Helen originally studied modern dance and jazz with U.K.A. Dance and CHB Performing Arts, also training extensively as a commercial dancer, before moving into her contemporary practice and a career in dance-theatre and movement direction. Her practice is accredited with U.K.A. and she is a qualified creative practitioner with Creative Alliance.
As a performer, Helen is known for her diversity, energy, and compelling, methods of movement. She has toured, and created original choreography and/or directed movement for: Southside Producers, Def Motion, Midland’s Actor’s Theatre, Regional Voice Theatre, Vamos Cubana, the BBC, The Birmingham Weekender, Birmingham Int. Dance Festival,and Integra Lab (dance & science).
Helen has over a decade’s experience in the professional dance sector, sharing her unique practice across the U.K., teaching for organisations including the DanceXchange, The Birmingham Hippodrome, One Dance UK, and in third-year vocational dance study. She is also a Cuban-salsa instructor.
Helen is artistic director of ‘Beyond Words’, a new dance-theatre project committed to developing new work in poetry and dance, and exploring the internal links between text and movement. Performances have appeared at The Arena Theatre, the Birminigham Literature Festival, and the Southbank Centre, London. Helen’s is currently developing a new solo work ‘Naked’, based on her poetry collection ‘Unable Mother’. It is being produced into a film by Redstorm Productions. Her poem ‘Rope’ has been made into a dance-poetry film by Paul Stringer.