Takeover Artists

July 2018 // Toussaint To Move // Release-Based Contemporary // July 11 + 12

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Akeim is a multifaceted performing artist, born in Jamaica and raised in England. He seeks to create moving, thought provoking, accessible, organised and free spirited projects. Since graduating from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance with a first-class honours Bachelor degree in Performing Arts, Akeim has been involved in multiple cross disciplinary programmes with a wide range of artists and communities from around the world. His focus as a maker and collaborator is to combine expressive skills such as dance, writing, film, poetry, beat-box, singing and acting to create performances that tell stories to bring together diverse audiences. toussainttomove.com

 June 2018 // Jacob Smart // Primitive Movement 


Dancer, acrobat, and movement coach, Jake originally studied at London School of Contemporary Dance. He believes that versatility is key if you want to make it as a dancer or mover of any kind. Having done various teaching/coaching qualifications with the likes of Cirque du Soleil and Animal Flow, as well as being a Parkour coach, he has worked with people of all ages and places; from kids in PRUs, universities, conservatoire and professional company classes. Jacob has created a mindful and holistic movement method called Primitive Movement, an approach fusing ancient lore and medicine with elements of ritual and of course, dance, acro and parkour. primitivemovement.life

May 2018 // Ruth Valensi // Class + Vertigo Dance Company Rep


Ruth is an Israeli performer, dancer, and Feldenkrais practitioner. Upon completing her studies at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance in 2005, she began working with a variety of Israeli dance companies and independent choreographers. In 2008 became a member of the Vertigo Dance Company and worked there as a dancer, teacher, and rehearsal director of the Vertigo International Dance Program. During that time in 2009 Co-founded with Galiya Tzur the Axis Syllabus Israeli Hub, inviting teachers from all over the world to intensive workshops including Frey Faust, Kira Kirsch and Leila McMillan.

April 2018 // Joanna Puchala // Aerial Yoga for dancers 


Joanna is an aerialist, contemporary dancer / choreographer, movement teacher based in London. She teaches a range of styles including pilates, yoga, aerial yoga, yoga dance, yogalates, contemporary dance, ballet and barre class. She leads international workshops, classes and retreats. She fuses different forms of movement in order to create the choreography and produce Aerial Dance performances. She is an artistic director of award winning dance company LCP Dance Theatre, which brings awareness of violated human rights.

March 2018 // Eleesha Drennan // Contemporary Technique

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Eleesha Drennan is an award winning dance artist and choreographer based in London. Awarded first prize for ‘Whiskers’ at the International Solo Dance Theatre Festival Stuttgart and received the Sky Academy Arts Scholarship for the creation of Channel Rose, mentored by Wayne McGregor. Eleesha danced in National Dance Company Wales 2004-2013 where she became House Choreographer in 2011.

Eleesha has worked with renowned choreographers including Ohad Naharin, Itzik Galili, Nigel Charnock, Angelin Preljocaj and Andonis Foniadakis. Choreographic commissions include National Dance Company Wales, Maiden Voyage Dance Company, EDge (LCDS), London College of Fashion, Selfridges, Intoto, Fertile Ground, National Youth Dance Wales. Currently working as choreographer for Vanara, The Musical and developing a new production for Eleesha Drennan Dance, Infinite Glimpse.

January 2018 // Feet Off The Ground Dance // Contact Improvisation  

Feet off the Ground Dance is an all-female performance collective making innovative, physical and engaging dance in varying settings and contexts. We represent women in a strong, physical capacity and challenge audiences to perceive the female form in nuanced ways. We cross movement languages and utilise Contact Improvisation and Partnering techniques as a common ground for research and performance devising. Championing the female body, we push physicality and work against the traditional roles of women in dance.
Our principles are simple: explore the unfamiliar, take risks and think big with artistic integrity.

Feet off the Ground Dance have led sessions for Dance4, BalletBoyz Dancers Course, Chisenhale Dance Space, DEDA, Lincoln University, Trinity Laban, London Contemporary Dance School, The Place, London Contact Improvisation, Brighton Dance Network, Middlesex University, Gracias X Favor Festival (Santander, Spain) and Sala Ultramar (Valencia, Spain).