julie foord - Dancing with Parkinson’s administrator and dance mentee
Julie Foord joined Danielle Teale Dance in 2019 as Dancing with Parkinson’s administrator and dance mentee. Julie has enjoyed working in community and education settings as a dance practitioner and project manager for a number of years for organisations including RAD, Royal Opera House, People Dancing and Trinity Laban. She has danced with a variety of people from young children through to adults in residential settings. Her particular focus is in working with older adults and those living with neurological conditions such as dementia. Julie graduated with a PgDip. Community Dance from Trinity Laban Conservatoire and also holds an undergraduate degree in dance.
Jaka Skapin - Lead music collaborator
Jaka Skapin joined Danielle Teale Dance in 2015 as a creative musician and lead music collaborator. Jaka is a Slovenian composer, conductor and community music artist based in London where he achieved a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Performance and Production and Masters of Arts degree in Creative Entrepreneurship - Music at LCCM London.
As a choral singer (tenor) he has been performing with London Philharmonic Choir and Tenso European Chamber Choir, working under conductors such as Paul Hillier and Sir Mark Elder as well as training in music leadership with Voces Academy in collaboration with Oxford University.
As a freelance musician in popular music industry he has worked extensively with Jazz / R’n’R / Pop artists as well as developing his leadership approach to group music making, most notably as a collaborator on the Danielle Teale Dance, Dancing with Parkinson’s programme.
Jasmine Hall - supporting dance artist and former mentee
Jasmine Hall joined Danielle Teale Dance in 2018 as Dancing with Parkinson’s dance mentee and now works with Danielle as a supporting artist. She is a Community Artist based in Essex, previously working with The Dance Network Association as their Lead Artist and now delivering a range of projects independently as Jasmine Hall Dance. She has supported Green Candle Dance Company's older people and those living with Dementia programmes, led her own classes of Dancing with Parkinson's and worked closely as a mentee of Danielle Teale's, supporting her Dancing with Parkinson's programme at St. Joseph's Hospice in Hackney.
Jasmine is also a choreographer and dance filmmaker. She performs with Essex based dance company, Flux Dance Collective and has created and produced dance films, such as 'RECLAIM' (2018), in collaboration with filmmaker Dominic Munson.
jack benjamin - creative musician
Jack Benjamin joined Danielle Teale Dance in 2018 as a creative musician. Jack is an actor and musician and has been working as part of the St George’s and Queen Mary’s Hospital Arts team since 2014. His work includes beside music, music workshops for neurorehabilitation and music for the Danielle Teale Dance, Dancing with Parkinson’s programme. Jack also composes and performs his own music playing piano, trumpet and guitar as a member of the newly formed folk/jazz duo ‘Delight & Disorder’. As an actor, Jack trained at Drama Studio London where he was a winner of the Laurence Olivier Bursary Award. His work includes shows at the Royal Court Theatre and West Yorkshire Playhouse, along with television appearances on ITV’s ‘Mr. Selfridge’. Jack is currently writing his first play after receiving a grant from the Polka Theatre as one of their ‘PolkaLab’ artists.
Felicity sparks - creative musician
Felicity Sparks joined Danielle Teale Dance in 2018 as a creative musician. She is an actor and musician, touring theatre productions across the UK and the world. When at home, she spends much time working as a musician in numerous contexts, including working with Disney to deliver musical theatre workshops for their West End productions, working as a bedside musician for St. George’s Hospital in Tooting, and teaching private piano and singing lessons. She is also resident composer and musical director for Tea Break Theatre, whose inaugural album was funded by Arts Council England in 2017. Felicity has been working with Danielle and the Dancing with Parkinson’s programme since April 2018, enjoying the sheer privilege of working alongside so many inspiring dancers, and wholeheartedly sharing Danielle’s philosophy that it’s always time for a boogie!
georgia heighway - supporting dance artist
Georgia Heighway joins Danielle Teale Dance in 2019 as Dancing with Parkinson’s supporting artist at Poplar Union. Georgia was a founder member of Shoreditch Youth Dance Company and collaborated with numerous artists to perform in platforms and festivals internationally. After graduating from Trinity Laban, Georgia joined VERVE, touring works throughout the UK and Europe. Since, she has performed with Grov Productions, Sara Dos Santos, Second Hand Dance and Ceyda Tanc Dance. Georgia regularly teaches across a range of community and educational settings. Passionate about promoting the arts to wider communities, Georgia is Communications and Engagement Coordinator for Performing Arts at Breathe Arts Health Research, and was formerly in Digital Marketing and Administration for Dance Umbrella. Facebook.com/GeorgiaHeighwayDance
ella fleetwood - supporting dance artist
Ella joined Danielle Teale Dance as a dance collaborator for the CID Project in 2019 and supporting artist for Dancing with Parkinson’s with St. George’s Hospital. Ella is a contemporary dance artist based in London. Ella trained on the CAT scheme at The Place and graduated from Laban in 2016. Ella has performed for a range of companies and contexts, including the Victoria and Albert museum, Lakes Alive Festival and Southbank Centre. She founded ella&co in 2017 through which she creates, performs and teaches with an emphasis on play and inclusivity. Her work has been supported by Arts Council England, The Point and Big Ideas.
effie mcguire ward - supporting dance artist
Effie joined Danielle Teale Dance as a dance collaborator for the CID Project in 2019 and supporting artist for Dancing with Parkinson’s at Poplar Union. Effie is a graduate of Stella Mann College and the Northern School of Contemporary Dance. Her performance projects have included working with Shobana Jeyasingh, Rosemary Lee, Gary Clarke, Stopgap Dance Company, Ffin Dance, NOCTURN and Two Thirds Sky. She has undertaken several engagements as a core cast member for mass community participation projects – where facilitation and performance elements were intertwined. Effie also facilitates workshops and residencies as an animateur at Rambert. She was a member of the founding team of directors for MÓTUS (a dance festival for Milton Keynes) and remained in her assistant director role until June 2018.
valentina formenti - dance mentee
Valentina joined Danielle Teale Dance as a mentee in 2018 and is now supporting Dancing with Parkinson’s classes at National Hospital for Neurology. Originally from Italy, Valentina trained at London Contemporary Dance School 1991-94 and joined the 4D Performance Group 1994-95. Since then she has worked extensively as dancer, workshop leader, rehearsal director and teacher with many companies including Fevered Sleep, Paramount Pictures, The Cholmondeleys , Vincent Dance Theatre , Matthew Bourne's New Adventures, Mark Bruce Dance Company and English National Opera. She has also worked as an Assistant Choreographer for Arthur Pita (Marguerite) and Simon Vincenzi The Infinite Pleasure of the Great Unknown). Driven by an interest in how dance can have a social impact and benefit the community, Valentina attended and completed the Dance for Parkinson's course led by David Leventhall and Danielle Teale, followed by a Mentorship programme with Teale at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN).
abbie biscoe - supporting dance artist and former mentee
Abbie joined Danielle Teale Dance as a dance mentee in 2019 and is now a supporting artist for the St. George’s Hospital partnership class held at Queen Mary’s Hospital Roehampton. Abbie is a freelance Dance Artist based in London. After graduating from The Hammond and The Dancers Course with BalletBoyz, Abbie started dancing with Ramberts junior company, Quicksilver. It was here that she was first given the opportunity to take on an assistant teaching role and is now one of their regular Animateurs. Abbie has shadowed and been mentored by Danielle previously, as a supporting Artist for English National Ballet’s Dance For Parkinson's Programme and on a Dance for Dementia programme led by Danielle, with Royal Opera House and Arts for Dementia.