Helen is a professional dancer, movement director, and writer. With a background in theatre, she works extensively across the U.K., sharing a unique practice that explores cross-discipline movement, voice, and text.

Trained in jazz and modern dance practice (UKA Dance 2006), Helen went on to further her training with Trinity Laban (DDTAL) and as a professional Cuban-salsa dancer, working with rumba, son and afro-cuban rhythms. As a performer, teacher, and choreographer she has collaborated with the likes of the The Birmingham Hippodrome, Vamos Cubana, MAT, Canela Fina, BIDF, Birmingham Conservatoire, Def Motion, Integra Lab (dance and science) and The BBC.

Helen is co-founder and company choreographer for innovative new theatre company Regional Voice, showcasing the startling effects of interdisciplinary theatre and arts. Her own personal, choreographic work is largely theatre based, with a keen interest in dance in translation, and in connection with other techniques and art forms. Pieces include ‘Last Act’ performed as part of the Birmingham Literature Festival; ‘Marina’ a solo work devised and performed at The Southbank Centre for the Poetry International Festival; and ‘Beyond Words‘, a dance piece using combining contemporary movement and sign language, performed as part of The Birmingham Weekender Festival 2017.

Helen has been awarded support by Arts Council England on three other major RnD and dance-theatre projects (2014, 2016, 2018) and on a community dance commission by The Big Lottery Fund (2013). She is working on a new solo piece for film, ‘Naked’, based on themes from her debut collection of poems ‘Unable Mother’. 

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Wayne Fox Photography 2018