ZAMBESI DANCE COMPANY IS A NON-PROFIT ARTS ORGANISATION COMMITTED TO ENRICHING THE DANCE TRAINING OF YOUNG PEOPLE, EMPOWERING THEM TO BECOME INDEPENDENT THINKERS AND MOVERS. OUR AIM IS TO PROVIDE HIGH QUALITY, AFFORDABLE DANCE TRAINING FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AGED 8-19, ENABLING THEM TO CREATE AND EXPLORE THEIR VOICES THROUGH MOVEMENT.
Hannah’s decades long passion for movement inspires young people to be involved in dance and to excel; she founded Zambesi Dance Company in 2010 and has since seen many young dancers accepted to train at Trinity Laban, Rambert and Laine Theatre Arts; raised thousands of pounds for charity, performed twice at the O2 and worked as a consultant with Stopgap Dance Company. Hannah has an open an enquiring mind, embracing the art in all its forms, choreographing original work celebrating all abilities and ages in a variety of performance settings. Her work includes a collaboration with choreographer Katie Green for ‘The Freedom Game’, a community opera staged at The Royal Albert hall involving over 1000 performers. Hannah’s site-specific work ‘Interplay of 3′ premiered at The Great Charter Festival and featured Zambesi choreographer Jack Philp. Hannah has also been a guest judge at local and regional dance competitions including Gremlin Dance and Red Dance.
Jack trained at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and works as a choreographer and freelance dance artist. He has performed work by choreographers including Matthias Sperling, Anna Williams and Wayne McGregor as well as shadowed different artists and companies, both nationally and internationally, including Henri Oguike, Scottish Dance Theatre, Ben Wright, Rafael Bonachela and Sydney Dance Company. In addition to work with Zambesi Dance, Jack also works for National Dance Company Wales, Ballet Cymru and Rubicon Dance. He has also led workshops for students at Trinity Laban, Rambert, Kingston University and English National Ballet Youth Co, as well as other youth projects across the UK. Jack has previously been supported by both Arts Council England and Arts Council of Wales to research, produce and tour work with his own collective, Jack Philp Dance, founded in 2014. He has gone on to share choreography at national venues around the UK whilst also creating commissioned work for companies including Monmouthshire Youth Dance Company, Ballet West, Rubicon Dance, The University of Roehampton and NEWDance.
Laurie-Ann trained at the University of Chichester where she completed both her BA and Ma in Dance Performance. Whilst training Laurie-Ann worked with a variety of choreographers including Shobana Jeyasingh and Lea Anderson. Now working as a freelance dance artist, Laurie-Ann has taught for a variety of dance companies in the South East of England including Dance Woking and The Dance Movement. In summer 2017 she worked alongside Rosie Kay Dance Company to create an opening piece for 5 Soldiers Aldershot. She is passionate about sharing dance with people of all ages and enjoys challenging children and young people to think creatively about movement. Laurie-Ann approaches dance with an inventive curiosity, sensitivity, skill and focus and this is something she aims to instill in the students she works with.
Zambesi Dance Company is supported by Kings International College.