Kerry Nicholls Dance: PMP 2015


Our KND Performance Mentoring Programme is now underway! KND had a meaningful and enriching start to the process with a two-week studio-intensive at English National Ballet in July and August. As we embark on the next phase of the project, we want to share the profiles of the talented artists we have been working with - we are looking forward to mentoring them over the coming months.

Krista BowlerDance and the arts have played a major role in Krista's life since childhood. Starting with nine years of musicals, pantomimes and Shakespeare plays in her home country of Malta, her passion for dance led her to train professionally in Cambridge and London obtaining a BA Hons degree in Musical Theatre and Contemporary from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Krista's love for collaboration has included choreographing and dancing for the Commonwealth Secretary General, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance and Michael Bloomberg Awards amongst others. Her dance adventures led her to Dubai where she pioneered and set up a contemporary dance school and company, Contemporary Dance Dubai (CDD), which provided professional training as well as producing events and shows across the Gulf for over six years. Her curiosity for the arts has led her to refocus her collaborations in Europe,whilst maintaining a strong connection with her work in the Gulf.  


Emma ChadwickEmma joined Ballet Basel directly after graduating from Central School of Ballet in 2007. During four years in Basel, she was lucky enough to work with choreographers such as Jiří Kylián, Ohad Naharin, Rami Be'er, Mauro Bigonzetti, Nacho Duato and Christopher Bruce, among others.
After leaving Switzerland, Emma returned to London, her home city. Whilst working as a freelance artist, she has choreographed and danced in short films for Chanel/ and Channel 4's RandomActs with RankinFilm, as well as fronting various commercial campaigns for products such as Vaseline, Special K and Domyos. In 2013 Emma joined the cast of Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake for the UK and International tour.
Having completed the incredible first stage of the KND Performance Mentoring Programme, Emma is continuing to work freelance in London and is excited about embarking upon new creative challenges. 


Dom CzapskiRaised in South Africa, Dom Czapski studied law and drama before going on to study dance in Paris and London. He has since performed in the UK and abroad. He has worked with, amongst others, Phelim McDermott / Improbable Theatre, Ben Duke, Handspring, English National Opera, Teatro Real, Jonathan Watkins and bgroup. He regularly works as rehearsal director for the Van Huynh Company in London. Dom is a founding member and co-curator of London Topophobia, and (sometimes) writes about dance at


Sonya CullingfordSonya is a London based dancer, actor and accomplished musician with an interest in a wide range of performance styles. She recently made her West End debut as 'Mole' in Will Tuckett's The Wind in the Willows, and was original cast in Punchdrunk's The Drowned Man in which she created and performed several roles over fifteen months. She will be part of Protein Dance's May Contain Food, premiering at The Place in 2016, and is excited to have been offered a role in The Lorax at The Old Vic.
Other credits include; 'Lavinia' - Titus Andronicus, 'Anybodys' - West Side Story (Will Tuckett), feature films The Danish Girl and Les Miserables (Tom Hooper) and work with Cathy Marston, Aletta Collins, Hubert Essakow, Liam Steel, Secret Cinema and English National Opera.
She is signed with Eadon James Associates. 


Giorgio De CarolisGiorgio is a dance artist, teacher and movement facilitator with an inquisitive approach for the creative process. After studying classics in Italy, he moved to the UK, furthering his education at London Contemporary Dance School and obtaining an MA in Performance with distinction. Giorgio toured nationally and internationally for numerous independent creators and established dance companies such as Henri Oguike Dance Company, Motionhouse Dance Theatre, Joli Vyann, Sean Feldman, Loris Petrillo, Annie Lok and La Petite Mort Theatre to name a few, performing in different settings.
As a facilitator Giorgio has been delivering professional classes, community classes, contact-improvisation and creative workshops all over the world for over ten years and is currently rehearsal director for the graduate company 12 Degrees North, as well as dance lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire.
Giorgio is also a Franklin Method Educator Level 1 and a trained Pilates Instructor. 


Eleesha DrennanEleesha finds meaning in life through dance. She is motivated by a desire to expand the human body's capacity for physical and emotional expression. Since graduating from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in 2004, Eleesha has performed and toured internationally in works by many choreographers including Ohad Naharin, Nigel Charnock, Christopher Bruce, Itzic Galili and Angelin Preljocaj.
After nearly a decade with National Dance Company Wales, where she became house choreographer (2011-2013), Eleesha is currently pursuing an independent career as a dance artist in London. She was awarded the Sky Academy Arts Scholarship 2014 to create Channel Rose and launch Eleesha Drennan Dance. In 2012 she received 1st prize for the performance of Whiskers at the International Solo Dance Theatre Festival Stuttgart. 


Camille GiraudeauOriginally from Oxford, Camille joined National Dance Company Wales in August 2011 as an apprentice as part of the MA programme at London Contemporary Dance School. Camille attended the Arts Educational School in Chiswick before studying at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, where she graduated in 2011 with a first class degree in dance. Camille joined National Dance Company Wales professionally in 2012 and is starting her fifth year with the company. She has worked with choreographers such as Christopher Bruce, Ohad Naharin, Angelin Prejlocaj, Stephen Petronio, Stephen Shropshire, Alexander Ekman and Johan Inger. Camille is grateful to have joined a compay that have nurtured her growth throughout the years and is privileged to be working within such a diverse company, thriving on the challenges thrown at her daily. 


Nicky HenshallNicky trained at the Royal Ballet School and upon graduation worked professionally with English National Ballet (ENB). Over the years Nicky has worked with choreographers such as Wayne McGregor, Ashley Page and Liam Scarlett. After five years at ENB, she has begun a new creative path as a freelance performer. She has been involved in various projects throughout London and a particular highlight would be assisting in a large scale FLASHMOB outside Tower Bridge. Nicky recently reformed Staffordshire Youth Ballet, a youth initiative in Stoke-On-Trent aimed at nurturing young talent in her hometown. She offers classes and workshops led by herself and other professionals. Nicky is an ambitious and creatively-driven woman, who is excited by likeminded people. She is invigorated after the two-week intensive with the KND Performance Mentoring Programme 2015 and is excited to see what the future holds. 


Ruth HowardRuth Howard grew up dancing and enjoying the sun in Jacksonville, Florida, USA. At fifteen she was invited to train full time with The Joffrey Ballet School in New York City. She studied on full scholarship for three years and was a pioneer member of Joffrey’s Touring Company in 2011. Upon being accepted into The Juilliard School she had the pleasure of performing the works of José Limón, William Forsythe, Twyla Tharp, Merce Cunningham, Larry Keigwin, and most recently Jiri Porkorny as well as choreographing her own work which received Choreographic Honours. She made her professional debut at the Joyce Theatre in October 2014 in Lar Lubovitch’s Artemis in Athens whilst still attending Juilliard. Upon graduation with her BFA in Dance, Ruth joined the Lar Lubovtich Company and performed in multiple works. She is now studying for a short time in London with Kerry Nicholls and is excited about growing artistically with a company and exploring possibilities in Europe. 


Davin KingDavin was born in Trinidad and Tobago and then raised in London. He started his dance training at the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology and completed his vocational training at London Contemporary Dance School, graduating in 2008. Since this time he has worked predominantly as a freelance artist performing with companies which include Henri Oguike Dance Company, National Dance Company Wales, BalletBoyz, Marc Brew Company, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance, Staatstheater Kassel in Germany and both The Royal Opera and English National Opera. In 2011 he travelled to New York where he researched and devised a short dance film The Subway Project. He has choreographed the duets Farewell and Garden in collaboration with Masumi Saito for the Platform Eat Your Heart Out and in 2014 he choreographed The End is Built into the Beginning for the Resolution! Festival at The Place. He is currently completing his first work of short fiction. 


Joe PerouJoe Perou is a dance artist and recently-qualified sports massage therapist, who strives to work with honesty, transparency and humour in all aspects of his life. His natural movement style has been described as "economic, but uncompromising" and "confronting". He undertook his vocational dance training at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and Central School of Ballet, and has predominantly worked in UK-based repertoire companies, most recently National Dance Company Wales from 2011 to the present day. He is versatile, engaged in his practice, and receptive to working in situations and fields he hasn't experienced, yet. @Perouvian 


Stina QuagebeurBorn in Belgium, Stina came to London at the age of eleven to study at the Royal Ballet School and the English National Ballet School (ENBS). She joined English National Ballet (ENB) in 2004 after winning numerous prizes throughout her training with her choreography. When she was seventeen she directed and produced her first show LiveDance, choreographing new works for another two productions in 2006 and 2009. Stina is currently a full-time Artist with ENB and has recently created roles in Second Breath by Russell Maliphant and Dust by Akram Khan. In 2014 she was invited to show her work Vera at the Alvin Ailey Theatre in New York by the Breaking Glass Project and was awarded a year-long artistic mentorship. She has choreographed for ENBS and ENB's Dance Journeys project at Sadler's Wells. Both her latest work A room in New York and Vera are still being performed by the company. 


Sarita PiotrowskiSarita Piotrowski is a well-established performance artist with an impressive catalogue of varying work in different disciplines of dance, for both theatre and media audiences. At the age of six she first began dancing at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, where she later obtained a degree and post-graduate Diploma. From 2001-2008 Sarita undertook extensive amounts of Global touring contracted under three leading British contemporary dance companies, including four years of performing with Henri Oguike Dance Company. After this time, she decided to diversify her performance work crossing into large-scale concerts, events and TV productions, exposing her talents to the mainstream masses. She has also assisted a number of choreographers, developed her own events company Enuki and embarked on some wide-reaching opportunities within the acting world (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre/HBO). Currently she is focusing on collaborating with an array of talented artists and developing her own solo works, whilst also seeking to explore more physical theatre productions. 


Lucy StarkeyLucy graduated with a first class honours degree from London Contemporary Dance School in 2009. As part of Verve 2010 she delivered a programme of works by David Zambrano, Laila Diallo, Luis Lara Malvacias and Michael Schumacher and was chosen recipient of Northern School of Contemporary Dance's graduation award.
Lucy's diverse career includes performances in theatres and on location. Among those she has worked with are Luca Silvestrini, Chisato Minamimura, Rosemary Lee, Gary Clarke, Eva Recacha and Richard Alston. Projects for Lucy this year included The Indian Queen for English National Opera and creation of her own solo role in Lakmé for Opera Holland Park. A member of Made by Katie Green since 2013, Lucy plays Harriet in The Imagination Museum, and tours international street arts festivals with Moxie Brawl.
DV8 Physical Theatre have selected Lucy for their Development Workshop this autumn. 


Tilly WebberTilly is a performer based in London and Bristol. She attained her BA Hons at London Contemporary Dance School and has since performed nationally and internationally with a multitude of choreographers and companies. These include Michael Clarke Dance Company, Marc Brew Company, Rosie Kay Dance Company, Alletta Collins, Lorena Randi, Dam Van Hugn, Kerry Nicholls, Dan Canham (StillHouse) and Junk Ensemble to name but a few.
As well as theatre, Tilly works in Opera, Film and Music Video thus giving her a varied career, which has enabled her to develop an open mind in the performance arena and given her the ability to be versatile in both body and mind. As a performer she is interested in a variety of performance methods and techniques, improvisation, yoga, use of voice, and to be part of topics that are current, have something to say, and a story to tell.


Jennu WrenJenni Wren is an international choreographer, dancer and educator with a passionate curiosity for the body, dance and communication. She has led Slanjayvah Danza as Artistic Director since its conception in 2004 with works being performed at The Globe Theatre, Royal Festival Hall, Circulo de Bella Artes and the Conservatorio de Danza - Sevilla, as well as other UK and European venues. Independently she has most recently choreographed for Camera 2 (Unfiltered Records) – New York (2015), The National Day Celebrations of Qatar (2014), The Rugby League World Cup (2013) and Cultural Olympiad (2012) whist continuing regular creative ventures and collaborations with a variety of independent artists across the art forms. Alongside her artistic roles, Jenni has a strong interest in dancers’ health and maintains collaborative relationships in the dance, sport and medical industries working internationally as a physical therapist, specialising in the dancer’s body. 

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