeldon’s version of ‘Cinderella’ for the Albert Hall and was due to be dancing with the company in ‘Nutcracker Delights’ at the London Coliseum before lockdown was announced.   

Genevieve Heron

Freelance Dance Artist & Teacher

From Nelson Bay, Australia, Ashley began dancing at the age of three. Training at the Marie Walton-Mahon Dance Academy in Newcastle, where she studied full-time for two years. At 15, she was awarded her Royal Academy of Dance Solo Seal and moved to England to attend the Elmhurst Ballet School in association with the Birmingham Royal Ballet. She graduated in 2008 with a Diploma of Dance. 

 

Professionally, Ashley danced in various shows on cruise ships around the world with Royal Caribbean Productions before joining Matthew Bourne’s company New Adventures in 2009. She was promoted to principal in 2011. 

 

For New Adventures, Ashley debuted in Swan Lake (2009/10) followed by the UK & International tour of Cinderella (2010/11) where she danced the title role; following that Ashley has performed multiple principal roles with company including Princess Sugar in the 20th Anniversary tour of Nutcracker! (2011/2012), Aurora, a role she co-created, in the world premiere of Sleeping Beauty (2012/13) (2015/16 UK & International tour), Kim Boggs in Edward Scissorhands (2014/15) and Lana in The Car Man (2015). Most recently, to great critical acclaim, she originated the role of Vicky Page in the world premiere of The Red Shoes (2016/17 UK & US tour). Which she again reprised in 2019/2020. For this role she won the Hospital Club 100 award for Theatre and Performance 2017 and the Critics' Circle National Dance Award for Outstanding Female Performance (Modern). She was nominated once again in 2019 in this category for her performance in the revival of Cinderella (2017/19)

 

Film credits include Matthew Bourne’s Christmas, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and The Red Shoes. 

 

Ashley was Dancing Times magazine Dancer of the Month February 2016 and featured on the cover of the December 2016 issue.

Ashley Shaw

Freelance Dancer & Teacher

Glenn Graham

Freelance Dance Artist & Teacher

Born in Nottingham, Glenn started his professional training at the Rambert School of Ballet & Contemporary Dance.

 

On graduating in 2003 Glenn joined Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, performing in Nutcracker! and Swan Lake for the Sadler’s Wells seasons touring extensively throughout the UK, Japan and South Korea. Glenn has also performed the principal role of the Swan/Stranger on numerous occasions in the UK, Paris, Antwerp, Shanghai and USA. Glenn's other roles for New Adventures include The Angel and Tom in Cinderella and Bruno and Rocco in The Car Man. In 2017 Glenn created the role of Grischa Ljubov in the Olivier award winning ‘The Red Shoes’.

 

In 2006 Glenn joined Compañía Metros de Danza under the direction of Ramon Oller and later Ballet Santa Coloma under the direction of David Campos in Barcelona.

From 2007/10 he joined Introdans, in The Netherlands, touring the world dancing signature roles in choreography by Jiri Kylian, William Forsythe, Matz Ek, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Paul Lightfoot & Sol Leon, Inbal Pinto, Hans Van Manen, Fernando Melo, Nils Christie, Cayetano Soto, Robert Battle and Alwin Nikolias.

 

In 2011 he became a member of Phoenix Dance Theatre under the directorship of Sharon Watson. During his time there he performed choreography by Aletta Collins, Henri Oquike, Richard Alston, who Ana Lujan Sanchez, Jose Agudo, Richard Wherlock, Charlotte Vincent and Sharon Watson.

 

Glenn choreographed 'Intimate Windows' for Introdans 2009 DANSEMAKEN, a collaboration with Dutch fashion designers, also 'And yet we still stand tall' for The University of Cumbria in Carlisle. 

 

Glenn's teaching credits include Matthew Bourne's New Adventures, Royal Ballet School, English National Ballet School, Phoenix Dance Theatre, Rambert School, Shoreditch Youth Dance Company, New College Nottingham, The Place, London summer intensives and Company 12 of which he became patron of since opening in 2012.

Born in Glasgow, Kristen trained at The Royal Ballet School (RBS) before graduating into Birmingham Royal Ballet where she danced most of the company’s Soloist and Corp de Ballet repertoire over 8 seasons, whilst studying for her BSc (Hons) Psychology degree part time. 

 

After a difficult injury, she returned to London where she gained her RBS Teaching Diploma (PDTC) and started to branch out into the music, film and musical theatre industries. She has toured the UK and Europe as a singer songwriter, backing vocalist and keyboardist and has vocal credits on Channel 4’s The Snowman and The Snowdog. Her film credits include An American in Paris: The Musical, Annihilation (Lena double), Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (Dancer and Assistant Choreographer) and Red Nose Day Actually (Movement Director for Hugh Grant). She played Lise Dassin alt. in the original West End cast, Asia tour and Paris productions of Christopher Wheeldon’s An American in Paris. She has also worked with Fallen Angels Dance Theatre; a charity established to support those in recovery from addiction through dance theatre. 

 

Kristen has worked with The Royal Ballet as a Principal Coach (Frankenstein), Assistant Choreographer (Swan Lake) and Teacher/Repetiteur for RBS students involved in RB productions (The Nutcracker, Frankenstein, Raven Girl). Her Staging/Rehearsal Directing experience includes Joffrey Ballet (Vespertine) and Bayerisches Staatsballett (With a Chance of Rain). She has guest taught at The Royal Ballet School, Elmhurst Ballet School, Urdang Academy, Addict Dance Academy, many vocational training intensives and was the ladies’ teacher for the graduate year of English National Ballet School 2020. 

 

Since relocating back to Scotland, she has been guest teaching at Scottish Ballet, providing 1-1 virtual bespoke ballet, personal and career coaching to pre professional and professional dance artists through her business Coaching with Kristen, and is currently studying towards an MSc in Applied Positive Psychology as well as her Mindfulness and Meditation teacher accreditation. She is an advocate for wellness and wellbeing in the dance industry and believes in a holistic approach towards movement and the artists’ experience both inside and outside the studio. 

Kristen McGarrity

Freelance Guest Teacher

& Coach

Born in Worcester Thomas started dancing at the age of 2 1/2 at Harlequin Stage School, at 16 he moved to London where he started his professional training at Central School of Ballet. During his time at Central, Thomas was the first First year to win the Central Friends Trust award, in his second year he was a finalist at the ‘Young British Dancer of the Year’ and performed a solo at the 2012 Olympic games.

 

In his third year he was a Finalist in the prestigious ‘Prix de Lausanne’ and prior to graduation Thomas  performed in English National Operas production of ‘Death In Venice’ performing in London and Amsterdam. 

 

Upon graduation Thomas joined Scottish Ballet under the directorship of Christoper Hampson. In 2016 Thomas was promoted to First Artist and then in 2018 promoted to Soloist. During his time at Scottish Ballet Thomas has performed works by choreographers such as Crystal Pite, Kenneth MacMillan, Javier de Frutos and Bryan Arais...

 

In 2019 Thomas filled the role as Assistant to the Choreographer during Sophie Laplane’s creation for the company ‘Dextera’. 

 

Thomas’s teaching credits include Scottish Ballet, Scottish Ballet Associates Program, Scottish Ballets Youth Exchange and Technical Lead for Ballet at Scottish Gymnastics. 

Thomas Edwards

Dance Artist & Teacher

Volunteer

Casey Herd was born in Salt Lake City, USA where he began his ballet training at The School for Ballet West.

 

After graduating from the The Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington D.C. he began his professional career with American Ballet Theatre in New York City.

 

He later joined Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle where he quickly rose to the rank of principal dancer. In 2008 he was asked to join the Dutch National Ballet as a principal dancer.

 

After retiring from the stage in 2016, Casey was inspired to found Ballet Rising, as part of his life-long passion for art, photography, history, sociology, and travel

Casey Herd

Freelance Dance Artist, Teacher & Director of Ballet Rising

In 2021 Rosie will complete an MA in Dance Producing and Management from London Studio Centre as a way to further her own choreographic practice and gain greater insight into the dance industry as a whole. In July 2020 she graduated from the Royal Conservatoire's BA in Modern Ballet with the award for top graduating student in the year. During her degree she enjoyed touring with Scottish Ballet in their production of "Wee Hansel and Gretel". In 2018 Rosie was the winner of the Royal Conservatoire's choreographic competition which allowed her to produce and rehearse her work "Surveillance" for the graduation performances. This work was also performed at the Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House and at the Southbank Centre as part of the selective One Dance Young Creatives programme. For this, she was mentored by the Royal Ballet's Valentino Zucchetti and Rambert's Liam Francis.

 

Like many others, at the beginning of her vocational training, there were incidents of injury; however this resulted in a strong interest in strength and conditioning work. She takes her knowledge from a variety of the top physiotherapists and strength and conditioning coaches and implements this into her contemporary classes. 

 

Rosie actively enjoys continuing professional development work including creative coaching with Kerry Nicholls, gaining a certificate in Mental Health for Sports and Physical performance, being a qualified first aider and regularly attending events by UK Coaching. Most recently she has been running ballet classes for rock climbers and is now teaching many Team GB athletes as well as coaches and recreational athletes. She's also undertaken both regular and cover teaching for a variety of schools in Aberdeen where she is currently based.   

Rosie Mackley

Freelance Dance Artist & Teacher

Martyn graduated from The Royal ballet school, after completing 8 years of studies in dance and academics and awarded the silver medal at the Adelaine Genee Awards. 

 

He then danced with the San Francisco Ballet for seven years before choosing to move away from the idea of a working traditional ballet company. 

 

He guested as a dance artist  for various projects and contemporary companies such as Goteborg dance company, danish dance theatre, Marc Brew Dance and Jack Webb Dance. 

Working with choreographers such as Georg Reischl, Hiroaki Umeda, Mark Morris and William Forsythe... to name just a few. 

 

Retiring in mind and role of a dance artist, he spent 4 years living and working in Edinburgh, Scotland. 

Taking time to Study at Edinburgh college and working in mental health as a recovery worker. Working with people in crisis, alcohol recovery and homelessness. 

 

2017-2019 he became an associate artist for Dance Base, Edinburgh under the mentorship of Bush Hartshorn. 

Developing his own movement based practice and creating contemporary performance work that is multi disciplinary in form using poetry, song, installation, movement and film. 

As an independent artist he performed or showed various works at festivals such as Buzzcut Glasgow and Edinburgh Fringe with performances throughout the uk, Germany, Cyprus and Italy and online venues such as Nowness. 

Collaborating at times with artists such as poet Sean Lionadh, National Theatre Scotland, moving image maker Owa Barua, musicians bdy_prts and actor and writer Sophie Woolley. 

Alongside his desire to make art and collaboration, Martyn continues to teach dance classes in ballet, improvisation and creative classes at various schools and studios.  

Such as , Dance Base Edinburgh, Royal Conservatoire Scotland, Dancenter Vietnam, Dance Academie Goteborg and SLP college Leeds.

 

“I have had great privileges and insight within my training and  career both as a dance artist and now as an independent art maker. Now it’s my responsibility and desire to share openly my knowledge and thoughts relating to movement”. 

Martyn Garside

Freelance Dance Artist & Teacher 

Lloyd Knight was born in England and reared in Miami. He has a BFA from the New World School of the Arts under Artistic Director Daniel Lewis. Mr. Knight joined the Martha Graham Dance Company in 2005 and was promoted to Soloist in 2009 and Principal in 2014. He has had ballets choreographed on him by Nacho Duato twice, Andonis Foniadakis, Larry Keigwin, Doug Varone, Lar Lubovitch, Kyle Abraham, Liz Gerring, Michelle Dorrance, Anne Bogart, Pontus Linberg, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Pam Tanowitz and Mats Ek. Dance Magazine named Mr. Knight as one of the “Top 25 Dancers to Watch” in 2010. He partnered with New York City Ballet Principal Wendy Whelan in Ms. Graham's "Moon Duet" and with American Ballet Theatre's Principal Misty Copeland in a Graham duet from "Letter to the World". He was picked Best Performer of 2015 by Dance Magazine. He is currently a guest Principal artist for The Royal Ballet of Flanders.

Lloyd Knight

Dance Artist & Teacher

N.Y.C.

Bryony was born and raised in Kingston Upon Hull and began dancing at the LWHS school of
dance. At 16 she moved to London to train at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary
dance.


Upon graduation she joined Ballet National de Marseille under the direction of Emio Greco
& Pieter C. Sholten (2016/17) and upon return to the UK as a freelance artist has worked
with Shobana Jeyasingh Dance, Watkins Dance Company and Arielle Smith.


In 2018, Bryony joined New Adventures making her debut in Matthew Bourne's Swan
Lake 2018/19 tour. She played Dorcas and Juliet (cover) in the UK 2019 Tour of Romeo and
Juliet. She most recently played the role of Svetlana in the 2019/20 revival of Matthew
Bourne's production of The Red Shoes

Bryony Harrison
Freelance Dance Artist & Teacher 

British dancer and choreographer Anna, trained at the Rambert School. Anna was a company dancer for Tavaziva Dance for 10 years. Appointed additional roles within the company such as Rehearsal Assistant, Project Leader/Project Manager/Choreographer for Tavaziva Male & Female youth programme & ZIVA Youth Dance. As well as working with Shobana Jeyasingh, Motionhouse (World Premiere UK tour), Neville Campbell and more. 

Alongside her career as a dancer, she formed her own company, Watkins Dance Company in 2011, receiving funding from Arts Council England for various projects and collaborations. Her work has been toured across the UK and Internationally.

Anna has been commissioned by several organisations and dance companies for her choreographic work for prestige youth & training dancers such as: Phoenix Dance Theatre, Tavaziva Dance, English National Ballet (including creating on ENBYouthCo based on Akram Khan Giselle), Balletboyz, Rambert School, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Dance City, SYDCo, Third Row Dance Company, New College Swindon, Suffolk Youth Company, CAT Scheme all over the UK, Rambert Dance Youth Company (Quicksilver), international students (Italy) and youth dance companies all over the UK. Anna has led various professional classes around the UK including at The Place London and for companies Rambert Dance Company and Tavaziva Dance.

In 2017 - 2018 she was awarded Associate Artist at Swindon Dance. Awarded Arts Council England funding for Spring 2018 Tour including new short dance film in collaboration with Film Oxford. In 2018 Anna was selected as one of the four choreographers for the Cohan Collective, mentoring residency with Robert Cohan, and continued with Cohan Collective for the Development stage in August 2019 at Pavilion Dance South West.

Currently this year, Anna was commissioned by Swindon Dance to create and perform in a new duet, for Swindon Spring Festival of Literature and the Arts. The duet went international (ITALY) this June as part of DAP Festival 2019 - International Dance and Visual Arts Festival and was also performed at Rambert (LONDON) for The Playground two year anniversary special.

Anna was also commissioned by Film Oxford to create a new short dance film for project FLUX bringing three artists together - dance, film and music. MORTELLE, the new short dance film and performance filming of new duet REPEL, were screened at various film festivals in summer 2019. Screenings included: Modern Art Oxford | Dancin' Oxford, Leeds Festival 2019 and Reading Festival 2019.

Anna has been a regular guest teacher and mentor at Swindon Dance for the CAT (Centre for Advanced Training) programme, recently appointed the new Coordinator for CAT (Swindon Contemporary Programme).

Anna Watkins
Freelance Dance Artist, Choreographer & Artistic Director