Dance Artists

Jennifer Essex

Originally from Canada, Jennifer has performed across North America and Europe with companies including Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers (Canada), TRIP dance (Canada), Shot AG (Germany), and Neon Dance. Recently, she was the the dance captain for “Ben Hur Live” which premiered at the O2 Arena in London. Her film work includes Joe Wright’s feature film “Anna Karenina” choreographed by Sidi Larbi Cherakoui, “FootBall”, created by Marcus Tomlinson for Hermes, and “Diving Girl” by award winning director Daniska Esterhazy. Jennifer is thrilled to be performing with WSP for the first time.

Becci Williams

Rebecca Williams completed her vocational training at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in which she qualified with a BPA honours degree. Since graduating in 2010 Rebecca began her performance career with Harnisch Lacey Dance Theatre, creating and touring their double bill show, ‘Spin.’ During the HLDT contact she had the oppurtunity to choreograph on Hedfan Youth Company. She then went on work for Watkins Dance in which she worked closely with Bawren Tavaziva from Tavaziva dance company. Rebecca partcipated in a martial arts project and has experience teaching in and around London. She joined Wayne Sables in October 2011 with the creation of a feamle duet. Rebecca also orgainsies international break dance events and is now starting her own professional company with her interest between contemporary and break dance, both falling under the name Dirty Feet. Rebecca is looking forward to working with Decalage, Joon Dance and Maxwell Dance Project later this year.

Laura Flanagan

Laura is originally from Doncaster and undertook her professional dance training at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, training in all dance styles including jazz, ballet, commercial dance styles and musical theatre as well as contemporary dance. Since graduating in 2010, Laura has worked mainly in the field of contemporary dance, performing for various companies including National Dance Company Wales, Keneish Dance and House of Suarez Company. In addition to working as a performer, she also teaches and works with young people, and is currently working for Wayne Sables Project on a number of educational projects. Laura is very excited to return to Doncaster and have the opportunity to work with WSP and is looking to performing this new piece of work.

Adam Rutherford

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Adam Rutherford is a freelance Creative Practitioner. He trained at the Laban Centre for Movement and Dance, studying a Degree in Dance Theatre. Upon completion he became a member of Transitions Dance Company, touring nationally and internationally the work of five renowned choreographers including Henri Oguike (Henri Oguike Dance Company), Ben Wright and Luca Silvistrini (Protein Dance). As a dancer in Transitions he also gained his Graduate Diploma Certificate in Performance. Adam performed professionally as a dancer with Full Force Dance Company (Helen Parlor – Motionhouse) before becoming a member of New Adventures, (Matthew Bournes’ ‘Swan Lake’). He then performed commercial jazz and musical theatre as a dancer on passenger cruise liners. He completed two world cruises and obtained the role of Dance Captain before returning to the UK. Upon his return he became a member of 2Faced Dance Company. He toured nationally in ‘State of Matter’ as a dancer before becoming the Rehearsal Director for 2Faced. He remained Rehearsal Director and dancer for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2009 and UK tour. When a member of 2Faced he also performed in ‘DanSense’ by Enrique Cabrera for Birmingham DanceXchange and ‘Watch This Space’ by Hofesh Shechter as part of the International Dance Festival Birmingham. Adam has seven years professional teaching experience, delivering workshops to all ages from primary to tertiary levels both in the UK and abroad. His choreographic and teaching experience includes creating work for Cheltenham and Gloucester Youth Dance Company, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham DanceXchange, 2Faced Youth Dance Company, Attitude Youth Dance Company, Resolution! and Telford and Wrekin ‘Find Your Talent’ initiative. He has taught BTEC Dance part-time at Lincoln Backstage Performing Arts Academy as well as working freelance for various organisations including North East Wales Dance. Most recently he has completed a research and development period for The Clod Ensemble at Sadler’s Wells and danced for Helen Parlor in her piece ‘A Fools Journey’ for the Milton Keynes Fringe 2010. From January 2011 Adam will be teaching contemporary technique for the Centre of Advanced Training (CAT) at Birmingham DanceXchange as well as becoming a dance artist/choreographer for West Midlands Boys Dancing project.

Joel Claesson

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Joel Claesson started his dance training in Sweden, during his first degree at Pederskrivare Gymnasium, Sweden – Aesthectic Studies: Dance, he danced for choreographers like Ivo Cramér and Carl Olof Berg. After finishing he joined the BA(Hons) course at Laban Contemporary, where he finished with a 1st in 2009.

Since 2008 he has danced and worked with several different choreographers and companies such as, Janusz Orlik, Blauba, Leila McMillan Dance Company, Gary Lambert, Liz Alpe, Marina Collard and Kerry Nicholls.

He is currently a member of the Van Huynh Company. During 2009 – 2010 he was mentored by Dam Van Huynh and
preformed such works as “Mural Studies” and “Sudden Change of Event”.

Lawrence Dawson

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Lawrence trained with the Rambert school of ballet and contemporary dance in Londone. He joined Wayne Sables Project in 2010 and reworked ‘Is it me’ a three man piece by Wayne Sables.

Marie Chabert

Marie started off with academic studies in Science, Anthropology and Art Theory at the University of Lyon 2 in France before she moved to the UK to study Dance at The London Contemporary Dance School and at The Northern School of Contemporary Dance.

She has now been a freelance dance artist, performer and teacher for the past 3 years and still wishes to expand in these domains. Her international career has led her to dance, teach and create so far in the UK, Europe, and USA amongst choreographers such as Fin Walker, Filip Van Huffel, Jonathan Lunn and Johann Bjorgvinson. Her work has been showcased at Resolution 2009!, The Schindler House in Los Angeles, Alvin Ailey studio in New York, and Cesta International Festival in Czech Republic. She is also the founder member of the collaborative company ‘Eu and a little mistake’.

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