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Helen is known for her dynamism and versatility as a choreographer, movement director, and dance artist, with over a decade’s experience sharing her unique approach to movement across the U.K. and internationally.

Trained in Contemporary dance, commercial dance, and the Cuban styles of salsa, rumba, and son, Helen draws on her wide range of movement experience to push the boundaries of technical and creative interplay, working with specialisms in dance theatre and site-specific production. To date, she has collaborated with the likes of the Birmingham Royal Ballet, Apple, Autin Dance Theatre, Def Motion, the BBC, ME Dance Company, the DanceXchange, Vamos Cubana, Poetry International, Midlands Actor’s Theatre, and the Birmingham Int. Dance Festival, helping shape performances and experiences for theatre, open-air spaces, and film.

Also a poet, Helen explores the cross-over between language and movement. She is creator of ‘Beyond Words’, a new multidisciplinary project exploring methods of translating text into dance, both in workshop settings and performance. She was awarded a DYCP from Arts Council England in April 2021 to expand on this creative research. Helen was also nominated for a Women in Dance Award by AWA Dance for her work in dance education, in March 2021.

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