Amy is a choreographer, teacher and performer based in London. She trained in Modern, Jazz and Contemporary Dance with The Dance Company (now the Lynn Bishop Academy of Performing Arts) in Cape Town, South Africa, before undertaking a BA (Hons) degree in Drama and English at the University of Bristol and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Choreography at Roehampton University. She gained her dance teaching qualification in 2005, and is an affiliated teacher of Born to Dance South Africa. She has worked widely in both dance and theatre, with professional companies as well as on Lottery-Heritage funded community projects. Her choreographic interests lie in performances of identity and auto/biography; everyday-ness and quotidian movement in the creation of narrative; verbatim theatre, the politics of performance space and the idea of audience as ‘witness’. She is also intrigued by the fluidity of dance as a medium – the constantly shifting patterns of fashionable subject matter as well as the malleable parameters of what dance is.
Heather is a theatremaker passionate about integrating the elements of physicality, music & sound, design and text to create fantastical yet accessible worlds for audience and performer alike to explore. Heather trained as an actor and director at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where she received her BFA (Hons) in Drama. In New York, she worked extensively in the downtown theatre scene as a performer, creator, stage manager & choreographer including involvement in productions in the New York Fringe Festival and the New York Musical Theatre Festival. She then left the familiar streets of New York and the theatre to earn her MFA in Choreography at Roehampton University in London. This geographical divide – and interest in working on both sides of the pond – is an excellent metaphor for her desire to meld her theatre background with her contemporary dance & choreographic experience. As an educator, Heather uses these experiences to create workshops that develop dancers to explore text, and actors to expand their physical range.