The artists of SWDT

 

 

There is no show without punch...  

Anna,  EmilyKim

 Jorge, Renee, EmmaMatt, Nicola LolaLucyGeorgia

 

 

 

 

Photo courtesy of Derwood Photography

Anna  

Born in London, Anna began training in Cecchetti Ballet at the age of 3, and later attended classes alongside dancers of the Royal and English National Ballet Companies.  Her performing career began with a London based ballet company, Chelsea Ballet, as a soloist performing roles in ‘Swan Lake’ and ‘Coppelia’.

 

In 2006, she moved to Tokyo, continuing her training at K Ballet and the Tokyo Ballet Company.  In Tokyo, she also discovered salsa and performed with a Latin troupe by the name of Sabor in Roppongi.

 

Alongside her training and performance Anna has eight years’ experience teaching ballet, which began with Starlight Theatre School in Golders Green and Chelsea Ballet School in Chelsea, where she was a former pupil.

 

On returning to England, she performed with Ballet Bristol as a founding member and soloist before forming SWDT with Laura Rowlands. Although Laura has sadly since left the company, it has been exciting to see SWDT continue to attract dancers of such brilliant, eye-catching a calibre and multi-faceted talents.

 

 

Emily

Emily began dance training at the young age of 4 joining a local Ballet School. She then attended the Annette Adams School of Dancing to study classical ballet, repertoire and modern.   

 

She met Anna and Laura through Ballet Bristol.  Taking part in The Bristol Fashion Show was her first professional performance at the age of 18. “I loved every minute of it, so when the girls asked me to take part in a number for SWDT's Gangsters & Molls, I couldn’t wait to do it all again.”  Emily has since uncovered a natural aptitude for choreography as well as performance and has also now joined Anna as co-director of the company

 

 

 

 

 
 

Kim

Titillated by the world of theatre during a theatre trip age 3, Kim’s physical training began in gymnastics. At age 11, attending Whichchurch School of Gymnastics she took part in gymnastic displays and progressed into teaching.  At 16, she completed a diploma in Performing Arts Dance before attending Middlesex University in London to study dance.

 

She performed with Kinesis, where she had opportunities to perform at venues around Bristol including the Hippodrome, The Old Vic and the Victoria rooms. She also performed in a production called Then & Now, using choreography by Doris Humphrey and Martha Graham at Arts Depot in London. “This was a big step for boosting my confidence and letting it grow from then on.”

 

Kim’s dance styles include contemporary, ballet, jazz, street dance and tap, and her time with SWDT has underlined her raw capacity for as a seductively captivating performer. 

 

 

 

Jorge

 

Jorge has over 18 years of experience. He trained professionally in contemporary dance in Cuba from the age of 11 until he was 15 years old, where he also learned technique in ballet, afro cuban, popular dance - cha cha, salsa, mambo, and son, among other disciplines. He then took a course in musical spectacular, which led to performing roles dancing on stage at the Tropicana Santiago. He also toured Cuba, Martinique and Italy with Danza Cuba and Ballet Folklorico de Camaguey. His career then took him to dance performances on the stages of Iberostar and Sol Melia hotel complexes before his move to Bristol and joining South West Dance Theatre.

 

 
 

Renee

 

Renee began dancing at 16. After discovering a passion for dance whilst studying musical theatre she began studying Dance at Filton College. She now has a degree in Choreography and Dance from the University of Winchester. She is a keen choreographer and enjoys many different styles of dance. 

 

 

 

Photo courtesy of Derwood Photography

Emma

 

Emma began her love of dance from a young age when her school introduced her to ballet at the age of 4. She enjoyed it so much that she also sought out tap classes, and later jazz at the age of 7.

 

Emma continued to train in all 3 disciplines at the dance school until the age 17. Shows with the dance company gave Emma her first taste of performing in public, which she thoroughly enjoyed.

 

Emma continued her love of dancing at the University of the West of England where she added modern and hip hop to her previous ballet, tap and jazz  training and joined South West Dance Theatre in 2014.

 

Matt

 

Matt grew up in Malaysia where he was performed in theatre productions and trained in martial arts.

 

While studying at Bristol University, he got into competitive Latin American & Ballroom dancing, from which he has a collection of trophies. He now helps coach the Latin section of the Bristol University Dancesport Team, which is consistently ranked one of the top 5 teams in the UK.

 

Over the past few years, Matt expanded his dancing to ballet, contemporary and Cuban salsa and continues to train in these styles.

Nicola

 

Nicola started dancing at the age of three at her local dance school in Milton Keynes. Whilst studying ballet, tap and jazz she had the opportunity to perform in many amateur productions, pantomimes and dance shows at local venues.

 

In 2007 she moved to Bath to study Music at Bath Spa University, where she became involved with some local youth theatre groups. She is now choreographer for Merriman Theatre group based in Midsomer Norton, and runs Merriman Dance Academy which she set up to provide younger members of the group the opportunity to further develop their dance technique. Joining South West Dance Theatre has provided an opportunity to really focus on dance and put her ballet and contemporary technique to the test.

SWDT Alumni...

Lola Elujoba, Lucy Ferrier-Jones, Georgia Smart, Corrin Martin, Rhiannon Taylor, Kate Wycherley, Laura Rowlands, Kate Williamson, Lucy Aldrich-Smith, Georgie Rennolds, Shanna Re, Jess Hall, Sophie Walters, Sarah Wright, Sarah Sigley, Katy Aldred, Fleur Hoefkens, Kate Demidova