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 and Education Manager and Teacher

Eliza joined Elevate Dance Company in 2010, before then completing her training at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, gaining a BA(Hons) in Contemporary Dance. Following graduating in 2014, she worked in an administrative role at Chisenhale Dance Space, before joining the staff team at Springs in 2015. Alongside her office role, Eliza also loves teaching on the Springs Education programme in schools and is a Trustee for a little bit of HOPE (UK).

Hannah Delaney

Company Administrator and Teacher

Hannah is a freelance dance artist: performer, teacher and project manager. She graduated from the University of Chichester with a BA (Hons) Dance degree in 2014, and an MA Dance Performance degree in 2015. She has performed works by Jonathan Burrows, Ofra Idel, Kerry Nicholls, Rick Nodine and Abi Mortimer, nationally and internationally, and has danced for companies including Kindred Folk Dance Theatre, Hannah Pickett Dance, Dance Equation and MÓTUS since graduating. Hannah works regularly as project management assistant for BEEE Creative, and company administrator for Springs Dance Company. She also teaches in a range of community and educational settings as a freelancer, as well as for companies such as BEEE Creative, Springs Dance Company and Dance Woking; engaging people of all ages in a creative experience that they can enjoy. Her work focuses on community and people, facilitating space for learning, exploration and having fun whilst moving.

Hannah joined the teaching team for Springs in February 2020 and became Company Administrator in December 2022.

Photo credit: Taryn Muller

Valérie Hayes

Finance Officer

Valerie is a QBE Accountant with 30 years of experience working her way up through the ranks in many industries of business before making a change of sector in 2012, to exclusively work within the arts industry. She has worked alongside the Artistic Director of Beyond the Border Storytelling Festival and Acrojou, and joins Springs Dance Company as Finance Officer in 2023. Herself an artist & artisan, she enjoys the contrast to working with numbers in the traditional craft of upholstery and stained glass, and her main passion outside of work is competing in tournament backgammon.  

Emily Yong

Dancer, Teacher and Rehearsal Director

Emily trained at Rambert School and has since enjoyed dancing with Springs for seven years as well as other companies such as Casson & Friends, Hawk Dance Theatre, The Knotted Project and English National Opera. Emily is co-founder of Eek & Wild who are Artists in Residence at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital. Emily also loves teaching dance to people of all ages and abilities and has taught extensively around the UK including for English National Ballet Youth Company, Cecchetti Associates and The Natashas Project, who facilitate restorative dance workshops to survivors of human trafficking.

Daniel Cossette

Dancer and Teacher

Daniel Cossette is a classically trained mime, touring with Mimeistry International 2000-2002. He launched Ambassador Arts, premiering the shows Say it Loud! and Christmivest 2002-2009. Daniel was invited to dance with Ad Deum Dance Company, Houston TX where he danced from 2009-2013, then moved to England and joined Springs Dance Company (2013-present). Dan co-directs Infusion Physical Theatre, Cambridge UK. He has performed in prelude to Dance Houston, Alvin Ailey, Mark Morris, at Project Dance, Resolutions Dance Festival, Edinburgh Fringe and Sprung! He has taught mime, dance, and stage combat for Houston Ballet, the Alley Theatre, and Society for Performing Arts.

Ella Fleetwood

Dancer and Teacher

Ella is an independent dance artist and maker based in East London. Ella graduated from Trinity Laban with a First Class degree in 2016. Since graduating, Ella has enjoyed performing with Casson & Friends, Made by Katie Green, Luminelle, Springs Dance Company and Kimberley Harvey in collaboration with Great Ormond Street Hospital. Ella regularly performs at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital with Eek & Wild, a company she co-founded. Ella teaches in a range of community settings, with inclusivity and play at the heart of her teaching practice. Ella is a lead dance artist for The Place, Sadler’s Wells and Magpie Dance for people with learning disabilities. With her work at Magpie, Ella has led choreographic collaborations with the Royal Opera House and Arts for Disabled Association Hong Kong.

Katie Albon

Dancer, Teacher and Rehearsal Director

Katie is a performer, teacher and maker based in Birmingham. Since graduating from Trinity Laban in 2013, she has enjoyed dancing with Springs for six years and other companies such as Sonia Sabri, Highly Sprung, Autin Dance Theatre, and as a Featured Dancer in the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony choreographed by Corey Baker. Katie also enjoys rehearsal directing and was Movement Associate for The Ballad of Maria Marten, a play by Beth Flintoff. Katie teaches and facilitates dance in a range of settings and is passionate about dance being for everyone. She is an Associate Artist for integrated dance company FRONTLINEdance and is an Artist in Residence at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital with Eek & Wild, a company she co-founded.

Mithun Gill


Mithun Gill is a dance artist with training in Kathak and Contemporary.
Kathak has installed a strong sense of rhythm and musicality while contemporary has brought a range of movement dynamics allowing his body to find its own style of moving. 
Mithun’s most recent performances include ‘Creator’, a duet first premiered at Northern Connections 2022 then at The Place theatre as part of Resolutions with Chandenie Gobardhan, and ‘Sevens’, part of an ensemble currently touring nationally with Nina Rajarani’s company Srishti Dance Creations.
Mithun was also part of the Queens Jubilee pageant parade where he was a pastry chef working with circus artist and company Hikapee theatre and Nutkut .
Mithun is excited to be back working with Springs, he was involved in the R&D phase of A Time to Mourn, A Time to Dance and is very much looking forward to the final production.
Helen Le Roux


Helen trained at The Northern School of Contemporary dance and graduated in 2015. She then went on to achieve a Postgraduate Diploma, studying and performing as an apprentice with Motionhouse Dance Theatre. Since graduating Helen has enjoyed performing for a range of different companies, such as Company Chameleon, Hawk Dance Theatre, The Knotted Project, Urban Conceptz and Born and Bred Dance Theatre. Helen has also taught in a variety of different community and professional settings all around the world and loves how movement enables us to connect and tell our stories without words.

Tilly Woodward


Tilly Woodward is a Rambert trained dancer, and last year she performed with the postgraduate company, Emergence. She has worked with choreographers such as Joss Arnott, Kevin Turner, Becky Namgauds, Arielle Smith, Thick and Tight and Christopher Bruce. 
Since graduating, Tilly has performed with Combinations Dance, the GradLab project and Balbir Singh Dance Company, and she also recently performed in Resolutions Festival at The Place.
Tilly enjoys intertwining her contemporary skills within the commercial industry. She has experience in movement directing, acting, and dancing in music videos, TV shows, short films and London Fashion Week.
She loves being playful, creative, and expressive within her work, and she is really looking forward to immersing herself within Springs Dance Company.
Sarah Rabone


Originally from London, Sarah moved to Coventry in 2006 to study Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Warwick.

After gaining a BA degree she went on to complete a Higher National Diploma in dance, developing specific interests in site specific performance and physical theatre.  She is a qualified teacher for adults and young people and has taught within schools, colleges and universities. Her performance work often incorporates film, soundscape, speech, gestural movement and contact improvisation. In recent years, she has trained as an aerialist and now adds this genre to her wide repertoire.

Naomi Cook

Teacher and Artistic Consultant

Naomi is based in Belgium, working as a dancer, teacher and dance management consultant. As well as working with children, teenagers and adults in Brussels, her freelance teaching still takes her back to the UK as well as to projects such as Project Play in Northern France. Naomi trained at Central School of Ballet and during her career in the UK flitted between dancer, rehearsal director, and education specialist with companies such as Maiden Voyage Dance Company, The Royal Opera House, Artis and Springs Dance Company. Naomi was Assistant Director for Springs between 2010-2017 and is now Artistic Consultant.

Zoë Tsim


Zoë is a dancer, teacher and Pilates instructor. In 2012, she graduated from the University of Surrey with a First Class BA (Hons) in Dance and Culture. She then continued her training as part of the apprentice company Elevate 2013. Zoë’s performance work has included film, site specific and immersive installation based pieces, with a variety of companies and solo artists. She has been teaching dance since 2013 within schools and communities across the UK, from young children to adults. In 2016-2019, Zoë spent time in Islamabad, Pakistan where she established technique and creative dance classes for local children, as well as British High Commission staff and their families. Since moving back, she teaches Pilates across London and is part of the Springs Dance Company schools team.

Helen Fletcher


Helen graduated from Roehampton University in 2003 with a BA (Hons) in Dance & Biology and trained as a member of Elevate Dance Company in 2006. 

As well as her work with Springs Dance Company’s Education Programme, Helen is a freelance community dance artist and exercise practitioner with a passion for promoting holistic wellbeing through movement, particularly for older adults.  Helen currently teaches for a number of different organisations including Dance to Health, Befriended and AHS Wellbeing.  She is also a qualified Postural Stability Instructor, and teaches Psalms & Stretches®. 

Previously, Helen has been both Apprenticeship Course Leader and Finance & Governance Manager for Springs.

Ashling McCann


Originally from Bristol, Ashling trained as an apprentice with Springs Dance Company and attended Bird College before going on to graduate with a First Class Honours Degree in Contemporary Dance from Newcastle College. Since then, she has worked as an independent dance artist performing and teaching in the realms of music and dance. Her solo work 'Moving Sound', exploring the embodiment of texture in sound, was performed in both the UK and at Summer Stages in Lisbon. She was a part of Fertile Ground’s Double Bill ‘Twilight Dances’ that toured regionally and nationally and has most recently performed in Surface Area Dance Company's 'Behind the Face of a Rock, Throwing Stones' in the UK and Athens. When not dancing, Ashling can be found hitting the drums in sequinned attire with 'Spark!', a physical theatre LED drumming company, with which she has performed at events and festivals worldwide. Aside from hitting the drums, she teaches with iSingPOP, a Christian Primary School singing project that brings together church and school communities.

Rachel Yan Ting Li


Born and raised in Hong Kong, Rachel is a Freelance Dance Artist in Contemporary/Ballet, Performer, Choreographer and Teacher based in Manchester. Rachel has toured nationally with Emergence Dance Company and has graduated with Distinction for her Master’s Degree in Dance Performance and Professional Practices under the Salford International Excellence Award from the University of Salford. She is also a graduate of Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance and The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts’ Gifted Young Dancer Programme. 

As a dance artist, she has worked and performed with Walk The Plank, Hawk Dance Theatre, Ruth Jones, Joss Arnott Dance, Becky Namgauds, Kevin Edward Turner, Christopher Bruce CBE, Thick and Tight. 

A strong believer in bringing dance to everybody, Rachel is working with Ludus Dance, The Lowry (Centre For Advanced Training), Springs Dance Company and previously with One Dance UK (ODUK Dance Ambassador 2019-2021) in reaching dance to different communities and sharing the power that dance brings.

Anna Nicholls


Anna trained in Contemporary Dance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire. She facilitates movement sessions for the Royal Academy of Dance, Greenwich Dance, Moone School of Ballet and others, specialising in dance for young people with Special Educational Needs & Disabilities. Anna founded Hallomai Dance in 2022 and is currently focused on outdoor, interactive work for Early Years Children and their families. They are supported by Wandsworth Council & Trinity Laban Innovation Award.

Catherine Sleeman


Catherine graduated from Trinity Laban in 2021, having previously danced as part of Spring's apprentice company, Elevate. Since completing her training, she has worked as a dance artist with Leutwiler Tanztheatre, E33 Dance Company, and Doodle Dance. She also teaches creative workshops and dance technique across a variety of settings and is a Psalms & Stretches® instructor. 

Synaet Nin


Synaet recently graduated from Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance where she completed 3 years professional dance training. She graduated with BA (Hons) in Ballet and Contemporary Dance and her training included intense training in ballet/point work, contemporary styles (such as Graham and Cunningham), improvisation and choreography. As part of her training she also worked with well known choreographers such as Darren Ellis, Alleyne Sisters and Darshan Singh Bhuller. Synaet is originally from Cambodia. She started dancing when she was 14 and came to the UK to study in 2019.  She is currently spending time living and working in the UK to establish herself as a dancer, choreographer and teacher before she begins to look at ways of bringing these experiences back to her home country. 

Liezl de Wouters d'Oplinter


South African-born Liezl is an engineer turned dance artist. She trained at Broadway Dance Center in New York before moving to the UK and joining Elevate Dance Company in 2019. She's since danced with Infusion Physical Theatre and E33 Dance Company in London and is completing her Diploma in Choreography under mentor Rick Tjia. Now working as a dancer and choreographer, she recently founded Dew Dance in High Wycombe, to bring high-quality dance to the local community.

Photo credit: Sonia Sanchez Lopez


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:

  • Toby Beazley
  • Deborah Cruz Dunn
  • Kerry Salisbury
  • Emma Goettke
  • Angus Reger
  • Ulrike Pflanz


  • 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: 4 Cedars Close, Occold, Eye, Suffolk IP23 7PB