Helen originally studied classical ballet and jazz, later training as a commercial dancer, before moving into her contemporary practice and a career in dance-theatre and movement direction. She has worked in the dance sector for over fifteen years, bringing a rich knowledge of theatre and performance to both community based settings and professional companies across the U.K.
Helen has directed movement for the likes of Midland’s Actor’s Theatre and Regional Voice Theatre, also choreographing original pieces for the Birmingham International Dance Festival (Four Squares), Integra Lab (dance & science), Southside Producers, and in independent film. Helen aspires to a compelling, energetic, full-bodied method of movement, drawing on her training in Cuban-dance to explore rhythm in the body and ensemble connection. Also a writer, Helen uses text and voice in her choreographic work, exploring methods of translating language into movement. Works include ‘Last Act‘ performed at the Birmingham Literature Festival, and ‘Marina‘ developed and performed as part of the Southbank Centre’s cross-arts programme. Helen’s dance-based methods for using poetry in the classroom have been integrated into teacher training programmes, supported by N.A.W.E., First Choice, and The Poetry Society.
Helen is also a passionate teacher and creative practitioner. She teaches for the likes of The DanceXChange, One Dance UK, The Birmingham Hippodrome, and in third year vocational dance study. Her practice is accredited under U.K.A, Trinity, and Creative Alliance.