I started dancing in a Suffolk based dance company aged twelve 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 proud to continue to be Artistic Director of Spin Off Dance Company, DanceEast, an inclusive performance company who inspire my research within contemporary and creative dance, nurturing community practice.
From 2007 – present day, 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, alongside 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.
And as a way of nurturing my own reflective practice, I have set up an independent research and development project with a fellow community dance artist. We aspire to enable a breadth of opportunities for inter-disciplinary artists working within the Arts.