Takeover Artists


September 2018 // Ben McEwen – Flying Low // Sept 19 + 20 // BOOK NOW


Ben graduated from TrinityLaban before going on to complete the training cycle at P.A.R.T.S. (BE), where he had his first opportunity to study with David Zambrano, the initiator of Flying Low. Now he regularly works as a performer and researcher for, among others; Charlotte Spencer Projects, Joon Dance, Francesco Scavetta/Wee and Vera Tussing. Alongside performing he teaches at conservatoires, universities and professional classes throughout Europe. He also practices Aikido at Tetsushinkan/MovingEast and enjoys barefoot running and wandering amongst mountains with a small tent and a big smile. www.benmcewen.co.uk Photo by Enya Belak Gupta.

September 2018 // Maria da Luz Ghoumrassi // Sept 26 + 27 // BOOK NOW


Maria da Luz is a dancer, teacher, choreographer and movement director working through multidisciplinary techniques from around the world to develop Intercultural Awareness Performance. She has worked in the original cast of The Lion King, Kokuma Dance Theatre, Jeanette Brooks, Seven Sisters among others. Maria da Luz is recipient of The Trailblazers Fellowship and was shortlisted for the Place Prize in 2004. She is an Associate Artist with Spare Tyre Theatre Company working with adults with learning disabilities. Maria da Luz was selected for One Dance UKs Dance Teaching Mentorship and received a Dancers Career Development Retraining Grant, 2016. She has been teaching regularly at venues such as Greenwich Dance, TripSpace, Trinity Laban, The Place and Chisenhale Dance Space.

October 2018 // Sung-Im Her // Oct 10 + 11 // BOOK NOW


Sung-Im Her was born in Seoul, South Korea. She studied contemporary dance at Han-Sung University where she achieved Master degree, she worked with Ji-Gu dance theatre for 6 years. Then she came to Belgium in 2004 for choreography studies (2nd cycle) at P.A.R.T.S. She joined Les ballets C de la B (Koen Augustijnen) in 2008, collaborating and performing in Ashes. Since 2009, She started working with Needcompany, she took a charge as a movement assistant in a piece of Time between two mistakes(2014). She has also worked extensively with Abattoir Ferme and creating her own work including performing as a part of Solo Tanz Festival in 2017 Oct. In this year (2017), she has been selected to be a part of Testbeds Catalyst programme which supported by Bedfordshire University and Luton Art Council, a 12-month research & development programme for mid-career artists. www.sungimher.com  Photo by Sang-hyub Kim.

October 2018 // Stephanie McCann – Improvisation // Oct 17 + 18 // BOOK NOW


Stephanie McMann is a dancer from London. She works predominantly as a performer with dance artists and makers, including long-term collaborator Roberta Jean, Theo Clinkard, Dan Canham, Damien Jalet, Hussein Chalayan, Seke Chimutengewende, Jamila Johnson-Small and New Art Club amongst others. Stephanies film work includes Suspiria (2018) and World War Z (2013). She is a Sadlers Wells Summer University artist and a performance/rehearsal director for dance, theatre and circus. She is currently establishing a movement-direction/ mentoring practice for independent dance-makers and the fashion industry. Stephanie is dancer / co-artistic director of Nora with Eleanor Sikorski and Flora Wellesley Wesley. Nora is currently focused on their next commission for Nora Invites II, which will begin in Autumn 2018 with Deborah Hay. Photo by: Emli Bendixen (Road Postures, Roberta Jean/ Mystery Skin). 

October 2018 // Lewis Wilkins – Floorwork & Contact // Oct 24 + 25 // BOOK NOW


Lewis trained and completed his BA (hons) 1st degree at London Contemporary Dance School. Since graduating in 2009 he has danced with companies and choreographers including; Scottish Dance Theatre, New Adventures, Richard Alston Dance Company, Tom Dale Company, TrashDollys, Jean Abreu Dance, John Ross Dance, James Wilton Dance, Léa Tirabasso, and Riccardo Buscarini. He also recently performed at The National Theatre in the award winning Angels in America, directed by Marianne Elliot. Lewis often leads workshops in the UK and abroad, and regularly teaches at London Contemporary Dance School, Rambert School, TripSpace, and for several professional companies. Photo by Dominic Farlam photography.

October 2018 // Evangelia Kolyra // Nov 7 + 28 // BOOK NOW


Evangelia Kolyra is a Greek, London-based choreographer and performer interested in dance that takes place within theatre spaces, site-specific, film and installation contexts. As a performer she has worked amongst others with Marina Abramovic, Willi Dorner, Simon Ellis, Deborah Hay, Rosemary Lee, Tino Sehgal and Matthias Sperling. Evangelia’s work has been supported by and presented in England, Scotland, Greece, Italy, Sweden, Germany. www.evangeliakolyra.com Photo by Danilo Moroni.

October 2018 // James Muller – Technique Class // Nov 14 + 15 // BOOK NOW


James graduated from Central School of Ballet in 2006 with a BA (hons) degree. After joining Northern Ballet that same year he went on to work with Peter Schaufuss Ballet in Denmark and Theater Ulm in Germany. In 2013 James joined Richard Alston Dance Company (RADC). Since then he has toured extensively in Europe and the USA performing in a wide variety of work by Alston and associate choreographer Martin Lawrance. As of 2017, James is a faculty tutor at Central school of Ballet for the Prep and Pre-senior students. He regularly leads workshops for the Essential Alston education program and is now a Company Ballet teacher for RADC. He teaches Professional classes at the Place, and has worked with LCDS and the Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) scheme. He also leads weekly Contemporary classes at Danceworks Mayfair. Photo by Dolly Brown.

October 2018 // Anne-GaĂ«lle Thiriot – Release Technique // Nov 21 + 22 // BOOK NOW


Anne-Gaëlle is an independent dance artist working in improvisation and composition. She is a graduate of Trinity Laban specialising in Choreology. Since 2005 she has been performing, making work and collaborating with artists including Annie Lok, Simonetta Alessandri, Tara DArquian, Laura Doehler/Exit Map, h2dance, Laila Diallo, Joe Moran, Noa Zamir, amongst others. She is an associate artist with Candoco Dance Company and has a particular interest in making my practice accessible to a great diversity of dancers, and enabling dancers to reach their individual potential. As a dedicated Contact Improvisation practitioner, Anne-Gaëlle has co-run CI @ Goldsmiths in South-East London for the past 7 years. Photo by Alice Hendy.

December 2018 // Leah Marojevic – Improv & Phrase work // Dec 5 + 6 // BOOK NOW


Leah, originally from the UK, spent three months with Sydney Dance Companys Pre-Professional Year after graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Dance in Melbourne, Australia 2013. Leah was the recipient of the Australian Council for the Arts, ArtStart Grant in 2015 and received the Orloff Family Trust award for Most Outstanding Dancer in 2013. Leah is a contemporary dance artist who performs, makes performance, writes, teaches, directs and artistically supports other dance makers. Leah collaborates regularly with Theo Clinkard and Colette Sadler, and has worked with choreographers, visual artists and companies; Sarah Browne, Mirjam Gurtner, Candoco Dance Company, Clod Ensemble, Seke Chimutengwende, and Becky Hilton among others.  leahmarojevic.com Photo by Bivouac.

December 2018 // Natalia Iwaniec – Gaga/dancers // Dec 10 – 14 // BOOK NOW


Natalia Iwaniec was born in Poland and is now a freelance dancer and teacher based in London. Natalia finished her Masters in Theatre in Cracov and completed her degree in dance at the Dance College in Wrocaw in Poland. As a dancer, she has collaborated with choreographers Yasmeen Godder, Iwona Olszowska, Ella Ben-Aharon, Rhiannon Faith and others. Natalia became a qualified teacher of gaga in August 2012. Since then, she has travelled all over Europe and Israel to teach gaga. She is also choreographing. She created piece called THE LINK for dance students in STW in Poznan, Poland and FORMal in residency in Scenario Pubblico in Sicily or BIG SKY for Drama Theater in Torun,Poland in May 2018. Natalia is co-founder and member of NaNa Collective, which is based in London. She premiered her solo work Birdland in July 2017 during International Dance Week Budapest. www.nataliagaga.weebly.com


July 2018 // Toussaint To Move // Release Technique

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Akeim is a multifaceted performing artist, born in Jamaica and raised in England. He has worked with Jamaal Burkmar Dance, Gary Clarke, BalletLorent, Heather Walrond Dance Company and was a part of ‘Locked In’ at Sadlers Wells. Akeim 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).