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EVERYBODY DANCE aims to inspire, explore and create great dance experiences with disabled and non-disabled people of all ages in unexpected spaces


Who we are




Lead Artist - Rachel Freeman

 

Rachel Freeman
    

Rachel originally trained as a nurse but soon realised that she was more interested in health than ill-health, so she left the NHS to pursue her passion for dance, marrying it with her experiences of different bodies and physicality.
Having worked as a dance artist with a number of community arts organisations in the UK and New Zealand she settled in mid- Wales and took a break from the profession to raise her two children. Whilst working with Shropshire Dance, Rachel developed Blue Eyed Soul Dance Company, which with her leadership as Artistic Director over an 18 year period developed into a champion of inclusive dance with an internationally successful programme of education, training and performance work.
Rachel has joined EVERYBODY DANCE as Lead Artist with a view to further developing her dance practice as an integral part of her life in rural Herefordshire, with her family and her passion for gardening, making things and being outdoors.



Trustee - Richard Hayhow

 

Richard Hayhow
    

Richard has had a long career as a theatre practitioner within participatory and community theatre. He has spent many years promoting the creativity of people with learning disabilities through the development of a unique approach to theatre-making. In 1997 Richard set up The Shysters Theatre Company: by 1999 the company had gained a national reputation for the ground-breaking quality of its performance work.
As Director of Open Theatre Company, Richard is now responsible for disseminating the Shyster methodology as widely as possible, particularly in regional special schools where he is using it to have a significant impact on children’s learning and development and to influence teaching practice across the curriculum.



Trustee - Tom Mence

 

Tom Mence
    

Having lived, studied and worked in various parts of the country, predominately Southampton, London and Bath, Tom has spent the majority of his upbringing and work life in Worcestershire and Herefordshire, and now lives in the centre of Whitbourne, where Everybody Dance is based.

A keen artist he has just completed a Masters in Fine Art (with distinction), and is currently preparing to start his PhD research studies in which he hopes to question and analyse the notion of a ‘Universal Visual Experience’.

Seventeen years ago he was diagnosed with Cervical Dystonia, a neurological disorder characterized by involuntary muscle contractions, and is keen to support and champion the ethos behind EVERYBODY DANCE.


 


Trustee - Marie Oldaker

 

Marie Oldaker, Trustee
    

Marie is a freelance choreographer, creative practitioner and arts project coordinator with over twenty three years’ experience working in community and education contexts. Her most recent formal qualification is an M.A. (distinction) in Choreography from Dartington College of Arts, 2009. Prior to this she trained at Laban (Trinity-Laban dance conservatoire) London, receiving a post-graduate professional diploma in community dance studies (1994). A Bachelor of Education Degree in Fine Art, 1992, has enabled a varied career combining her artistic interests to facilitate creative projects and performance.  

Marie’s artistic focus is predominantly with performance in outdoor spaces and unusual settings, working with local communities and their histories, across generations, inclusively and to promote health, well-being and interest in a sustainable way of life. She hopes these experiences will support the development of EVERYBODY DANCE.

 




Trustee - Tiggy Tonks

Tiggy Tonks

 

After 15 years as a public relations consultant in central London and the Home Counties, Tiggy’s growing interest in health and fitness led to the realisation that a desk-bound life was not for her. She retrained as a personal trainer and sports massage therapist. After relocating to Gabon in central Africa for four years, she returned to the UK to settle in Whitbourne and established Mbolo Life Style Ltd. providing personal training and sports massage. She’s also on the village fete committee and volunteers at the village community shop and with the Longlands Riding for the Disabled group. Tiggy has always admired the work that EVERYBODY DANCE produces and as a trustee hopes to provide useful support for its continued success.

 



OUR MAN IN THE MOONE


Artist - Jessica Abouzied

Lovely Bugs dancer Coral

After finishing her psychology degree at university, Jess quickly realised that her love of performing and being upside down was a perfect match for circus. She enrolled at Greentop Circus School and has been unstoppable ever since.

Now an artist and tutor, Jess specialises in aerial acrobatics across multiple apparatus such as silks and hoop. From glamorous corporate events to comedy characters, she performs all over the country but is rarely found with two feet on the ground. She has taught hundreds of students at multiple studios and schools for over 5 years, from recreational and social circus users to high level aspiring professionals.


Artist - Coral Dawson

Lovely Bugs dancer Coral
 

Coral is a freelance circus artist and physical performer who specialises in corde lisse and aerial harness. She has a BA in contemporary circus and physical theatre from Circomedia and also trained as an actor at The Drama Centre London.

Further to her love of the arts, Coral is also a climber and mountaineer. When not performing or teaching Coral spends her time travelling from one rock to another. Her climbing has influenced her interest in rigging and ropes but also takes her to many beautiful places.

Coral has worked for companies and practitioners such as Mimbre, Kate Higginbottom and Gisele Edwards, Cirque Bijou, Citrus Arts and Full Tilt Aerial theatre, and performed at many festivals and events in the UK and New Zealand. 



Artist - Tilly Lee-Kronick

Lovely Bugs dancer Coral

Growing up in London, Tilly spent her childhood singing, dancing and performing. She completed her degree at Circomedia, specialising in static trapeze and physical theatre. While at Circomedia Tilly strove to integrate her previous experience with her new-found love of trapeze to create unique and exciting aerial work.

Since graduating she has worked for Cirque Bijou, danced in The Landings, a site-specific work by Stacked Wonky Dance Theatre, performed with Full Tilt Aerial Dance and Extraordinary Bodies. She also played the Little Mermaid in Metta Theatre’s Little Mermaid- The Circus Sensation. As well as performing Tilly teaches aerial and has worked as a play worker for children with additional needs.

Tilly has been developing and performing her one-woman circus theatre show Ripe. She was selected as a Roundhouse Resident for circus artist 2018 and 2019, and is now an associate artist for Deda in Derby.

Tilly is co-artistic director of emerging aerial dance company AneMoia Circus with fellow Everybody Dance Artist Coral Dawson.




 

Project Assistant - Rebecca Farkas

Project Support Rebecca Farkas

Rebecca Farkas grew up in the circus and was, at different times, a performer, box office manager and press assistant for a number of touring circuses in the UK and Europe, including Circus Roncalli in Germany and British tours of the Chinese State Circus and the Moscow State Circus. She ’s had many adventures on the circus and enjoyed having a go at aerial work when she was growing up. She has worked with many clowns over the years, so she can handle most things!

Rebecca works for arts organisations in marketing, public engagement and project management. She has a passion for helping to bring the arts to rural counties in the West Midlands, particularly her adopted home county of Herefordshire. Rebecca is also an artist, transforming spaces using photography and video projections. She graduated with a BA (Hons) Fine Art from Hereford College of Arts, as a mature student, in 2010.





DANCERS FROM PREVIOUS PROJECTS


Artist - Jess Allen

 

Jess Allen
    

Jess is a dancer, walking artist and (reluctant) academic with a yurt, a horse and a dog. She is currently doing a second PhD at the University of Manchester in walking as an eco-activist arts practice. Originally a biologist, she gained her first PhD from Aberystwyth before re-training in dance. She has specific interests in somatics, improvisation and aerial work, and the possibilities that these present for integrated performance. She is also excited by opportunities for collaborative and participatory projects working across performance disciplines in unusual spaces and outdoor settings - which has included flying under the M32 flyover in Bristol. She has worked as landscape officer for local government, dance lecturer, community arts facilitator (AHRC Multi-Story Water) and as a dancer and aerial performer for Blue Eyed Soul Dance Company, Movement Collective, Invisible Circus and Full Tilt Aerial Theatre. 



Artist - Eleni Edipidi

 

Lovely Bugs dancer Eleni Edipidi
    

Originally from Greece, Eleni trained at Laban and gained an MA in European Dance Theatre Practice (2005), has a BA in Dance and Live Art Practices (2004, Manchester Metropolitan University), A Foundation in Visual Art (2001, University of the West of England) and a Foundation in Circus Arts (2014, Aircraft Circus).

Eleni is a freelance performer, teacher and choreographer. She has collaborated and performed internationally with choreographers such as Tmesis Theatre (UK), Company Victoria (Belgium), Interkunst (Germany), Marie-Gabrielle Rotie (UK), Blue Eyed Soul Dance Company (UK), Protein Dance (UK), Retina Dance (Belgium) and has performed for the Olympic and Paralympics Ceremonies in Athens 2004 and London 2012 amongst others.

Eleni is the Co - Artistic director for Levantes Dance Theatre which is recognisable for its quirky visual style of work. Levantes is a recipient for the Children For Choreography Award 2013, The Samuel Becket Theatre Trust Award 2009, The Marion North Mentoring Scheme 2009 and has received support from the Arts Council England among others.

Eleni has been teaching and devising work internationally for all ages and abilities since 2008.




Artist - Francesca 'Chez' Dunford

 

Lovely Bugs dancer Francesca Dunford
    

Francesca 'Chez' Dunford is a movement artist. She has a background in performance and community engagement, collaborating with national and international projects.  She is also a trained Yoga teacher and Massage Therapist and combines the understanding of the body through performance work with her hands-on healing work.

As a body-based practitioner Chez has extensive experience in movement, physical theatre, music and singing.  She is curious about how as physical beings we have the capacity to experience our emotional body and our energy body through human connection.   

She works with social circus projects Performers Without Borders and The Invisible Youth, Street Theatre specialists Pif-Paf Theatre, and fooling collective Beyond the Ridiculous.  She is a physical body, a clown, a fool, an improviser, a teacher, a lover of life, a singer, a tree climber, a cyclist, a gluten-free biscuit lover, a theatre maker, a circus performer, she loves the connections we find in non-verbal communication and is super excited to be working with EVERYBODY DANCE!





PR - Dave Provis

 

Dave Provis
    

Devoted husband/supporter of the Lead Artist, Dave is mainly responsible for pulling ethereal strands together but has been known to lift a box or two. Leaving teaching gave him a lot of time - much of which is now happily filled helping to develop EVERYBODY DANCE and dissuading the Lead Artist from working 20-hour days.






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