The Company

Core Members

 

Emily Dobson | Emily Photo Steve TanerCo-Director
Dancer & Choreographer

Emily is a dancer & choreographer who works across dance, theatre, film and photography. Originally from the Midlands, she trained at Bretton Hall College of Arts and has since toured extensively as a dancer across the UK with companies including Cscape, Simon Birch, Freefall and Kneehigh in association with the RSC. She has worked on touring productions with Yael Flexer, Fleur Darkin (Scottish Dance Theatre), Emma Rice (Kneehigh, Wise Children) and Agnieszka Blonksa (Wildworks). She has also worked under the direction of Kevin Finnan (Motionhouse) and Amit Lahav (Gecko) on site based productions.

Emily choreographs across live and digital platforms, collaborating artists include filmmaker Brett Harvey (o-region, Lucas Film), Sophy Smith (Motionhouse) and Patrycja Kujawska (Vincent Dance Theatre, Kneehigh). Her film work has toured to Argentina, Russia, Budapest, UK and USA.

In 2016 she received Arts Council and British Council funding for an independent development project travelling to London, Belgium and Norway to work with Theo Clinkard, Maxine Doyle and train in Gaga Language.

Emily is an Associate Artist at the Hall for Cornwall, Associate Lecturer at Falmouth University and Associate practitioner at Dance Republic 2. She uses her various roles to bring together exciting professional artists working across communities instigating, choreographing and producing quality dance experiences for all.

www.emilydobsondance.co.uk

 

Grace Sellwood | Co-Director
Dancer

Originally from Cornwall, Grace went to London to train in Contemporary Dance. She graduated from Roehampton University with a 1st Class degree working with artists Helen Parlor (Motionhouse), Dog Kennel Hill Project and Carol Brown.

Her performance work has included Shobana Jeyasingh, Ben Wright, Liz Aggiss, Charles Linehan and Lalia Diallo (as part of mapdance tour) as well as Wired Aerial Theatre (To Me To You, As The World Tipped), Cscape Dance (The Venus Flower/ Glendurgan Gold), Golden Tree Productions (Man Engine), Attik Dance (Market Bizarre), Angela Praed (Bed of Leaves), and Yskynna Aerial Arts (Hyreth, Glastonbury, Boomtown). Presently, Grace teaches in and around Cornwall as a freelancer and with Freefall Dance, producing events, teaching workshops, and creating professional performance work. She is an Associate Lecturer in Dance at Falmouth University, and is qualified as a Pilates Teacher with Pilates Foundation UK teaching with Cscape Pilates.

www.gracesellwood.co.uk

 

 

HEADSHOT-CHARLOTTE LUKEwebCharlotte Luke | Core Practitioner
Dancer

Charlotte was born and raised in Cornwall, and graduated from Falmouth University 2015 with a first class degree in Dance Performance.
She has had experience with Aakash Odedra, Rambert, Tolo Ko Tolo, Butoh, Katie Duck, Nobulus, Company Chameleon, Theo Clinkard, JV2, Hofesh Schecter, Motionhouse and spent three weeks training in Counter technique and Gaga at the OpenFlr Dance intensive in Florence.
Working with Freefall Dance company has given Charlotte the opportunity to expand her teaching and performing experience and understand how to work within a company, creatively and practically. She has recently started working with Yskynna aerial dance company and had the opportunity to perform with them at Boomtown Fair festival and assist on their newest production of ‘Hyreth’. She recently managed Freefall’s participation in Lila Dance’s community performance project ‘The Deluge’.


Associate Dancers
 

Rob BW pixRobert Mennear | Dancer

Robert left Cornwall for London to further develop his studies in Contemporary Dance at The Place (London Contemporary Dance School). Here he gained both his BA (hons) Degree in Contemporary Dance and his Postgraduate Diploma in performance with the touring company Edge07.

Robert has toured nationally and internationally, performing with such dance companies as Jose Vidal Company, Ffin Dance and Ijad Dance Company. He has also performed with Cscape Dance Company, Angela Praed and Rogue Theatre. Roberts has extensive teaching experience in established institutes, schools and academies across London and the South West for a variety of ages and abilities.


_MG_2571Sioda Martin | Dancer

Sioda has been working as a dance artist for 12 years, creating work, teaching and performing for prestigious Companies such as Motionhouse Dance Theatre, Ace Dance and Music, Parlor Dance, Mobius Dance Theatre, Cscape and more, as well as choreographing her own work with focus on Outdoor performance/Street Theatre.

Sioda has taught all over the UK and abroad with groups of all ages and abilities. She is also a qualified Yoga instructor and Thai massage Therapist and teaches her own Yoga practice; Body Rhythms, combining dance and Yoga techniques to help people release tension and prevent injury.

 

 

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Sophie Colthurst | Dancer

Sophie Colthurst is a freelance dance artist based in the southwest. She trained at Laban Conservatoire in Dance Theatre and was influenced by learning work by Cunningham and Trisha Brown, and where she also was part of the creation of a new devised work by Efrosini Protopapa (Lapsis Corpi).

Sophie has also worked with Mestre Ponciano, Jules Laville, Impermenace Dance Theatre and Cscape Dance. She is an Associate Lecturer in Dance for Plymouth University and is lead education practitioner for Attik Dance.

 

 

 

 Associate Members

leighLeigh Burrows | Admin Assistant

I graduated with a 2:1 in Dance from Falmouth University, in June 2014. Whilst at Falmouth I went on an Erasmus exchange to Valencia Conservatorio Superior de Danza and spent 6 months studying Contemporary, Ballet and Flamenco.
Since graduating, I have worked with Hall for Cornwall Youth Dance, and have taught in a variety of schools. This summer I will be performing with Cscape at Somersault Festival. I also attend in Freefall’s open class, and I am a member of Spindrift Dance Company. Since working for Freefall I have gained many valuable skills to take forward as a Dance Artist. Grace and Emily are not only talented dance artists but they are also a pleasure to work for and I am grateful for their ongoing support!

Isolde Allen | Intern 2017/18

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Previous Apprentices

shaniceShanice Burgoyne | Apprentice 2016/17

Shanice is a Graduate from Falmouth University with a BA Hons Dance and Choreography degree. Originally from Cornwall, Shanice began dancing at the age of 14 with TR14’ers a youth based dance association in Camborne, and continued her studies into A-level and University. Shanice has gained experience with choreographers and companies such as Gwyn Emberton, Lee Brummer, Earthfall dance, Cheap Date, Theo ClinkardJV2, Spindrift Dance Company, James Wilton and Hofesh Schecter. She has also been an ambassador for Kneehigh Theatre and People Dancing.

Sarah-7-300x270Sarah Thomson | 2014

After growing up competing in Cross Country Running, Gymnastics and Football, it wasn’t until she was 15 that Sarah discovered Dance. Sarah performed as a member of both Devon Youth Dance Company and Taunton Youth Dance Company and soon gained a place at The Northern School of Contemporary Dance. Sarah chose to put Dance on hold to Travel across the world as a sponsored surfer and surf coach. Recently Sarah has returned to dance with the same level of passion that she had when she left it, and is very excited to be working with Freefall.

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Becky Miles | 2014/15

Becky began dancing as a member of Cornwall Youth Dance Company, and The Barbican’s Youth Dance Company working under the direction of Jules Laville and Kuldip Singh-Barmi. In 2012, she graduated from Middlesex University and embarked upon a professional performance project ‘Moving Home, Being Elsewhere’ working with dancers from Tavaziva, Shobana Jeyasingh and Phoenix Dance Company. Becky is currently an apprentice with Freefall Dance and is also a lead practitioner in The Barbican’s performance training programme in Plymouth.

 


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