Rosie Whitney-Fish - Founder, Artistic Director & Chief Executive
Rosie is an experienced arts professional with a resumé spanning twelve years. Working throughout England and internationally, she has managed programmes for national arts organisations and independent artists. Rosie has developed strategies and visioning for local authorities, housing associations and arts organisations. Rosie has successfully fundraised via the Arts Council, Heritage Lottery Fund and charitable trusts. Rosie holds an MA in Dance-Theatre from Trinity-Laban. As a Choreographer, Rosie’s work has been supported by Barbican, Create London, Arts Council England, Cultural Olympiad and Big Dance. Rosie has produced dance projects and programmes for Rambert, East London Dance,Southbank Centre, Lillian Baylis, and Sadler’s Wells. Her commercial work has seen her touring to Australia, Asia and Europe for television, theatre, film, fashion and commercials.
Rosie was nominated for a Hammersmith and Fulham Civic honour in 2018 and Contribution to the Community in 2018 for United in Hammersmith. Rosie was nominated Inspirational Community Dance Practitioner and Outstanding Dance Programming Award by One Dance UK -the sector support organisation for the UK. ‘As a consequence of Whitney-Fish’s tireless work this festival has taken solid root. West London and the wider dance community owe her a considerable debt of thanks’. Luke Jennings, The Guardian.
Community Projects Manager - Maria Yacoob
Maria has had a twenty year parallel career in journalism as a magazine editor, features and copywriter. Maria is an experienced Dance Teacher and has worked for DanceWest Teacher on the Bolder not Older and Dancing Books programme for two years. She has taught dance at Pineapple Studios for 16 years and led post-show classes for Sadlers Wells as well as teaching dance in mainstream education from nursery to secondary level.
Administrator & Classes Coordinator - Ania Straczynska
Ania has previously worked as Administrator, Education and Marketing Assistant for several organisations including Chisenhale Dance Space and Siobhan Davies Dance Studios. Outside of her role Ania is an Independent dance artist and MFA student of Choreography at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. She creates work for theatre and gallery spaces, while as a researcher looks closely at interdisciplinary arts.
DanceWest Teaching team
We have a team of talented of professional dance teachers and assistants. We carefully select and contract the teachers for each project. All teachers have a DBS check and their public liability insurance. We also have a pool of teaching assistants who support our programmes.
Sonia Illescas is an experienced Dance teacher and Choreographer specialising in Movement adaptation. She enjoys providing dance training to any-body and every-body, regardless of age and or abilities. For the past ten years Sonia has been teaching the principles of Ballet and Contemporary dance technique to older adults with and without disabilities. Sonia also has experience of delivering projects for vulnerable adults with particular needs with different conditions including: Dance for Dementia (English National Ballet, Age UK & Alzheimer's Society) Dance for Parkinson's (Rambert), Stroke recovery (London Hospitals) and Amputee outpatients (Queen Mary's Hospital).
Charlene Low is a choreographer and dance teacher. She specialises in delivering inclusive dance for those with learning disabilities, PMLD, the elderly (Active and those with dementia). She also teaches, children (from toddlers to teenagers). Charlene She trained at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance alongside her training in coupled with 10 years of Shoalin Kungfu. As a choreographer she delivered work for Unicorn Theatre, CandoCo, East London Dance, Entelechy Arts, Protein Dance, South Bank Centre and was also awarded Arts Council England funding for her own work.
Corinne Meredith is an experienced dance artist working with the community. She currently works as a teacher on the Royal Academy of Dance’s RADiate programme and Dance Ability at Trinity Laban. Corinne works inclusively with children and adults and on intergenerational projects. Corinne is also a Project Associate on the National Theatre’s Public Acts programme and the Creative Support Artist for the National Youth Dance Company at Sadler's Wells.
Ella Fleetwood is passionate about community dance and teaches across a wide range of settings. Ella loves to bring dance to anyone and everyone, with play at the heart of her practice. Ella trained on the CAT scheme at The Place and graduated from Laban in 2016.
Hanna Wroblewski is a choreographer and dance teacher who works across the UK and Germany. She has an extensive teaching experience having taught dance internationally for over 15 years while establishing herself as a solo performer. Her solo work has been shown at venues across the UK. Hanna is delivering public and private Yoga classes across South West London.
Yanaëlle Thiran has been teaching creative contemporary dance for DanceWest since 2017. She is a regular dance teacher at The Place.Yanaëlle is passionate about using dance to understand other disciplines. Yanaëlle has taught choreography workshops Siobhan Davies Dance Studios and abroad in Greece. In 2016-2017, she was invited as a guest lecturer at the University of Westminster.
Sam Quy is an award-winning dance artist, tutor and choreographer. A child scholar of RAD and London Contemporary, Sam began dancing professionally aged eleven in London’s West End. She graduated with MA Dance (Distinction); PGCE and Arte Flamenco Specialisation (distinction) . Sam is the flamenco dancer on Strictly Come Dancing and has performed over the past decade in productions at London’s Royal Opera House, including DVD and 3d films of Carmen. She is author of Reading Dance in the Musical, was recently awarded HAFLS Tutor of Excellence.
Gemma Parrott has taught dance in primary schools in Berkshire and Buckinghamshire. Gemma has co-developed Mums Movement with DanceWest and looks forward to using her experiences as a mother and dancer to inform the programme. ‘I strongly believe s that Dance can have a positive impact on people's lives, at every stage of life’.
Lily Detmerr trained at The London Contemporary Dance School and has over 15 years experience in teaching and dance education. She is currently a Pilates teacher with Body Control Pilates and various studios across London. As well as working with dancers, Lily specialises in pre and postnatal care and fitness.
Brian Gillespie is a choreographer, dance and theatre artist who has created commissioned works and performances for: The O2 Arena, Pavilion Dance South West, Dance Film Festival UK, FLAUNT (USA), East London Dance, Emerge, Collabo14 (Avant Garde Dance - London and Bournemouth), Barrowland Ballet, Cloud Dance Festival, ICON, Cloud Dance Sundays, Big Dance UK, Dance Woking and more. Performance credits include: Sadler's Wells, London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Summer Rites Pride in the Park, Barrowland Ballet, Avant Garde Dance, SUNS, ALIAS LDN, Geste Records, Laugh Dance, Columbia College Chicago, among others. Teaching credits include: Royal Academy of Dance, Pineapple Dance Studio, Studio 68 London, Visceral Dance Chicago, East London Dance.
Angeline Morgan-Welsh is a community dance artist with a wide range of experience including parent and toddlers, early years, school children, adults and over 60s. She has worked with dance inclusive projects and currently works for Trinity Laban’s Dance Ability team which provides creative dance classes to children with complex needs or disabilities. She has a post graduate diploma in Community Dance from Trinity Laban, and was recently accepted onto OVUTURE a national training programme under Matthew Bourne's New Adventures dance company.
Maria Yaccob is an experienced teacher in contemporary, jazz, ballet and acrobatics, and a lead artist for DanceWest on Bolder Not Older, and Dancing Books. She has taught open classes at London's Pineapple Studios for 16 years, led post-show classes for Sadlers Wells, and taught in mainstream education, from nursery up to secondary level. She has worked as a choreographer on large-scale community dance and opera productions. "Dance has brought me joy throughout my life. It is great that my work allows me to spread that joy to dancers of all ages."
Ryan Munroe trained at London Contemporary Dance School graduating in 2013. Since then Ryan has taught dance for Italia Conti, Barbican, in schools and the community. Ryan is a passionate teacher and choreographer and loves getting everyone moving.
Amy Robinson trained at Roehampton University gaining a BA Hons in Dance Studies before going on to complete an internship at TrinityLaban conservatoire. She now works as a Contemporary Dance Artist choreographing, and teaching technique and creative dance on behalf of TrinityLaban Conservetoire, Greenwich Dance, Royal Academy of Dance, East London Dance, and Chisenhale Dance Space. She has previously choreographed youth dance works for Bonnie Bird Theatre (TrinityLaban), The Painted Hall (Greenwich), Eltham Palace and The National Maritime Museum with Greenwich Dance and contributed to Big Dance (Trafalgar Square).
Kate Mummery trained at Northern School of Contemporary Dance and at The Place. Since graduating Kate has worked as a dancer, choreographer and teacher, performing with companies such as State of emergency, Tavaziva Dance, Avant Garde and Mimbre. Kate is also a qualified reps level 2 and 3 personal trainer and is certified by premier international training. Kate’s teaching and choreographic experience includes work for Rambert Dance Company, Random Dance, East London Dance, London Studio Centre, The Place, Dance City, Sadlers Wells and University of Cumbria.
Marina Guarneri was born in Rome, Marina trained at Scuola di Danza Tersicore in Ballet, Contemporary and Jazz Dance. As a dancer Marina performed internationally before relocating to London in 2010. Marina has choreographed for the opening ceremony of the Aquatics Centre during the 2012 London Olympics, Got to Dance and several award winning productions. Marina’s aim is to create a supportive environment that improve her student’s movement quality and body awareness, while working on technique and musicality.
Shaun Dillon studied contemporary dance at the University of Roehampton, graduating in 2012 with a BA Hons in Dance Studies. Shaun has established himself as an exciting new and upcoming London based choreographer, seeing his first professional work selected as part of EMERGE 2013 gaining 4* reviews respectively. Shaun has worked for Matthew Bourne's New Adventures and Re:Bourne, Flexus Dance Theatre, Third Row Dance Company, Volkosti Cossacks, and C-12 Dance Theatre. Shaun has extensive teaching experience, which has been delivered across the UK, at primary, secondary and Undergraduate levels respectively (Sadler’s Wells and LABAN).
Ria Utteridge has taught dance and performance for the past 10 years for a range of groups, primary, secondary and sixth form, adult groups, community groups, professional dancers and non-professional performance groups, for young people in secure units and for students with severe disabilities, using a range of styles - Contemporary, Street, African, Haka, Physical Theatre and Ballet. Choreographing and devising work with students and enabling students to create and explore their own choreographic skills often working towards a performance goal. As a dancer Ria graduated from London Studio Centre with a BA (hons) in Dance Theatre specialising in Contemporary dance, winning an award for best performer on the Intoto tour. Since 2007 Ria has toured Europe and the UK performing a diverse range of work.
Estela Merlos is an independent dance artist based in London. She trained at Escola de Dansa Madó and at Central School of Ballet, obtaining the Solo Seal Award and touring with Ballet Central. Estela toured both nationally and internationally with Rambert Dance Company from 2008 to 2014 and as a freelance artists she has worked with companies including New Movement Collective, AVA Dance Company and Goddard Nixon. Her own work has been presented in Spain and the UK.
Mbulelo Ndabeni is a London based dance and choreographer. After leaving London Studio Centre, Mbulelo joined Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, touring nationally and internationally with the award-winning Swan Lake for two years. In 2007, he joined Rambert Dance Company, and in his seven years there, he has performed in works by many leading choreographers including Merce Cunningham, Christopher Bruce, Javier du Frutos, Henri Oguike, Doug Varone, Paul Taylor, Itzik Galili, Siobhan Davies, Mark Baldwin, Henrietta Horn, Tim Rushton, Barak Marshall and Ashley Page.
Lisa Robbins trained at Northern School of Contemporary Dance and has a Post Graduate Diploma in Community Dance from Trinity Laban.She facilitates accessible dance with groups including babies/early years and their parents/carers, primary children, older adults, people with learning differences and people with acquired brain injuries (ABI). She is experienced at facilitating workshops to improve physical and mental wellbeing, develop movement skills, encourage creativity, increase self-confidence and enjoy movement.
Simone Sistarelli is a dancer, performer, dance teacher, musician, composer and accompanist for dance classes based in London.
Born in Italy in 1992, he dedicates his life to the Hip Hop Culture.He started studying dance when he was 10. Since then, he mastered Popping as his main Hip Hop dance technique.He also holds a BA Degree in Contemporary Dance from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London. Simone has been awarded for his contribution to the community by the Universal Hip Hop Museum.
He is now doing an MSc in Dance Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire, looking at the scientific relation between Dance and PD.
Annie-Lunnette Deakin-Foster is a passionate contemporary dance theatre choreographer, maker and movement director and is a co-founding member of award winning company, C-12 Dance Theatre. Annie-Lunnette is currently working with Clean Break on Artichokes’ Processions 2018 project, as well as working on play The Court Must Have a Queen by Ade Solanke to be presented in The Great Hall at Hampton Court Palace throughout the summer season.
Natalie Dodd graduated Rambert School in 2013 with a First Class BA Honours Degree. Through the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, she completed a Postgraduate Diploma in 2016 and went on to gain a Masters Degree with Distinction, focused on Dance for Parkinson’s.
Natalie has had the pleasure of teaching for establishments including Rambert School, Rambert (Company), Mark Bruce Company, Canada Water Studios, Musical Moving (Dance for Parkinson’s), London Studio Centre, Exeter College, The Place, Ballet Boost, Northern School of Contemporary Dance and an extensive number of children’s dance schools and adult classes around Surrey.
Kate Finegan completed her training with a BA (Hons in Dance Theatre) from Laban then worked as a freelance dancer in regional contemporary dance companies. After many years teaching contemporary technique and choreography in higher education, Kate now works in a freelance capacity specialising in contemporary dance and creative movement for all ages, as well as regular project coordinating for community dance events, including dance platforms, flashmobs and boys dance. Specialising in Dance for Health, particularly for the frail elderly, those with Dementia and Parkinson’s means Kate regularly teaches dancers from 3 years old to 96 years old.
Aaron Vickers has created, toured and worked with Jean Abreu Dance (as a dancer and rehearsal assistant), Ashley Warren, ZoieLogic Dance Theatre, Anthony Lo-Giudice, Vivien Wood, Marc Brew Company, Renaud Wiser Dance Company (RWDC), Alexander Whitley Dance Company, Phoenix Dance Theatre (where he worked with Christopher Bruce and Sharon Watson), Lynne Page, Peter Darling, Cathy Marston and James Cousins Company. Aaron has guest taught in various institutions including London Contemporary Dance School (LCDS), English National Ballet School, London Studio Centre, Urdang, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), Royal Holloway University and has taught both class and rep to companies including Scottish Ballet, Regionteater Väst (Sweden), Marc Brew Company, RWDC, Alexander Whitley Dance Company, PRODA (Norway) and James Cousins Company.
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