MA Advanced Dance Performance
Launch your performance career with our MA Advanced Dance Performance.
About the MA Advanced Dance Performance
This 43-week program is a practice-based qualification that offers new and recent dance graduates the opportunity to develop their dance practice and technique, learn and develop choreography, and perform their work. The program is based at the Dance City Sunderland studios, with visits throughout the year to Dance City Newcastle studios. The Collective have their own studio and work, perform together like a professional company.
The course has a unique focus on physical theatre and is designed to produce strong, highly employable dancers who will be able to work in a range of settings.
MA participants will be part of a touring company, The Collective. The company is artistically led by David Lloyd, a well-known and highly respected dance artist, choreographer, educator, and producer. David teaches daily technique classes as well as regular workshops and will ensure The Collective is well prepared to perform extensively.
Why Choose the MA Advanced Dance Performance?
- Increase your earning and employability potential.
- Learn from leading sector professionals.
- Access state of the art facilities at Dance City studios in Sunderland.
- Strong emphasis on practical development and personal progress, with no assessed written work.
Please note: All Dance City Training Academy courses are continuing to run despite covid restrictions. Our team has been working hard to develop a sophisticated and agile ‘hybrid’ system that facilitates the safe delivery of both socially distanced and online teaching. Courses can be instantly moved online if lockdown restrictions intensify.
- Erica Charalambous – BA & MA Programme Leader (Job Share)
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- Gillie Kleiman – BA & MA Programme Leader (Job Share)
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- Giulia Coti Zelati – BA & MA Administrator
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This is a 43-week course.
- Advanced technical training in ballet and contemporary styles
- Complementary techniques – Pilates, fitness training, strength, and conditioning
- A rigorous and detailed study of selected repertoire works
- Development and performance of newly commissioned works
- Touring of created works
- Development and realization of a choreographed work, delivery of teaching sessions or a cross-arts project (film, installation, etc)
What Can I Expect to Develop?
- Improved dance technique across a variety of styles
- An advanced understanding of the choreographic practice
- An advanced understanding of how to work with choreographers
- An advanced understanding of how to work as part of a team/company
- An advanced understanding of creative choreographic input within a company
- A better understanding of the dance touring landscape and opportunities
- The capability to reflect on learning and express this knowledge to others
- A deeper understanding of current choreographic/dance trends
- Ability to absorb different learning methodologies and embody them
MA participants will be part of a touring company, The Collective. The company is artistically led by David Lloyd, a well-known and highly respected dance artist, choreographer, educator, and producer. David teaches daily technique classes as well as regular workshops to ensure The Collective is well prepared to perform extensively.
The creative brief for The Collective is to create work that is physically captivating and relevant today. We combine this aim with outreach and engagement work in collaboration with Dance City’s Engagement Team and our partner venues for local young dancers and community participants.
This exciting, refreshing, and original company will be touring a performance of dance and physical theatre to a range of venues. Below is our previous cohort’s 2020 tour trailer.
Places of Study
Dance Training, lectures and seminars will take place at Dance City’s Sunderland and Newcastle studios where you will find excellent facilities in the dance studios and a state of the art theatre space.
Independent learning space for practical work is allocated at Dance City in Sunderland for Masters level students to develop their projects and undertake practical self-study.
IT, library, and Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) resources are accessible through the University of Sunderland.
You can also access a range of student support services and student accommodation through the University of Sunderland.
The University Library subscribes to a comprehensive range of academic journals and databases so you can access reliable and up-to-date information.
The experienced Library team provides high-quality service and are sensitive to the requirements and working methods of students. A dedicated Academic Liaison Librarian supports students and staff in the arts, design, and performing arts disciplines.
Students are encouraged to develop their research skills, working with lecturers and library staff to cultivate their knowledge of contemporary and historical perspectives of performing arts, as well as the wider contexts of their subject.
The key resources for the course include:
Discover: The Library’s multi-disciplinary search tool
Art Full Text: A major resource for media and arts information
Dance in Video: Giving access to dance productions and documentaries in the 20th century
JSTOR (short for ‘Journal Storage’): Providing access to important journals across the humanities, social sciences and sciences
Lexis: A major resource of full-text newspaper articles and legal information
David Lloyd joined Dance City in 2019 from dancing with Jasmin Vardimon Company and leading JV2. He graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in 2006 and immediately commenced a successful performing career. David moved to London in 2008, working with Luca Silvestrini, Gary Clarke, Mad Dogs, Neon, Barebones, and Jasmin Vardimon over the next few years. Film and TV credits include BBC’s Atlantic series 1 playing the role of Nereus and Paramount Pictures World War Z.
David started Mischief Company in 2014 with Natascha Metherell, a director working with Terry Gilliam. Mischief Company has produced and toured a number of works and grown to a Company of 14.
David says, “I want to build a course to nurture talented individuals to push them beyond their limits and create employable performers and dance artists ready for the tough industry ahead. I want to create a course that builds both individual qualities and also brings them into a professional company. Giving them a vast knowledge of skills, business minds, and professional expectations to develop a new strong company to push boundaries in the dance sector."
Angela trained in Classical Ballet, National and Modern Dance techniques at the Northern Ballet School in Manchester. On completion of her training at the age of 18 she secured a position as a soloist ballet dancer with the Stadtischen Buhnen Muenster in Germany. She then went on to have an extensive, international, 12 year career as a professional dance artist predominately in the State Theatres of Germany performing in Classical and Neo-Classical ballets, Contemporary dance works, Musical Theatre Productions, Dance Theatre, Operas and Operettas as well as working in television. She later trained as a specialist classical ballet teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and worked as a freelance RAD teacher for 4 years before joining the Performing Arts Academy at Newcastle College where she worked for 21 years teaching ballet technique across the dance and musical theatre degree programs. She has taught the ballet technique on Dance City’s Masters in Advanced Dance Performance for the past year.
For the past eight years she has also worked at Dance City delivering the Professional Ballet Classes for the regions professional dance artists.
In July 2019 Angela completed the Advanced Teacher Training Program with the Society of Education and Training was awarded Advanced Teacher Status (ATS), Fellow of the Society of Education (FSET) and Chartered Teacher Status (Cteach) from the London College of Teaching.
Angela is passionate about instilling a love of ballet and ballet technique in young dance artists whilst also determined to help them achieve their full potential.
BA & MA Programme Leader (Job Share)
Dr Gillie Kleiman is an artist. Her work starts from interests in dance and choreography and manifests in performances, texts, events, and pedagogical activities. Her work takes place in the fields of dance and live art and sometimes in related disciplines. Her work has been presented at, amongst others, Fierce Festival, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Dance Umbrella, Sadler's Wells, and Nottdance. Alongside her work as the joint BA & MA Programme Leader at Dance City, Gillie's current work encompasses lecturing in UK and European universities, mentoring a group of artists in Cork, Ireland, running workshops on redistributive structures for CEOs of arts organisations, leading the Fat Performance Network, acting as a Trustee at People Dancing, and creating a work for non-professional performers to present in their homes for audiences of their friends.
Virtual Open Day
Next Open Day: Tuesday 11 May at 7:30pm.
Our Virtual is a great way to find out more about our MA Advanced Dance Performance. You’ll get to see what it’s like to be a Dance City student and member of our postgraduate touring company The Collective. This event will provide the opportunity to view, first-hand, the brilliant dance training that takes place here at Dance City and the world-class teaching and facilities that will shape your experience if you choose to study with us.
- Meet the teaching faculty and observe a live class with the current students
- Enjoy a tour of the Dance City Newcastle and Dance City Sunderland Facilities
- Find out more about the course from the Programme Leader and Associate Artist
- Take part in a Q&A with teaching staff and current students
To apply to the MA Advanced Dance Performance program, follow the link below.
How To Apply
Dance City runs the MA Advanced Dance Performance course in partnership with the University of Sunderland. This enables students to benefit from the depth and breadth of the offer at the University, including the Library, the Student Wellbeing services, and the Students’ Union. This complements the specialist facilities and expert team at Dance City, where students are embedded into the life of a professional dance organisation and the region’s lively artistic community.
To apply for this programme (commencing October 2021), please follow these steps:
- On the programme page on the University of Sunderland website, click the big red ‘Apply now’ link in the top right corner. CLICK HERE You will be taken to create a profile within the University’s system. This takes around two minutes and will involve you confirming your email address.
- Complete the application form. Most of this is practical personal information. You will also be invited to add a personal statement: please tell us here why you would like to do the MA Advanced Dance Performance. Please don’t worry about this too much; we just want to know that you understand what the course is and have thought about what you would like to get out of it. There will be an opportunity to say more later in your interview if you want to. The form also asks you for a reference – you don’t need to supply a reference now, but they will be asked later, so do check that they’re happy to be listed. Completing the application form will take about 45 minutes in total.
- Wait to hear from us. You will be invited to send in a self-tape in place of an audition. We have paused in-person auditions until the Covid situation is clearer. Get in touch with us if you have any questions in the meantime – we are happy to hear from you. Full instructions and a demonstration film will be provided for your self-tape audition once we receive your application.
- We will review your tape and get back to you with a date and time for an interview.
Please do get in touch with us if you have any questions about any of this. You can email Dr Gillie Kleiman, BA & MA Programme Leader: email@example.com. We pride ourselves on our approachability and will be happy to be in conversation.
Audition Criteria & How to Apply
Please click HERE to view a welcome introduction from David Lloyd, Associate Artist, MA Programme.
For this audition option, your self-tape submission MUST include the following requirements:
Ballet Technique – Benchmark Phrase
Please record yourself performing this ballet material. As well as demonstrating your fundamental skill, this will also give you the opportunity to reflect your artistry with the material. In many cases this will mean you will dance the phrase exactly, though please feel free to adapt the choreography where needed.
Please click on the links below to access the footage from Dropbox:
Credits: Classical ballet is taught by Angela Reay and is core to the MA programme. This phrase is danced by our graduate Emily-Fleur Peake.
Contemporary Dance – Benchmark Phrase
Please record yourself performing this repertory material. As well as demonstrating your fundamental skill, this will also give you the opportunity to reflect your artistry with the material. In many cases this will mean you will dance the phrase exactly, though please feel free to adapt the choreography where needed.
Please click on the links below to access the footage from Dropbox:
Credits: This phrase is from the work Neverland, choreographed by David Lloyd/Mischief Company, which has been a core work for the MA. It is danced by our graduate Emily-Fleur Peake.
Solo Improvisation – No longer than three minutes
Please share with us a three-minute improvisation. We will have seen your technical ability in the previous two videos, so this is your opportunity to demonstrate your theatrical qualities, your independent approach, and your live response in the moment. We want to see you!
Please click on the links below to access the footage from Dropbox:
Improvisation is understood as a key process in the MA programme.
Short Piece to Camera – No longer than two minutes
This piece should be directly to camera and should include the following:
- Your name
- Reason for applying for this course
- Your reflections on the self-tape process
This course requires reflective practice, we’d like to see that in action!
- Find a quiet room that has no or minimum background noise
- Ask who is filming it for you to be aware of shadows and try to avoid them
- It’s best to avoid wearing thin stripes when on camera – they jump!
- Ensure your clothing is neutral – no big logos etc.
- If you use an iPhone/Smart phone to self-tape, ensure that it is landscape and NOT portrait. See below.
The University of Sunderland is offering a Skills Boost NE discount, which will reduce the fees for some students by 20%. For more information, please CLICK HERE
If you have any general questions or queries about the course and the audition process please send them over to firstname.lastname@example.org
Fees and Funding
Course fee: £9,500
What are the Entry Requirements?
Undergraduate degree in dance and/or relevant professional performance experience.
How can this course be funded?
This course can be self-funded or student loans apply.
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Find more information and advice on financing your MA Degree here.
The University of Sunderland is offering a Skills Boost NE discount, which will reduce the fees for some students by 20%. For more information, please CLICK HERE
MA Advanced Dance Performance Introductions
My name is Amy Becke and I am a freelance contemporary dance artist from the North East. I started ballet, modern and tap classes when I was 2 and a half years old. After years of exams and competitions, I decided to take my ballet training more seriously. When I was 16, I moved away to Ballet West Scotland. I completed my three-year BA Honours degree in dance and performance receiving a First. I graduated last summer and decided to further my training on the Ballet Cymru pre-professional programme. During lockdown, I have been fortunate to be invited on to The Company of Others pro artist development programme as a guest.
Ballet will always be my favourite dance style but over the last two years contemporary has also found a place in my heart. This next year I plan to work hard to complete my MA and I hope to finish as a more employable ad confident dance artist. I am excited to enhance my individual creativity and contemporary dance skills.
Born in Greece, I started dancing at the age of 3 at my local dance school in Athens. My training was based on ballet, contemporary and traditional Greek dances. I completed my BA at Rallou Manou Professional Dance School in Athens accredited by the Ministry of Education and Culture of Greece, where I graduated as a dancer and a qualified Ballet and Contemporary teacher .
Since I finished my studies I have taught various ages of students, participated in stage performances and sight specific projects, while also attending seminars and workshops, such as those led by Linda Kapetanea & Yosef Fruchek, David Matan (Gaga Technique) and Christine Gouzelis & Paul Blackman
This year I am excited to step into Dance City’s studios and start this next challenge.
I have chosen the Dance City School because I believe it can help me realise my goals, offering me both academic knowledge and professional experience. I’m looking forward to working in an environment where I’m able to create, develop, collaborate, produce and perform alongside some wonderful dancers.
Hoping to find my next challenge in the world of dance, and to grow my professional career with a qualification sought after by many aspiring dance professionals.
I initially trained in musical theatre from the age of 6 but wanted to push myself artistically so I began training in contemporary, ballet and physical theatre at the age of 13 and really focused on how dancing affected my body and mind, huge influencers of mine are DV8, Wayne McGregor and Akram Khan. I have been a part of vivid youth dance company based in Halifax where I continued training in contemporary and commercial styles. I studied and gained triple distinction star at Huddersfield New College in performing arts and dance then graduated with a first-class honour in BA Performing arts at the university of Sunderland. Alongside my studies I began training in yoga to help with mental health and strengthening the body.
I can’t wait to be back in the studio creating work and being around so many incredible artists. I am also very excited to start the MA which will push me to be a better and more creative performer.
Born in Zimbabwe, raised in Newcastle Upon Tyne from the age of three. Upon completion of my studies at Northumbria University, where I studied Marketing Management, I received a scholarship to train at The Young Americans College of Performing Arts, based in Southern California, where I received formal training in Ballet, Jazz and Tap as well as Acting, Vocal performance and technique, Teaching Methods and Psychology.
I personally consider the art of Dance as a language that I am keen to be fluent in and tool that I want to use to tell stories. Movement is a large driving force of my art and as a dance artist I think it is important to constantly challenge myself into the exploration of styles outside of my comfort zone.
Upon completion of my training I was then granted the opportunity to tour as a cast member with The Young Americans, where I travelled, performed and educated on a global perspective, empowering young people across the world, in countries such as Germany, Poland, Sweden, Netherlands, Japan, USA, UK and Ireland, showing them that they can do anything with the right amount passion and perseverance.
There is a certain homely feeling I get when I enter the studio; therefore, I am very eager and excited to be getting back into the flow of things after many months of home-based training. I am equally as excited and grateful for this amazing opportunity to be on the MA, learning from different artists as well as exploring movement that I am not necessarily used to but know I need to elevate myself as a dance artist and story teller.
Hi, I’m Giorgia Profumo, I’m from Genova, Italy.
In the last three years I lived in London as I was studying there at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
I think that through Art and contemporary dance in particular, I am able to express myself as a human being, as a young artist that wants to communicate something deep to the audience. Dance it’s a way of communication without speaking. The best way I use to communicate and express myself is through improvisation; I like to improvise and use improvisation through the creative process as a source for the development of a choreographic work.
I like to challenge myself and to enrich my skills thanks to them.
I feel excited to start a new year of studies at Dance City in a new city with a new group
I'm Hannah and I'm from South shields. I recently graduated in July 2020 from the School of Ballet theatre UK in Hinckley, where I studied in jazz, contemporary and ballet. I have been really enjoying my time so far on the MA course and am learning so much from my teachers and my peers. I am hoping to improve on my skills as a contemporary dancer throughout this year, especially in improvisation and creative tasks. I am very excited to see where this year will take me.
Hi, my name is Jess Hull and I’m from Darlington, County Durham. I started dancing around the age of 4 at my local dance school doing ballet, tap and modern. At 13, I began taking contemporary classes with Debbie Harbin in Darlington and later joined Dance City’s Youth Dance Company. In my final year of college, I attended Phoenix Youth Academy North East where I studied Graham technique with Martin Hylton and performed works choreographed by Phoenix Dance Theatre’s company dancers.
Over the past 3 years, I have been based in London studying for my BA(Hons) in Contemporary Dance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. During my time at Laban, I had the opportunity to work with choreographers and teachers, Ellen Van Schuylenburch, Gary Lambert, and Stephen Pelton and in my second year, I was able to perform in a restaging of Merce Cunningham’s “MinEvents” choreographed by Daniel Squire for Historical Project 2019.
I am extremely grateful to be back in the studio dancing and I am looking forward to integrating physical theatre into my current dance practice. I hope to expand my creative knowledge and delve deeper into myself as a performer by exploring the extremes of my movement vocabulary and performance qualities. I am excited to push myself both physically and creatively throughout the upcoming year in order to improve my technique, strength and stamina.
My name is Jonathan Curry, I am from Shotley Bridge in Durham, but was I born in Newcastle Upon Tyne originally and have also largely studied and worked there for most of my life. I started out as an actor first and after becoming fascinated by Physical Theatre, I decided to pursue a career as a dancer too to develop my physical technique and open myself out to opportunities in Physical Theatre. As well as Physical Theatre, I specialise in contemporary dance, particularly release technique, and have also been involved in Aerial too.
I am extremely excited to be back in the studio and to begin training on the MA course, I believe I can learn a great deal and improve my own performance ability through it, as well as meeting my teachers and peers who all share a passion for dance and performance.
Hello! My name is Lorena Andreea Pantelie and I am from Constanta, Romania. I started dancing when I was a little kid, but it was always as a hobby until I came to University of Sunderland to study Performing Arts in 2017. I am very excited to start the course in October and meet everyone!
I am Maria Chantal da Paixão e Costa Pereira from Madeira Island (Portugal).
In 2015 I graduated from Escola Superior de Dança (Higher school of Dance) and subsequently attended an intensive summer course at American Academy of ballet, in New York. From 2015 to 2020 I have become a teacher of Contemporary dance technique and a youth’s company rehearser at a professional dance school called Escola de Dança do Funchal (Dance school of Funchal). Meanwhile I never left behind the chance of stepping into stage, by performing as freelancer and guest artist in both Contemporary and Classical/Neoclassical works, that took place between Madeira and Lisbon.
I love to push my boundaries in my own understanding as a performer and I always try to achieve the highest level that I can be in each challenge of my professional path, In this way I can affirm that in everything I design and dedicate, I have the need to overcome myself.
I use ‘Dance as you breathe’ as my motivational motto. I am always researching for a source of fresh air that makes me dance, that fills my body with new tools and movement perception, where it can thrive and gain a firm and strong form/path.
I am really excited to step into Dance City studios to start learning and sharing with all the community. Place where I believe that I am going to be happy and fulfilled with opportunities to qualify me as a professional dance artist.
My name is Phoebe Rose Thompson and I am 23 years old from North Yorkshire. I have just graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, where I trained for two years after transferring from Newcastle College where I also studied for two years on their Contemporary dance degree course. As a dance artist, I am always looking to explore and develop within my own style and skills, challenging my physicality and creativity. I also enjoy the choreography and creating which are things I am looking to continue to push to new lengths during this course.
The Master's Degree is a brilliantly challenging course, in a beautiful space, with great people and teachers so I am really enjoying getting to learn from everyone and getting to take away something new each day.
My name is Sofie Oldenboom and I am 20 years old. I have been dancing since I was 3 years old. Through the years I have gained a lot of experience, working and learning from different schools and teachers. I started dancing at the National ballet academy in Amsterdam, where I learned how to push myself to go further in difficult situations at a very young age. (Furthermore, I learned how to add discipline in my way of dancing).
I changed schools at the age of 13 and went to ArtEZ, where I stayed until I graduated high school.
At ArtEZ I found a new sense of self; I found my own way of moving and creativity. Even though I am still exploring this, I did find out what I wanted and how to express myself as a dancer; I wanted to be a versatile contemporary dancer.
About 3 years ago I was admitted at ZHdK Bachelor contemporary dance, where every day I got inspired by new teachers and choreographers. Not only in different forms of contemporary (Graham, Horton, Contemporary floor work etc.) but also in subjects like Ballet, Improvisation and some Repertoire lessons.
In my last year at ZHdK, I spend a semester abroad in Los Angeles being a part of an exchange program at the Arts school ‘CalArts’.
At ‘CalArts’ I learned to trust my own artistic input by taking classes like ‘Choreo/Composer’ where we had to make new choreographic pieces with different composers every week. Not only learned a lot more about the choreographic progress but I also got to experience what it was like to work together with a composer.
CalArts really Inspired me, they taught me it is okay to be different and to further explore my own artistic ideas. I think that is what inspires my own choreographic skills.
What I hope to do at the MA is to improve and further these skills, but also add on to them. I would love to be further introduced to the theatrical side of contemporary dance and push my athletic skills as a dancer. I am super excited to start this new chapter of my dance career and will take in as much information as I can!
My name is Tara Dawson from Bradford, West Yorkshire.
I was previously based in the city of Chester.
I would say I am a passionate and creative individual with a drive to improve and develop as an artist.
I'm very excited to be getting back into a studio setting and to be starting the next part of my dancing journey.
My name is Telisa Cottier, I began dancing in my hometown of Tamworth at age 16, during secondary school. This then led me to pursue dance training at Birmingham Metropolitan College and The Dance Factory where I trained in jazz, contemporary and ballet. I developed a love for contemporary dance during my time at college which then led me to move to London to study a degree in dance at Roehampton University. During my summer breaks from university, I took part in the Jasmin Vardimon summer intensive in Barcelona and gained a scholarship to take part in Tecniche Di Danza Moderna in Rome (modern dance intensive). During my three years training, both inside and out of my degree, I had the opportunity to perform in works by Vinicius Salles, Anne-Marie Smalldon, Janine Harrington, Cara Hagan and Lalitaraja Chandler. Most recently, I have performed in Sketch Dance Company’s latest work ‘To Have and To Hold’ at Resolution 2020 and have been teaching dance to children.
I am very excited to continue developing myself as an artist during this course alongside talented, inspiring people.
MA Advanced Dance Performance Alumni
Originally from the South West, and with a first class BA (Hons) in Contemporary Dance from Trinity Laban, Emily-Fleur moved to Newcastle for Dance City’s MA in Advanced Dance Performance in 2019 and gained a Distinction. After falling in love with the dance community in the North East she decided to stay, working as a freelance dance artist as well as teaching public classes and on the CAT (Centre of Advanced Training) at Dance City. She is really enjoying her work at the moment and in the future she would love to continue her research into dance and it’s correlation with health and wellbeing.
Lily is from Keighley, West Yorkshire. Lily competed in athletics at county level before finding her way into contemporary dance. She began her training with Phoenix Dance Theatre before continuing her studies at Trinity Laban and Dance City. Lily is now based in the North East and is curious about the possibilities we have as physical beings to listen, feel and create space as individuals and communities through collaboration and performance. Lily was awarded a SOUP bursary in March of 2021, alongside Erin Hughes and Maria Giacchetto- the trio will begin creating their own work.
Originally from Darlington, Erin began RAD ballet classes at the age of three with a local dance school, before joining the Dance City CAT programme at the age thirteen. At eighteen, she moved to London to begin her formal training at Trinity Laban and she achieved a First Class BA/Hons degree in 2019. She then moved back to the North East to continue her training with The Collective where she achieved a Distinction. She now works as a part of the communications team at Dance City, whilst dancing regularly and actively applying for auditions. Erin and fellow alumni Lily and Maria were awarded a SOUP bursary in March of 2021 and will begin creating their own works.
Shannon first started dancing at The Michelle Louise School of Dance in Manchester and at 16, she then went on to study Musical Theatre. Shannon began her formal training in contemporary dance at Manchester Metropolitan University, before joining the MA at Dance City. Shannon is in the process of creating her own gym wear brand called Intent Attire and she aims to carry on her dance training with her old dance school this summer.
Ellie grew up in Cheshire and is now based in the North East. She began dancing at Louise Carter’s School of Dance in Congleton where she found her love of performing, before joining Homegrown Youth Dance Company and discovering contemporary dance. She was part of The Lowry’s CAT scheme in Manchester, and all of this lead to her passion for access to contemporary dance in youth settings. The MA was incredibly influential to Ellie's passions and goals. Discovering physical theatre has developed her desire to create work that she feels is worth making through intention-based movement and text. Since graduating from the MA, Ellie and fellow alumni Pagan, have set up physical theatre company ‘Pelican Theatre’. Together they have taken part in two residencies at Dance City, created and presented their dance film 'Blue Mind', performed three original works in two livestreamed events, taught online workshops to professionals, children, and teenagers, and been awarded the Charlotte Grant Early Careers Award from Dance City. Ellie has a passion for mental health awareness in the arts and aims to take this into consideration throughout her career.
In 2019, Hazel graduated from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) with a First-Class BA/Hons degree in Dance Performance and Teaching. She then went on to train at Dance City as a member of ‘The Collective’. Over the past couple of years, Hazel developed a love for working with fellow creatives to produce dance work, facilitate dance through a creative environment and advocate the benefits of moving. Hazel believes the course at Dance City provided her with self-assurance, versatility and a community that she can always ask for help from.
Hazel is now working as a Sports and Dance Coach in Primary schools across the North West area whilst also working alongside One Dance Uk as a One Dance Ambassador.
Originally from Telford, Shropshire, Pagan began dancing at the age of seven at Carmichaels School of Dance, where she completed ISTD training in ballet, tap, and modern. She began her contemporary training at age 18 at Trinity Laban, graduating with a First-Class BA Hons degree in 2019. She then moved up to the North East to finish her training with The Collective, achieving a Distinction.
Pagan has performed professionally with Desi Nach Event Entertainment since 2014, dancing at numerous events nationally and internationally. She has also worked with Thomas Page Dances and Uncaged Aerial Theatre on performance projects.
Since graduating she has started a company with fellow alumnus Ellie, called Pelican Theatre, alongside embarking on a career as a freelance dance artist. Pelican Theatre have created work for several platforms working with EQDance, Word of Warning, and Meta4 Dance Company, as well as offering workshops for children and adults. Pelican Theatre was recently awarded the Charlotte Grant Early Career Award commission from Dance City for their Blue Mind project.