Dancers

Dancers

Alan Vincent

Alan was born in Buckingham and trained at Lewisham College and London Studio Centre. He then joined AMP/New Adventures in 1997 – stage credits include The Swan/Stranger in Swan Lake, creation of the role Luca in The Carman, creation of the role of Speight in Play Without Words, the Nutcracker in Nutcracker and roles in Cinderella and Spitfire.

Alan has worked for various opera companies in works such as Terry Gilliam’s The Damnation of Faust, Midsummer Marriage, Turnabout, Carmen, The Fairy Queen and Trojans. He was also in Dirty Dancing in the West End playing various roles, and was a part of the creative team for the opening of the Olympic Ceremony 2012 which he also performed in.

He worked with Jazzxchange and performed in various music videos and TV adverts. He also teaches workshops all over the country for Re:Bourne where he has taken Lord of The Flies on a UK Australian tour as Resident Director. Alan joined the Mark Bruce Company for Sea Of Bones and also appeared in Dracula.

Chris Tandy

I am from Wales, and I graduated from Laban in 2004 with a BA (honours) in Dance Theatre, in which my thesis was titled "The discipline of Authentic Movement (Janet Adler) related to theoretical phenomenology." In my early career I danced for NDCWales under the artistic direction of Ann Sholem, and for Dansgroep Amsterdam under the artistic direction of Itzik Galili and Krisztina De Chatel.

I now work as a freelance dancer with choreographers including Mark Bruce, Ivan Perez, Anouk Van Dijk and Mor Shani. I am currently engaged in a process of research towards developing a methodology of movement and education in collaboration with Ivan Perez and Hannah Shakti Buhler. My research includes an exploration of 'the practice of being and experiencing; with awareness, dissolving thought'. I am interested in sending the knowledge gained from this physical practice beyond the context of dance.

Eleanor Duval

Eleanor grew up in France and trained at the Hamburg Opera in Germany and The Rambert school in London. She has danced with The Mark Bruce Company since 2006 performing in productions ‘Sea of Bones’, ‘Love and War’,‘Made in Heaven’ and 'Dracula'. She has also danced with Dansconnect performing works by Scott Ambler, Jonathan Lunn, Nikki Smedley, Yael Flexer, Kenneth Tharpe, Mark Bruce and Richard Banks as well as various productions at Glyndebourne Opera and The Royal Albert Hall.

Eleanor has taught extensively in the South West including Bath Dance College, Tri Art and adult classes in Frome, Somerset. She heads up the education programme at the Mark Bruce Company, recently developing the residential Summer School for vocational students. Eleanor combines her dancing career with taking care of her three children.

Grace Jabbari

Grace trained as a GB level aerobic gymnast as well as completing dance training at the Linda Butler School of Dance in Reading and Tring Park School for the Performing Arts.

This was followed by the completion of a First Class degree at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, and an MA in Contemporary Dance with Northern School of Contemporary Dance. At Rambert, Grace worked with Mark Baldwin, Robert Cohan and Darren Ellis and was a recipient of the Charlotte Kirkpatrick award in 2013.

On graduation Grace gained a place as an apprentice for Mark Bruce Company for the UK tour of ‘Dracula’. Grace has since worked on projects with Alexandra Green, Russell Maliphant, Aquabatix, IJAD dance company and Moving Cities productions.

Recently Grace has been working with choreographer Holly Blakey on the piece ‘Some Greater Class’ with performances at Hales Gallery and the UK Music Video Awards. Other work includes performances in various music videos and the Selfridges Christmas promo.

Hannah Kidd

Hannah began her training at Elmhurst Ballet School and from there went on to London Contemporary Dance School where she completed her MA in Dance. In 2007 Hannah joined Richard Alston Dance Company, with whom she performed both nationally and internationally for six years.

Her most recent performances include 'Collapse' by New Movement Collective for the Barbican, 'Orpheus and Eurydice' for Scottish Opera by Ashley Page, Cunningham's event 'Dancing around Duchamp' at the Barbican, London, Darren Ellis' 'Revolver' for The Place Prize for Dance, NMC's 'Casting Traces' UK Tour and Mark Bruce's 'Dracula' which won the South Bank Sky Arts Award 2014. Hannah was nominated for the National Dance Award's Outstanding Female Performer in late 2012.

Alongside performing Hannah has taught in many of the UK's leading dance conservatoires, she has taught on both the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at LCDS, at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, Central School of Ballet and at Trinity Laban, as well as for dance companies Richard Alston Dance Company, Matthew Bourne's New Adventures and Mark Bruce Company.

Jonathan Goddard

Jonathan is a professional dance artist, movement director and choreographer who has worked for many major British dance companies including, Richard Alston Dance Company, Scottish Dance Theatre and Rambert Dance Company. In 2007 he was the first contemporary dancer to be nominated in the dance category of the South Bank Show / Times Newspaper Breakthrough Award, in 2008 he was nominated for an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance and went on to become the first contemporary dancer to win the Critics Circle National Dance Award for Best Male Dancer. He was nominated twice more as Best Male Dancer by the Critics Circle in 2011 and 2012.

In 2008 Jonathan founded an education project DanceSpinner: a tool which is now being used by over 200 UK schools to explore and create choreography. Since leaving Rambert in 2012, Jonathan has become a part time tutor at the Architectural Association and is founder member of both New Movement Collective and Goddard Nixon – an acclaimed choreographic collaboration with fellow Ex- Rambert dancer Gemma Nixon. As a Movement Director he has worked for the National Theatre on the play Strange Interlude, as dance associate on Sam Mendes’ Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and with the Royal Shakespeare Company on their 2014 season production of Two Gentlemen of Verona. www.jonathangoddard.com

Jordi Calpe Serrats

Jordi is originally from Mallorca where he trained in Ballet and Contemporary dance techniques before moving to London and training at the London Contemporary Dance School and at the Rambert School of Ballet & Contemporary Dance.

Since graduation, Jordi has worked with the Richard Alston Dance Company, National Ballet Ireland, English National Ballet, English National Opera, Royal Variety Show, Hubert Essakow, Anthony Van Laast, Lucy Burge, Aleta Collins, Tim Casson, Opera Holland Park, Lynne Page, Christopher Marney, Drew McOnie, Morgann Runacre-Temple and Arthur Pita amongst others.

Film and television credits include the art film ‘The Death Of Pentheus’; the art short film ‘Crystal Delays’ (choreographed by himself); BBC Blast; feature films ‘Acts Of Godfrey’ and ‘Sunshine On Leith’; and music video ‘Moves’ by ‘Bright Light Bright Light’.

Nicole Guarino

Nicole is a freelance dancer, teacher and photographer based in London. She trained at the Cisne Negro Dance Studio in Brazil and after being a finalist of the Adeline Gennee Competition she received a scholarship to study at The Rambert School, where she graduated with a first class honours degree.

She has worked for Cisne Negro Dance Company, Introdans, and Scottish Dance Theatre, performing works by Ben Duke, Mark Baldwin, Itzik Galili, Jiri Kylian, Mats Ek, William Forsythe, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Hofesh Shechter and Liv Lorent amongst others.

She toured with the Mark Bruce Company in 2006 and 2007 for Sea of Bones and was part of the original cast for Dracula, winner of the Sky Arts Awards in 2014. Nicole has recently performed with Darren Ellis Dance and Caroline Bowditch, and during autumn 2015 worked full time as Production and Rehearsal Director at Rambert School.

www.nicoleguarinophotography.com

Wayne Parsons

Wayne has danced for some of the worlds leading contemporary dance companies including Sydney Dance Company, Richard Alston Dance Company, National Dance Company Of Wales (NDCWales), Oguike Dance and Motionhouse Dance. He has performed major roles in works by choreographers including Rafael Bonachela, Wendy Houston, Stephen Petronio, Henri Oguike, Itzik Galili, Jacopo Godani, Stijn Celis, Martin Lawrence and Stephen Shropshire.

Wayne choreographed three works during his time at NDCWales that were toured by the company during their Alternative Routes Seasons. His new company, Wayne Parsons Dance, premiered a new work titled Meeting at The Place in February 2013. Meeting was invited to compete in the 6th Copenhagen International Choreography Competition in March 2013. His student work States of Separation was premiered in July 2013 at the New Wimbledon Theatre. Wayne developed a new professional work supported by The Place through their Choreodrome platform in August 2013. In 2014 Wayne created three new works; a new work for Intoto Dance Company, Like This? for London Contemporary Dance School’s 2014 graduation showcase and Enter After Dark for Art Active's Dans Haf season. www.wayneparsonsdance.com

Christopher Akrill

Chris trained at Northern Ballet School and went on to dance in Scottish Ballet, Northern Ballet Theatre, Malmö Ballet, Hannover Ballet and Deutsche Oper Am Rhein Dusseldorf, and Cullberg Ballet.

Worked with Choreographers: Mats Ek, Jiri Kylian, Ohad Naharin, Crystal Pite, Alexander Ekman, Stijn Cellis, Johan Inger, Javier De Frutos, Luca Silvestrini, Didy Veldman, Nils Christie, Rui Horta and Jens Östberg, Massimo Moricone, Gillian Lynne, Hans Van Manen, Nils Christie, Youri Vamos, Christopher Gable, Dennis Wayne, Nanette Glushak and Oleg Vinagradov.

Dance Credits: Prince Siegfried, Swan Lake (Mats Ek) Mercutio, Ebenezer Scrooge, (NBT) Carabos (Hannover) Pinocchio, Captain Alving in Ghosts (ROH2) Dr Dee, The Most Incredible Thing, Sadlers Wells (Sadlers Wells) Three And Four Quarters (ROH2) Badger in The Wind In The Willows (Duchess Theatre) If Play Is Play (ROH2)

Worked with Theatre Directors: Rufus Norris, Matthew Dunster,Timothy Sheader, Richard Jones, William Oldroyd Acting Credits: Lucky in Waiting For Godot (Be Me Theatre) Boo Radley in To Kill A Mockingbird (Regents Park, The Barbican) The Hairy Ape (The Old Vic) Emcee, Cabaret (Lyric Theatre) Awards: Christer Holgersons award from the Carina Ari Memorial Foundation, and the Riksteatern Award for artistic contributions and excellence in dance. Film and TV credits: Anna Karenina (Joe Wright) Muppets Most Wanted (James Bobin) Mr Selfridge Series 2. Movement Direction: Mametz (National Theatre Wales) Chris is Founder and Co-Director of HeadSpaceDance. www.headspacedance.com

Lia Ujčič

Lia Ujčič is originally from Izola, Slovenia. She trained in contemporary dance at the Dance Studio LAI from the age of five and soon after joined the Slovenian School for Music and Classical Ballet, where she gained her first ballet education.

In 2012 she moved to the UK to start a contemporary dance degree course at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds, where she graduated with a first class honours degree in 2015. During this time, she had the pleasure to work with dance artists as Lilijana Ujčič, Shirley Jacobs, Odette Hughes, Dam Van Huynh and Douglas Thorpe.

Lia is joining Mark Bruce Company as an apprentice dancer for the 2015/16 season.

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Natalie Dodd

Natalie began dancing at the age of five at Susan Robinson’s School of Ballet in Surrey, England and progressed onto vocational training at the age of sixteen at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance. During her three years there, she was given opportunities to perform works by choreographers such as Kerry Nicholls, Mark Baldwin and Kenneth MacMillan. She also performed with The Royal Shakespeare Company in her second year of training.

Since graduating with a First Class BA Honours Degree, Natalie has worked with the English National Opera, Alexandra Green Dance and Douglas Thorpe, amongst others. She has continued to explore her choreographic side; most recently performing a solo at Footprint Dance Festival. In addition, she has gained freelance teaching experience with both adults and children and wishes to pursue this further in the future.

Natalie joined the Mark Bruce Company for its 2015-2016 season as an apprentice dancer.
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