Contemporary and Creative Faculty

Nicky Ellis

Nicky Ellis trained at the Arts Educational School, Tring Park and London Contemporary Dance School graduating in 1993. She performed professionally for 15 years with many leading international choreographers including Aletta Collins, Charles Linehan, Martin Lawrance, Laurie Booth and Jasmin Vardimon. Nicky performed at Sadler's Wells’ first ever Breakin’ Convention and appeared in BBC2’s Dance for Camera film, The Lift.

Nicky’s teaching career has spanned over 22 years and ranges from leading BTEC and GCSE dance courses through to training elite level dancers at The Royal Ballet School (White Lodge), Central School of Ballet and Elmhurst Ballet School. She led the Contemporary and Choreography courses at English National Ballet School between 2005 and 2009.

Choreographically Nicky has made work for over 20 years. Her first commission was for National Youth Dance Company with Martin Lawrance in 1995. Since then she has gone on to develop her own work and created over 30 commissions across Europe. Choreographic credits include; The Southbank Centre's Sound Moves project and a collaboration with designer Simon Costin for the V&A. In 2014 her choreography was selected by English National Ballet dancer Guilherme Menezes as a solo for ‘Emerging dancer of the year’.

Nicky now divides her time between her Osteopathic practice (qualified in 2005) and working with the CAT scheme at The Place. She also regularly guest teaches and choreographs around the UK and Europe. Most recently she choreographed for Encore Dance (Tring Park) and was invited to speak at Inspiring Women in Dance at Sadler’s Wells.

Phil Hill

Phil trained at Northern School of Contemporary Dance and has danced for a wide variety of companies including: Protein (Big Sale), Richard Lord (Duets For Small Spaces), Adventures in Motion Pictures (Cinderella, Swan Lake, Highland Fling and Nutcracker!), Lloyd Newson (Mazzeppa and Ariodante), Aletta Collins (Carmen), Alistair Fish, V-tol (32 Feet per Second per Second, Dansproduktie on Space, Colour and Stamina). He has worked as choreographer on the operas Fantastic Mr Fox in Los Angeles and A Beggar's Opera in Strasbourg. He has taught classes, workshops and run projects for over twenty years, working with ages 5-80 and on all levels. His teaching work has taken him to Belgium, Germany, Italy, France and Sweden. He has choreographed on many youth groups, and worked choreographically with A-level and degree students. Phil bases his workshops around the strength-building elements of contact improvisation and builds work within the group, using it as a foundation for building confidence in performance with an emphasis on dynamics and character. Phil bases his classes around the strength-building elements of Graham and Cunningham techniques, using them as a foundation for building confidence in performance with an emphasis on fluidity and dynamics.

Sarah Miller
Sarah began dancing at The Place at the age of 4, and went on to work with Youth (now Shift). Sarah trained at London Contemporary Dance School, graduating in 2003 with a First Class Honours Degree. She is currently teaching on the Young Dancers Saturday Programme at The Place, and at primary schools in Camden and Hackney. Sarah has worked with Russell Maliphant, Jan de Schynkel and Martin Lawrance and Marguerite Caruana Galizia. She is currently participating in research work with Sarah Blanc and Moxie Brawl.

Pari Naderi
Pari Naderi completed a BA (Hons) degree at Roehampton University followed by a two year course in contemporary dance and choreography at London Contemporary Dance School graduating in 1996. Since then she has danced with Charles Linehan, Javier De Frutos, Gary Lambert and Richard Alston. Pari joined Siobhan Davies Dance in June 2003. Most recently she has been working with Snag. Pari is also professional freelance photographer.

Ihsaan de Banya

Ihsaan was part The Place's Centre for Advanced Training programme in 2005 where he was mentored by many of the faculty still teaching on the programme today. On graduating, Ihsaan continued training at London Contemporary Dance School during where he co-choreographed work performed at various venues in the UK and Internationally. 

In 2013, Ihsaan became an apprentice dancer with Richard Alston Dance Company, before becoming a full company member the following year. Ihsaan has danced and toured internationally with the company since. 

He was also commissioned by The Place to create work for the Companies At Home season, and has recently created work in collaboration with Two Thirds Sky for a curtain raiser at the Royal and Derngate theatre in Northampton.  

Emily Powell

Emily began her training at The Place’s Centre for Advanced Training programme; she then continued her training in dance at London Contemporary Dance School where she graduated with a First Class BA (Hons) degree. During her time at the School Emily performed works by Richard Alston, Dane Hurst, Jeannie Steele and Lauren Potter.

Emily began her teaching career as an assistant for The Place’s Centre for Advanced Training Programme before going on to teach her own classes. Emily is currently teaching on the degree course at London Studio Centre, youth classes at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, and contemporary classes at The Place’s Centre for Advanced Training.

Emily is also a qualified STOTT Pilates instructor and general gymnastics coach.

Hannah Kidd

Hannah began her training at Elmhurst Ballet School and then went onto London Contemporary Dance School where she completed her BA (Hons) and later her MA. In 2007 Hannah joined Richard Alston Dance Company, with whom she performed for six years both nationally and internationally. In late 2012 Hannah was nominated for the National Dance Award's Outstanding Female Performer.

As a freelance dancer she has performed for many other leading companies and choreographer’s, notably Russell Maliphant, New Movement Collective, Merce Cunningham Company (Event), Didy Veldman, Ashley Page, Darren Ellis and Mark Bruce Company. Hannah was part of the original cast for Bruce’s ‘Dracula’ which was winner of the Sky Arts South Bank Award 2014 and was nominated for a Critics Circle award for her role as Penelope in Bruce’s Odyssey in 2016. Alongside performing Hannah has taught in many of the UK's dance conservatoire’s on both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at London Contemporary Dance School, at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, Central School of Ballet and at Trinity Laban, as well as for companies Richard Alston Dance Company, Matthew Bourne's New Adventure's and Mark Bruce Company.