Dance + Pole Artist / choreographer / movement director

 

"I grew up in Chesterfield, a historic town in the middle of England, and began dance at 3 years old with the local dance school - mainly so my mum could take a much needed break from an obscenely energetic, A.D.D and otherwise boundless me"

"Simple tap, ballet and 'freestyle' were on offer in the 400 year old, dusty church hall, but it gave me those first few moments of performance that sparked my creative ambitions. 

10 years on, while at Brookfield Community School, I met Nia Yule, the newly appointed dance teacher. There, I performed in every school musical, choir, theatre production while studying theatre, dance and art but without this lady, undoubtably my career would be completely different - she introduced me to Contemporary Dance. She offered me so many new experiences and ideas but finally after taking me to Derby Dance Centre (DeDa) during a workshop, I was scouted by Jamie Thompson of Nottingham Youth Dance and from then my dance world opened dramatically further.

I studied contemporary and neoclassical dance techniques while touring the Midlands and to the Edinburgh Festival. I performed works from (then) upcoming choreographers Morgann Runacre-Temple (Ballet Ireland), Regina Wielingen (Rambert) and also Jamie. In 2008 I auditioned for the prestigious London Contemporary Dance School, a.k.a 'The Place'...and to my surprise (and to Nia's delight), got in!

"'The Place' gave me all and everything I never knew I needed to know about contemporary dance. We had the pleasure of working with some of the finest contemporary directors and choreographers, including Richard Alston, Tom Dale, Ben Duke and most notably Daniel Kramer (King Kong), for whom I performed for in 'Pictures from an Exhibition' at The Young Vic.

We also had a high focus on improvisation and choreography, and through building strong creative relationships between my colleagues, I feel like we built a power house of choreographic energy and healthy competition.  

I became more focused on Physical Theatre, creating many short pieces, all performed in LCDS's termly platforms at the 'The Robin Howard Dance Theatre'My final year solo piece, based on the Nicolas Winding Refn's 2001 film 'Bronson' - 'Rob The Post Office' - was selected for the our 2011 graduation show and received an incredible response.

Shortly before I graduated, I received a call from Romanian director Horia Suru, who'd I'd met during a project in France a couple of years before. He asked me to come to Braila, Romania (Teatru Maria Filotti) to choreograph a new theatre production of 1969 film, 'To Sir, With Love' or 'Domnului Profesor, Cu Dragoste' as it would be called.

I didn't speak Romanian then, but working with 16 young school kids and a handful of Romanian dramaic actors was an extraordinary experience. We premiered in October 2011, and due to rave reviews (see here) and high demand, the show ran for 2 years.

Thanks to that experience, and during this time being shortlisted for Matthew Bournes New Adevntures Choreographic Award, I was fully confident in creating my first professional full length solo work 'UNSOUND'. Adapted from Hunter S. Thompson's 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas', I presented it back in familiar territory - The Place's annual Resolution! platform in February 2012. It received positive reviews and it was around this time that I successfully auditioned for Franco Dragone's 'The House Of Dancing Water'. So whilst in waiting, I teamed up with my old uni friend, John Ross as assistant choreographer on 'EPIDEMIC' - produced by 'The Old Vic, New Voices'. It brought together one of most amazingly diverse team of professional actors and passionate volunteers, to merge together a story facing obesity and mental illness that was “Simply above and beyond expectations. Superb!”

Finally, in July of 2012, I packed my suitcase to take the Eurostar to a tiny town called Lint in Belgium and began on my new voyage into the unknown world of Circus.

I walked into the enormous training facility and nearly shed a tear to see four shockingly strong boys flying above my head to the sounds of the 'Staps' Act. We trained for full PADI Scuba licences, diving from 8 meters and strength and conditioning that no dancer would normally undertake. 

Myself and my fabulous fellow dancers transformed into the evil '7 Daughters' role. A month later we arrived at Macau's 'City Of Dreams', ready to get on the stage of, arguably, the largest show on earth.

3 years later and 1242 shows under my belt,  I diversified into both Dancer and House Troupe profiles, performing acrobatics, diving and harness work.

My few gigs after leaving, I travelled to Stockholm with the GYNOÏDES, as a porter and dancer. I worked again with Horia Suru on COLUMBINUS, in Baia Mare, Romania, which won Grande Prize at The National Theatre, Bucharest's 'Teen Fest' in September 2016. 

 

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And the the summer was filled with my first encounter with Cirque Du Soleil on 'Scalada Vision'which was an absolutely amazing gig and led me to create the short film 'CREEK' - a short with hand balancer Sascha Bachmann.

Myself and long term friend Joshua Ecob also formed NGDance in April of 2016.  We wanted to share the experiences we've has so far as professional dancers, and have since held 8 intensives, teaching over 70 young dancers.

During that time I formed an interest in Pole Dance and began to train with award winning artists, Lorna Walker and Lisa Hammond of Pole Athletes. It started as a way to keep fit but quickly became a huge passion. With just a year of training, I won the Hong Kong Pole Idol Championships in 2018, winning my 'Drama' category, and Best Choreography and Overall Winner. In October of the same year, I won the Professional Category of UKPPC and in January 2019, I won the Semi Pro Drama cateogory of Pole Theatre Hong Kong.

I had a great deal of time to train my new skill throughout 2018, during my time as Dance Captain on ‘Destiny’ with MGM Entertainment. The highly technical, circus megashow, billed to premier in MGM Cotai’s new state of the art theatre, sadly never saw the light of day. But, there I had the pleasure of working with Choreographer, Travis Payne, Michael Jackson’s choreographer and confidente.

Now, working freelance in Europe, I intend to focus more on Pole Dance, creating new work and finding new opportunities in theatre, circus and dance.