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Choreographer, Dancer, Teacher

Birmingham, UK
United Kingdom


Helen is a professional dancer, choreographer, movement director and writer. With a background in theatre, she trained in modern, contemporary dance, and jazz (UKA Dance 1995-2006) before going on to further her contemporary practice with Trinity Laban (DDTAL) and then as a  professional Cuban-salsa dancer, blending son, rumba and salsa rhythms with her contemporary work.

Known for her diversity and rhythmic flare, Helen has collaborated and performed with the likes of Billy Read’s Def Motion, The Birmingham REP,  Vamos Cubana, Birmingham International Dance Festival, Birmingham Conservatoire, Integra Lab (dance and science) and The BBC. Helen is also a popular teacher, working both with new learners and established professionals, with adults and in Early Stages development. A qualified creative practitioner (Creative Alliance 2012) Helen takes her unique cross-discipline practice across the UK, facilitating classes for the likes of the Birmingham Hippodrome, HEART WORK studios, Stagecoach, The Southbank Centre, the University of Wolverhampton, and the University of Bolton.

As a choreographer, Helen has created numerous works for performance, with a practice that explores both dance and movement, but also language and text. Pieces include 'Last Act' performed as part of the Birmingham Literature Festival, and 'Marina' a solo work devised and performed at The Southbank Centre for the Poetry International Festival. Further choreographic work has been awarded support by Arts Council England on three major theatre projects (2014, 2016, 2018) and The Big Lottery Fund (2013), with other works showcased at The Arena Theatre and the Birmingham Weekender Festival (2017). Helen is company choreographer for enterprising new company Regional Voice Theatre, and is currently working as movement director on their next ACE funded production 'The Darlaston Dog Fight'.




Choreography Col 1 Choreography Col 2 Choreography Col 3
The Darlaston Dog FightRegional Voice Theatre (2017-18)UK
'Stay' lyrical choreographyBirmingham Weekender 2017UK
'Mix up' commercial choreographyBig John's Big Mela 2016UK
'Beat Mix' Commercial Dance, group2016UK
'Marina', T.S. Eliot, soloSouthbank Centre, 'A Bodily Writing' performanceUK (London)
The Orphans, duetRegional Voice , Street Theatre ProductionUK
The Darlaston Dog FightRegional Voice TheatreUK
Robin Hood, group danceRegional Voice, Street Theatre ProductionUK
The Landlady and the Dragon, group danceRegional Voice, The Lovers and The PiratesUK
The Alchemist and the Devil, group danceRegional Voice, Street Theatre ProductionUK
'Two Knights' Fight ChoreographyUK
Dance Col 1 Dance Col 2 Dance Col 3
'Vogue' Flashmob dance leaderDef Motion & Birmingham International Dance FestivalUK
'Response'Integra Lab (Birmingham Conservatoire) Science and Dance RnDUK
Cuban-salsa taster performanceBirmingham Hippodrome / Leading LadiesUK
'Last Act'Birmingham REP / Birmingham Lit FestUK
'The Wasteland'NAWE Skills & Sharing SymposiumUK
Teaching Col 1 Teaching Col 2 Teaching Col 3
DanceXchangeCuban salsa workshop (2017)UK
Heart Work studiosContemporary Dance classesUK
Birmingham Int Dance FestContemporary Dance /DramaUK
The Southbank CentreContemporary dance, text-basedUK (London)
The Birmingham HippodromeCuban-salsa taster workshopUK
StagecoachMain Dance Teacher - street, jazz, musical theatre, contemporary (current)UK
The Dance Workshop StudiosCuban Salsa , Beginner-Intermediate levelUK
The Dance Workshop StudiosPreparatory, Primary BalletUK
The Dance Workshops StudiosCreative, Contemporary dance: 7-12 yearsUK
CHB Performing ArtsClassical Ballet, ModernUK
Clubs 4 Children, 2009Street DanceUK
The Birmingham Literature FestivalContemporary workshops & choreographyUK (Birmingham)
Six Ways Creative Theatre 2006-10Contemporary DanceUK
Bayard's Colts Theatre 2012-13Lead choreography (Lottery Funded)UK
Black Swans Partnership TrainingWorkshops and Professional DevelopmentUK
Julia Donaldson Exhibition 2013Workshop leader, dramatic danceUK
NAWE Skills and Sharing SymposiumContemporary DanceTechniques in NC
Training Col 1 Training Col 2 Training Col 3
CHB Performing Arts 1995-2007, Dance, Drama, Theatre Performance.
UKA Dance AssociationModern Dance and Jazz Dance certificationUKA Dance Association
Creative Alliance Black Swans Partnership Training Programme 2011-12Professional Practitioner TrainingBlack Swans Partnership (PTLLS)
Trinity LabanDance & EducationDDTAL
Skills Col 1 Skills Col 2 Skills Col 3
ChoreographyPerformerPrivate tuition
Class tuitionWorkshop facilitationDirection


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