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Ben Harris

JAZZ
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Ben trained at the Hammond School, Chester

 

Theatre work includes: The Winter’s Tale and The Life Of Galileo at the Library Theatre Manchester; the Disney musical AIDA in Germany; Joel in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at Theatre Royal (west end). Gus and understudying Tony Manero and Bobby C in the Asian tour of Saturday Night Fever; Grease at the Piccadilly Theatre (West End) covering the role of Sonny. Understudying Ren in Footloose, UK Tour; Never Forget (Take That Musical) UK Tour covering and playing Jose and Ron Freeman; 'Hot Stuff' Leicester Curve; 'Coronation Street' Arena Tour; 'Dirty Dancing' Aldwych Theatre (west end) and UK Tour; 'Anything Goes' Kilworth House; 'Dance Til’ Dawn' Aldwych Theatre (west end) and UK tour.

 

TV credits include: Justin in Children's Ward (Granada TV); George in The Grand (Granada TV), Prime Suspect (ITV1) and Cracker (ITV1).

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Kate Swainston

BALLET
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International Teacher and Examiner for the Royal Academy of Dance

 

Kate trained to teach at the Royal Academy of Dance, where she passed the Professional Dancer’s Teaching Diploma with Distinction. She then went to the Royal Ballet School to participate in an Intensive Character Dance Teachers Course.

 

Kate had a career spanning nearly twenty years as a professional dancer, performing a wide variety of works with the Royal Opera Ballet, Covent Garden, Opera North and Glyndebourne Festival Opera.

 

She was a soloist with the Johann Strauss Company, performing in the UK and Scandinavia.

 

Her love of Character work led her to join Paul Taras Company of Ukrainian Dancers and Musicians, with whom she toured extensively.

 

Television credits as a dancer in period dramas include: Poirot, Hannay, House of Elliot, and Vanity Fair.

 

Kate is a member of the ballet faculty at the Royal Academy of Dance School in Battersea, DanceEast in Ipswich, and London Studio Centre.

 

She has also taught at Pineapple Dance Studios London, Cambridge Performing Arts, and Stageworks in Huntingdon.

 

Kate has taught, and continues to teach on many Summer Schools for London Studio Centre, The Royal Academy of Dance, The Art Centre in Gibraltar, and Northern Ireland.

 

Currently, she is involved in delivering Associate Programmes, and Repertoire Workshops in London, Cambridge, Ipswich, and Dublin.

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Jo Meredith

CONTEMPORARY
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Jo trained at London Studio Centre and the London Contemporary Dance School. She has worked for dance companies including National Dance Company Wales (formerly Diversions), Maiden Voyage and Combination Dance and as a freelance artist for choreographers including Drew McOnie, Lucy Burge, Kate Flatt, Adam Hougland and Susie Crow. She took part in the UK tour and Broadway transfer of Didy Veldmanʼs Peter and the Wolf and was part of Wayne McGregorʼs Dancelines programme at the Royal Opera House. Last year she was swing on Will Tuckettʼs Wind in the Willows at the Linbury Studio Theatre and is delighted to be returning for the showʼs West End transfer.

 

Her career as a dancer is paralleled by a career as a choreographer and her work has been performed at venues including Sadlers Wells, The Place; Robin Howard Dance Theatre, The Blue Elephant, The South Bank Centre, The Bridewell Theatre, The Arcola, St James’s Piccadilly and Christ Church Spitalfields. In 2010 she created movement and choreography for the National Youth Balletʼs production of The Rainbow Bear based on a story by Michael Morpurgo with music by Stephen Barlow and narration by Joanna Lumley which was performed at The London Palladium.

 

Her work as a movement director includes One Hundred Shining Hearts produced by Switchback Productions at The Palace Theatre Southend and Touching Distance - The Yard both directed by Oliver Lamford. I Caught Crabs in Walberswick - Linbury Studio Theatre, LAMDA directed by Phil Omerod. Donnyʼs Brain - Hampstead Theatre Downstairs directed by Anna Ledwich. Cosi Fan Tutte directed by Jenny Miller and Siegfried and Gotterdammerung directed by Alan Privett for Longborough Festival Opera.

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Nuna Sandy

HIP-HOP
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Nuna trained at Pineapple and Husky studios.

 

For two years, Nuna worked as a backing dancer. Nuna became an original member for Plague Dance Crew who she danced with for four years. Nuna has also been part of Boy Blue Entertainment for 13 years.

 

Nuna has performed with Boy Blue Entertainment at Sadlers Wells, Barbican and in 2006 performed in Zoonation’s 'Into the Hoods' at the Peacock Theatre.

 

Nuna has been teaching dance for over 12 years, ranging from youth clubs to primary and secondary schools as well as being part of the Boy Blue Entertainment’s and Zoonation’s Academy of Dance teaching faculty.

 

Nuna has also choreographed dance number performed at the Barbican, Sadler Wells, Hammersmith and The Place.

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Alex Young

SINGING
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Training: Royal Academy of Music, Kings College London

 

Credit: Young Sally in Follies (National Theatre); Sally Smith in Me & My Girl (Chichester Festival Theatre); Carrie Pipperidge in ENO’s Carousel (London Coliseum); Margie MacDougall in Promises Promises (Southwark Playhouse); Ellie May Chipley in Showboat (New London Theatre/Sheffield Crucible); Erma in Anything Goes (UK Tour/Sheffield Crucible); Brunhilde in I Can’t Sing (X Factor Musical) (London Palladium); Liz Imbrie in High Society (UK Tour).

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Jane Elson

ACTING
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Jane Elson is a multi-award winning children’s author and playwright. She trained at the London StudIo Centre many moons ago before working as an actress. Following a trip to L.A and San Francisco, she fell in love with comedy improvisation, Jane then went on to perform with London Theatre Sports and many other Improvisation Companies through the years. Her first stab at writing a short play, Can You See Me, won her a place on the shortlist for Soho Theatre’s Westminster Prize. She then went on to write her first full length play, Leonardo Stole My Crayon, which won the Kings Cross Award For New Writing. Now a children’s author, published by Hodder Children’s Books, Jane is on her third two book deal. Her debut book, A Room Full Of Chocolate, was nominated for the Branford Boase Award for outstanding first novel. She then went on to write the multi award winning How To Fly With Broken Wings. Both books were nominated for the Carnegie Medal. Jane is the only author to win the national library prize, Peters Book Of The Year, two years running. Swimming To the Moon and Will You Catch Me? followed. Will You Catch Me? has won both the Wolverhampton Book Award and The Alexandra Palace Children’s Book Award this year. Jane has also been nominated for the Carnegie Medal Twice. When not writing Jane is devoted to running improvisation and creative writing workshops with young people.

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Cris Penfold

Head of LSC Juniors
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Cris trained at London Studio Centre and apart from currently teaching jazz and tap for LSC, the BBO and various other venues, Cris is Head of Saturday Programmes at LSC running LSC Juniors, the Saturday Associate Programme and Summer School.

 

Choreography and assistant credits include: Anything Goes and The Wizard of Oz (Wyvern Theatre, Swindon), Fame (Orchard Theatre, Dartford), LazyTown Live! The Pirate Adventure (UK tour), Dick Whittington (Milton Keynes Theatre) and Cinderella (Theatre Royal, Plymouth).

 

Performing credits include Toad in The Wind in the Willows (Royal Opera House/West End), West Side Story (UK tour), We Will Rock You (Vienna and Zurich), On The Town (London Coliseum), Death In Venice (London Coliseum/ENO) and Oliver! (London Palladium).

 

Film credits include Rush and Muppets Most Wanted.