The Regional Twelve

Yorkshire Dance - The Regional TwelveAs part of our regional CPD programme, Dance Transports, twelve artists from across Yorkshire have been identified for follow-up training, mentoring and support, working closely with Yorkshire Dance to forge connections across the county and beyond.

The vision behind this new model for regional CPD is to engage more of the regional workforce in targeted CPD and allow individual learning and development beyond the life of the initial Dance Transports workshops. Consultation with our sub-regional hubs remains a key priority and will help Yorkshire Dance assess where the key training needs are in each sub-region.

1.Tara Baker
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Tara is a freelance dance artist and moved up to Sheffield after graduating from Chichester University with an MA in Dance Performance. Tara was part of MAP Dance, the Postgraduate Performance Company at Chichester University where she toured and performed works by Nigel Charnock, Kiera Martin, Matteo Fargion, Saju Hari and Detta Howe (Ginger Dance Theatre). After MAP Tara independently founded the Creative Dance Network Sheffield and went on to join Nicola Conibere in her intergenerational work, Assembly, performed at Nottingham Contemporary Gallery, which formed part of the Nott Dance Festival 2013. Tara recently joined Jordan Masserella Dance where she worked on the research and development for his new dance theatre production, Selfie Loathing and will join the company for a Spring/Summer 2015 tour. Her creative and teaching practice is delivered through improvisation and somatic based approaches. Tara’s choreographic work crosses over into dance, film, theatre and installation. She recently received O2 Think Big funding for her outdoor performance work, Falling Angels as part of Sheffield Light Night 2014.
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2. Nisha Lall
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Nisha Lall BA (Hons) Dance Practice, BA (Hons) Interactive Multimedia, is a freelance dance practitioner trained in Indian, Arabic, Salsa and Contemporary Dance. She set up AIM TO DANCE in 2006 and runs weekly classes in Arabic, Indian and Latin styles. Nisha runs a community performance group that perform at local festivals and charity events and the ASHAY Dance Troupe who perform at UK festivals and events. Nisha is currently using her training and experience to develop ‘Contemporary Fusion’ classes and performances by blending diverse dance styles with an element of contemporary dance. As well as performing and delivering workshop around the UK, she co-ordinates events that are rich in cultural diversity, promoting all forms of dance and are accessible to a wide audience like ‘Chance to Dance’, the annual Dance Festival in Sheffield. She also voluntarily runs Sheffield Dance Culture which helps to promote, develop and raise the profile of dance in Sheffield from community to professional level. With nearly 10 years experience, she has and still is, forging strong links with other dance communities / artists to coordinate events and performances that promote the wealth of dance culture in Sheffield and beyond.
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info@aimtodanceandcreate.co.uk
www.aimtodance.co.uk
www.youtube.com/user/AimToDanceAndCreate
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3. Stephanie Potter
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Hull-based dance artist Stephanie Potter graduated from Roehampton University in 2012 with a First Class honours dance degree. That same year, Stephanie embarked upon an MA in Dance Performance with Postgraduate Company, Mapdance, based at the University of Chichester. After returning to her home town of Hull, she has fulfilled a full time role as BA hons Dance lecturer at Hull College and acted as a lead dance artist for Dance United Yorkshire delivering inclusive projects for disengaged young people in Hull and Bradford. Choreographically, Stephanie set up 2Blondes Dance company, with co-director Rebecca Ankers, which won the Hull Dance Prize 2013. The duo focuses on feminine issues apparent in everyday society but aims to bring a comedic yet realistic tone to their work. Stephanie is currently freelancing in Hull and the surrounding community and will be taking her youth company, Hull Dance Youth Company, to Fresh 2015.
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Stephaniepotter2207@gmail.com
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4. Matthew Jay Pratt
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Born and based in Bradford, West Yorkshire, Matthew Jay trained at the prestigious Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance gaining a BA (Hons) in Dance Theatre. Matthew Jay has worked with Christopher Bruce, Ballet Boyz and founding members of the Adugna Community Dance and Theatre Company, Addisu Demissie and Junaid Jemal Sendi. Matthew Jay has also performed in works by Richard Alston, Andreas Elia constantinou-Etheredge, Tony Thatcher and Rosemary Butcher which then went on to tour in Israel. In February 2014 Matthew-Jay was part of the early processes of Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures / RE:Bourne ‘Lord of the Flies’ project which has recently been performed at the Alhambra Theatre.
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Matthew-Jay can be seen teaching contemporary technique at Leeds City College (Park Lane Campus) and recently becoming one of the youth dance artists at Yorkshire Dance, Leeds. He also carries out support work with the Dance United Yorkshire programme on a regular basis and was a lead on their Summer school in 2013.Since moving back to Bradford Matthew Jay has set up a partnership with Victoria Hart creating the Yorkshire Academy of Creative Arts and Dance located in the Bradford East region which work with approximate 60-70 young people a week.
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www.yacad.co.uk
mjay_123@hotmail.co.uk
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5. Anthony Bayou
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Anthony aka “Discreet” is a Sheffield-based artist who has a passion for Hip Hop. Antony has studied Hip Hop culture for 8 years, and teaches young people at his dance school, Discreets Urban Dance Academy, and also delivers sessions for the Rotherham Boys project, managed by Yorkshire Dance.
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6. Gemma Barker
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Gemma trained as a dancer for around twenty two years, gaining many techniques and performing. Her hobby led her to train as a Contemporary dancer/performer in Scotland. For the past twelve years Gemma has built a strong reputation as a Youth dance artist and choreographer in Hull for community groups in many ward areas of Hull and East Riding, along with delivering GCSE dance at many schools. For the past four years she has worked in Project/Production manager roles and recently Lead Artist role with Dance United Yorkshire, Hull Project.
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She is the founder and Artistic Director of Curve Contemporary Dance, a Hull base company set up in 2011, which aims to give local professional and graduate dancers the chance to train, and perform. The company have successfully performed in many Platforms and created our own independent production.Dance became Gemma’s career, work and life. She loves performing, training and inspiring and working in the arts.
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Facebook : Curve Contemporary Dance
www.facebook.com/pages/Curve-Contemporary-Dance
Twitter: @curvedance
curvecontemporarydance@hotmail.co.uk
dancerrockchick@hotmail.co.uk
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Sam Lawrence 7. Sam Lawrence
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Sam is a dance artist delivering both performance and participatory dance experiences in a variety of settings. Over many years of community arts practice, Sam has developed a strong belief in the value of the arts as a tool for change and the vital role it plays within our lives. Originally training in visual arts, she later trained in Contemporary Dance and is able to combine her visual arts background, community arts experience and passion for dance within her role as a dance artist; working both as facilitator, performer and dance maker.As Artistic Director of production company 103 Falling Birds Sam creates work which aims to challenge perceptions of what is dance and reach new audiences. Work includes site specific projects, dance installation and cross art-form collaboration.Forthcoming projects include a dance film, in collaboration with a local film maker, exploring the relationships between 4 generations of dancing women in Sam’s family, alongside a programme of intergenerational community-based workshops.
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www.samlawrencedance.co.uk/index.html
www.flickr.com/photos/126144465@N02
sam@samlawrencedance.co.uk
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8. Laura Liddon
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Laura studied Musical Theatre at Laine Theatre Arts School in Epsom. Since leaving Laine Laura went on to teaching Ballet and Jazz at various dance schools across West Yorkshire. She joined the Saturday Superstars team teaching Ballet in September 2013. Laura also works within the community during the summer months teaching various dance styles for Bradford Council with Dance For Life as well as working on the administrative side of the scheme. She is now in her final year of the BA Hons Contemporary Dance course at Leeds Beckett University and is due to graduate in May.
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9. Lois Grinstead
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Lois is a freelance dancer and teacher. She graduated from the conservatoire school London Contemporary Dance School in 2013. Having spent some time in London continuing her training into aerial trapeze, silks and gymnastics and doing various performance and research work Lois moved back to her home in Skipton, North Yorkshire. Here she has continued to look for performing work whilst training and teaching.
Lois has a strong interest in cross art collaboration. Regarding; dance, art and physical fitness and wellbeing she would like to add as many strings to her bow as possible in the future.
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vimeo.com/loisgrinstead
lois.grinstead@hotmail.co.uk
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10. Ayisha Simpson
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Ayisha Simpson started with Street Beat as a student and decided to pursue dance throughout education. She went on to achieve BA(HONS) Dance Practice in 2012. During her three year course, she attended workshops with professional companies including Phoenix dance, Frantic Assembly and Rambert.Ayisha started working as a teacher for Street Beat and Performer for KO Productions in 2009. Her speciality styles were Technique for Street, Commercial Street and Street dance. Following the introduction of Street Beat’s Theatre Arts classes, Ayisha now leads the contemporary dance, running two youth companies ‘Elements’- North Lincolnshire Councils’ youth dance company and ‘Soulz’ – a new group based in Doncaster. Both groups aim to perform at various events throughout 2015.Ayisha has choreographed for the Street Beat’s annual theatre productions. In addition she was assistant choreographer to Kim Oakley for a professional production at The Spa Bridlington, as well as assistant choreographer for Big Dance 2014.During her time as a performer for Street Beat Academy and KO Productions, Ayisha performed at a variety of events including modelling work at London Fashion shows, dancer at Corporate events, Nightclubs, Olympic events, TV and Radio Tours, Music festivals & Theatre Shows.Since leaving University Ayisha was offered a full-time job with Street Beat and now in addition to her teaching and performing work she also works as Education and Events Co-ordinator. Not only does Ayisha work as a dance practitioner but also works on a strategic level, managing various projects.
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11. Ben Lancaster
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Ben trained at Masters Performing Arts College, Essex, on a scholarship programme under the direction of Wendy Headford. Gaining a wealth of experience in Dance and Musical Theatre, Ben had a successful career on the stage, produce work for the Janet Cram awards and won most comical performance as his role as ‘Salty’ in TEECHERS, 2002. He has also choreographed for top Performing Arts Colleges end of year showcases. He was approached to teach in 2004. During the first few weeks, he realised that Dance Education was his true calling and has continued along this profession for 10 years. He is currently Learning Leader of Creative Arts at Melior Community Academy and is the director of its very successful theatre company. The department provides first class Arts Education and he has secured the approval of CDET (The only secondary school in the county to be recognised).He was awarded Specialist Leader of Education status last year for his passion, dedication and leadership of the Arts (specialising in success at Boys Dance and using Arts across the curriculum), a role which he takes great pride in. He has recently choreographed for an event in honour of HRH The Princess Royal. He is looking forward to gaining more experience from being one of the Regional 12. He believes that Dance in this region is outstanding and this is an exciting time for Dance in Yorkshire and the Humber.
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12. Amy Manancourt
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Amy graduated from Northern School of Contemporary Dance in 2010 and since then has performed in a few community-based projects but her real passion is her teaching work. She currently works across North and West Yorkshire in a variety of settings for adults and children with a variety of disabilities and special educational needs. Amy is currently finishing her PGCE in Adult Education and researching and experimenting into the personal, social and emotional benefits of movement improvisation and exploration for people with Special needs.
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