My practice in dance, writing and photography is grounded in embodied awareness: felt states and processes of being and becoming within spatial, energetic and political contexts.
I work with deeply embodied feeling states, including inhibiting states, alongside a heightened sense of presence in the here and now - density, orientation and energy. Mediating multiplicitous inner and outer forces and negotiating contrasting states, moments of emancipation or collapse, I am concerned with possibilities of frankness, gentleness and agency.
I create intimate solo and duet works; and group movement rituals for public space.
My work is presented in private spaces, sites of political or commercial power, public spaces, art galleries, art fairs and dance festivals internationally.
Collaborations and performance with other artists include: Dog Kennel Hill Project, Michael Klien, Rosemary Lee, Florence Peake, Carolyn Roy, Tino Sehgal, Darlene Stevens, Susanna Szperling, Patricia Woltmann, Margarita Zafrilla-Olayo. As a dancer with UK company Ricochet Dance Productions, I created new works with Jan Pusch and Wally Cardona, for national touring and Dance Umbrella Festival UK.
A certified teacher of Skinner Releasing Technique (SRT) since 2011, SRT is central to my teaching and creative practice with professional dancers, in conservatoires and universities, and in arts-and-health contexts. My teaching focuses on kinaesthetic awareness and creative somatic process to foster an economy of being and articulacy of the embodied self. I aim to cultivate states of liveliness, freedom, power, passion and clarity in movement, through which to interact sensitively, creatively and spontaneously with our world.
I teach SRT, improvisation, choreography, somatic movement and critical theory in dance conservatoires and art schools in the UK and internationally. I currently teach on MA and MFA courses at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance; professional classes and workshops at Independent Dance, London; and guest-teach internationally.
writing and research
My writing and presenting on dance, art, embodiment and somatics appears within within both academic and journalistic contexts. Recent peer-reviewed writing includes chapters in the first book on Skinner Releasing Technique (Triarchy Press 2020), in the book Attending To Movement: Somatics in a Wider Field (Triarchy Press 2015); and articles in the Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices (Coventry University 2018).
education & training
PhD Student - Centre for Dance Research, Coventry University (M4C/AHRC Scholarship)
Trainee ISMETA Somatic Dance Movement Naturotherapy - Moving Soma UK
MAR - Centre for Dance Research, Coventry University (M4C/AHRC Scholarship)
SRT Teacher Certification - Skinner Releasing Institute
MA Dance Studies - Laban Centre London
BA Visual Art and Dance - Brighton Polytechnic
Foundation Art - Shrewsbury College of Art
RAD Ballet - Hammond School of Dance, residential conservatoire
Skinner Releasing Technique; Authentic Movement; Body Mind Centring; Experiential Anatomy; Feldenkrais; Improvisation;Kundalini Yoga; Meditation.
My work has been touched by training with Inspirational teachers and colleagues: Liz Aggiss, Gaby Agis, Jane Bacon, Olive Bieringa, Frank Bock, Rosemary Butcher, Nigel Charnock, Scott Clarke, Robert Davidson, Simone Forti, Julyen Hamilton, Thomas Kampe, Eva Karczag, Rosemary Lee, Victoria Marks, Sally Metcalf, Jennifer Monson, Theresa Moriarty, Susan Rethorst, Susan Schell, Joan Skinner, Suprapto Suryadarmo, Miranda Tufnell, Amanda Williamson.
Having lived and worked for several years in Prague as British Council Artist in Residence at HAMU, Prague Academy of Performing Arts and at Duncan Centre Conservatoire of Modern Dance, I am currently based in London and work throughout Europe and beyond.