I have a qualification In dance all the way from GCSE to Masters degree level, dance Is something I care about a lot and want to progress in to the highest level. I came to Dance Woking’s attention in 2014 when I was a student at Woking College and took part in their first Boys Platform and outreach project with ZoieLogic Dance Theatre. Since then, I have graduated from De Montfort University, Leicester and recently completed a scholarship funded MA from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, and I took centre stage at Dance Woking’s Boys Platform in March 2020. Now back in Surrey I am a Dance Woking Associate Artist.
Emily is a freelance community dance artist working across Surrey and West London, specialising in contemporary and creative dance for early years and older adults. Her sessions take place in a wide range of settings such as schools, community centres, care homes, sheltered housing, libraries and hospitals. She believes that dance is for everybody and works inclusively with all ages and abilities, with participants ranging from 6 months old to 96 years old!
Emily currently collaborates and teaches with many arts organisations and charities including Dance Woking, DanceWest, English National Ballet, The Place, Stopgap Dance Company, Polka Theatre, Age UK Richmond, CoDa Dance Company, Zambesi Dance Company and Inclusive Intergenerational Dance (iID).
She is really pleased to be one of Dance Woking’s Supported Dance Artists 2021/22 and is looking forward to developing her work with early year and families in Surrey later this year.
Sarita is a choreographer and movement director following the success of over 20 years in the dance profession including extensive works as a performer and teacher. As a multidisciplinary movement creative, she has worked on productions for theatres such as The National Theatre, West End’s Trafalgar Studios and some of her work is currently present on Netflix (Musical Film: Been So Long). From 2016-2019 Sarita was an associate creative director and choreographer for Union Dance working on a range of multimedia projects and education programmes. In 2019-2020 Sarita founded Surrey Dance Connect in Guildford, whilst also delivering as a Module Leader for the BA Dance degree program and as a movement teacher for Guildford School of Acting (Surrey University), where she continues to work as an associate.
Sarita trained at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, and established her professional career for seven years as a resident dancer for leading British contemporary dance companies Wayne McGregor | Random, Henri Oguike and The National Dance Company of Wales. Following this and with her past experiences of Dance in Jazz, Street, Latin and styles of the African diaspora, Sarita expanded her work into the commercial dance industry for TV productions, TV commercials and pop music artists. Other experience includes supporting GCSE Dance, teaching yoga and mentoring.
I have worked as a dance artist for a variety of companies and choreographers including, DRIFT, FRONTLINEDance, Rees Dance, iiD, Sarita Piotrowski and R.W.D. This included performing in a number of different environments such as in theatres, site-specific locations and in dance films. I am also passionate about creating my own work, I like creating work that has socio-political themes and that resonates with those who watch it. Previous works I have created have explored themes including flooding, fair pay, abduction and fast fashion. In 2020 I joined-up with fellow dancer, Hannah Woodliffe, to create H&T a company which shares work that portrays issues and topics through dance and is accessible to a diverse range of audiences through outreach workshops. I have taught for a range of age groups and in variety of settings such as in schools and youth centres. I am also a dance and movement photographer where I have worked for 2Faced Dance, FRONTLINEDance, Jona Dance Company, Excessive Human Collective and Transcend Dance. In addition to my artistic practice, I have experience in marketing and communications including the use of social media.
I am an experienced dance practitioner, working across performance and teaching. I have worked with an array of artist with various styles and means of generating movement, including Richard Alston, James Wilton and Clod Ensemble to name a few. I have consistently taught alongside my performance practice with a focus on remaining present within our moving bodies. Giving oneself permission to connect with their joy and curiosity for moving and bringing this into perceived moments of performance.
My own choreography seeks to explore these ideas further, diving into our sensation, mood, and quality of movement to reveal what we can learn about ourselves, by listening to ourselves. I have made a host of curtain raisers as a representative of companies I have danced for and had commissions that have seen my work danced by CAT (Centre for Advance Training) students, Richard Alston Dance Company performers and even students of Dancers Workshop in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
I am a choreographer and facilitator interested in the movement and communication between all things; body, art, text and thought, focusing on using the human form we exist in, in connection with technology to better understand ourselves and our relationship to the world and others. I am preoccupied with creating innovative artistic structures to tell, explore and reveal people‚ stories, thoughts and experiences, creating intimacies; through shared moments and 1 to 1 and high functioning open participation spaces. I am curious about how to approach these interests in new and accessible ways. I thrive on creating imagined and real worlds for people to become part of, to explore their creativity, whilst discovering their uniqueness and power to contribute positively to communities. My work takes many forms; dance films, live work, participatory and audio works. I have additional experience choreographing movement for plays and mentoring and supporting emerging artists.
I have been recognised and supported by Studio Wayne McGregor through the QuestLab Network programme and The Point as Associate Artist. Additionally, I have facilitated workshops for various community groups, across all levels of the education system and in nine UK counties. I also work as an inclusive dance practitioner and producer.
Picture 1 – Virtual You at Adjustments Nov 2018 — Photo by Jane Russell
Picture 2 – Questlab Empa Resarch – Photo by Sophie Newton
Picture 3 – Dance Digital Tattoo – Photo by Ellie Kelly 2018
Picture 4 – Virtual You at ~Adjustments Nov 2018 – Photo by Jane Russell