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As the daughter of a ballet dancer, I was pretty much dancing before I could walk.

Growing up in the weird and wonderful world of my mother's dance school, studios, tutus, costume cupboards and performances were the norm.

I graduated from The London Studio Centre in 2001 with a BA (Hons) in Dance Theatre.

Living and working as a freelance dancer and teacher, I travelled across the the UK working for various dance companies and projects.

In 2008, I joined the internationally acclaimed dance company Motionhouse and spent the next seven years touring the globe performing and teaching for the company.

In 2012 I established Motionhouse Youth and was then  appointed the role of Lead Artist - Creative Projects and Participation. I went on to develop the company's extensive outreach and community dance programme.

In January 2017, I relocated to Dorset to lead and direct the Dorset Youth Dance Company.

I am a visiting Lecturer at the Arts University Bournemouth and I enjoy creating and choreographing for dance film, colleges and HE establishments.