MA Advanced Dance Performance

Programme Overview
Course Content
Touring Company
Places of Study
Teaching Profiles
Auditions / Taster Workshops
How To Apply
Fees and Funding
Meet The Collective
Alumni
Guest Artists

-Launch your performance career with our MA Advanced Dance Performance.

About the MA Advanced Dance Performance

This 38-week programme 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 in work by leading choreographers. The programme is based at the Dance City Sunderland studios, with visits throughout the year to Dance City Newcastle studios.

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.

The focus of this MA is for the dancing of the students to meet the public. The primary vehicle for this is The Collective, our touring company. The Collective creates work that is physically captivating and relevant today, presented in theatres across the country as well as in offsite locations and through digital platforms. There are opportunities to engage with a range of partner venues and participants through the wraparound work of the company – a really collective experience!

The company is currently 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.

  • Gillie Kleiman – BA & MA Programme Leader 
    • Email: gillie.kleiman@dancecity.co.uk
  • Adam Dutton – BA & MA Programme Coordinator  
    • Email: adam.dutton@dancecity.co.uk

 

 

Course Content

This is a 38-week course.

Dance Technique:

  • Advanced technical training in ballet and contemporary styles
  • Complementary techniques – Pilates, fitness training, strength, and conditioning

Dance Performance:

  • A rigorous and detailed study of selected repertoire works
  • Development and performance of newly commissioned works
  • Touring of created works

Professional Contexts:

  • Detailed learning on the contexts surrounding professional dance performance, through lectures and seminars with core and guest practitioners
  • Development and realisation of a student-led independent project, determined according to individual interests

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
  • An on-going 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

 

 

 

 

The Collective

MA participants will be part of a touring company, The Collective. The company is currently 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 a film showing the double bill rehearsal process for our 2020-21 cohort.

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

Teaching Profiles

David Lloyd

Artistic Leader
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 Christie Reay

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.

Dr Gillie Kleiman

BA & MA Programme Leader (Job Share)
Dr Gillie Kleiman is an artist and academic. 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.

David Lloyd
Angela Christie Reay
Dr Gillie Kleiman

Auditions / Taster Workshops

Our 2021 auditions have now taken place.

To apply via self-tape, please see the ‘How to Apply’ tab. We are accepting applications up until September.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Please note that this course is not available to international students. Since Brexit, EU students are classified as international.

Learn more about settled status, pre-settled status, special discounts, visa requirements and Common Travel Area (CTA) agreements for the Republic of Ireland applicants in our Help and Advice article.

Application Process

Our 2021 auditions have now all taken place, you may still apply via self-tape audition. Please follow these steps:
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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: gillie.kleiman@dancecity.co.uk. We pride ourselves on our approachability and will be happy to be in conversation.

Self-Tape  

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!

Self-Taping Requests

  • 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. 

Scholarships

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

Any Questions?

If you have any general questions or queries about the course and the audition process please send them over to adam.dutton@dancecity.co.uk

 

 

Fees and Funding

The annual fee for this course is £9,500 if you are from the UK/Ireland/EU settled/pre-settled.

What are the Entry Requirements?

Undergraduate degree in dance and/or relevant professional performance experience.  

Please note that this course is not available to international students.

Learn more about settled status, pre-settled status, special discounts, visa requirements and Common Travel Area (CTA) agreements for the Republic of Ireland applicants in our Help and Advice article.

How can this course be funded?

This course can be self-funded or student loans apply.

View more information about government career development loans and grants:

Grants and Bursaries for Adult Learners

View Career Development Bank Loans:

Professional and Career Development Loan

Government MA Loans 

Find more information and advice on financing your MA Degree here.

Scholarships

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

Come back soon to meet our brand new cohort…

MA Advanced Dance Performance Alumni

Emily-Fleur Peake

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 Dooks

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.

Erin Hughes

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 Webb

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 Trow

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.

Hazel Loftus

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.

Maria Giacchetto
Eleni Antoniou
Holly Conroy
Pagan Hunt

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.

Amy Becke
Anna Kantaraki
Bekah Maybury
Dzikamai W Mudamburi
Giorgia Profumo
Hannah Nixon
Jess Hull
Jonny Curry
Lorena Andreea Pantelie
Maria Chantal Pereira
Phoebe Rose Thompson
Sofie Oldenboom
Tara Dawson
Telisa Cottier
Emily-Fleur Peake
Lily Dooks
Erin Hughes
Shannon Webb
Ellie Trow
Hazel Loftus
Maria Giacchetto
Eleni Antoniou
Holly Conroy
Pagan Hunt
Amy Becke
Anna Kantaraki
Bekah Maybury
Dzikamai W Mudamburi
Giorgia Profumo
Hannah Nixon
Jess Hull
Jonny Curry
Lorena Andreea Pantelie
Maria Chantal Pereira
Phoebe Rose Thompson
Sofie Oldenboom
Tara Dawson
Telisa Cottier

Guest Artists

Ben Duke

Ben worked with our 2019/20 cohort on the piece 'Seagull(s)'.

Ben Duke is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Lost Dog. Ben trained at Guildford School of Acting, the London Contemporary Dance School and has a first class degree in English Literature from Newcastle University. His work explores the overlap and transition between dance and theatre.

In 2016, Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me) was nominated for the Sky Academy Arts Award for dance. Ben won the 2016 National Dance Critics Award for Outstanding Male Performance for Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me) and the 2017 Rural Touring Award for the most innovative and inspirational show.

As well as his work for Lost Dog, Ben has directed and choreographed works for other companies including Goat for Rambert which was nominated for an Olivier award in the Best New Dance Production category in 2018.

Other commissions include Barely Methodical Troupe (Kin), Scottish Dance Theatre (The Life and Times of Girl A), Dance Umbrella (The Difference Engine) and Phoenix Dance Theatre (Pave up Paradise). Ben was an Associate Artist at South East Dance (2012-2014) and a recipient of the Bonnie Bird New Choreography Award 2011.

Amit Lahav

Amit worked with our 2019/20 cohort, on solo's created through Zoom, during Covid-19 restrictions.

Amit is the Artistic Director and founder of Gecko. He was born in Israel and grew up in London where he trained with theatre and dance creators such as Lindsay Kemp and David Glass and worked as a facilitator in South East Asia, making theatre with street children over a four year period.

Shortly after this time he began to develop his own company and methodologies; particularly Gecko’s emphasis on emotion, physicality, metaphor, breath and musicality. The shows are created in the UK with an international ensemble and tour world-wide. He has developed a unique language of training, performance, devising and teaching and these methods are used by the company as Gecko continue to generate relationships around the world.

Amit has created seven critically acclaimed Gecko shows; Taylor’s Dummies, The Race, The Arab and The Jew, The Overcoat, Missing, Institute and The Wedding, all of which have toured nationally and internationally.

In 2015, Amit created and performed in The Time of Your Life, which was broadcast live on BBC4 as part of Live From Television Centre.

Kristina Alleyne

Kristina worked with our 2020/21 cohort on the piece 'Different Colours in Mind'.

Kristina started her career as an athlete, training professionally in London, UK. Shifting into Dance at a later age she trained at the BRIT School of Performing Arts and Technology 2003-05 and Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD) based in Leeds 2005-08, completing a BA (Hons) Degree and a Postgraduate diploma with Verve in 2009. Kristina’s dance experience started through Hip Hop where she joined companies such as Boy Blue Entertainment and international company Dance2Xcess. Her skills then stretch to Afro-Carribean, African, Kathak, Latin and Circus Skills (fire, grinding and stilts).

Kristina has professionally worked and toured with artists, companies and choreographers such as Tavaziva Dance, Arthur Pita, Ijad Dance and Technology Company, Frititi Traditional African Drumming & Dance Ltd., Retina Dance Company, Henri Oguike Dance Company, Helen Parlor, ACE Dance and Music, Micheal Thomas Voss and Chisato Minamimura.

From 2012 Kristina joined Akram Khan Company, creating and performing his production iTMOi, Kaash and the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony, Abide With Me. Kristina continues to lead workshops internationally as part of A.K.C.T and is part of the re-staging of Akram’s past productions. Kristina joined Wim Vandekeybus Ultima Vez Company in 2018-2020 for the new production TrapTown.

Kristina is co-artistic director and award-winning dancer with her twin sister of Alleyne Dance based in London. Alleyne Dance (AD) is a unique and powerful company blending West-African, Caribbean, Kathak, Hip Hop and Circus Skills within a contemporary dance context. Since 2014, Alleyne Dance strive for high quality and excellence as they deliver their two main objectives: performance and education.

AD has received 20+ choreographic commissions. Their productions, A Night’s Game and The Other Side Of Me, have been touring internationally for several years. In 2020, they released a short dance film, (Re)United. In spring 2021, AD will premiere their new outdoor work, Bonded.

Sadé Alleyne

Sadé worked with our 2020/21 cohort on the piece 'Different Colours in Mind'.

Sadé formally trained as an athlete for Enfield and Haringey in London. Her first experience of dance was with Hip Hop companies Boy Blue Entertainment and Dane 2Xcess. Sadé trained at the BRIT School of Performing Arts and Technology 2003-05 and Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD) based in Leeds 2005-08, completing a BA (Hons) Degree.

Since graduating Sadé has worked with Vincent Natsoe, Luyanda Sidiya, Andlie Sotyia, Douglas Thorpe, Akiko Kitamura and Gregory Vuyani Maqoma, Tavaziva Dance, IJAD Dance and Vocab Dance Company, both UK and international performances.

Sadé has worked as a Performer and Rehearsal Director for companies Ace Dance and Music (Birmingham) and State of Emergency (London). Sadé joined Akram Khan Company in 2012-2016 for his productions Vertical Road, iTMOi, Kaash and London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, Abide With Me. Sadé also leads many workshops internationally as a part of A.K.C.T and is involved in the re-staging of his past productions.

Sadé was part of the first re-creation of “iTMOi” for Portuguese ballet company CNB. Sadé was a performer of Antoine Marc’s award-winning international film Descent, Remains, and the production EssE, and has done movement direction for films and plays with Arts & Movement Ltd. Sadé was an artistice mentor for the BBC Young Dancer 2017 competition in London.

Sadé joined Wim Vandekeybus in 2017. She is touring Go Figure Out Yourself and will premiere the company’s new production TrapTown in autumn 2018-2020. Sadé is co-artistic director and award-winning dancer with her twin sister of Alleyne Dance based in London.

Alleyne Dance (AD) is a unique and powerful company blending West-African, Caribbean, Kathak, Hip Hop and Circus Skills within a contemporary dance context. Since 2014, Alleyne Dance strive for high quality and excellence as they deliver their two main objectives: performance and education.

AD has received 20+ choreographic commissions. Their productions, A Night’s Game and The Other Side Of Me, have been touring internationally for several years. In 2020, they released a short dance film, (Re)United. In spring 2021, AD will premiere their new outdoor work, Bonded.

Chris Evans

Chris worked with our 2019/20 cohort on the piece 'Seagull(s)'.

Chris began his career with Hofesh Shechter Company, performing as one of its original members, and touring worldwide. During this time, he also collaborated with Jonathan Lunn to devise Reading Rooms, a dance/text interplay working with Alan Rickman, Juliet Stevenson, and Miranda Richardson. He later joined Lost Dog Theatre Company, co-devising It Needs Horses, which toured internationally and won the Bloomburg Place Prize Award for dance. Chris has been a member of Gecko since 2011 and has worked on the creation of The Wedding, Missing and Institute, touring these productions worldwide.

Chris still continues a creative relationship with Hofesh Shechter, joining him on two major projects; as Assistant Choreographer for The Metropolitan Opera’s new creation Two Boys, and Associate Choreographer for the Broadway Musical Fiddler on the Roof.

Ryen Perkins-Gangnes

Ryen worked with our 2019/20 cohort, on solo's created through Zoom, during Covid-19 restrictions.

Ryen has been working with Gecko since January 2012 helping to devise Missing, Institute and The Wedding, and touring all three productions internationally. He also appeared in The Time of Your Life live on BBC4 in November 2015.

He was a cast member in Paramount’s 2013 film World War Z, and worked closely with Oscar award winner Andy Jones and choreographer Alex Reynolds to create the movement language for the zombies in the film as movement specialist.

He worked with the Cholmondeleys and the Featherstonehaughs from 2003, and spent 2 years as Lea Anderson’s assistant. He has performed with numerous other companies and choreographers over the years, such as Gary Clarke, Frauke Requardt, and Fabulous Beast. He studied theatre at UC Davis, California and received 5 years compilation martial arts training under the tutelage of Grandmaster Suk Ku Kim.

Jordan Lennie

Jordan has joined the MA frequently, to lead 'Flying Low' workshops.

Anna Finkel

Anna trained at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre in Canada, and completed her Masters in Dance Performance at Laban, in London UK.

Anna began her professional career in Canada working with choreographers Sharon Moore, Susanna Hood, Kathleen Rea, Keaja d’Dance, Dancemakers and was a company member at Le Groupe Dance Lab under directors Peter Boneham and Tony Chong.

Since 2007 Anna has been based in the UK, devising, performing and touring original works with Punchdrunk, Gecko, DV8, Handspring, Ace, Mad Dogs, Anthony Hamilton and Lost Dog with whom she co-devised It Needs Horses which was awarded The Bloomberg Place Prize for Dance in 2011. For Punchdrunk, Anna devised and played the role of Wendy in The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable for The National Theatre, followed by a year run playing Lady MacBeth in the New York City production Sleep No More.

Anna has been delving into movement direction working with Louis Vuitton fashion, film director Alex Garland, and was based in China working as a rehearsal director for Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More Shanghai.

Ben Duke
Amit Lahav
Kristina Alleyne
Sadé Alleyne
Chris Evans
Ryen Perkins-Gangnes
Jordan Lennie
Anna Finkel