Angela ConlonAngela 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.
ODF Steering Group member, Anja Meinhardt independent dance-artist, physical theatre performer, choreographer and movement director. Anja recently founded Justice in Motion, physical theatre company. Originally trained in musical theatre, she has continued to develop a wide range of skills in various dance styles, theatre, capoeira, and lately aerial dance. www.anjameinhardt.wordpress.com
ODF Steering Group member, Emma-Jane Greig founded Body Politic in 2012 as a not-for-profit Oxford-based company that specialises in hip hop dance. In addition to its regular timetable of classes, Body Politic has entered an exciting stage of its professional development; creating professional work for the stage and touring. Body Politic is committed to addressing the growing prevalence of mental health issues in young people using dance as a vehicle for change, exploration and empowerment. www.bodypoliticdance.com / EmJ@bodypoliticdance.com
Café Reason Butoh Dance Theatre is 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
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
Dance CreativeDance Creative is a new dance collaborative, not for profit organisation based in Oxfordshire, that works with older people in the community. We produce work that raises awareness of dementia and young on-set dementia, as well as working with older people to increase health and well-being through dance.
Désirée Ballantyne is an interdisclipinary dance artist. She trained at the Royal Ballet School. She is a former Soloist with English National Ballet where she danced a wide range of roles during her career. She has worked with choreographers including Akram Khan, Russell Maliphant and Michael Clark. Désirée seeks to break down barriers associated with classical ballet with the aim of making dance accessible to a wide range of audiences.
Photo credit. Danielle Staub
Elisabeth (Lizzy) Spight
Ballet, musicals, contemporary dance, folk, improvisation, Butoh, cross arts projects.
Choreographer, dancer, qualified dance teacher, performer, researcher, dance movement psychotherapist (MA), Koinzi -Dance in Germany: dance/ architecture (site specific)/ art/ music company, Crisis Oxford as dance tutor (2015-16) Ark-T centre as one lead artist for Children’s holiday camps (2017).
Currently: Inclusive community projects/ events as singer and dancer, poetry and dance, cross arts collaboration, schools, work as therapist.
E. 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
An independent physical theatre and movement artist. Trained at Rose Bruford’s European Theatre Arts course Emma has a strong grounding in ensemble movement and workshop leading. She has also worked closely and trained with Lunas Dance Project for the past 4 years focusing on her contemporary dance skill. Always looking for new collaborators to explore new research.
ODF Steering Group Treasurer, 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
Gemma Peramiquel is an independent performer and choreographer. Graduated from The National Danish School from Performing Arts has achieved residencies at Cité International des Arts in Paris, Fàbrica i Coats and Fàbrica l’Estruch in Barcelona. She choreographed at the Zelyonka Festival in Kiev and collaborated at different projects across Europe. Gemma is very keen on searching for the bridges that make an interdisciplinary project alive. Open to be part of a team and strengthen the dance community.
Jane ConnellyODF Steering Group member, Jane 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.
Jann Esterhuizen is an independent choreographer. She received her training in South Africa where she worked with leading ballet companies. She makes choreographic work which draws on classical ideas and forms. Jann is a FreeSpace artist with Studio Wayne McGregor. She has a Masters Degree in Literature.
Justice in Motion
Justice In Motion is an exciting new dance and physical theatre company that creates strong, powerful and visual theatre, inspired by true accounts of social injustice. www.justiceinmotion.co.uk
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
Lunas Dance Project
Lunas Dance Project is a contemporary dance company created to explore experiences, emotions and sensations through high technical connected and flexible movements. My aim is to build a connection with the audience where curiosity, achievement and empathy play a key role. Experiences – Sensations – Pure dance. www.lunasdanceproject.com
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 also teaches ballet in Oxford. http://dancingconvolutions.blogspot.co.uk
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.
Thomas Page Dances
Artistic director of Thomas Page Dances, Thomas is a contemporary dance artist based in Oxford and London. Their choreographic practice focuses on socio-political ideas in movement, which they explore with TPD and their youth company TPD Young Artists. A regular teacher for Oxford Dance Studio, Thomas also teaches across the UK with professional class/workshops for full-time dance schools and other companies. Find out more about Thomas and their work at: www.thomaspagedances.com
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Vicky has been a teacher of The Nia Technique (a dance, fitness & wellbeing practise) for over 10 years, alongside developing her own unique style of dance meditation. Vicky is also a talented performer who combines song (covers & originals) with dance and meditation. Vicky uplifts and inspires people to connect with their inner goodness, power and beauty. She owns Soul Shine Wellbeing Space in Abingdon where she teaches courses, workshops and retreats. http://www.soulshine.org.uk