An Online Dance Intensive. 

Connect with Christian dancersteachers, organisations and companies from across the globe. 

Opportunities to meet, dance, discuss, share, create, pray, grow, worshiphealstrengthen, and explore. 

Classes, seminars and discussions for professionals and amateurs, beginners and improvers.


Sessions

  • Dance technique and masterclasses
  • Seminars and practical workshops  
  • Creative sessions 
  • Meet the artist sessions 
  • Panel discussions
  • Thought for the day devotions/prayer 

Streams

The classes are suitable for all ages from 14+. Each class will state what level of dance experience it is suitable for:

  • Advanced: Dancers who have completed or are in professional training. 
  • Intermediate: Experienced dancers who take regular classes. You are fit and mobile.   
  • Beginners: People who have limited dance experience and those who do not undertake formal training. Various levels of mobility and fitness are expected by our teachers.  
  • Mixed Level: Suitable for all levels of experience 

How does it work?

1) Registration Fee: £15

To sign up there is an initial registration fee. This gives you unlimited access to:

  • Thought for the day devotions/prayer
  • Meet the artist sessions
  • Panel discussions

All sessions will be held on Zoom.

The registration fee is non-refundable.

2) Build your own timetable: £8 per class

You can then build your own timetable by signing up to classes one at a time. 

All sessions will be held on Zoom. 

How do I book?

Click the button below to register for the event. This will take you to a booking page where you will give some details and pay your registration fee.

You will then receive a confirmation email which will give you instructions on how to sign up for the individual classes that you would like to take part in. Class booking will be opening shortly.

Classes

Click on the titles below to find out more about some of the classes and discussions on offer:

  • Psalms & Stretches

    Mixed Level

    Ruth Carpenter and Emma Wilson

    A gentle exercise class combining movement with meditation on scripture from the Psalms. The class includes reflection on scripture and prayer, stretching and mobilising exercises, and a moving meditation sequence. The class is done on an exercise mat (ideal but not essential), with bare feet, and we start seated so having a cushion and your bible to hand will be useful. Includes a relaxation to finish.

    Accessible to all levels, participants are encouraged to listen to their bodies and do only what feels useful. A great warm-up or cool down to start or finish your day. 

  • Finding Joy and Freedom through Movement

    Mixed Level

    Heather Richmond

    A creative reconnecting to movement hour. Remembering who we are in our bodies, minds and faith whilst finding joy and freedom in movement. The session will begin with a brief introduction, an invitation into reflection, a 15 minute warm up and then guided creative improvisation.

  • Breathe in Him

    Mixed Level

    Ella Fleetwood

    ‘Let everything that has breath praise the Lord’ Psalm 150:6. 
    Join us as we delve deeply into this verse through movement. This session invites us to reflect, connect and worship through dance.
  • Lord's Prayer Movement Meditation

    Mixed Level

    Emily Yong

    In this session we will explore the words of the Lord’s Prayer through movement. With our bodies we will pray, listen, create, reflect and connect with God through the words of Jesus.

  • Time for Him

    Mixed Level

    Claire Grant

    Join us in God’s presence as we take time to meditate on his word. In this workshop we will discover the beauty of how simple postures and movement can help us to connect deeply with God as we pray and essentially take time to hang out with him. The focus not being on what shapes we make or what we look like doing them, but allowing ourselves to get lost in God’s presence as every pore of our being opens up to what he has for us in that moment...

  • Bread of Life Repertory Workshop

    Mixed Level

    Choreographer Suzannah McCreight will lead a warm-up, followed by sections of the piece Bread of Life which Springs Dance Company have toured across the UK for over ten years. Suzannah will explain some of her creative methods and thoughts behind the work.

  • Creative Dance/Dance Improvisation

    Mixed Level

    Charlotte Kueffner

    This creative class for all levels will give you freedom to express yourself through dance and give you some ideas to keep you inspired! The session will be interactive and include collaborative elements, beginning with a brief introduction followed by guided improvisation and working creatively to develop your own movement based on a specific idea or inspiration.

  • Mime for Dancers: Emotion and Character

    Mixed Level

    Daniel Cosette

    This class will look at principles of body symbolism, attitudes of emotion, and physicalising a character. Learn classical statues of emotion, sculpting of the body, and the character creation process, to enhance your performance and expression.

  • Nourishing the whole dancer

    Mixed Level

    Cynthia Newland

    Nourishing and Nurturing the Body, Soul and Spirit. Attending to the Pillars of Health from a Biblical Basis; Movement, Rest, Mindfulness, Hydration and Nutrition. Education on ways to best feed and fuel for optimal wellness, productivity and performance.

  • Contemporary Dance for 50+

    Mixed Level

    Anna Arnold

    Contemporary Dance technique class specifically designed for the over 50s. The class will concentrate on improving strength, balance and cognitive awareness. Class will include seated warm up, centre work and a short choreographed phrase.

  • Ballet for 50+

    Mixed Level

    Anna Arnold

    Ballet technique class specifically designed for those over 50, including seated warm up, barre and centre work with a short choreographed phrase. The class concentrates on improving balance, cognitive agility, musicality and expression whilst encouraging participants to dance from the heart.

  • Ballet for Absolute Beginners

    Beginner

    Anna Arnold

    Ballet technique class for absolute beginners taking us right back to basics of the key positions and simple technique of classical ballet. Class will include a warm up, barre work, centre and a short choreographed phrase to learn.

  • Beginners Contemporary

    Beginner

    Emily Yong

    Come and explore contemporary dance technique in a relaxed and positive environment. This class will be free-flowing, expansive and dynamic but also accessible and enjoyable. Good tunes will be supplied for extra fun!

  • Contemporary

    Beginner and Intermediate

    Ella Fleetwood

    This fun class is perfect for anyone who wants to explore the physicality of contemporary dance in a supportive environment. The class will focus on breath, weight and expansion to help us find flow and freedom in the body. 

  • Modern Dance Mixer

    Beginner and Intermediate

    Daniel Cossette

    This class is a fusion of modern styles; Graham, Horton, and Limon techniques. Explore the sculpting of the expressive deep shapes of Graham, the powerful lines of Horton, and release, swing, and fall of Limon.

  • Contemporary Ballet

    Beginner and Intermediate

    Rachel Riveros

    A fun class set to modern/popular music with clear descriptions and useful visual imagery for each exercise. Come and relax into your ballet class and enjoy moving whilst improving your technique!

  • Musical Theatre Jazz

    Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced

    David Birch

    Join West End performer David Birch for an hours musical theatre jazz class. Revisit the fundamentals, learn west end rep and 'dance to the music'.

  • Urban Movement

    Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced

    Daniel Seven

    Using Hiphop and Contemporary in an expressive way to communicate.

  • Ballet

    Intermediate and Advanced

    Emily Yong

    This class will improve and challenge your technique but also help you find joy, renewal and refreshment. We will move expansively and expressively within the precision and accuracy of ballet technique.

  • Graham-based Modern Technique

    Advanced

    Steve Rooks

    A modern Technique class that begins with floorwork based on the Martha Graham Technique, with standing center work and a center combination. Exercises will require a good dance foundation and a strong core.

  • Company Class with Springs Dance Company

    Advanced

    Emily Yong

    Come and join Company Dancer and Rehearsal Director Emily Yong, as she leads a technical, free-flowing, luscious and dynamic professional-level contemporary class.

  • Company Class with the Natashas Project

    Advanced

    Erena Bordon Sanchez and Harriet Parker-Beldeau

    A contemporary dance / dance theatre professional class, giving dancers an insight into the company's creative practice dance with artistic director and company dancer.

  • Modern/Contemporary Dance Masterclass

    Advanced

    Shizu Yasuda

    Modern/ Contemporary dance class to work on moving through breathing and dynamic weight shift. Find physical and spiritual freedom by dancing with natural flow of the movement.

  • Graham-based Masterclass

    Advanced

    Randall Flinn

    This advanced level class will incorporate foundational modern dance principles developed within the structures of Graham technique. Utilizing the primal elements of breath, contract-release, spirals, grounding, impulse, and theatricality, this class will serve to challenge, condition, and give fresh inspiration.

  • Limon-based Masterclass

    Advanced

    Randall Flinn

    This class is steeped in the movement stylizations of the signature style of succession, suspension, fall, and gesture, so vivid in the choreographic characteristics of Limon technique. 

  • Preventing Injury, Improving your stretching/conditioning

    Advanced

    Andrew Pilcher

    A series of practical workshops where you will explore new and innovative ways to prevent injury, reduce tightness and improve flexibility. The first workshop will be focussed on dance conditioning and principles of managing injury, then the second workshop will be looking at reducing tension and improving flexibility. Dancers can join both or one session.

  • Meet the Artist: The Natashas Project

    Talk and Q&A

    Who we are and how we use dance to communicate social justice

  • Meet the Artist: Springs Dance Company

    Talk and Q&A

    Faith in action.

  • Meet the Artist: Ad Deum Dance Company

    Talk and Q&A

    Who we are and our vision and purpose as a Christian dance company.

  • Meet the Artist: West End Has Faith

    Talk and Q&A
  • Meet the Artist: Artist's House International

    Talk and Q&A

    Lara and Andrew Pilcher

    Who we are and how we use art in mission and industry

  • Meet the Artist: CDFB and ICDF

    Talk and Q&A

    Anna Arnold

  • Christians in a Commercial World

    Discussion

    Panel: Lara Bianca Pilcher and David Birch

    This panel discussion will delve deep into the truths, challenges and blessings of being a Christian in the mainstream arts industry as well as a professional artist within the church and mission space. If you are a trained artist and need encouragement to find your place in the industry, church or mission field, this zoom session is for you. 

  • Movement Ministry in Churches

    Discussion

    Panel: Emma Wilson and Anna Arnold

  • Where is God in injury, how to approach injury for dancers

    Talk and discussion

    Hosted by Andrew Pilcher

    We will explore theology relating to healing and the place for our responsibility to look after our bodies. Practical information and discussion on health from many perspectives, wellness, diet, with practical points.

  • How to enter and navigate the professional dance world as a Christian

    Discussion

    Panel: Emily Yong, Daniel Seven, Claire Grant

  • Artistic Directors Panel

    Discussion

    Panel: Ruth Hughes, Heather Walrond, Randall Flinn, Shizu Yasuda, Dan Cossette

    A Christian voice in mainstream dance.

  • Dance as a 'Living Sacrifice'

    Talk and Discussion

    Suzannah McCreight leads a session for us reflect on what it means to offer our bodies to God. We will consider what it means to live in the body now, to offer our bodies to God as described in Romans 12:1, and rejoice as those who are accepted into the Body of Christ.

Teachers

  • Teachers

    We are excited to have a wonderful team of teachers from all over the globe joining us for this event. Click on their name above to find out more about them.

  • Andrew Pilcher

    Senior Dance and Vocal Physiotherapist

    Andrew Pilcher is a physiotherapist working extensively with dancers, singers, acrobats, musicians and other high level performers and has a passion to help them achieve their full potential. He is also a skilled Vocal physiotherapist and teaches Clinical Conditioning.
    Uniquely skilled in manual therapy or ‘hands on’ treatment, Andrew prefers this as the most effective treatment option. He has an APMA equivalent accreditation in Clinical Pilates and uses dry needling when appropriate during treatments. Andrew also has an interest in treating issues arising from hypermobility.
    Andrew worked for seven years in London at PhysioEd Medical, servicing over 30 West End productions. In addition to this he has extensive TV experience with BBC television performing shows. As well as expertise with performers in the commercial, classical and music theatre fields.
    An extensive background in Vocal Physiotherapy, has led Andrew to lecture in many of London’s top performance institutes. Currently he lectures at The University of Melbourne in the Dance department within the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), teaching anatomy and physiology.
    Andrew trained in Perth, Western Australia and has a performance background himself in music, singing and acting. He is married to a Musical Theatre performer, actress and choreographer/producer and has two young children. During his free time Andrew loves running, cycling and producing arts initiatives with his wife.

  • Anna Arnold

    National Coordinator of Christian Dance Fellowship of Britain (CDFB)

    Anna is an experienced dancer, teacher and workshop leader. After graduating from the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, Anna went on to dance for the Vienna Festival Ballet touring Europe and the UK. After a break of some 10 years she was called to dance for the Lord and joined the CDFB shortly afterwards. Anna regularly leads workshops for the CDFB and has been privileged to teach for the ICDF. She became National Coordinator in 2020. Anna is also a member of 3rd Stage Dance Company, a UK dance company which seeks to keep dancers dancing.

  • Charlotte Kueffner

    Freelance Dance Artist

    Charlotte is a freelance dance artist living and working in Germany, with a Diploma in Dance Studies (OYP) from TrinityLaban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London (2010). She has worked with Tanzendes Theater Wolfsburg, Germany, for 10 years, where she taught and performed as company member in multiple dance productions, also having the great pleasure of co-directing and choreographing for the multigenerational dance projects “Umbrüche” (2013) and “Herzensstücke”(2018). Charlotte was invited to perform in Berlin and at Project Dance Paris, and for inspiration regularly attends international intensive dance programs e.g. in Hamburg, at TrinityLaban London, The Place London, and Impulstanz Vienna. Her passion is making dance accessible to all generations, teaching community dance and dance improvisation / creative dance.
    Charlotte has also trained as Polestar Pilates instructor and in 2018 co-founded her own studio for Yoga, Pilates and Dance.

  • Claire Grant

    BPA Hons, Post Graduate Con Dance 1st, PGCE 1st Class Hons. STOTT Pilates Instructor

    Claire trained at Northern School of Contemporary Dance and the London Contemporary Dance School, where she toured with EDge06. Claire has worked for Opera North and Royal Opera House Covent Garden as a dancer, dance captain and assistant choreographer. Claire restaged the ROH’s AIDA in Valencia at the Palau De Les Art.

    Claire has also worked for Loop, Springs Dance Company, James Wilton at Sadler's Wells, and has been a dancer and dance captain in 'The Snowman', London's West End as well as appearing in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita.

    Teaching Credits include RAD Step into Dance programme, Richard Alston Dance Company, Loop Dance Company, Springs Dance Company, The Centre for Advanced Dance Training, The Place Evening School Classes, Birmingham DanceXchange, The Lowry, SOTE and Birmingham Royal Ballet’s community outreach. Claire also ran Holy Trinity Brompton's Dance ministry for a number of years.

  • Cynthia Newland

    Professor of Dance, Director of Alible3.com and Feet Speak Dance

    Cynthia A. Newland, MFA, is an artist, educator, speaker and wellness consultant. She is the founder of Alible3 – Nourishing the Body, Soul and Spirit, providing educational resources and equipping tools for holistic health. With her work in the area of wellness, she partners with the Health Made Simple community. Cynthia is the founding Director of Feet Speak Dance, created with the aim of presenting and sharing dance with a variety of audiences, inspiring souls and offering hope, joy and the love of God through the art form of dance. For three decades, she has traveled nationally and internationally as a performer and as a teacher conducting creative faith-based workshops. Cynthia is the host of “Learn to Listen”, and the visionary for other virtual conversations and meeting places for artists and creatives to gather for inspiration and celebration of faith. In her work as a professor in the university setting, she has received recognition as a recipient of the Higher Education Awards from the Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education including the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Humanities Teacher Award by the Mississippi Humanities Council. With honor, Cynthia serves on the Advisory Panel for YPAD supporting the work in advocacy for youth in dance.

  • Daniel Cossette

    Company Member at Springs Dance Company, Artistic Director of Infusion Physical Theatre

    DANIEL COSSETTE is a classically trained mime from Mimeistry International, touring with Mimeistry 2000-2002. He launched Ambassador Arts, encompassing mime, dance, storytelling, ventriloquism, and fire spinning, 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. Dan has performed in prelude to Dance Houston, Alvin Ailey, Mark Morris, and at Project Dance, Resolutions Dance Festival, and Sprung! He has taught mime, dance, and stage combat for Houston Ballet, the Alley Theatre, and Society for Performing Arts.

  • Daniel Seven

    Dance Choreographer

    Daniel Seven is a professional dance coach/choreographer, formerly the Artistic Director of the award winning Christian hip-hop dance company 'The Rebirth Network'. He has worked extensively in the commercial dance industry, with credits including BBC, X-factor, MTV and more.

  • David Birch

    West End Performer and Co-Founder of West End Has Faith

    David started performing from a young age and trained at Bodywork in Cambridge. God has blessed him with the joy of working in the industry for over 15 years, performing in West End shows such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Singing in the Rain, Groundhog Day, Matilda, Half a Sixpence, Mary Poppins, 42nd Street as well as many others. He enjoys performing very much but loves sharing his faith in Jesus even more. Alongside Katy Treharne, David Co-founded West End Has Faith and has a heart to reach the arts industry.

  • Ella Fleetwood

    Company Dancer for Springs Dance Company and Freelance Dance Artist
    Ella is a contemporary dance artist based in London. Ella trained on the CAT scheme at The Place and graduated with a First Class degree from Trinity Laban in 2016. 
     
    Ella has enjoyed performing with Springs Dance Company, Bicycle Ballet, Danielle Teale’s CID Project and in her own work through her company ella&co. She has previously received choreographic commissions from Big Ideas, GradLab Project and Newcomen Collet Foundation and her work is currently supported by Arts Council England and South East Dance. 
     
    Ella loves teaching in a range of community settings. Inclusivity, creativity and play are at the heart of her teaching practice. Ella is a lead dance artist for Sadler’s Wells, DanceWest, Springs Dance Company and Magpie Dance for adults with learning disabilities. 
  • Emily Yong

    Company Dancer at Springs Dance Company

    Emily trained at Rambert School, where she had the opportunity to work with Christopher Bruce, Robert Cohan and Darren Ellis. After graduating with a First Class Honours degree, Emily has enjoyed performing with Springs Dance Company, English National Opera, Off The Map, E33, The Knotted Project and Hawk Dance Theatre. 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.

  • Emma Wilson

    Psalms & Stretches Instructor

    Emma was previously a dancer and is now a dance film-maker and also a practitioner in dance, teaching at The University of West London. An accomplished West End performer, having trained at the Royal Ballet School and LAMDA, Emma also has years of experience running dance classes as part of church outreach and knows first-hand what an important part creative offerings can play within the church's ministry to the community around it. Emma joined the Psalms & Stretches team in 2019, having known Ruth (P&S Founder) for years and seen Psalms & Stretches develop, she felt called to use her skills and experience to help further the vision. Emma often speaks on the Psalms & Stretches training course and is passionate about connecting instructors and encouraging churches to engage with creative approaches to ministry.

  • Erena Bordon Sanchez

    Founder of The Natashas Project

    Upon graduating from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Erena founded The Natashas Project, a professional dance company combating modern slavery and human trafficking, in 2013. Alongside her work with the organisation Erena has performed for other companies and choreographers in the UK. Erena’s favourite thing is being a light in her workplace and seeing how God can use her, not just through her but through her performance also. Erena is also on the core team for organisation West End Has Faith.

  • Heather Richmond

    Artistic Director of HeatherWalrondCompany

    Heather is the Artistic Director for HeatherWalrondCompany, her own touring professional dance company based in Devon. She is the Head of Movement at Plymouth Conservatoire and is a Higher Education Fellow. She is passionate about making a difference to people's lives by helping them feel alive and empowered through dance and live music

    Heather grew up in Devon and went on to complete the apprenticeship with Springs Dance Company in 2011 with the opportunity to also train with Ad Deum Dance Company in Texas. She then went on to train at Northern School of Contemporary Dance, graduating with a First Class Honours degree in July 2014. Since graduating, Heather was invited to perform, choreograph and teach with ‘Vou Dance Company’ in Fiji for 4 months, touring around the Fiji Islands and New Zealand.
    In 2015 she then returned to Devon and over the last five years has received around £200,000 in Arts Council Funding to develop her professional work and tour around Africa, Norway and the UK theatre's and Cathedrals.

    She is 1 out of 2 winners of the Marie McCluskey Dance Makers Fund 2017-2018 at Swindon Dance and was selected for the Lisa Ullman Travel Scholarship in 2018.

  • Lara Bianca Pilcher

    Professional Performer, Dance News Journalist, Podcast Host and Founding Director of Artist's House International

    Lara Bianca Pilcher is a professional performing artist and a highly-skilled arts educator. Lara holds her Masters in Musical Theatre from Arts Educational School in London (president Andrew Lloyd Webber), RADA training and has decades of shows in Theatre, TV and Film under her belt, as a globally experienced performer.

    Lara has been the director of her own dance studio and managed 200 students and 12 staff, the leader of the Acting and Musical Theatre department at a well know college in Melbourne, Australia and one of the founding producers of Project Dance in London and Sydney. Lara has developed the 'dance as worship' course and taught dancers how to be free all around the world. Lara is part of the key leadership within the mission organisation, Creative Arts Europe and founded Artist's House International and its podcast that captures believer artist's stories to inspire a generation. Lara is also the News Journalist for Dance Informa Magazine in both the USA and Australia, the host of the Vic Dance Podcast and a regular red carpet guest as she captures interviews with the arts industries elite performers and stars.

    Lara is a gifted and inspiring voice in the arts industry with a gift of encouragement.

  • Rachel Riveros

    Rachel Riveros danced with Manchester City Ballet Company before relocating to London to explore contemporary forms of dance. She founded E33 Dance company in 2011 focusing on fusing Contemporary Ballet with Capoeira. Her company have performed at The Place, Ballet Rambert and between 2016-18 she created her first film which has shown at The Turbine Theatre, Battersea Power station, Wandsworth Fringe festival and further afield in Finland and Switzerland. Rachel is also a regular guest teacher at Theatre Avatar, Poland. When Rachel’s not dancing she is passionate about mentoring young people and loves teaching the Shine program to young women across London. In 2020 E33 Dance Company launched a brand new children’s company to work alongside the already established professional and youth companies. 

  • Randall Flinn

    Artistic Director of Ad Deum Dance Company

    Randall Flinn is the Founder/Artistic Director of Ad Deum Dance Company, the premiere professional Christian modern/contemporary in the USA. Mr.. Flinn has traveled globally as a master dance educator and choreographer. His choreography has been commissioned by dance companies in many nations. He has conducted master classes for Hong Kong Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, Houston Ballet Academy, Ballet Magnificat, Project Dance London, Sydney and Paris, Springs Dance UK, and for Cirque Du Soleil. 

    Mr. Flinn believes that dance can inspire and transform people, communities and nations. It is with this mission and belief that he has traveled for many years as a visionary, pioneer and ambassador of dance to many nations.

  • Robyn Peters

    Psalms & Stretches Instructor

    Robyn is an accomplished dancer and dance teacher who founded So Sacred; a Christian dance company, based in Bournemouth. She joined the Psalms & Stretches team as a way of expanding her offering to her community and continuing to use her gifts to bring glory to God. As Psalms & Stretches is a gentle exercises-based stretch class, it complements her dance work and can appeal to a wide range of people. Robyn runs several dance classes in the area of Dorset, is an active member of her church, Destiny Life Church, and is also currently studying Physiotherapy at Southampton University. Robyn is passionate about worship through movement and helping others take care of their wellbeing.

  • Ruth Carpenter

    Founder of Psalms & Stretches

    Ruth founded Psalms & Stretches in 2016 as a way of combining her desire to worship in a creative way with her skills and experience in both dance and the fitness industry. Ruth trained at Laban (BA Hons) and The Northern School of Contemporary Dance and then later as a fitness instructor, specialising in Pilates, which she has been teaching for over 10 years. Having developed Psalms & Stretches over several years, teaching at her local church and for Christian events, Ruth now trains other instructors in this unique class, equipping them with resources and class plans to take Psalms & Stretches into their own communities. Ruth has also written for Premiers Woman Alive magazine.

  • Ruth Hughes

    Artistic Director of Springs Dance Company

    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.

  • Sara Hunter

    Psalms & Stretches Instructor

    Sara joined the Psalms & Stretches team after having been inspired by the potential of this powerful ministry. Sara is a licensed Lay Minister at St John's Church, Hoxton in London but before that she originally trained as a dancer and musical theatre performer, spending many years singing, dancing and acting as well as teaching and doing choreography for many different projects.  Through the vehicle of Psalms & Stretches she brings her movement skills into her ministry work; Sara is all about combining her skills with her passion for outreach! She is also Community Organiser, who is passionate about fighting injustice and making positive change in people’s lives and she is a musician and Choir Director for “Sing for a Change” which uses the power of music to make a difference in the world.

  • Shizu Yasuda

    Artistic Director of Ad Deum ll Dance Company

    Ms. Yasuda joined Ad Deum Dance Company in 2004. After she served as the longest principal dancer with that company, she was appointed to the position of Artistic Director of Ad Deum II in 2015. Since then, her choreographic work has been featured not only at Christian dance events but also at Houston dance community’s events including “Houston Choreographer X6” 2019. As a dance educator, she has been serving as a modern/contemporary dance instructor at Houston Dance Community including Houston Ballet Academy Summer Dance Intensive. She also received American Ballet Theatre Affiliate Teacher Award 2018-2020.

  • Steve Rooks

    Former Principal Dancer - Martha Graham Dance Company, and Professor of Dance and Resident Choreographer at Vassar College

    STEVE ROOKS began his dance training in Washington, D.C. He continued his training in New York City as a scholarship student at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. Mr. Rooks danced and toured with the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble, and the Martha Graham Dance Company, where he performed for over a decade and achieved the rank of Principal Dancer.
    Mr. Rooks has created a number of dances including “Cool River” that premiered at Lincoln center in 1996, and later became a part of the Graham Company repertoire. He was a 2004 winner of the National Choreographic Competition at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and created two solos for the 2004 Youth American Grand Prix Ballet competition. Mr. Rooks is currently Professor of Dance and Resident Choreographer at Vassar College, and has been a guest teacher with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The Martha Graham Dance Company, the American Academy of Ballet, Ballet Nacional de Mexico, the North Carolina School of the Arts, and the International Summer School in Sydney, Australia. He has been awarded Vassar Research grants to travel to Riga, Latvia, Lusaka, Zambia, and in 2014 to Turku, Finland, where he choreographed “Plate Tectonics” on 24 dancers. As part of the Masterworks Festival, Mr. Rooks was commissioned to create ballets for a number of contemporary composers including Clarice Assad, Piet Swerts and David Skidmore – all to live orchestra.

  • Suzannah McCreight

    Freelance Choreographer and Contemporary dance tutor

    Suzannah grew up in Cornwall before training at TrinityLaban on the BA and MA courses. She has danced in companies such as Transitions, Scottish Dance Theatre and Maiden Voyage, lectured at TrinityLaban and University of Ulster and worked as BareBones’ rehearsal director. Now based in Belfast, choreographic commissions have included pieces for Maiden Voyage, Open Arts, BBC/Imagine Media, and De Stilte in Holland. For Springs Dance Company, Suzannah created 'The Wemmick Story', 'Bread of Life', and 'Inside Out’. Recently Suzannah completed the Cornhill Bible Course. She hopes to continue work on a solo and researching the topic of 'joy'.

Organisations

  • Artist's House International

    Artist's House International works internationally in creative missions, seeking to help transform lives through the tool of creativity as well as producing arts events and forming a global community. Andrew and Lara Pilcher Founded Artists House International in 2009 in London. Its purpose is two-fold; 1) Transforming lives through the tool of creativity. 2) To give career creatives a purpose alongside their own careers and a way to use their incredible gifts to bring LIFE to young people in Europe and beyond. AHI has a fortnightly Podcast. This Podcast is for believer artists in all seasons, seeking to be inspired by the stories of other career creatives. Hosted by Actress-Singer-Dancer, Lara Bianca Pilcher & Performers Physiotherapist, Andrew Pilcher. More information is available here: https://www.artistshouseinternational.com/

  • Ad Deum Dance Company

    Ad Deum Dance Company is the premiere professional modern/contemporary dance company in the USA. Established in 1984 by founder and Artistic Director, Randall Flinn, Ad Deum has become an internationally recognized company in both the Christian and mainstream arts community. Dancers have entered the company from many nations, building a global arts community and network.

    https://www.addeumdance.org/

  • Ad Deum II

    Ad Deum II or ADII is the professional second company of the Ad Deum dance community. Ad Deum II is a repertory company and fully embraces the virtues and vibrancy of Christian faith, prayer, worship, Bible study and Christlike serving and care.

    https://www.addeumdance.org/about/ad2/

  • Christian Dance Fellowship of Britain

    The CDFB is a network that connects dance enthusiasts who share the Christian faith. We aim to be a place of connection and meeting for people with a Christian faith who are seeking to explore, understand and develop their relationship between dance and faith. The CDFB is part of ICDF (International Christian Dance Fellowship).

    https://www.cdfb.org.uk/

    https://icdf.com/

  • E33 Dance Company

    E33 Dance Company founded in 2011 is a professional dance company that also has a children's and youth dance company component. Our heart is to bring the good news of the gospel to those who may never set foot in a church. We work predominantly in contemporary ballet with influences from capoeira and other modern dance styles. We have performed at 'Resolution' Dance Festival, Ballet Rambert, Battersea Power Station and we created our first short dance film 'Pursue Me' in 2018. To see this work please visit  https://www.wandsworthfringe.com/whats-on-2020/pursue-me-dance-film-1  where you can also enjoy 'The Peace Project' featuring our teenagers and youths, along with our professionals, dancing from their homes and gardens to bring hope to those affected physically and emotionally by Covid19.

  • HeatherWalrond Company

    An international award- winning touring professional dance company based in Devon. The company's mission is to celebrate life, uplift people, connect communities and transform individuals by creating uplifting, empowering dance work that excites, encourages and gives hope to audiences and participants. The Company took off the ground in May 2015 with continued support from Arts Council England and since then have toured all over the world. We have created work for orphanages, churches, schools, theatres, festivals, cathedrals and outdoor environments. We are passionate about connecting with communities who don’t usually engage with the arts.

    https://heatherwalrondcompany.com/

  • Infusion Physical Theatre

    Infusion Physical Theatre combines contemporary dance, non-traditional partnering, mime, puppetry and circus with soulful touches of humor, longing, tragedy, and the human spirit in bodily form. Founded in 2013 by Cambridge-based artists Daniel and Melanie Cossette, Infusion has performed site-specific work for the National Trust’s Winter Lights, performed in Project Dance London and Paris, in Resolution! Dance Festival (London), Sprung (Queens College, Cambridge), launched an innovative new dance café, as well as teaching regularly both locally and abroad. With a Christian ethos Infusion seeks to engage audiences in physical discussions of life, social justice and faith through the body and movement.

    https://infusionphysicaltheatre.net/

  • Psalms & Stretches

    Psalms & Stretches is a place where wellbeing meets worship. A gentle exercise class combining movement with meditation on scripture from the Psalms. Developed by dancer and Pilates instructor, Ruth Carpenter, this accessible programme is now taught by a growing number of instructors, using their gifts and talents in movement to serve God and their communities.

    https://www.psalmsandstretches.com/

  • Springs Dance Company

    Springs Dance Company is a vibrant contemporary dance organisation bringing creative and engaging dance to a diverse range of venues and communities. Founded over 40 years ago, we are one of the longest-established dance companies in the UK.

    We are a unique company working with theatres, schools and church communities.  We create, we perform, we teach and we discuss.

    We are committed to making excellent dance that is relevant and life enhancing for everyone. Our work has a voice, telling inspiring and challenging stories through dance and theatre. We nurture and connect people and communities, and we encourage those of all ages to enjoy dance.

    https://springsdancecompany.org.uk/

  • The Natashas Project

    The Natashas Project was founded in 2013. It is a professional dance company combating modern slavery and human trafficking.Today they perform to audiences across the country raising awareness, deliver workshops in schools and also deliver restorative workshops to survivors themselves.

    https://www.thenatashasproject.co.uk/

  • The Rebirth Network

    The Rebirth Network is an award-winning urban dance company based in London UK, bringing both entertaining and soul-captivating concepts to the world’s stage. 

    A culturally diverse, multifaceted company, Rebirth fuses hip hop, contemporary, mime and dance theatre like no other.

    https://www.acts29.org.uk/rebirth-network/

  • West End Has Faith

    By sharing Jesus and nurturing a Christian community, West End Has Faith seeks to support industry professionals within Theatre, Music and Dance. 

    https://www.facebook.com/WestEndHasFaith/

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Springs Dance Company is a Company Limited by Guarantee Registered in England & Wales, No. 6371136.  Registered Charity No. 1136487.
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