Andrew Wood co-founded Oxford Contact Dance in 2014 where he teaches contact improvisation. His collaborations have lead to in-situ and outdoor performances in Oxford. He follows the maxim: all life a dance; everyone a dancer; every moment a dance. His dance diary is here: http://www.andrewdance.org/
Angela ConlanAngela is a freelance Dance Practitioner and Creative Producer who specialises in working with older people. Her vision is that everyone, regardless of background, should have the opportunity to be celebrated and empowered through dance. With over 20 years of experience working with all ages and abilities, Angela is currently working with people with dementia and their carers as well as children and young people. Angela is also the Arts Co-ordinator at Witney Community Hospital, a Postural Stability Instructor and has completed Level 2 Dementia Awareness training.
Ayala Kingsley is a founder member of Café Reason Butoh Dance Theatre, an experimental performance group specialising in butoh.
Café Reason is the only permanent butoh company in the UK outside London and has achieved a fine reputation for its innovative theatre, site-specific and improvised performances. Its members at any one time are drawn from many backgrounds, each bringing to the group their different bodies, training, skills, and life experiences.
From its establishment in 1997, Café Reason has been committed to an ongoing process of exploration and challenge. htp://www.cafereason.com
Bella graduated with a first class Ba(Hons) in Dance and Choreography from Falmouth University. And has since had the opportunity to perform for and work with many distinguished artists and companies including Mandala Theatre Company, Wild Works and Lavrak Circus. She qualified as a yoga teacher in 2017 and has since been teaching for Yoga Quota and Mind. She has also completed her level 2 fitness instructor training. Bella is interested in exploring and enhancing the natural form to strengthen our physical vocabulary for self expression. Her artistic practice is rooted in movement and performance but incorporates and explores other mediums such as film, sound, costume, photography and visual arts. She has an interest in how the arts connect individuals and communities both in our cultural heritage and also contemporary arts. www.bellablythe.co.uk @bellablythemoves
Cecilia Macfarlane, an independent dance artist has an international reputation for her work in the community. She is the founding director of Oxford Youth Dance, Dug Out Adult Community Dance, co-founding director of Oxford Youth Dance Company and Crossover intergenerational Dance Company. She passionately believes that dance is for everyone and she celebrates the uniqueness and individuality of each dancer. Cecilia works internationally to bring communities together to realize their potential through dance. c. David Fisher
Elisabeth (Lizzy) SpightElisabeth (Lizzy) Spight trained in Ballet, Musical, Contemporary Dance, Folk, Improvisation;
Butoh, Cross Arts Projects. Body – Mind – Heart Awareness/ Connectivity.
Choreographer, Dancer, qualified Dance Teacher, Performer, Singer, Researcher, Dance Movement Psychotherapist (MA).
Lizzy focusses in her performances (indoors and outdoors), on the perception of ourselves and the world around us, she invites the audience to reflect on this.
Currently: Inclusive community projects; events as singer and/ or dancer; poetry and dance; cross arts collaboration, schools, work as therapist with children and adults.
Eleonora (Ellie) Aldegheri
Eleonora (Ellie) Aldegheri is the founder of Lunas Dance Project and was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She graduated as a Professor of Ballet from the Institute Adrienne and also in Argentine Tango. She is currently a freelance professional teaching her own classes and workshops at in dance institutions in Oxford. www.lunasdanceproject.com
Euton Daley is an artistic director, producer and arts trainer with a special interest in dance. He is the founder of Unlock the Chains Collective which produce dance-theatre projects fusing storytelling, dance, performance poetry and design. The company explores the Black experience, culture and identity. www.eutondaley.com
c. David Fisher
Helen offers movement in nature sessions ‘Rivers of Life’ open to dancers and non dancers to explore awareness through moving in nature. This work is open to groups as well as to individuals. The practice explores breathing, sensation and awareness through simple exploration of the body in stillness and movement in different ecological settings eg woods, meadow, by river. The sessions offer a chance to share movement, explore relaxation and increase possibility in movement source and nature and to create an appreciation of the expression of human in nature through movement. www.instagram.com/artallotment www.art-allotment.org.uk
Jane ConnellyJane Connelly is an Independent Dance Artist based in Oxford. She trained as a dancer and an artist. She choreographs and performs her own work and has performed at various places including the Pegasus Theatre, the Burton Taylor Theatre, The Old Fire Station, Christ Church Meadow and Said Business School.Jane is Artistic Director of Smidgen Dance Company.
ODF Steering Group member and part-time ODF administrator. Jenny mostly creates and performs solo work at irregular intervals, often part improvised, autobiographical and with use of spoken word and props. She trained at the Laban Centre and moved to Oxford over 20 years ago and has enjoyed collaborating and performing with other locally based artists since then.
Choreographer and Movement Director. Founder Director of Tac-au-Tac and of Joëlle Pappas Projects, Joëlle runs creative contemporary dance classes in the community. She has extensive experience teaching in further and higher education and enjoys collaborating with other artists. Joëlle teaches on the Royal Ballet School’s Primary Steps programme. c. Nadia Rich
Trained in 2 Indian classical Dance Forms for more than 25 years and has completed Sangeet Prabhakar in Kathak from Prayag Sangeet Samiti and Bhaskar in Bharatnatyam from Pracheen Kala Kendra. Later, she has received training from Guru Smt. Saswati Sen and Guru Smt. Durga Arya and Aditi Mangaldas Ji. She is performing professionally for last 13 years in dance festivals in India and Europe. She has assisted and performed in the movie Elar Char Addhyay. Her dance style also includes Flamenco and Uday Shankar Dance style.
ODF Steering Group member, Ségolène is an independent dance artist and choreographer with a strong ballet background and a keen interest in butoh; she is always curious about other dance forms and collaborations across the arts. In Oxford since 2008, she has shown pieces at the Pegasus theatre, at the Old Fire Station, and at the Burton Taylor Studio. She is also a qualified dance teacher [LISTD(DDP)], who teaches ballet in Oxford. http://dancingconvolutions.blogspot.co.uk
ODF Steering group member and Chair, Susie Crow danced with Royal and Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet. Twice a finalist in the Madrid Choreographic Competition; works for SWRB, Dance Advance, National Youth Dance and Ballet companies. Ballet in Small Spaces (BiSS) projects: The Solos Project, Dante in the Chapel, Inside Out and Commedia tour, Two old instruments. Based in Oxford she teaches students, professionals and adult learners; runs the Oxford Dance Writers website; has collaborated with musicians, visual artists and other dancers in creative research.
I am a Community Dance Artist with a passion for creativity & wellbeing. I teach a unique mix of creative dance blended with mindfulness/movement/meditation (called “Soulshine Dance”). I offer regular dance & wellbeing courses, workshops & retreats from my beautiful wellbeing space in abingdon, Oxfordshire. Dance has uplifted and inspired me in so many ways since a child. It touches me deeply and I am always learning and discovering more. I have been sharing and developing my practise for over 14 years. I am a certified mindfulness, movement, meditation teacher and have also trained in Groove Dance and Dancing Mindfulness. I love contact improvisation and to sing, dance and perform. I am also currently training in Biodanza and to become a creative therapist. http://www.soulshine.org.uk
Vita OldershawVita trained as a contemporary dancer and then as an actor. She works across a diverse range of performance media – from voice over to motion capture, choreography, French theatre and burlesque dance! Vita is currently teaching burlesque dance classes at the Old Fire Station, Oxford. Burlesque Dance Classes