Information about our teachers
Chisenhale Dance Space offers a diverse programme of dance and fitness classes for Adults and Children. From complete beginners to experienced movers, we offer classes in contemporary dance, improvisation, yoga, Lindy Hop and more.
Information about our teachers can be found below, and click here for the full list of classes.
Angela is a performer, teacher and producer specialising in dance and arts from the Jazz era. She is self-taught, starting her dance story on the streets of Hackney where she was born and raised. The combination of her musical family background, classical music training, love for jazz and her passion for dance made for a natural progression to search for the roots of present day street-dance, the Lindy Hop. She started lindy-hopping in 1991 having an already established dancing and teaching path. She is often called a “mid-timer” on the international Lindy Hop scene: renowned for unique yet grounded teaching style, mentoring of new teachers, pioneering out-of-the box events.
Chloe is a London-based dance artist originally from Greece. She attended the Athens State School of Dance and has an MA in Choreography from Trinity Laban. Chloe was recently part of Integro Dance Teacher Training where she studied with David Zambrano. She facilitates professional & community workshops for adults and young people and teaches dance at Central Foundation Girl’s School. Among others, she has facilitated professional class for Brighton Dance, Roehampton University, Trinity Laban Student Union and in secondary schools across London as part of the Royal Academy of Dance’s Step Into Dance Programme. Chloe also makes dance works for site-sensitive contexts and directs movement for theatre.
Gemma is a London born artist who specialises in various styles under the “street dance” umbrella. She has competed at both national and international level in hip hop, popping and house freestyle battles.
As a member of the prestigious UK hip hop dance company Boy Blue Entertainment, Gemma has enjoyed a fruitful career, a few highlights include being dance captain at the London Olympics opening ceremony in 2012 and a finalist on Sky 1’s Got to Dance.
Alongside performing, Gemma enjoys teaching and mentoring dancers of all ages. She currently mentors and choreographs for Boy Blue Entertainment’s youth company ‘SkyBlue’ and is a member of the faculty at Pineapple Performing Arts School in Covent Garden.
Ingvild is a Norwegian dance artist currently based in London. She works as a performer, choreographer and teacher across the UK, Norway and Switzerland. Ingvild graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (2016) with an MA in Dance Performance as a member of Transitions Dance Company. Ingvild has worked with artists such as; Matthias Sperling, Rahel Vonmoos, Theo Clinkard, Liz Roche, Dog Kennel Hills Project and Pell Ensemble. Ingvild believes in the creative process and possibility that can take place in a class environment. She has worked to increase the dancing opportunities in her hometown in Norway, setting up creative workshops for teenagers, where live music and dance meet.
Kai is a graduate of the Cambridge Performing Arts programme at Bodywork Dance College and has trained with hip hop companies Elementz Ent and Boy Blue Entertainment. As well as having a passion for hip hop Kai has also trained in a variety of dance styles as well as Acting and singing. Kai has worked on stage, in films and commercials and with ITV, BBC, Warner Brothers and Netflix.
Lewys Holt is an interdisciplinary dance artist based in the UK. Born in Mold in North Wales and raised in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, Lewys graduated from the De Montfort University Dance BA course with a first class degree in 2013, he went on to graduate from an MA in Performance Practices from De Montfort University the following year. His practice, while focusing on dance, spans comedy, visual arts and devised theatre. His dance practice is concerned with release and improvisation, taking influences from Skinner releasing technique, Open Source Forms and Contact improvisation. He has worked with prominent international artists including Tino Sehgal, Sally Marie, New Art Club, Simone Mousset, Rosemary Lee and Christopher Owen. Lewys has taught in many independent settings as well as having taught dance and performing arts at BA and MA levels at both De Montfort University and The University of Lincoln.
Maria is a dancer, teacher, choreographer and movement director working through multidisciplinary techniques from around the world to develop Intercultural Awareness Performance. She has worked in the original cast of The Lion King (UK), Kokuma Dance Theatre, Jeanette Brooks among others, and is a recipient of The Trailblazers Fellowship. In 2016 she was awarded a ‘Dancers Career Development’ Retraining Grant, and was selected for One Dance UK’s “Dance Teaching Mentorship”. She is an Associate Artist with ‘Spare Tyre Theatre Company’ working with adults with learning disabilities, and has taught regularly at Greenwich Dance, TripSpace, Trinity Laban and The Place.
Marie Chabert is a freelance dance artist, yoga teacher and massage therapist. Originally from France, Marie graduated from The London Contemporary Dance School in 2006. Since then she has been performing with a variety of different choreographers. In 2013 she set up the Bodysong Company in France and in 2008 she co-founded the collaborative and multidisciplinary company EU&ME, which specialises in inter-cultural exchange and site-specific works with audience participation. In 2012, along with with the Mexican choreographer Paula Rechtman, she co-created the educational project Dance as a tool against violence in Mexico, France and Burkina Faso. In 2014 she obtained the French National teaching diploma (DE) and in 2016, she spent 4 months in India, on a spiritual journey where she trained to be a yoga teacher.
Olly Otley shifted careers from film production to community arts a few years ago, in a bid to rekindle her childhood love of creative dance. She has worked extensively with children and their parents, leading movement, art and music activities in the UK and Germany. Olly believes strongly that people of any age and ability should have access to the joy and artistic expression that dance offers. She is currently deepening her understanding of contemporary dance in community settings with further studies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
Robyn graduated from London Contemporary Dance School in 2013. As a freelance dance artist she has been performing and teaching in the UK and Europe. She is a founding member of Feet off the Ground Dance, a performance collective that specialises in Contact Improvisation and Partnering techniques. Robyn has dynamic teaching experience covering a spectrum of ages and styles, including: creative dance, ballet, body conditioning and Contact Improvisation. In conjunction with Feet off the Ground Dance, she has been involved in introducing family jam sessions at Chisenhale Dance Space where she is a Member.
Stephanie McMann is a dancer from London. She works predominantly as a performer with dance artists and makers, including long-term collaborator Roberta Jean, Theo Clinkard, Lucy Suggate, Julie Cunningham, Janine Harrington, Laura Dannequin, Dan Canham, Damien Jalet, Hussein Chalayan, Seke Chimutengewende, Jamila Johnson-Small and New Art Club amongst others. Stephanie’s film work includes Suspiria (2018) and World War Z (2013). She was a Sadler’s Wells Summer University artist (2015-2018) and is a performance/rehearsal director for dance, theatre and circus. She is currently establishing a movement-direction/ mentoring practice for independent dance-makers and the fashion industry. Stephanie is dancer / co-artistic director of Nora with Eleanor Sikorski and Flora Wellesley Wesley, who’s latest commission began in Autumn 2018 with Deborah Hay.