People

 

We have a wonderful team of office staff, dancers, teachers and trustees, who are all dedicated to and passionate about the vision of Springs.

Ruth Hughes

Artistic Director

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 DragonfliesJourney of the MagiCredoCargo and Passage.

Eliza Reger

Company Manager and Teacher

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, then returned to Springs in the role of Company Administrator in March 2015, before becoming Company Manager in February 2017. Alongside her office role, Eliza also teaches on the Springs education progamme in schools and works as a facilitator at Magpie Dance, assisting in classes for people with learning disabilities.

Johanna Osborn

Company and Elevate Administrator

After graduating from University of Surrey, in 2014, with a BA (Hons) in Dance and Culture, Johanna worked for St Saviour’s church, Guildford, where she became involved in student, youth and children’s ministry. Passionate about working with young people, she has since gained experience teaching in both Primary and Secondary Schools in Stockport and Macclesfield.  Johanna is enthusiastic about the work of Springs Dance Company, having attended workshops and our Summer Course, before joining the team as their Company Administrator in 2017. She also works as an Information Assistant at the Royal Academy of Dance and was recently employed as the Showcase Assistant for the Classes and Courses 2017 Summer Show at The Place.

Helen Sollis

Finance and Governance Manager and Teacher

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 in 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 Artis Community. She also teaches on Springs Dance Company's workshop programme. Helen is also Finance Administrator for Trinity Care & Support, and a freelance Arts Manager. 

Rebecca Bertram

Tour Booker

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. Rebecca has taught dance in schools and for the community, and worked as an Assistant at The Place Artist Development, London, as Programme Manager at essexdance, and as a Creative Agent for the Royal Opera House Creative Partnerships. Rebecca began working for Springs Dance Company in 2008.

Victoria Butler

Marketing Assistant and Teacher

Victoria completed the Pre-Professional Foundation Year at Bird College in Dance and Theatre studies in 2014 before taking a gap year. Victoria then joined Elevate Dance Company 2015-16 where she developed her teaching skills. Since then, she has joined Springs Dance Company, enjoying teaching in schools and churches as well as working in the office to market the Elevate courses. She has begun teaching her own classes in her home church, suitable for a variety of ages to encourage and build confidence, alongside studying for BEd in Primary Teaching at Hertfordshire university. 

Naomi Cook

Rehearsal Director, Dancer and Teacher

Naomi trained at L'Ecole du Ballet du Nord and Central School of Ballet and has danced with companies such as DV8, Maiden Voyage Dance Company, the Royal Opera and Springs Dance Company. Naomi joined Springs in 2007 and became Assistant Director in 2010 until 2017. Since 2012 Naomi has also worked as Rehearsal Director for Maiden Voyage Dance Company in Belfast, including with choreographers Suzannah McCreight, Dylan Quinn, Enrique Carbrera and Luke Murphy. Naomi enjoyed a fruitful year of mentoring with Louise Jeffreys, Director of Programming at the Barbican, as part of Dance UK's Dancers’ Mentoring Scheme 2012-13. Naomi teaches ballet and contemporary as a freelance artist and has in the past taught for Central School of Ballet, London Studio Centre, Laban, London Borough Councils, Artis Specialists, Help the Aged and many more. Naomi moved to Brussels in Summer 2017 and will share her time between discovering dance in Belgium and projects in the UK and elsewhere.

Emily Yong

Dancer and Teacher

Emily trained at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, where she had the opportunity to work with Christopher Bruce and Robert Cohan. After graduating in 2015 with a First Class Honours degree, Emily joined Springs Dance Company as a dancer in their Christmas tour, Journey of the Magi. Since then she has also enjoyed teaching workshops in schools and churches with the company and performing in The Magic Paintbrush. Emily has also worked with English National Opera in their production of Madam Butterfly. As well as performing, Emily enjoys teaching dance, church youth work and travelling.

Daniel Cossette

Dancer and Teacher

Daniel trained in mime at Mimeistry International and then toured with Mimeistry for three years before founding Ambassador Arts, encompassing mime, dance, storytelling, ventriloquism, and fire spinning.  He danced with Ad Deum Dance Company, Houston TX, from 2009-2013, and performed in prelude to Dance Houston, Alvin Ailey Company, Mark Morris Dance Company, performed in First Night, Project Dance London, and the Big E. He has taught for the Houston Ballet Outreach Program, the Alley Theatre, and Society for Performing Arts. He now directs Infusion Physical Theatre in Cambridge, England alongside his wife Melanie.

Steve Johnstone

Dancer and Teacher

Steve graduated from London Contemporary Dance School in 2007. As a professional dancer he has and continues to work with world-class companies such as the Royal Opera House, English National Opera and Glyndebourne. Steve has also performed in the Toyota advert Better Together and shot a promo film through the company StinkDigital. Steve is a choreographer, teacher, rehearsal director, technician and composer, and the Artistic Director of Off The Map Dance Company creating opportunities in the South West through live performances and workshops.

Katie Albon

Dancer and Teacher

Katie graduated from Laban with a First Class BA (Hons) in 2013. She then achieved a Distinction for her MA in Dance Performance at the University of Chichester, touring internationally with MAP Dance performing works by Kerry Nichols, Gary Clarke, Yael Flexer, Liz Agiss and Hagit Bar. Since relocating to Birmingham, Katie has performed works by Florence Peake, Csaba Molnar and the Birmingham Opera Company and has recently been working with Dance Equation and Autin Dance Theatre.

Hannah Rotchell

Dancer

Hannah graduated from London Contemporary Dance School in 2014. During her time there she was awarded the Charlotte Kirkpatrick Award and The Principals Award for outstanding achievement. After graduating, Hannah became a member of JV2's professional development programme. As well as dancing with Springs, Hannah has also recently worked with Stopgap Dance Company and is currently working with both Casson and Friends and Off The Map Dance Company. Previous to this, Hannah has also worked with Full House Theatre Company, Jasmin Vardimon, Mafalda Deville, Athanasia Kanelloulou and Marilena Dara. As well as performing Hannah has a huge love of teaching and choreographing, particularly in youth groups and schools. She has her own inclusive dance group based in Kent, through Stopgap's IRIS syllabus, and is excited to continue developing this area of dance in her region.

Harlan Rust

Dancer

Harlan Rust trained at the London Contemporary Dance School where he graduated in 2013. His most recent work as a performer has been with James Wilton Dance for their tour of Leviathan, and performing original Merce Cunningham repertoire at the Duchamp exhibition in the Barbican centre, re-staged by Jeannie Steele. 

 

Claire Talbot

Teacher

Claire trained at NSCD and The Place. She has extensive professional experience dancing at the Royal Opera House, 'The Snowman' West End (Sadler’s Wells), and Loop Dance Co. Choreographers worked with include Aletta Collins, Fin Walker, Joss Arnott, James Wilton, Siobhan Davis and Trisha Brown.  She has taught for Richard Alston, RAD, The Place, CADT, Birmingham Dance Network, Dancexchange, Birmingham Royal Ballet, and Kingston University. Claire worked for seven years as a dancer with Springs, and has since continued teaching for their education department. Her next adventure, The 'School Of Theatre Excellence' Birmingham, as the acting Head of Dance. As well as teaching Contemporary workshops at Elmhurst School of Ballet, Claire also has plans to start creating her own work.

Charlotte Blinkhorn

Teacher

Charlotte began her dancing in Botswana, and on returning to England continued her training at the Royal Ballet School as a Senior Associate. Charlotte then went into full time training at Central School of Ballet, touring with Ballet Central as part of her final year. Before joining Springs, Charlotte completed a Postgraduate Diploma through an apprenticeship with Phoenix Dance Theatre working with Javier De Frutos and Henrique Rodavalho. Charlotte worked as a dancer with Springs for 8 years, and has since continued teaching on Springs’ training courses and in their schools workshops.

Maggie Ho Ki Kwan

Teacher

Maggie trained at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and toured with London Contemporary's EDge. Maggie has performed, choreographed and taught with numerous companies including Candoco, Union Dance, Anhng Dance, Sinman Dance Company, Rashpal Singh Bansal, The King and I, Chinese Culture Centre and Sakoba Dance Theatre. She has worked with choreographers including Javier De Frutos, Paul Old and Athina Vahla. Maggie performed as a dancer with Springs for 7 years, and has since continued teaching on Springs’ training courses.

Leroy Dias Dos Santos

Teacher

Leroy 'FX' Dias Dos Santos has performed in Carmen Jones at The Royal Festival Hall, La Travaita and Aida conducted under The Welsh National Opera. Leroy is a former member of the street dance sensation Flawless, who were finalists on ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent in 2009. Flawless have featured in movies such as Street Dance 3D, 1 and 2, appeared on Eastenders, performed at Buckingham Palace and at The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with Kylie Minogue and also performed at the Paralympic Opening Ceremony.

Trustees


The Board of Trustees meets quarterly to provide governance and vision for Springs Dance Company, which requires the implementation of a range of skills. We are often looking for new people to join our board, so if you think that you can contribute by getting involved and serving in this way, please see our Trustee Role Description and get in touch with us.

Our current trustees are:

  • John Chamberlain
  • Toby Beazley
  • Debbie Lee-Anthony
  • Deborah Cruz Dunn
  • Kerry Salisbury

Patrons


  • Aelred Arnesen MA
  • Rev Jeremy Begbie BD, Ph.D, FRSCM
  • David Bintley CBE
  • Rev Steve Chalke MBE
  • Dr. John Drane MA Ph.D
  • Roger & Faith Forster
  • Candida Hadler AISTD
  • Pam Howard MBE
  • The Rt Rev Dr Michael Nazir-Ali
  • Robert Penman FRSA
  • Peter Spencer
  • Judith and Geoffrey Stevenson

Springs Dance Company is a Company Limited by Guarantee Registered in England & Wales, No. 6371136.  Registered Charity No. 1136487.
Registered office address: Whitehill Business Services, 3C Hopewell House, Whitehill Ind Estate, Whitehill Lane, Royal Wootton Bassett SN4 7DB