Trained: Northern School of Contemporary Dance.
History: Jon Beney has previously worked with an array of companies, including Protein Dance Company, Dance United and dansconnect (Swindon Dance). Jon has also completed international work, including projects with the Aduna Dance Group in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) and the Larjee center (Palestine). Jon joined balletLORENT in 2009 with Blood, Sweat & Tears, and played "John" in Underneath the Floorboards.
Teaching Experience: After graduating he worked with Virtual Motion Dance Company, and set up his own company, Y Dance. He has taught extensively in the UK to a variety of people from babies and parents to young offenders and other professional dancers. He teaches and choreographs for his own company, which has been involved with schools under the Creative Partnerships initiative.
Trained: The McDonald College, Australia.
History: Gwen started working with balletLORENT for the acclaimed Strange Glitter in 2000, and has since danced in a number of balletLORENT creations, including ballet in Shriek; The Ball; La Vie des Fantasmes Erotiques et Esthetiques; la nuit intime; Angelmoth; MaEternal; Blood, Sweat & Tears; Underneath The Floorboards; Rapunzel; and The Night Ball. Gwen has also danced for David Hughes Dance in Scotland, Germany and Switzerland, in pieces choreographed by Tanja Lieke, Rafael Bonachela, Lucy Guerin and David Hughes. She has performed solo roles with Weiner Ballet Theatre, The Welsh Independent Ballet, and Les Ballets Persans.
Teaching Experience: Gwen has taught professional ballet classes in the UK as well as summer schools in Sweden. She has also delivered community dance projects and pre-show workshops for people aged between three and 70 years in the UK and Europe, as well as working as a ballet mistress and choreographer's assistant.
Trained: Electric Theatre Studios; Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD).
History: Since graduating, Gary has established himself as an award-winning choreographer, whose cutting edge work has toured both nationally and internationally. He was honoured in 2010 with The Gary Clarke Dance Award from the Department of Creative Media and Entertainment Industries. Recently, Gary has been an Associate Artist at Yorkshire Dance in Leeds. He has worked, performed and collaborated with some of the most innovative dance companies and choreographers in the UK and Europe, including The Cholmondeleys & The Featherstonehaughs; Matthew Bourne's Adventures in Motion Pictures (AMP); The Nigel Charnock Company; Maresa Von Stockert & Tilted Productions; Phoenix Dance Theatre; and Javier De Frutos. Gary joined balletLORENT in 2007, and has performed in Designer Body; Angelmoth; and Blood, Sweat & Tears.
Teaching Experience: Gary has created work for Ludus Dance Company, Phoenix Dance Theatre, NSCD and engaged with numerous education establishments, dance agencies and community groups.
Giulia Coti Zelati
Trained: LabArt Dance TCS; London Contemporary Dance School.
History: Originally from Naples, Italy, Giulia started training on a diploma course at LabArt, Naples. Through this course she had the chance to train in ballet, contemporary, modern techniques, theatre, somatic techniques, following workshops and performing internationally. Whilst training at LCDS, Giulia had the opportunity to work with a variety of different choreographers, and to perform in reknowned theaters including Lilian Baylis for I Am 8 as part of Sadler's Wells’ Questions and Dancers with the choreographer Crystal Pite; Polaris as part of See the Music, Hear the Dance; and The Place Theatre as part of Resolution! in 2014, and various other shows. She is also very interested in dance for camera, which she continues to explore with independent projects alongside performing and teaching. After graduating from LCDS in 2015, Giulia joined balletLORENT as an apprentice dancer for Snow White.
Teaching Experience: Since 2013, Giulia has taught beginners ballet and contemporary dance classes (Cunningham and Release based) for Classes and Courses at The Place, and for various workshops around London. She developed her teaching skills through her position as a teaching assistant on the CAT program at The Place.
Trained: Thornes Park College; Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD).
History: Gavin started disco dancing at his local youth club in the late 80s/early 90s. He then went on to study Performing Arts at Thornes Park College and dance at Northern School of Contemporary Dance. On graduating, Gavin received the NSCD Outstanding Performance Award, and subsequently became an apprentice dancer for Kim Brandstrup's ARC Dance Company. Since 2001, Gavin has been a dedicated member of balletLORENT, performing in an array of works including la nuit intime, Designer Body, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Underneath the Floorboards, Rapunzel, The Night Ball and Love Struck. Other performance credits include a 2003 world tour of Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake, and work with the Royal Opera House, Requardt and Rosenberg, Bock & Vincenzi, and Paramount Pictures. Gavin toured Europe, America and the Middle East, performing In Your Rooms and Uprising with Hofesh Shechter Company. He was the movement director on The Gamblers for Greyscale, and co created Bagofti with choreographer Gary Clarke, a solo inspired by the paintings and life of artist Francis Bacon. As a previous Sketch Artist at Yorkshire Dance, Gavin is currently working on a long term research and choreographic project, Mr Numb - A Symphony of Fear which was invited to be part of P-Noise Festival 2015 in Copenhagen.
Teaching Experience: Gavin has taught dance education for over 15 years and prides himself on delivering and sharing his knowledge to professional dancers, students, children and the community. He collaborates closely with balletLORENT in the creation and delivery of the company’s Young Cast programmes, working with and directing the children's scenes in balletLORENT’s fairytale productions. He has also choreographed works for further education colleges and various youth companies nationwide.
Trained: Bird College (2000 - 2003)
History: Toby was a member of Scottish Dance Theatre for 8 years, touring thoughout the UK, Europe and beyond, performing works by choreographers including Janet Smith, Liv Lorent (with LUXURIA and tenderhook), Rui Horta, Adam Benjamin, Hofesh Shechter, James Wilton, Ben Duke, Ina Christel Johannessen, Kate Weare and Rachel Lopez De La Nieta. Toby was then invited to join Norrdans in Sweden, where he danced for 3 years, touring throughout Europe and performing works by choreographers including Ohad Naharin, Marcos Morau, Thomas Noone, Anthony Missen, Yossi Berg and Oded Graf, and Fernando Melo. Toby has freelanced with Emma Martin Dance in Dublin, and with Yossi Berg and Oded Graf Dance Theatre in Israel. Toby took two pieces to Resolution! with Mathew Robinson: Some Other Future and Why wait for when, for when for what. Toby Joined balletLORENT in 2015 for Snow White.
Teaching Experience: Toby has taught workshops and classes in a variety of dance and non-dance institutions in the UK, Europe and China, to a range of ages. Toby has taught company class for Scottish Dance Theatre, Norrdans, Bgroup and professional class at the Place, Dance City and City Moves. Toby also created two pieces for dance students whilst in Sweden, at the Harnosands Folkhogskola.
Trained: BBoy training since 1998.
History: Robby is a member of Bad Taste Cru, an award winning and pioneering break-dance company who fuse break-dance with physical theatre. He has a passion for using BBoying in a different way that has inspired a particular interest in hip hop theatre to tell stories and relate experiences. This resulted in Robby collaborating with balletLORENT for the company's 2011 Scottish tour of la nuit intime, and performing in The Night Ball. He has also worked with 2 Faced Dance Company, Rui Horta and Vivien Wood. He set up his own company, Southpaw Dance Company, creating and performing indoor and outdoor work with strong thematic elements
Teaching Experience: Robby has performed, taught and choreographed around the world, including at the Royal Opera House in London, Favellas of Rio Di Janeiro, and New York. In 2010, he was commissioned for the Place Prize, producing a piece of choreography that explored conflict and the aftermath of terrorism in Northern Ireland.
Trained: Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD); The Place, London (Masters).
History: Katryn has worked with a range of established and emerging companies, including Maresa von Stockert and Tilted Co; Retina Dance Company; Frauke Requardt and Company; Virtual Motion; and LoKey Productions. She has also worked with artists who integrate technology and dance, including New York based Troika Ranch and Suba Rossa. Katryn is a founder member of The Core, who premiered Core Blimey at The Robin Howard Theatre in January 2005. She was also an Associate Artist at the NSCD alongside Gavin Coward. Katryn joined balletLORENT for la nuit intime, and has since appeared in Designer Body and MaEternal.
Teaching Experience: Alongside performing, Katryn has taught extensively throughout the UK.
Trained: Scottish School of Contemporary Dance; EDge (postgraduate company of London Contemporary Dance School).
History: John trained at the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance before becoming part of EDge, the postgraduate company of London Contemporary Dance School. During this time, he worked with a variety of choreographers including: Martin Forsberg, Ben Duke, Jorge Crecis, Mathew Robinson, Rocco Vermijs, Thomas Small, Pete Shenton and Daria Buzovkina. John has participated in a student exchange programme to study and perform at Outakompu School of Contemporary Dance in Finland, and he also undertook a student apprenticeship with Smallpetiteklein Dance Company. As a teenager, John was part of break dance youth group Booyaka Stormforce.
John engaged in a year long Dance Fellowship with balletLORENT in 2011 following a successful application to the BBC Performing Arts Fund. John made his professional debut with balletLORENT in the 2011 Scottish tour of la nuit intime. He is currently still working with the company and has dance in a number of balletLORENT productions, including Underneath the Floorboards, Rapunzel and The Night Ball. John has also worked for a range of other emerging choreographers and companies including Joan Cleville (Joan Cleville Dance), Robby Graham (Southpaw), Anthony Lo-Guidice, Rob Heaslip and Nathan Johnstone.
Teaching Experience: John has taught beginners and intermediate break-dance for children aged 6 to 17. He also has experience in teaching contemporary youth groups and leading professional contemporary classes at DanceCity. John developed his teaching skills through the Dance Fellowship programme.
Meritxell Pan Cabo
Trained: Real Conservatorio de Danza Coppelia, Vigo, Spain; Laban Centre, London.
History: Meritxell joined balletLORENT in 2004 for the production La Vie des Fantasmes Erotiques et Esthetiques and has since danced in a number of balletLORENT's creations, including The Ferryman, la nuit intime, Angelmoth, Designer Body, MaEternal, Underneath the Floorboards and Blood, Sweat & Tears. Meritxell has performed with the National Youth Dance Company and Independent Opera at Sadler's Wells. She has worked with many renowned choreographers, including Henri Oguike and Wayne McGregor.
Teaching Experience: She has taught ballet and contemporary to adults and children in both the UK and Spain. Meritxell is also a qualified pilates instructor.
Trained: Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD).
History: Debbi has worked with a variety of choreographers and directors, including: Nigel Charnock; David Massingham; Simon Birch; Emma Diamond; and Alan Lyddiard. She founded her own company, Debbi Purtill Dance, in 1995. She has been a dancer and rehearsal director with balletLORENT since 2000. She has appeared in various balletLORENT productions, including: ballet in Shriek; The Ball; La Vie des Fantasmes Erotiques et Esthetiques; The Ferryman; la nuit intime; Angelmoth; Designer Body; Rapunzel and The Night Ball.. In 2014, Debbi was appointed as balletLORENT's Associate Director. She is currently undertaking an MA in Professional Dance Practice, delivered by Dance City, in partnership with Teeside University.
Teaching Experience: Debbi is a dance technique and yoga teacher, performer and choreographer. She was previously Course Leader for the HND in Dance at Newcastle College and has been a guest teacher at NSCD for many years.
Trained: National Ballet School, Bytom, Poland; London Contemporary Dance School (LCDS); EDge, postgraduate company of LCDS.
History: Mariusz worked in Poland with the Silesian Opera, Polish Dance Theatre, and Cracow Opera. He has been working with balletLORENT since 2002. He has performed in The Ball; The Ice Ball; Tall Stories; la nuit intime; Angelmoth; MaEternal; Rapunzel; and The Night Ball. Mariusz also danced for Siobhan Davies Dance from 2004 to 2007. After receiving his postgraduate diploma in EDge, he went on to complete a Masters Degree from the University of Kent. Alongside dancing, Mariusz is a professional photographer, and his images have been used for publicity material and press for many of balletLORENT's productions.
Trained: BBoy training from 1983.
History: Davie is a freelance choreographer, dancer and teacher, and appeared in a Northern Stage production of Peter Pan in 2009. Davie is an active member of The Sage Gateshead's 'Urban Alchemy' project. He also set up his own company, Booyaka Stormface, and has been a judge at the Scottish BBoy Championships and UK University Break-Dance Championships. Davie joined balletLORENT in 2002 for the company's award winning production The Ball. He has also appeared in La Vie des Fantasmes Erotiques et Esthetiques; la nuit intime; Angelmoth; MaEternal; and The Night Ball.
Teaching Experience: Davie first started teaching break-dance and street-dance in 1987, and was an associate artist at Dance City in Newcastle.
Trained: The Urdang Academy; Laban Centre.
History: Caroline has been dancing with balletLORENT since 1996 and has appeared in most of its productions to date, from Wounds to Bleeding and Flesh where Angels Land in 1996 to more recent works The Ball; La Vie des Fantasmes Erotiques et Esthetiques; The Ferryman; la nuit intime; Angelmoth; Designer Body; MaEternal; Rapunzel; and The Night Ball. She was a founder member of Nexus Dance Company, touring extensively in a repertoire created by numerous choreographers. She has performed with Emma Diamond, Claire Russ, Dodgy Clutch and in Dance For Camera projects with Wendy Houstoun and Nigel Charnock. She has also performed in The Ring by Berlin choreographer Felix Ruckert, and performed with Northern Stage in Black Eyed Roses, Animal Farm and Peter Pan.
Teaching Experience: Caroline has taught at Newcastle College, Northumbria University, The Urdang Academy, Kendal College, The Advanced Training Programme (ATP) at Dance City, and Billy London Limited. In 2011 she worked as rehearsal director for Verve, the postgraduate company of Northern School of Contemporary Dance.
Trained: Newcastle College; Northern School of Contemporary Dance; EDge (postgraduate company of London Contemporary Dance School). Ray also holds a Masters Degree from London Contemporary Dance School, and a Masters from the Skolen for Modern Dans, in Dance Partnership Denmark.
History: Ray joined balletLORENT in 2002 for The Ball and also performed in The Ice Ball, created to celebrate New Year's Eve in 2003 in Newcastle (commissioned by Amino). Ray has appeared in la nuit intime, Angelmoth, Designer Body and Underneath The Floorboards. He has also performed for Athina Vahla, Frauke Requart, Goteborg Operan Productions, Art of Spectra Sweden, Darkin Ensemble, Jurac Korac, Carol Brown Dances, MYKA and the Royal Opera House for various productions. He is a founder member of the P-noise Collective.
Teaching Experience: Ray has choreographed for Newcastle College, Carlisle University, Barbacka Sweden and dAb Kompani Denmark.
Trained: The BRIT School, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
History: Originally from Carlisle, Adam studied at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire. Whilst training and completing his studies, he was given the chance to work with a variety of different choreographers and artists of different medias. He is also a member of the collective La Strada Fashion Circus based in London. He has a great interest in choreographing and producing his own work alongside performing. Adam joined balletLORENT as an apprentice for Rapunzel.
Trained: Rambert School.
History: Juliet has worked as a freelance dancer, teacher and choreographer. She has toured the UK with various dance companies, including David Massingham, Debbie Purtill Dance, and Emma Diamond Dance, and was a guest artist with Northern Stage in their production of Peter Pan. She has performed with balletLORENT since 2003, in Tall Stories, La Vie des Fantasmes Erotiques Aesthetiques, la nuit intime, MaEternal and The Night Ball.
Teaching Experience: Juliet has taught extensively throughout the North East, working with dancers of all ages from various backgrounds. Juliet worked as a lecturer in Choreography and Dance at Northumbria University and Newcastle College, and for Billy London Limited, training the potential dancers for Billy Elliot the Musical, London. She currently teaches the Centre for Advance Training (CAT) which is housed at DanceCity, and has also taught professional classes at DanceCity.
Akeim Toussaint Buck
Trained: Leeds City College (Park Lane); Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD).
History: Akeim is a freelance performance artist and choreographer, born in Jamaica and raised in Leeds. He has a range of skills which include beatboxing, singing, poetry and acting. He brings these skills to his choreographic and performance practice. Upon graduating in July 2014, Akeim began a collaborative company, Snakebox, with the help of fellow graduate Otis Jones. Akeim has worked with a range companies, including Balbir Singh Dance Company; Ciemulator Dance Company; Freedom Studios; Chris Goode & Company; Jamaal Burkmar Dance for Sonder; Wriggle Dance Theater; Mayers Ensemble; and Snakebox for P.L.A.Y. Akeim joined balletLORENT in 2015 as a miner and ensemble cast member for Snow White.
Teaching Experience: Akeim has taught workshops on the use of voice and movement at NSCD to first year BPA students. He has also lead chair dancing sessions with the elderly, specifically the members of Leeds Black Elders Association in Chapeltown. Akeim leads workshops in movement embodiment for people of all backgrounds. He focuses on the healing qualities of dance and the ability it has to connect people.
Trained: London Contemporary Dance School (LCDS).
History: Natalie took an apprenticeship with Scottish Dance Theatre (SDT) whilst studying for a postgraduate diploma with LCDS in 2008 - 2009. She became a full time company member with SDT from 2009 - 2013, creating and performing in works by Ina Christel Johannessen, Janet Smith, Ben Duke, Kate Weare, Ben Levy, Rachel Lopez De La Nieta, Jo Stromgren, Victor Quijada, Henri Oguike, James Wilton and Fleur Darkin. She also performed in work by Hofesh Shechter, and Liv Lorent’s works for SDT Luxuria and Tenderhook. She joined balletLorent in August 2013, where she took on the title role in the company's critically acclaimed Rapunzel.
Teaching Experience: Throughout her career Natalie has taught workshops for nursery schools, students from primary to A-Level, and professional dance students across the UK and overseas.
Trained: London Contemporary Dance School (LCDS); EDge postgraduate company of LCDS.
History: From 2003 to 2008, Philippa was part of Scottish Dance Theatre where she worked with notable choreographers including Didi Veldman, Rui Horta and Hofesh Shechter. She has also worked with Czech company Nanohach. Philippa first worked with Liv Lorent during the making of Liv's award-winning commissioned piece LUXURIA for Scottish Dance Theatre, and later tenderhook. Since joining balletLORENT in 2005, Philippa has appeared in la nuit intime; Angelmoth; Designer Body; Blood, Sweat & Tears; Underneath The Floorboards; and Rapunzel.
Teaching Experience: Since 2011, Philippa has been involved in developing balletLORENT's education programme. During this time, she has designed and conducted workshops for children under five, choreographed work for East Riding Youth Dance, Youth Dance Tynedale, Dame Allan's School, and Dance City's Centre for Advanced Training students. She has also taught professional class and delivered professional workshops. In 2011, Philippa studied on Yoga London's teacher training course.
Trained: Newcastle College.
History: Kelly joined the company in 2002, and has since appeared in many productions including The Ball, Tall Stories, La Vie des Fantasmes Erotiques et Esthetiques, la nuit intime, Angelmoth and MaEternal. In 2011, she was involved in The Jerwood Studio research and development of Rapunzel with her daughter, Lily.