Diarmaid trained at Central School of Ballet, London. While at Central he choreographed for Design for Dance at the Cochrane Theatre and performed at St. Paul’s Cathedral in a work by Shobana Jeyasingh. In his final year, Diarmaid was part of the Ballet Central tour, performing new works by Mikaela Polley and Matthew Hart.
Since graduation Diarmaid has worked with Ballet Theatre UK (Nutcracker tour), The National Ballet of Ireland (Romeo and Juliet; Scheherazade; Nutcracker; Carmen), Ballet in Small Spaces (Inside Out and Commedia), Javier de Frutos’ The Most Incredible Thing at Sadlers Wells Theatre, with Hubert Essakow for English National Ballet’s Big Dance and The Royal Opera (Gloriana, Turandot). Outside the theatre he has danced in the films Becoming Jane (2006) and Bel Ami (2012).
Diarmaid was a teacher at Bird College, Sylvia Young Theatre School and Trinity Laban CAT before he returned to Ireland to continue working with National Ballet of Ireland. He also regularly contributes to Dance Europe and writes a blog called Dance Dialogue. He holds a BA in Professional Dance and Performance and a BSc in Genetics from University College Cork (Ireland).
Katherine Hollinson – Ballet and Creative Workshop
Katherine trained at Central School of Ballet (CSB), London and graduated in 2006, following a year touring the UK as part of Ballet Central. Since graduating she has performed both nationally and internationally and has worked with choreographers including Simone Forti, Lance Gries and Balbir Singh. Katherine has choreographed for several projects including the Philip Lawrence Awards, Design for Dance in collaboration with Central St Martins, and for CSB. Katherine studied Kathak Dance with Balbir Singh for 3 years and has delivered South Asian dance, Contemporary, Ballet and creative movement extensively across England. After receiving the 2009 Eric Simm Award, Katherine spent two months training and performing, at venues including the Baryshnikov Arts Centre and outdoor locations in New York. Following from her time in New York, Katherine then became part of the Northwest Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) faculty and continued to work with Creative Partnerships. Katherine now teaches on the Laban CAT program, continues to freelance as a dancer and has recently created a duet Fantasy which explores voyeurism and human curiosity.
Will Aitchison – Contemporary
Will trained at London Contemporary Dance School where he gained BA Hons in Contemporary Dance. He then went on to become a member of Transitions Dance Company at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance; a programme that brings together the worlds most exciting choreographers and exceptional young dancers which toured the UK, Japan and Singapore. After Transitions Will performed in Matthew Bournes ‘Swan Lake’ completing two International Tours, a UK tour and a Sadler’s Wells season. Will has taught at graduate and undergraduate level as well as many youth and community projects and more recently at Arts Educational Schools, London. He is currently the lead teacher on the Centre for Advanced Training at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Will is still performing and choreographing professionally and recently co-founded his own company called Anecdotal Evidence.
Lucy Evans – Contemporary
Lucy trained in contemporary dance at Middlesex University, London Contemporary Dance School and Trinity Laban where she was part of Transitions Dance Company 2007. Â Since graduation she has worked as a perfumer, teacher and choreographer. Â Her performance work includes Cie. Willi Dorners Bodies in Urban Spaces at Dance Umbrella, the UKs largest contemporary Dance Festival, performing at the Olympics Closing Ceremony for Tinie Tempah, Jesse J and Fatboy Slim and both dancing and choreographing for e.dance, which tours the UK with performances aimed at family audiences. Lucy also recently co-founded dance theatre company Anecdotal Evidence. Lucy teaches Contemporary Dance Technique and Choreography for a number of vocational and pre-vocational institutions including Trinity Laban Centre for Advanced Training, Urdang Academy, The Royal Ballet School Associates and The Academy for Theatre Arts.
GUEST ARTIST 2016
Alastair trained at the Royal Ballet School, White Lodge and Arts Educational Tring Park.
His recent Theatre includes: Kiss Me Kate (Paris), Shine (The Drew Mconie company), Let’s Dance Again (Royal Festival Hall), Sinatra (London Palladium), Wind In The Willows (West End, Vaudeville Theatre), A Chorus Line (London Palladium), Cabaret (UK Tour), The Most Incredible Thing (Sadlers Wells) and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.
His company work includes: Swan Lake, Play Without Words and Nutcracker (Matthew Bournes New Adventures), Tetsuya Kumakawas K-Ballet (Tokyo), Scottish Ballet, New English Contemporary Ballet, AMP, The Curve Foundation and Yorke Dance Project.
His Film work includes: Beyond The Sea with Kevin Spacey, Matthew Bournes Swan Lake in 3D and Matthew Bournes Christmas.
His Television work includes: Olivier Awards, The Most Incredible Thing; “So You Think You Can Dance“ Alastair was a semi-finalist on the inaugural series of the BBCs “So You Think You Can Dance” and is currently a tutor for “Can You Dance”
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PREVIOUS GUEST ARTISTS
2015 – Dominic North, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures
Dominic was born & bred in Leeds and started dancing at the Nydza School of Dance, Bingley. Followed by training at the Central School of Ballet, London.
He joined New Adventures in 2004 & has appeared in the most productions of any dancer. He has been a principal with the company since 2008. Has performed leading roles in Edward Scissorhands (Edward), Dorian Gray (Cyril Vane), Swan Lake (Prince), Lord of the Flies (original cast Ralph & dance captain), Early Adventures, Nutcracker (Fritz & dance captain), Sleeping Beauty (original cast Leo). Has also performed in The Car Man and Cinderella.
Other credits: Dancing with the Stars (Australia); Star Academy (France); Original cast of ROH2’s The Red Balloon by Aletta Collins as the lead role of Pascal; RODA 09 with Douglas Thorpe; The lead role of Lumen in Chantry Dance Companys Chasing the Eclipse; Cutty Cargo with Shanty Theatre Company; Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire; StreetDance 3D film; Skype advert; Stateless, Paul Oakenfold and Mis-Teeq music videos; Latitude Festival 2010 & 2012; Italian Vogue; Marie Claire (Japan); Time Out; Richard II film; World War Z film; Swan Lake 3D film; Matthew Bournes Christmas show; Sleeping Beauty film.
He has been a workshop leader for Re:Bourne, New Adventures educational department since it began in 2008. Co-choreographed The Quest in Okinawa & Taiwan 2013. Was made a Re:Bourne associate artist in 2014.
Is a member of the comedy Morris dance troupe the Bo Diddlers.
Dominic was named in the top 10 performances of 2014 by londondance.com. He was Dancing Times Dancer of the Month, January 2010. Nominated for Outstanding Male Dancer (modern) in the Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards 2009.
2014 – Hannah Rudd, Rambert Dance Company
Hannah began dancing in her home town of Ipswich with The Linda Shipton Dance School, before completing seven years of training at The Royal Ballet School. She started her professional career with Ballet Ireland, before joining the Michael Clark Company where she toured and performed for two years in productions of Mmm… and O, dancing roles in Apollo, The Rite of Spring and Les Noces, touring Europe, Asia and America. Hannah then joined Scottish Ballet to perform in Ashley Page’s The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker and Richard Alston’s Carmen.
During 2010/11 Hannah freelanced on various projects with Aletta Collins, Hubert Essakow, William Tucket, Angel Corella, Dane Hurst and Rambert Dance Company. Hannah has now been working for Rambert Dance Company for three years and has enjoyed a wide variety of repertoire and choreography including works by Merce Cunningham, Mark Baldwin, Christopher Bruce, Ashley Page, Barrack Marshall, Javier de Frutos, Marguerite Donlon,Tim Rushton and is particularly inspired by working with her fellow colleagues during in house choreographic workshops. Hannah has been involved with teaching young dancers and pre-professionals throughout her career and feels honoured to have the opportunity to share her knowledge and love of the field to a passionate new generation.
2013 – Richard Ramsey, formerly of the Royal Ballet Company
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2012 – Christopher Hinton-Lewis, Northern Ballet and Royal New Zealand Ballet
Christopher Hinton-Lewis was born in Wolverhampton and trained at the English National Ballet School. He joined the Company as a dancer in 1999 and was promoted to Premier Dancer in 2008.
Throughout his time with the Company he performed many roles including Romeo and Mercutio in Massimo Morricone’s Romeo & Juliet; Scrooge and Young Scrooge in A Christmas Carol; Lowry in Gillian Lynne’s A Simple Man; Mark Godden’s Angels in the Architecture; Cathy Marsden’s Dividing Silence; Val Caniparoli’s Lambarena; Dracula in David Nixon’s Dracula and Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights.
Whilst with the Company Chris created many title roles including Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Simon in Swan Lake; Adameter in A Sleeping Beauty Tale; Duke of Buckingham in The Three Musketeers and Hamlet which were all choreographed by David Nixon.
In 2010 Chris joined the Royal New Zealand Ballet under artistic director Gary Harris. Whilst there he performed leading roles including Jos in Didy Veldman’s Carmen, Tibalt in Christopher Hampson’s Romeo & Juliet, Cavalier in Gary Harris’ The Nutcracker and Petrushka in Michael Fokine’s Petrushka.
Since retiring Christopher has been a guest ballet master with Northern Ballet helping to restage productions including A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Angels in the Architecture and A Christmas Carol. As a freelance teacher he has taught at The Hammond School, the University of Leeds, Laban CAT programme and has given Company Class for Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty.
Chris is currently studying BSc Sports and Exercises Science at the University of Leeds.