This summer leading dance organisations in the UK have teamed up to give dance enthusiasts aged 8-17 years old the chance to learn a variety of dance styles with different teachers over three days. Find out more about the teachers and the dance style they'll be teaching below:
The Place | Based in London
Teacher: Corinne Meredith
Dance Style: Creative Contemporary
Corinne's workshop will incorporate simple contemporary dance technique exercises with the opportunity to be creative with movement. Get curious in creative tasks and explore the possibilities of our dancing bodies!
Corinne is a Community Dance and Theatre Artist, she studied Community Dance at Trinity Laban. She has been delivering children’s classes and has been a partner school artist for the Place over the last year. Corinne is the Creative Support Artist for National Youth Dance Company and has worked teaching and leading dance for DanceWest, Trinity Laban, Sadler’s Wells, SLiDE and the Royal Academy of Dance. Corinne has worked as a movement practitioner on community projects at the National Theatre, the Young Vic, the Bush Theatre and the Orange Tree Theatre.
DanceEast I Based in Ipswich
Teacher: Temitope Ajose-Cutting
Style: Performance Qualities and Movement Dynamics
This focused and creative workshop is designed to develop young dancers of all ages to explore their own movement capabilities, looking closely at movement quality and the components of performance. You will work with Temi to create phrases whilst learning how to name and talk confidently about the qualities of dynamics, such as impulse, impact, rebound and swing.
Bonnie Bird Choreography Award winner (2005) Temitope Ajose-Cutting has created and staged works for venues such as Royal Opera House and ROH2. She has been commissioned by The Place Prize Bloomberg, and exciting dance producer Eckhard Thiemann at the Lowry. Her works have been performed at DanceXchange, RichMix, Dance base in Edinburgh, Swindon Dance and the Soho Joyce (New York). As a dancer Temitope has worked with Punchdrunk, director Carrie Cracknell at The Gate Theatre and very recently at The National Theatre, director Amy Hodge, Boxd productions, Theo Clinkard and Protein Dance Company, Lea Anderson, Joe Moran and Sue Maclaine. in addition to this she has been part of the performance team restaging Joan Jonas retrospective at the Tate Modern, working with choreographer and curator Nefeli Skarmea for artist Megan Rooney at the Serpentine Pavilion and now working closely with Megan Rooney for her solo show at Kunsthalle and most recently the Lyon Biennial, including future projects.
Temitope continues to make her work, producing a show at The Southbank this autumn with director Jo Tyabji working on the politics of public speaking with an extraordinary cast.
DanceXchange | Based in Birmingham
Teacher: Gareth Woodward
Style: Hip Hop
In this workshop students can expect an introduction to the history of Hip Hop dance with an emphasis on learning the fundamentals before incorporating them into a short routine.
Gareth Woodward, artistic director, choreographer, dancer, educator, mentor and DJ.
Born and raised in Nottingham, Gareth's introduction to dance started with music and DJ-ing before later beginning training at a local studio, then travelling further afield to extend his knowledge in London, Los Angeles and New York. Gareth began his career as an established dancer in the commercial industry working with artists such as Mariah Carey, Cheryl, Take That and Coldplay. Gareth has also performed on TV shows, The X Factor, The Voice and The Royal Variety Performance, has worked with brands including Adidas, Nokia, T-Mobile, Cartoon Network, Cadburys, Morrisons and featured in hit Bollywood movies. Revisiting his passion for DJ-ing in recent years, Gareth has become a recognised name on the UK battle circuit as well as supporting artists such as Big Daddy Kane. Gareth is the founder and Artistic Director of Unite The Scene and champion of developing young peoples choreography through his programme Xzibit Young Creatives.
National Dance Company Wales (NDCWales) | Based in Cardiff
Teacher: Faye Tan & Camille Giraudeau
Style: Company Repertory
Faye was born in Singapore and trained at the Singapore Ballet Academy and School of The Arts before graduating from the Rambert School in London. She then joined Verve, the postgraduate company of the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds, performing in works by Anton Lachky, Athina Vahla and Efrosini Protopapa. Faye joined Frontier Danceland (Singapore) in 2016, working with choreographers such as Shahar Binyamini, Thomas Lebrun, Edouard Hue, I-Fen Tung, Annie Vigier and Franck Apertet, amongst a varied pool of other makers. The work Faye did in Singapore also included outreach programmes, coordinating Frontier Danceland's youth dance training programme, teaching, choreographing, digital marketing, videography
Camille graduated from Laban conservatoire of music and dance in 2011, and joined National Dance Company Wales as an apprentice through the post graduate scheme at London contemporary dance school. In 2012 she joined as a full time company member touring nationally and internationally, performing works by Christopher Bruce, Alexander Ekman, Johan Inger, Marcos Morau, Angelin Prejlocaj, Roy Asaf and Caroline Finn among many others. In 2015 she participated in the Kerry Nichols Mentoring programme which was invaluable to the development of her professional training. Since first leaving NDCWales in 2017 to develop herself as an independent artist, Camille has been part of an exciting research and development for a contemporary musical called ‘VANARA’, directed by Johnathan O’Boyle and choreographed by Eleesha Drennan. Most recently she has worked with Alexander Whitley, touring and performing in his work ‘8 minutes’, as well as with National Dance Company Wales Autumn 2019 and Spring 2020 tour.
Pavilion Dance South West | Based in Bournemouth
Teacher: Jazz Gritt | @jazzgritt_professional
Style: Commercial Jazz
Fusing the styles of Commercial with the grass roots of Jazz; you can expect a fast paced set of routines to some top chart classics. Inclusive of a warm up, isolation sequences, turns and kicks. Be ready for quick movements with wicked musicality. A workshop created and led by PDSW Artist Jazz Gritt.
Jazz Armani Gritt is a dance artist based down in the beach town of Bournemouth. Jazz's dance journey started as a part of Pavilion Dance South West's first youth dance company 'Evolve' and progressed to training in multiple disciplines while at Creative Academy, but discovered his love of Contemporary for its integration of other styles. He completed The Ballet Boyz Dancers Course moved on to The Northern School of Contemporary Dance and completed a Bachelor of Performing Arts and a Master's Degree researching urban styles with contemporary dance movement.
He has performed and toured multiple choreographers work around the UK; inclusive of Lenka Vagnerova, Tamsin Fitzgerald, and Daisy Howell.
His projects have included commissions for Brink Dance Company, funding from Arts Connect for the educational work on the START project, Rehearsal Assistant for Birmingham Royal Ballet's DREAMS project and now South West Dance Artists Network (SWDAN). Continuing with the aim of creating and delivering unique and inspiring opportunities, Jazz enjoys working with those aspiring to enter the dance industry or who simply love to dance!
Phoenix Dance Theatre | Based in Leeds
Teacher: Sandrine Monin & Stacy Wraith
Style: Company Repertory
Sandrine Monin, an ex-Phoenix Dance Theatre company dancer, began her training at the Conservatoire Superior of Music and Dance, Lyon. She continued her studies in Germany with the European D.A.N.C.E program and graduated from the Palucca Schule with a master’s degree in 2010. She went on to dance for TanzTheaterMünchen at Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz, Munich. Sandrine joined Phoenix in 2012, dancing for many choreographers, teaching class and workshops and developing her own choreographic work. Sandrine was commisioned to choreograph two works for Phoenix Dance Theatre (Calyx and Kirke) and since leaving the company has become one of our freelance teachers, regularly working with our Youth Academy students and delivering rep workshops.
Access and Education Officer Stacy Wraith completed her dance training at Northern School of Contemporary Dance and went on to join touring dance companies such as RJC Dance. Stacy joined Phoenix Dance Theatre’s Access and Education Team in 2017 and is responsible for delivering a range of activity such as: dance activity in partner schools (primary and secondary), supporting the delivery of GCSE and BTEC Dance courses, curriculum based projects, creation work for youth dance platforms, older adults provision, delivering our Saturday School programme as well as leading on holiday dance camps.