Self-taught, however worked alongside many artists from the West End, Broadway and alike having grown up in the field.
I completed my training with a BA (Hons) in Dance Theatre from Laban and then a City and Guilds Level 3 in Teaching Certificate Adult Education. After many years teaching contemporary technique and choreography in higher education, in 2014 I decided to focus full-time on teaching dance in a freelance capacity, specialising in contemporary dance and creative movement within community settings. I have completed training in teaching dance to people living with Dementia and Parkinson’s.
I have been working in the dance entertainment industry for 15 years across stage, tv and film as a dancer, teacher, choreographer and creative director. I run The Urban Dance School across Surrey Est 2004 and Ombrascura Dance Company. My credits include X-factor, Brit Awards, Chris Brown, One Direction, A League of their Own, Spotify, ASDA, L’Oreal, Paco Rabanne, Burberry and many more.
I am an experienced dance teacher and lecturer from primary school age up to degree level. I teach and choreograph in the styles of contemporary, ballet and jazz, and also teach dance fitness classes. Previously I taught mainly at BTEC and AL standard and currently I teach at degree level at PPA and as an outreach dance artist for both Reside Dance in Reading and for Dance Woking.
Harmony Arts is part of the growing movement of practitioners offering dance and music for emotional, psychological, and therapeutic benefits. Sarra Whicheloe, the director of Harmony Arts, is an Indian dancer and Natural Voice Practitioner. Nick Fairbrother is a musician and storyteller who works with Sarra delivering creative projects in schools and the community. We bring people together in creative dialogue through dance, music and storytelling to enrich our lives, build communities and to care for our planet.
Sarra has trained in Indian Classical Dance, Bharatanatyam in India as well as in London. Indian Classical Dance integrates stylised movement with theatre, set to a rich tapestry of melody and rhythm. There are pure dance movements as well as theatrical dance. At Harmony Arts we draw inspiration from stories, songs and poems from within our own communities and from across the world.