The Place's Centre for Advanced Training staff are professional teachers, dancers and choreographers with a wealth of experience and expertise in the dance sector. Our students benefit from being taught by leading dance artists who inspire and develop their students to realise their potential.
CAT Programme Manager
Vicky trained at London Contemporary Dance School graduating with a BA (Hons) in 1993. Vicky was a dancer with Matthew Bourne's AMP/New Adventures from 1995-2008, creating roles and performing in Swan Lake, Cinderella, The Car Man, Nutcracker! and Edward Scissorhands. She also performed in the film versions of Swan Lake, The Car Man and Nutcracker! Vicky was Resident Artistic Director for Swan Lake from 2005 to 2007. Vicky has also performed with many other small scale companies: Richard Lord (Duets for Small Spaces), English National Opera, Carlson Dance Company, Isabel Mortimer, Phoenix Dance Company and Dance City (Toutes Femmes). Vicky has also been teaching professionally for over 15 years for LCDS, Laban, Central School of Ballet, ENBS, The Place, GDA and was a founder member and workshop leader for Re:Bourne.
CAT Assistant Manager
Irad started dancing at the age of 4 at the Taylor Dance studio. He went on to complete his professional training at Middlesex University and Millennuim Dance 2000 graduating in 2003. Irad joined the National Youth Dance Company in 2000 under the direction of Sir John Chezworth working with choreographers such as; Wayne Mcgregor, Cathy Marston, Andile Sotiya, Mark Baldwin and Matthew Hawkins. Over the two seasons with the company Irad created his own work which was included in the company repertoire. Irad has danced for Michael Clark and modelled for Alexander Mcqueen in Paris’ Fashion Week Spring Collection 2004 and continued to work with Mcqueen on various photoshoots. Irad appeared as a guest artist for the BBC1 show Strictly Dance Fever and the record-breaking Big Dance Mass filmed live in Trafalgar Square. In 2004 and 2006 Irad choreographed Verticil Dance for his company at The Place in 2004 & 2006 for their annual Resolution season. In 2004 Irad joined Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures Swan Lake as a Swan, performing around the world and played the role of an orphan and Liquorice Man in The Nutcracker UK tour.
Irad has over 15 years teaching, and choreographic experience and has taught and choreographed for various dance, secondary, and primary schools in London and Cambridge.
After five years with New Adventures Irad left to become a qualified Reiki Practitioner and has worked with in healing centres in the amazon jungle, Peru with trauma victims and those suffering from PTSD. Outside of dance Irad has worked in Specialist crime for the Metropolitan Police, and Hackney Council in Adult Safeguarding.
Kaja started dancing at the age of 7 in a local dance school in Poland, taking classes in contemporary, ballet and jazz. Having always dreamt about studying abroad, she moved to the UK to continue her dance training and in 2017 she graduated from the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance in Dundee. In 2019 Kaja decided to move to London and study for a Master’s degree at Kingston University where she learnt about Management in the Creative Economy. Professionally, she worked freelance for the past two years taking part in various creative projects and teaching, choreographing, and dancing for the Shaper Caper Dance Company.