Anna started ballet lessons at the age of seven and on leaving school went to the Andrew Hardie School of Dance in London. After dancing professionally for five years, she worked for a travel company.
In 2001 she was diagnosed with severe rheumatoid arthritis but also felt called to start dancing again. After being healed of the arthritis she joined the Springs Apprenticeship Scheme for three months in 2005. Since then Anna has been involved with various dance and movement projects in primary schools and has also run movement workshops for adults.
BA (Hons) English/Theology PGCE QTS
Claire graduated in 2000 from Leeds University in English and Theology, before going on to qualify as a teacher from Canterbury Christ Church University. Claire began her teaching career in St Anne’s Catholic High and was promoted in her second year to Second in Charge of Religious Education. Following a year’s sabbatical in Australian Catholic schools; Claire took up post as Head of Department in St Thomas More Catholic School.
Branching out from the classroom in 2009, Claire went onto to write educational resources for Discovery Education. Working as an Assistant Producer she edited online video, web content and produced resources in Religious Education and Citizenship. After having children Claire continued as a freelance consultant.
Claire has always loved dance and joined Springs Dance Company as Apprenticeship Scheme Coordinator in 2015.
Eliza began dancing at the Janet Hegarty School of Ballet, before moving to London to complete the Springs Apprenticeship Scheme in 2010. During her time as an Apprentice, Eliza successfully auditioned for the BA (Hons) at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance where she went on to train for 3 years. Following graduating in 2014, she worked as an Administration Assistant at Chisenhale Dance Space before returning to Springs in the role of Company Administrator and Teacher in March 2015. She also works at Magpie Dance, assisting in classes for people with learning disabilities.
Finance & Governance Officer
Helen studied dance with the Bristol School of Dance and at Roehampton University, gaining a BA in Dance Studies & Biology in 2003. After working as Interview Coordinator for Roehampton University, she continued her dance training as an apprentice with Springs Dance Company, touring with Elevate Dance Company and graduating in July 2006. Alongside her role, Helen works as a freelance community dance artist, specialising in inclusive practice and dance for older people. Teaching credits include Royal Academy of Dance's Step Into Dance Programme, All Souls Clubhouse, Courtyard Arts, Shooters Hill School of Arts, Southwest School of Ballet and Central YMCA. She also teaches on Springs Dance Company's workshop programme. Helen is also Finance Administrator for Trinity Care & Support, and a freelance Arts Manager.
Assistant Director & Dancer
BA (Hons) Professional Dance
Naomi trained at L’Ecole du Ballet du Nord, France and later at Central School of Ballet, where she received her BA (Hons) in Professional Dance Performance. Her most influential teachers included Elia Luyando, Patricia Carey, Antonia Grove, Elizabeth Old and Aurora Bosch. During her time there she choreographed and performed for Design For Dance 2003 and 2004, and toured the UK with Ballet Central 2005.
Naomi danced with DV8 Physical Theatre in 2003, working with Lloyd Newson and Gabriel Castillo, and performing The Cost of Living at the Tate Modern. In 2006 Naomi performed with Vienna Festival Ballet in their tour of Giselle, and later with Springs Dance Company in their tour of Chemin de Pâques.
Naomi performed her own work in Resolution! at The Place in 2009 and 2010, and performed for choreographers Louise Bennet & Jo Meredith (2009) and Richard Bermange (2011).
As well as her work with Springs, Naomi continues as a freelance artist and teacher.
Naomi joined Springs Dance Company in April 2007 and became Assistant Director in 2010.
Rebecca danced professionally on cruise liners and overseas, travelling to Greece, Germany, Denmark and Norway. Following on from this, she undertook a degree course in Performing Arts at North Hertfordshire University, gaining an HND, before transferring to Middlesex University to specialise in Dance Studies, where she gained a 2:1 BA Hons. Since leaving university Rebecca has worked as Assistant at The Place Artist Development, London, as Programme Manager at essexdance, undertook a range of freelance work in arts administration and taught dance in schools and for the community.
Artistic Director & Deputy Safeguarding Officer
BA (Hons) Dance Theatre, PGCE QTS
Ruth trained at Trinity Laban, and then qualified as a teacher from Brighton University. Ruth joined Springs as a dancer in 1997, and was appointed Artistic Director in 2003. She has also danced for Marina Collard and Suzannah West Dance Company. Ruth has taught extensively in schools, colleges and universities. Since becoming director for Springs Dance Company she has co-choreographed several works for the company including Waterbugs and Dragonflies, Journey of the Magi, Credo, Cargo and Passage.