|I graduated from Trinity Laban in 2013 with a Postgraduate Diploma in Community Dance and have since been working as a freelance dance practitioner across London and Surrey.|
I have experience in working with a variety of ages and abilities, including babies, toddlers, primary school children and older adults as well as children with physical and/or mental disabilities.
Originally from Germany, I choreographed, performed and toured my own dance piece ‘Zu zweit’ and was involved in several stage performances with the My Way-Ensemble, a German dance company for dancers aged 60 to 90. I also worked on their intergenerational dance project with primary school children in a deprived Hamburg area.
Since living in England, I have taught contemporary dance technique, creative dance & movement and performing arts for various organisations including Laban, Artis, ABC Ballet, Louise Klarnett and Stratford Circus. I have also worked as a project manager for the creative arts charity Create. Most recently I joined Dance Woking to work in their outreach team.
Now based in Staines, I recently set up ‘Impulse Dance’, my own community dance company currently teaching contemporary dance classes for adults with the aim to extend my classes to more age groups in the future.
Established in 1994, Dance Woking is an innovative dance organisation that provides high quality opportunities to watch, perform and take part in dance, providing new experiences that inspire artists, audiences, participants and communities.
WHO ARE WE FOR?
Our work is primarily for Woking and the surrounding Surrey towns and villages.
We serve and support networks across the age spectrum from schoolchildren to students and recent graduates, to young people outside training and education, and the perennials.
Dance lovers across the county and into London rave about our regular live public performances.
And our pop-up and festival appearances in shopping centres and local parks bring our public spaces to life.
WHY DANCE WOKING?
Our work brings unexpected and lasting benefits through dance to real communities at grass roots level where it has lasting impact.
We are a thriving and nimble business firmly rooted in Woking and Surrey, soon entering our fourth decade of inspiring dance.
We’re alert to local collaborations and equipped to offer more, especially with our funding partners at the Borough Council.
We work with other regional agents in housing and health, in sport and in schools; and we have successful alliances with independent dance artists and choreographers, and with specialist dance schools and mainstream education providers.
To find out about our latest programme visit the Inspired Programme here
Cremona School of Dance established in 1990 is based in Woking and is renowned for its excellence. The School is a traditional dancing school offering tuition for 3-18 year olds in Ballet (Cecchetti Method), ISTD Modern, ISTD Tap, ISTD Contemporary, Musical Theatre and GCSE Dance. Students have the opportunity to train right through to the Vocational Grades at Intermediate, Advanced 1 and Advanced 2 levels. Examinations are held annually.
Alongside our own School shows, students are offered chances to audition for local productions at The New Victoria Theatre and the Rhoda McGaw Theatre. Talented children are encouraged to audition for The Royal Ballet School, The Cecchetti Associate Programme, London Junior and Senior Ballet, London Children‚Äôs Ballet and other organisations.
Whether a student attends once weekly for fun or is considering dance as a career, every child matters. Our aim is to bring the joy of dancing into the studio through nurturing and encouragement. Every child is given the opportunity to incorporate skills developed in dancing, into many to other aspects of their lives. Dance develops confidence, poise, self-discipline, musicality and increased physical and sensory awareness.
Our teachers are highly qualified, experienced professionals. All staff are committed to ongoing professional development and are DBS checked.
Based in the heart of Cobham, KT11, Flipside is the number one choice for a local, established and professional dance school.
Formed in 2007 by ex professional dancer Deborah Rich, the school offers students age 2 to 19 years a wide variety of dance styles including ballet (ISTD syllabus), contemporary, hip hop, tap, jazz, acrobatics, PBT and musical theatre.
Classes run throughout the whole week catering for students with all levels of abilities.
From our teeny class to our elite performance team the passion to nurture our student‚ enthusiasm is a priority within all the teaching staff. All our teachers are affiliated with the style of dance they teach and the continuation for professional development is always on the agenda. All staff are DBS checked and first aid trained.
Flipside is an award-winning dance school and for those who wish to take dance more seriously we offer ballet exams, private lessons and take part in national competitions.
Our professional yet friendly classes are suitable for everyone and we are passionate about seeing our students be the very best they can be and when we watch them successfully dance on a stage in front of an audience, pass a ballet exam or win at competition we know we have nailed it.
The Urban Dance School teaches anyone and everyone to dance, from beginner to professional standard, aged between 5 to adult.
Our classes are friendly and enjoyable and we teach the following street styles on a weekly basis across the south west of England: hip hop, Breakin, popping, house, waacking, locking, acro, improvisation and of course choreography. All teachers are top level industry professionals
Founded in 2006, the school’s aim is to encourage everyone as an individual to gain confidence in performing in dancing, acting, and singing. Through good teaching, grounded in solid technique, a student’s confidence is able to flourish. Many of our students are represented by the school’s own agency, www.shackattack.co.uk, and can regularly be seen in the West End, on TV and film.
LDA is a dance Academy based in Woking and has been established since 2018.
Leanne, an Associate member of the IDTA, is the Director and head choreographer/teacher. LDA accepts all abilities, aged 3+. The Academy runs drop in classes as well as regular lessons and workshops/masterclasses are available in the holidays. LDA also holds crew training each week to prep for street dance competitions and other events. Leanne strives to make the Academy a comfortable environment whilst creating a platform for her students. LDA is a safe space for it’s dancers to express themselves whilst making friends and having fun performing!
LDA offer exams, performance opportunities and also the chance to take part in festivals & competitions. Classes are in person but an online provision is available if required. First class is a free taster!
My background is in Contemporary and Traditional African and Caribbean peoples dance and my expertise is in teaching inclusively and facilitating classes for dancers with and without disabilities. Starting my dance journey at the age of 16 I know the feelings of anxiety and not feeling confident very well. Therefore I strive to create all my classes for whatever group I teach to be open, down to earth, welcoming and accessible.
Most of my teacher training has been with Stopgap Dance Company where I have worked for them in a number of roles since 2015 but am currently their Community Engagement Artist and mentor Stopgap’s apprentice company Sg2 in all things creative learning and outreach work. I am also lead facilitator and choreographer for THRIVE Youth Dance Company. An intervention dance programme for young people living in Surrey who are aged 14-24 and not in employment, education or training, are young cares, challenging life circumstances and have additional support needs. The company provides a nurturing learning environment for vulnerable young people to thrive by using physical dance training and creative dance as a tool to develop key life skills; build trust with adults, their peers and themselves; implement stability and routine into their lives; and consider and reflect upon their ability to achieve and succeed. I regularly facilitate outreach education projects and have performed for various companies including; DAiSY, Casson and Friends, UNiT and The Dance Movement before it closed. I was also on the Artist Exchange Programme 2021 run by Danielle Teale.