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Choreographer, Dancer, Teacher

Birmingham, UK
United Kingdom

Bio

Helen is a dedicated and expressive dance artist, teacher and choreographer. Qualified with U.K.A Dance, and with extensive hands-on experience, Helen has trained and worked for 15 years in the dance sector, across the UK and internationally.

Helen specialises in jazz, commercial, contemporary and Cuban Salsa. She has worked for institutions as diverse as The Southbank Centre, The REP, Billy Read’s Def Motion, The Arena Theatre, the Birmingham International Dance Festival (Four Squares) and The Birmingham Hippodrome. A central focus to Helen’s practice is working collaboratively with theatre companies. Since 2012 she has worked on productions in street-theatre, and on large-scale community projects supported by the Big Lottery Fund and Arts Council England. She is currently company choreographer for Regional Voice Theatre, combining both language and movement alongside pure dance performances. The company were awarded a GftA for their new production The Darlaston Dog Fight in January 2016.

Helen’s adult, youth and children’s dance classes are currently based at The Dance Workshop studios in Birmingham, where she teaches weekly in contemporary, Cuban, and commercial jazz. Helen further specialises in Early Stages movement and dance, from nature play and discovery, to drama and musical theatre. She also works closely with schools and Universities, developing material for assessment, and facilitating extra-curricular workshops.

Helen’s trained passion for dance runs alongside her career as a writer. She is a first class BA Hons graduate of Professional Writing & Philosophy, a Creative Writing lecturer, and a published author, as well as a dedicated dance artist.

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Choreography Col 1 Choreography Col 2 Choreography Col 3
The Orphans, duetRegional Voice , Street Theatre ProductionUK
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
'Marina', T.S. Eliot, soloSouthbank Centre, 'A Bodily Writing' performanceUK (London)
'Beat Mix' Commercial Dance, groupUK
'Two Knights' Fight ChoreographyUK
Dance Col 1 Dance Col 2 Dance Col 3
Regional Voice Theatre (2014)Fight choreography
Teaching Col 1 Teaching Col 2 Teaching Col 3
The Southbank Centre 2014Contemporary dance, text-basedUK (London)
The Birmingham Literature FestivalContemporary workshops & choreographyUK (Birmingham)
CHB Performing ArtsClassical Ballet, ModernUK
Clubs 4 Children, 2009Street DanceUK
Six Ways Creative Theatre 2006-10Contemporary DanceUK
Bayard's Colts Theatre 2012-13Lead choreography (Lottery Funded)UK
The Dance Workshop StudiosCuban Salsa , Beginner-Intermediate levelUK
The Dance Workshops StudiosCreative, Contemporary dance: 7-12 yearsUK
The Dance Workshop StudiosPreparatory, Primary BalletUK
Black Swans Partnership TrainingWorkshops and Professional DevelopmentUK
Four Squares Festival, 2013Contemporary Dance /DramaUK
Julia Donaldson Exhibition 2013Workshop leader, dramatic danceUK
NAWE Skills and Sharing SymposiumContemporary DanceTechniques in NC
Training Col 1 Training Col 2 Training Col 3
Creative Alliance Black Swans Partnership Training Programme 2011-12Professional Practitioner TrainingBlack Swans Partnership
UKA Dance AssociationUKA Dance Association
CHB Performing Arts 1995-2007, Dance, Drama, Theatre Performance.
Skills Col 1 Skills Col 2 Skills Col 3
ChoreographyPerformerPrivate tuition
Class tuitionWorkshop facilitationDirection

Stats

Gender 
Female
Age Range 
20-30
Ethnic Appearance 2 
Caucasian
Hair Color 
Brown
Hair Length 
Long
Eye Color 
Green
Sizing System 
UK
Height 
5"5
Suit/Dress 
Slim, athletic