I am an independent dance and movement practitioner, passionate about the relationship between dance, health and wellbeing, Much of my work involves creating opportunities for people from all walks of life to experience dance and get moving.
Alongside Curel, I am Head of Dance for Flamingo Chicks, an inclusive dance school, which provides opportunities for children with and without disabilities and illnesses to enjoy ballet alongside their friends and I am also an Associate Artist for English National Ballet, leading creative repertoire workshops in schools and theatres across the UK. I also teach as part of the Learning and Participation team at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds.
When studying for my Masters degree I became increasingly interested in the links between movement and dance with health and I focused my research on the influence of somatic practice on my work as a dancer - learning to focus on how it feels to move rather than how you appear from the outside. This approach enabled me to heal old injuries, getting rid of pain I had had in one of my legs for over two years previously! This inspired me to use these skills and knowledge to help others.
I also work as a performer and was recently part of 'Here and Now', created by TC Howard, a small scale touring performance happening in care homes in Sheffield, bringing together care home residents, primary school children and professional dancers in performance and play. I have also created dance film work, which has been presented in the UK and abroad, including Stockholm Festival Fringe (STOFF) and Footprint Dance Festival, London.
I trained at Bretton Hall (University of Leeds), the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance and completed my M.A. in Contemporary Dance at London Contemporary Dance School in 2013. I am also a qualified Complementary Therapist and offer massage, aromatherapy and reflexology alongside our movement workshops - find out more here.