I started dancing in Splinters, a Suffolk based dance company,working with artists such as Fergus Early, founder of Green Candle Dance Company and the late Gill Clarke, who from a young age taught me so much about what I later understood to be embodied practice.
I graduated from The Laban Centre, London, in 1992 having studied Ballet, Contemporary, Improvisation, and Choreography.
I performed with local dance collectives across Suffolk where I had the opportunity to work with many International choreographers. As part of my research into educational practice, I visited schools in NYC, Brooklyn and an International school in Mauritius, to further understand my own teaching methodologies. I took classes in somatics with Susan Klein alongside Contact Improvisation open classes. This body of research has underpinned my teaching practice, where I worked in Secondary Education facilitating the GCSE Dance and Performing Arts curriculum for eight years.
Interdisciplinary and inclusive dance has always been at the heart of my practice and I have worked extensively with people, of all ages, with Autism and Learning Disabilities. I am Artistic Director of INVOLVEDANCE, an inclusive movement collective, who inspire my research within contemporary and creative dance, nurturing community practice.
From 2007 – present, I have been delivering a program of community dance in settings such as residential care homes through to children’s hospital wards and a local Children’s Hospice. This opened another rich chapter of my movement practice, steering me to embark upon a Masters in Dance Movement Psychotherapy, at Goldsmiths University, London.
I graduated from the program in 2013, and since then have been practicing as a Registered Dance Movement Psychotherapist.
My recent portfolio includes choreographic projects for Gecko, Physical Theatre Company alongside Co Choreographic positions for DanceEast’s annual large-scale community performance project. I have received accreditation by English National Ballet and Parkinson’s UK to facilitate Dance for Parkinson’s classes, these are currently held at DanceEast, Ipswich. New Adventures & Re-bourne accredited Dance for Life, Dementia program. I facilitate weekly DMP sessions for children and adults with Learning Disabilities; within that, I offer reflective practice for assistants who support the sessions. I work collaboratively within a hospice setting, whilst offering bespoke CPD opportunities.
I am CoDirector of Max and Wayne Dance Theatre. Find out more at maxandwaynedancetheatre.com (MWDT)
MWDT aspire to enable a breadth of inclusive opportunities for inter-disciplinary artists working within the Arts.