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Amelia Clarke is a dance artist and performer currently studying on the BA Dance Performance course at Middlesex University. Throughout many years of dance training, she has become a conscientious, committed individual striving to self- awareness with a determination to grow and expand on her artistic practice. She views her art as a form of self- expression and aims to use dance as a tool to showcase the talent and potential she aims to reach.
Amy started dancing at the early age of only two years old and has had numerous opportunities to perform on stage with Impress Theatre Arts Dance School. She is now studying on the BA (Hons) Dance Performance programme at Middlesex University.
Amy has trained in various dance techniques, but her preferred style is Contemporary Dance. However, she has also been able to attain a certificate for coaching gymnastics. After graduation she hopes to enjoy a long- lasting performance career, after which she would like to gain her ISTD teaching qualification, as she is hoping to one day own her dance school and gymnastics club.
Amy has been training in a variety of dance styles from a young age specialising in contemporary, tap, jazz and ballet. She has previously performed at Alton Tower’s, Her Majesty’s Theatre and a number of pantomimes. Since starting her training at Middlesex University, Amy has been given lots of opportunities to work with a number of professional dance artists as well as broaden her knowledge and experience in the dance industry. Throughout her degree, Amy has been working part time as a freelance dance teacher however, after graduation she has secured a place as a trainee dance teacher at Gable Hall Secondary School with the end result of becoming a qualified school teacher.
Anae Jones is a 20-year-old third year Dance student attending Middlesex University. As a Birmingham native now living in London, she started out as a Gymnast reaching Elite level and undertaking numerous competitions, including competing as part of the 2013 National team. Her flair for floor, led her to crossover to contemporary and acrobatic dance and she begun training at Spotlight Dance Academy. Here she also begun training in Jazz, Modern, Ballet and Tap and went on to perform in numerous productions. Anae’s performance highlights include; performing at Silverstone for the Grand Prix, the Olympic Stadium for a West Ham Rugby match and dancing at Wembley Stadium for the artist Foxes. Anae was also a part of the West Bromwich Albion Football Club Kit reveal as a part of a flash mob dance at Birmingham’s Grand Central Station. During this time, Anae begun a BTEC Dance course at Dudley College which she completed with Distinction. More recently, Anae has excelled in commercial and Hip-Hop dancing and has trained with numerous international choreographers including Brian Friedman and Galen Hicks. Developing a flair for choreography, Anae now regularly teaches Heels classes at Middlesex Dance Society and Commercial classes at Dudley College.
Ash is currently in his third year of training at Middlesex University. He started his dance journey as a late teen learning various styles of movement and now favours release-based floor work. Ash also has a strong backgroung in gymnastics and enjoys being able to integrate elements of that into his practice.
Calli is a dancer from Cornwall who is currently studying for her BA (Hons) degree in dance performance at Middlesex University.
Calli is a versatile artist with a wide variety of skills and styles to offer. Excelling in jazz and commercial in her early years and recently developing her technical skills in contemporary, ballet and urban.
Calli has experience in leading dancers including Altitude Dance, of which she was dance captain for their performances at venues including the Hall for Cornwall, The Key theatre and many more. Calli has collaborated with Spindrift Dance Collective, Far-flung and artists such as Kayla Lomas and Leroy Dias Dos Santos to create work that has been performed regionally. Alongside this, Calli has also taught for local dance schools and performed herself across the south-west of the UK and London.
Demi Miller Neave
Demi is a London- based dance artist and performer currently studying in her third year at Middlesex University. She began her training in gymnastics and cheerleading before taking up contemporary dance during high school. This introduced her to a variety of different practitioners and creative and artistic practices. Demi mainly studied with Shaun Dillon, as part of his youth dance company, giving her the opportunity to perform on several occasions and develop as an artist.
Diana Agynayeva is a dance artist and performer aiming to always approach her art with great passion and commitment. She has been trained in a variety of styles and techniques, while studying dance in different countries. Diana as competed in Latin American and Ballroom dances, but feels she truly discovered herself as a dancer in contemporary styles. She particularly enjoys collaborating with people from diverse backgrounds to exchange knowledge and grow her artistry.
Eleanor Andreson is a London- based dance artist, performer and choreographer particularly focusing on contemporary dance and choreography.
As a performer she has had the opportunity to perform across several notable venues such as Disneyland Paris, Her Majesty’s Theatre, The Royal Opera House and Brent Borough of culture 2020, as well as the opening ceremony of the West Ham Stadium.
She is currently in her final year of study at Middlesex University and feels that her time there has exposed her to numerous different experiences and practitioners, which helped shape her as a creative artist, giving her confidence and knowledge to keep exploring the dance industry after graduation.
Eleanor looks forward to continuing her artistic development working as an independent freelance dance artist in choreography and film. She is hoping to continue teaching her work with Collabor8 intensives, intensive movement and choreographic workshops featuring her own creations.
Emily, originally from Birmingham started training in both gymnastics and dance from a young age before joining Flexus Touring Company based in the Midlands in 2017/18. This gave her the opportunity to intensively train in a contemporary dance company, experiencing the creation of a new work and nationally touring as a performing artist.
Emily then moved to London to study at Middlesex University where she is currently working towards a BA(Hons) in Dance Performance. Whilst studying here Emily has been able to further develop her technical skills in contemporary dance and has had the chance to collaborate with many wonderful artists. She also took on the role of an SLA (Student Learning Assistant) supporting other students in their learning and progression throughout her time at Middlesex.
After graduation Emily hopes to continue her training and aspires to join a touring company to further develop as a performer and artist.
Emily Wraight is a London based dancer, born in a small village in Kent. She began her dance training in ballet, tap and modern, but as her excitement for the dance industry became apparent, she decided to advance her training to a professional level. She is currently in her final year of study at Middlesex University completing a degree course in Dance Performance.
During her time at Middlesex, she has had the opportunity to work collaboratively with a variety of artists including Sarah Poekert, Blakeley White McGuire, Monique Jonas, Oliver Sale and Leroy Dias Dos Santos. Besides that, she has also been able to participate in Rise, a movement- based community project led by Southpaw Dance Company. Emily was also chosen for a featured role on the man-made structure outside of Wembley Stadium, all while leading a diverse group of fellow dancers, assisting with retention of choreography.
Being trained in various techniques and with a versatile skill set Emily is most interested in the fusion of contemporary dance and urban styles and she enjoys pushing beyond boundaries and out of her comfort zone. Emily is a very conscientious and hard-working individual and would be committed to any aspect of the creative industries from performing to marketing.
Gabriele is currently completing her BA (Hons) Dance Performance course at Middlesex University having already trained for 12 years in her hometown of Mazeikiai, Lithuania.
Gabriele is an enthusiastic and creative individual who has a particular interest in dance performance. Gabriele moved to London to gain more knowledge about dance history, various dance techniques, as well as the dance industry, in which she wishes to pursue a career as an independent dancer. She is particularly interested in dance theatre and but also enjoys working in the commercial sector.
As an independent artist, Gabriele has performed with up-and-coming music artists, collaborated with fellow dancers and has been involved in various entertainment programs, showcased in various festivals. As a creator, Gabriele has experience in making work for and teaching young children at Dance and Sports studio ‘ITERRA’ (2016-2018).
Georgia Kehoe is a third-year undergraduate student studying Dance Performance at Middlesex University. Her training before university focused on the styles of contemporary and ballet, however, she then had the opportunity to work with upcoming choreographers including Simeon Campbell, whose work she became very interested in.
Georgia has always been interested in performance and choreography and has always taken opportunities to do this whenever possible. Georgia has taken part in annual dance shows and has also choreographed her own work for various performance platforms.
Georgia has also taken part in Irish dance competitions both nationally and internationally, ranking top five in Ireland for her age group four times, most recently coming second. She has also placed top five in British titles numerous times. The level of independence has encouraged her to want to teach in the future and it is this hat she would like to focus on upon graduating.
Harley Gentry is a London based artist, who has experience in Performance, Fashion, TV and Radio. They are also trained in competitive Gymnastics and Cheerleading and have competed at both National and International level for several years. Harley has never been afraid when it comes to expressing individuality; whether it be through the way they dress, their personal presentation or their engagement with extracurricular interests. Performance and Creative Arts has given Harley a platform for self-expression and have allowed them to showcase the wide variety of skills that they possess, which they have gained throughout their studies and in working in the Arts and engagement of charity work. Through Harley’s work as a performer, they aim to evoke an emotional response from viewers as well as inspire and captivate.
Holly Dartnell is a dance artist and performer, particularly focused on contemporary dance techniques, influenced by her many years of training in contemporary styles. More recently however she has started to explore commercial styles, including heels dance to expand her practice and movement repertoire.
She has had several opportunities over the years to develop as a performer, which inspired her to pursue a career in dance leading to her studying Dance at Middlesex University. During this time Holly has been able to work with a variety of industry professionals, who have aided her in reaching her full potential in performance and choreography.
After graduation Holly wishes to expand on her own choreographic practice and seeks to work with young dancers, offering high intensive movement workshops through a touring dance company.
Imogen Louisa Griffiths
Imogen Louisa is a 3rd year student at Middlesex University. She has trained in multiple forms of dance and is currently focusing on experimental forms of movement. In 2020 she was a part of the Garde run by Tony Adigun of Avant Garde dance. She has also worked with National Dance company of Wales and English national Ballet as part of the Dance for Parkinson’s program.
India McIntosh is a London based dance artist, currently studying Dance Practices at Middlesex University. She was first introduced to dance through attending ISTD Ballet lessons at the age of 2. After developing a passion and love for dance India began to branch out and by the age of 11 had started both ISTD tap and modern lessons as well as a performers class. Completing many ISTD exams she achieved highly. She then went onto study at a secondary school specialised in the Performing arts, where she was first introduced to Contemporary dance. From there India completed her Dance GCSE as well as a BTEC performing arts course before changing schools and completing a BTEC dance course as an A level. Throughout her many years of training India took part in many performances in varied styles of dance which not only improved her technical skills but also her performance quality. After university, India hopes to further her knowledge in both the dance and fitness industry.
Jannat Bajaj is originally from India and is currently in her third year as a Dance Performance student at Middlesex University. Having been dancing since the age of two, her practice is deeply rooted in Indian Classical Dance –Bharatanatyam in which she also has a degree. Throughout the course of three years at Middlesex, Jannat has also developed her technique in Cunningham, Graham and Urban and she also trains in commercial styles to supplement her training as a versatile artist.
Jannat has choreographed her own works for social platforms and has always taken part in performances as an undergraduate. Jannat has also spent time developing her skills in teaching and as a dancer focusses continuously on fitness, health and well-being.
Joana Gumbeleviciute is a passionate dancer, teacher and choreographer from Lithuania, currently based in London and studying on a Dance undergraduate degree course at Middlesex University.
Her dance journey began in 2008 as she started dancing ballroom and participating in dance competitions. In 2015 she joined the dance team ‘City Dance Divas’, which lead her to perform in various concerts and on TV shows such as ‘The Voice Lithuania’ and ‘The X Factor’. In the following year she started dancing Salsa, Bachata and trained in other show dance styles, as well as performing in a Cuban Salsa festival in Cyprus.
Besides that she also performed in ‘In One Show’ by Mantas Jankavicius and choreographed two pieces for Cols ‘One 2’ music video, performed in the EO ‘Bend low’ music video shoot. Besides that, she has also been fortunate enough to learn from choreographers such as Alfredo Garcia, Sandra Saikauskaite, Patience James, Yanet Fuentes, Jordan Franklin.
Jonathan Loimo is a 23-year-old London based dance artist currently in his third year studying at Middlesex University. Originally born in Paris he was mostly raised in Liverpool and has spent some of his youth in Northwest London.
As an early- career dancer and performer Jonathan is particularly interested in further expanding his horizon and exploring contemporary dance. He feels greatly inspired by Hip Hop dance and music, which has led him to performing and teaching.
Some of his experience includes giving workshops at the WAC (Weekend Arts College), performing alongside The Backstreet Boys at the Liverpool Echo Arena and touring as a performer to Romania.
As an artist he combines rhythm, music and fashion design, which has also seen him work as a model. He is sharing a lot of his art on his Instagram _premboijoe_
Lauren’s passion for the performing arts ignited at a young age: taking various dance classes in her hometown of York. Performing as part of Red Shoes Dance Company in productions such as Alice in Wonderland, Coppelia and Peter Pan and Wendy at the Grand opera House York, as well as taking part in competitions such as IFDPA at Disney Land Paris. Lauren soon realised her love for dance, which could never simply remain a hobby, so she chose to complete a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Dance, qualifying with the highest merit in 2018.
Moving to London to pursue a career in performing arts, Lauren began her professional training at Middlesex University where she refined her personal movement style and advancing to a high level of technical ability. She specialised in numerour contemporary dance techniques, particularly excelling in Graham, Cunningham and Release. Throughout the 3 years of her BA (hons) Dance Performance she also gained valuable work experience as a cast member in Alesandra Seutin’s Into Eternity, as well as producing well received professional level work, which saw her performing in, co-producing, co-directing, and editing an immersive and sensory dance film called Delirium.
Lauren also took part in leading members of the public in a large-scale community dance project named RISE by Robby Graham, in which she performed at Wembley Stadium to celebrate Brent as the Borough of Culture 2020. Lauren is extremely excited to enter the world of professional dance and continue to develop as an artist.
Maria started her dance journey at the age of just 6 years old in after school creative dance classes. She later realised the drive and passion she had for dance and started attending the DanceSpot School in Lisbon, training in ballet, contemporary dance, tap, jazz and hip hop, while working alongside the teacher and school owner Rita Galo.
In 2015, Maria had the opportunity to train at Ana Kohler Dance School focusing mainly on Ballet, Contemporary Dance and Lyrical Jazz working with renowned practitioners such as Ana Kohler, Colin Viera, Rudi Ageu and Jorge Silva.
Some of Maria’s biggest achievements include winning a gold medal in the category Group Ballet Choreography at the Dance Awards Competition in New York City. Leading her to have the honour of working with amazing choreographers such as Travis Wall and Mia Michaels. Besides that, she also made an appearance on Portugal national television performing in an award- winning piece of choreographic work.
Currently, Maria is a third-year student at Middlesex University focusing on dance performance. In the future she hopes to join a contemporary dance company and tour the world.
Mia Gronow Marti
Mia is currently studying Dance Performance and Dance Science in her third year on the BA Dance Practices programme at Middlesex University, where she is exploring Graham, Humphrey and Cunningham techniques. At Middlesex, Mia has worked with artists such as Alesandra Seutin and Robby Graham, and was part of the RISE site-specific performance for London’s Borough of Culture 2020 project. She has also performed in West-End Theatres such as Her Majesty's Theatre.
Mia previously trained at The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts and at Trinity College of London. Mia has achieved multiple grades in the flute and also enjoys playing the piano.
Upon graduating from Middlesex Mia would like to perform before then continuing her studies in the dance science. Her aspiration is to train to become a Pilates instructor specifically for dancers and also a Dance Movement Psychotherapist.
Molly started her dance journey at the age of 6 at Arabesque Dance Academy, Birmingham. Concentrating on ballet, tap and modern dance soon progressing to compete across the country picking up numerous medals along the way.
In order to add to her skills and expand her knowledge she decided to partake in the Btec Extended Diploma in Performing Arts which first introduced her to contemporary dance, looking specifically at Graham and Cunningham technique.
She got the chance to further her training and exploration of these specific contemporary techniques during her time at Middlesex University, where she is studying to complete her BA in Dance.
Molly has also been creating her own choreographic work and hopes to utilize her creativity and artistic practice to delve into pedagogy and support the future generation of dancers.
Nia James is a 3rd year student at Middlesex University studying Dance Practices, exploring and training in contemporary styles such as Graham, Humphrey, Cunningham and Release based techniques. Nia was born and raised Cardiff, Wales and started dancing from a young age with previous training in Hip Hop and street dance.
Nia was a member of a youth company called Impact Dance, which offered her several opportunities to perform internationally at the Bijlmer Parktheater in Amsterdam. Nia has also been able perform at The Place Theatre, The Royal Festival Hall, Hackney Empire, The Lowry Manchester and many more. As a performer and dance artist she has had the chance to work with choreographers such as, Alessandra Seutin, Hakeem Onibudo and Robbie Graham. One of Nia’s most recent achievements was working in Fuerteventura, with choreographers such as Vicki Igbokwe, Kenrick Sandy, ACE dance and music and more.
Puteri Aisya Marissa binti Rusli (Shasya)
Shasya began her dance training at the age of 3 and now has experience in various styles of dance such as ballet, modern, contemporary, jazz, latin and also street dance. Shaysa has represented Malaysia in various dance competitions in Singapore, Indonesia, Korea, Australia and London. Besides that, she was was in the the champion team Red Lycans in Astro Battleground 2017. She is also a freelance dancer and dance instructor who is now completing her BA Honors Dance Performance Degree at Middlesex University.
Born in Bedfordshire, Rebekah started her performance and dance journey at Bedfordshire School of Dance and Drama before attending Middlesex University where she is currently working towards her BA Honours degree in Dance Performance. During her time at Middlesex, she has had the opportunity to collaborate with and perform in a work by the artistic director of Thrive Dance UK, Sarah Poekert. She is particularly interested in contemporary dance techniques such as Grahm, Cohan, Humphrey and Cunningham based techniques. Rebekah is excited to expand her knowledge of contemporary dance and wishes to continue her studies, as she works towards a Master’s Degree in Dance Performance.
Sarah Nicklin is a London based dance artist and performer. Over the last three years at Middlesex University, she has worked on a range of projects from theatre shows, choreographic collaborations, and dance for camera. Sarah has also worked with a range of professional dance artists and companies including Jordan (JFunk) Franklin, Leroy Dias Dos Santos & Far from the Norm. Sarah previously attended Barking Abbey Dance Academy and during this time, she was able to work with professional company’s including Trinity Laban & The Place. Her newest venture includes being a part of HydroGen; a collective of performance and training artists based in London. Sarah is a versatile dance artist specializing in Hip-Hop, Commercial, Graham-based Contemporary and Cunningham-based Contemporary dance. She aspires to dance for both UK and international artists and brands on a global scale combining her love for dance, music and creativity.
Shermeka Smith is an undergraduate dance student currently at Middlesex University. She began dancing at college where she initially trained in multiple techniques, before focusing on contemporary and commercial styles of dance. She had the opportunity to participate in workshops and classes with many wonderful artists such as company dancers of the Richard Alston Dance Company, Avant Garde Dance and NYDC, which further ignited her passion for contemporary dance. A keen performer she has had the opportunity to dance at the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, the Birmingham Repertory Theatre and several smaller venues across the West Midlands. Besides her studies she has participated in dance and cheerleading competitions around the UK, even becoming the captain of her cheerleading team. This experience inspired her to train to become a coach and to pursue a career in teaching.
Sophia Heathcote is a London based dancer currently in her final year studying Dance Performance at Middlesex University. She has trained in a range of dance techniques including Cunningham, Graham, Humphrey, Ballet, Urban, Tap and Modern Dance. Sophia has also spent several years teaching ballet to children aged 1-5 at her local dance school.
During her professional training Sophia has had the opportunity to work with artists such as Jordan Franklin, Leroy Dias Dos Santos, Blakeley White McGuire, Monique Jonas and Oliver Sale. Sophia has also been part of a mass movement community project alongside Southpaw Dance Company. This took place outside Wembley Stadium on a manmade structure on which she performed as a featured dancer. After graduation Sophia is interested in performing and working alongside a variey of different artists and is open to trying and learning new skills, as her career progresses.
Terri- Ann Ellise
Terri Ellis is an emerging dance artist particularly focused on dance pedagogy, performance and choreography.
She has previously had the opportunity to choreograph and teach for the Hemel Hempstead School’s House Dance and Drama Competitions in 2017. Since then, she has had further great choreographic success with her piece titled ‘DELIRIUM’ which allowed her to further explore her innovative creativity and artistic interests.
As a performer she has had the opportunity to perform directly outside of Wembley Stadium, as she participated in Southpaw Dance Company’s “RISE”, a celebratory event for London Borough of Culture 2020. As part of which she took on a dance-lead role in “RISE”, performing with professional dancers whilst leading community dancers with no previous experience of performing.
Tim started dancing at the young age of 8 years old, which lead him to the opportunity of supporting Vienna Festival Ballet Company on tour. He has been trained in ISTD and RAD to continuously improve his technique and performance skills.
In summer 2016 Tim started his journey with Middlesex University, as he took part in the summer intensive. He then soon after joined as an undergraduate on the BA Dance Performance Course in 2018. His favourite styles are Ballet and Cunningham and after graduation he would like to join a touring company or to perform on a cruise ship.
Valeria is a 20-year-old dance performance student based in London. She is currently in her third year of study at Middlesex University, training in Cunningham, Release Based and Urban Techniques. Valeria is originally from Bulgaria, where she started her dance journey competing in several festivals around Europe.
She began her professional dance training in 2016, studying a wide variety of styles at West Thames College. Additionally, she also became a part of One Youth Dance Company which saw her getting involved with a variety of different projects. Her biggest achievement with the company was dancing at East Wall in an 8-minute Krump piece choreographed by Duwane Taylor and directed by Hofesh Schechter. During her studies Valeria has also been involved in a dance project at Gunnersbury Museum working with the filming company named Chocolate Films. Recently she performed alongside an upcoming music artist and collaborated with numerous dancers and choreographers across the United Kingdom.
Valeria is very passionate about contemporary dance and the commercial industries. She wants to continue her professional development in order for her to pursue a career as a professional performer.
Wiktoria Horstman, originally from Lodz, Poland is a London based dancer and aspiring dance teacher. Her ongoing love for dance has given her the opportunity to study at Middlesex University for the last three years. Here, Wiktoria has had the chance to work with artists such as Jordan (JFunk) Franklin, Jasmin Vardimon and Far From The Norm; and provided her opportunities to perform in several theatres as well as compete in the London Dance Youth Games, where her team received Gold.
Wiktoria is trained in a range of dance styles such as contemporary fusion, afro and urban. However, her passion lays within Graham based technique, where she feels most at home. In the future Wiktoria would love to have the opportunity to join a company that integrates Graham into both class and performance.
After graduation, Wiktoria hopes to complete her PGCE dance qualification at Royal Academy of Dance, London. Her dream is to begin a career as a dance teacher so that she can pass on her love for the arts to the younger generations.
Zhe Qing Tan (Qing)
Qing is a Malaysia-based dancer. She started her dance journey at the age of 4 with ballet in RAD syllabus. Furthermore, she was fortunate to be given the opportunity to learn Chinese traditional dance and rhythmic gymnastics in her school age. Qing represented her state in Malaysia for various competitions in rhythmic gymnastics. She also then choreographed and assisted her coach in leading students to participate in Gala shows, graded exams and competitions in Malaysia and overseas, such as Singapore and Vietnam. Moreover, Qing took a Musical Theatre course at CSVPA (Cambridge School of Visual and Performing Arts) and achieve her Level 4 Diploma in Performing Associated of Trinity College London ATCL Musical Theatre with Distinction. She also went to Ballet West in 2018 for a student exchange programme. Qing is graduating from Middlesex University in BA (Hons) Dance Performance. In her final year, she worked with Chris Tudor and Impermanence Dance Theatre in her both final projects. Qing is looking forward to join the dance education industry in the end when she settles down back in Malaysia.
Zoe De Nayer
Zoe trained in Ballet, Modern and Tap until aged 18 when she started training at Middlesex University for her BA(Hons) in Dance Practices and focused more on Contemporary dance techniques. Throughout her training, Zoe has worked on several of her own choreographies, both on her own and in collaboration with her peers, as well as developing an interest in teaching. This interest in teaching also comes from the several years she spent working with young children along with volunteering with youth groups whilst growing up. Zoe has also had a love for theatre from a young age and was involved in the creation of many school productions whilst in secondary school as well as enjoying watching them.
Žasmina is a Lithuanian dance artist and performer currently based in London. At a young age she began her training in rhythmic gymnastics, before moving on to dance inspired by her mother who opened her own dance theatre. Žasmina continued her dance training and education as she went on to study contemporary dance in the Lithuanian music and theatre academy. She is currently completing her BA (Hons) in Dance Performance at Middlesex University.
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