Anna trained at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance before working with the Education Team at The Place, London, Magpie Dance Company, Anjali Dance Company and teaching for many different schools and organisations across the UK as a choreographer, teacher and facilitator. In 2002 Anna joined Ludus Dance Company where she worked as both a dancer and teacher. She performed in UK and international tours of ‘Perfecting Eugene‘, ‘Trapped‘ and ‘Zygote,‘ working with choreographers Rosie Kay, Filip Van Huffel and Hanna Gillgren. She joined YDance in 2007 as Project Director for the Free to Dance project as well as a choreographer for a number of projects including Project Y where she has choregraphed 10 new works to date touring across the country.
In 2011 Anna was appointed as Artistic Director of YDance and has gone on to create and choreograph new works for the National Youth Dance Company of Scotland – ‘A Million Eyes on You‘ (2012), ‘If I Told You‘ (2014), ‘Stuck in My Throat‘ (2015), ‘Maelstrom‘ (2016) ‘Di-ver-gent‘ (2018) and ‘For Those Who Wait‘ (2019). All these pieces have toured nationally across the UK and internationally to Australia, Belgium, India, Ireland and France. She has co-choregraphed pieces across the world in Australia, Belgium and France with Filip Van Huffel, Josette Baiz, Jayden Hicks and Ruth Osbourne for international exchange projects.
Anna has been commissioned to create outdoor and indoor pieces for the cultural programmes for the 2012 Olympics, the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the 2015 World Gymnastics Championships as well as directing and programming the first ever Commonwealth Youth Dance Festival in 2014. In 2018 Anna choregraphed and directed a large scale intergenerational project, ‘Generation Dance Festival‘ in partnership with Scottish Ballet and choregraphed a collaborative production ‘Tell Us Who We Are‘ with the National Youth Choir of Scotland, National Youth Orchestras of Scotland and Scottish Youth Theatre.
Anna is a coach and mentor for the Federation of Scottish Theatre and works as a visiting assessor and sits on the qualifications design team for dance for the Scottish Qualifications Authority.
Emma Jayne Park
Emma Jayne Park works under the creative handle Cultured Mongrel as a dancer, theatre maker, collaborator and micro-activist. She asks questions and is obsessed with asking better questions. From creating dance with young dancers in rural community spaces to working as a movement director in established mid-scale theatres, her politics always underline her practice with a focus on creating healthy working spaces, questioning hierarchies, collaborative working and aspiring to positive social change. Her research focuses on bridging the gap between ideology and practice, exploring themes including identity, communication, failure, re-authorship and creative ownership.
Recently Emma has participated in both the Push and Push Plus Creative Europe Cooperation Project, attending Artists Labs focussing on Gender and Sexuality in Theatre for Young Audiences and Failure; received the BENCH Commission 2016 to develop ‘It’s Not Over Yet’, directed by Charlotte Vincent; worked as an Artist in Residence with Edinburgh International Festival at Leith Academy and is currently the driving force behind developing a regional Youth Dance Company and associated Touring Network for Dance in Dumfries and Galloway. In 2020 Emma will undertake an Associateship Pilot Scheme with Scottish Dance Theatre.
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Jessie is a full-time dancer with Scottish Dance Theatre based in Dundee, Scotland. She is currently touring work by Sharon Eyal, Emmanuel Gat, Colette Sadler and Botis Seva, and is developing ‘So Long and Slender’, her own work made in 2019 with fellow dancer Luigi Nardone. During her time with SDT she also performed work by Damian Jalet, Anton Lachky and Fleur Darkin. Jessie also teaches and dances with a wide range of professional, community and recreational dance groups.
Her dancing began in flamenco shoes at the back of her mum’s classes and continued at The Place in London with the Centre for Advanced Training and Shift Youth Dance Company. She completed her BA Hons at The London Contemporary School and the Danish National School of Performing Arts.
During her training she worked with a number of choreographers including Luca Silvetrini, Hofesh Shechter, Kerry Nichols, Lea Andeson, H2Dance and Ben Duke.
She loves watching, performing and making dance, and is passionate about the mysterious ways it deals with the unexplainable and the true, and the ways it affects and infects people. When Jessie isn’t dancing, she likes to be sitting in theatres, drawing in art galleries, running through woods, sailing the seas and reading about art.
She is extremely excited about making work with Project Y this year!
Born in France, Sandrine began her training at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Dance de Lyon. She then pursued her studies in Germany as part of the European programme D.A.N.C.E led by Forsythe, McGregor, Preljocaj and Flamand, and graduated from Palucca Hochschule Dresden with a Masters degree.
As a professional dancer she worked with various choreographers and performed around Europe and the UK for renowned companies Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz and Phoenix Dance Theatre.
Parallel to her performing career she has also developed her own choreographic work, creating independent work as well as work for companies, youth groups and music videos. She also teaches classes and workshops.
In 2017, she was a selected artist for the Mentoring Programme and the Choreographers Observership with One Dance UK.
She is now based in Leeds working as freelance dance artist and choreographer. Constantly looking for ways of deepening her practice, she is currently studying for a MA in Choreography with the Central School of Ballet.