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 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).

Becky Gill

Finance Manager

Becky studied Maths & Business Studies at Warwick University before training as a Chartered Accountant. Whilst studying she prepared accounts and audited many charities and small companies. After qualifying she worked for a global engineering company as part of their finance team. Becky took a career break to care for her three children but, once they were older, was keen to find a place where her finance skills could be put to good use. The opportunity to work for Springs as their financial administrator was ideal! Whilst not a dancer, Becky is enthusiastic about the work that Springs does, and delighted that she can play a supporting role. Becky is also an active member of her local church, serving as a Bible study leader and as part of the music team.

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.

Emily Yong

Dancer, Teacher and Rehearsal Director

Emily trained at Rambert School and graduated with a First Class Honours degree. Since graduating, Emily has enjoyed performing with Springs Dance Company, Casson & Friends, Hawk Dance Theatre, English National Opera and E33. Emily is co-founder of Eek & Wild who are Artists in Residence at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital. Emily also has a passion for teaching dance to people of all ages and abilities and has taught extensively around the UK. It brings Emily joy when dance brings communities together.

Katie Albon

Dancer, Teacher and Rehearsal Director

Katie is a dance artist based in Birmingham and has been dancing with Springs since 2016. She has had the pleasure of performing with companies such as Sonia Sabri Company, Autin Dance Theatre and Highly Sprung. Katie also enjoys rehearsal directing and was recently Movement Associate for ‘The Ballad of Maria Marten’, a play by Beth Flintoff. Katie also teaches and facilitates dance in a range of settings and is passionate about dance being for everyone. She is an Associate Artist for FRONTLINEdance and is currently enjoying performing on the children’s wards at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital with Eek & Wild, a company she co-founded in 2021.

Mithun Gill

Dancer

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.
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.

Ella Fleetwood

Dancer and Teacher

Ella is a contemporary dance artist based in London. She trained on the CAT scheme at The Place and graduated from Laban in 2016. She teaches in a range of community settings, with accessibility and play at the heart of her teaching practice. Ella creates bold dance work for theatres, outdoor spaces and galleries. She creates her own choreographic work through her company, ella&co., connecting people through her socially engaged choreographic practice. She has performed for a range of companies and contexts, including the Victoria and Albert museum, Lakes Alive Festival and Southbank Centre. Her work has been supported by Arts Council England, Big Ideas and The Point. 

Tilly Woodward

Dancer

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.
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

Teacher

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

Teacher

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.

Helen Le Roux

Teacher

Helen trained at The Northern School of Contemporary Dance and graduated with a First Class Honours degree in 2015. She then went on to achieve a Distinction for her 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.

Sarah Rabone

Teacher

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.

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:

  • Toby Beazley
  • Deborah Cruz Dunn
  • Kerry Salisbury
  • Emma Goettke

Patrons


  • 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