Ania Straczynska/ Collaborator
Ania Straczynska dance artist based in London. Originally from Poland. She graduated Academy of Music with Choreography and Dance Techniques degree. Her works been has been presented in Poland and UK.
Ania's mission as an artists is to create works which can exercise audience perceptions and give a potential to experience life more fully. She believes that she is ready to taking creative risk is a key to shape future.
Ania has completed Fi.ELD Future Innovators of East London Dance programme. She specifically focusing on her own project within the festival: a Secret SiteSpecific Performance. This dance performance was based on the collaboration between Anna Lisa Marie Hearn and Rosie WhitneyFish who created a dance performance strictly designed to the outdoor site. Ania was also an Intern for Hofesh Shechter Company during their #Hofest ( autumn 2015).
Currently Ania is Trainee Artists for East London Dance and works with MCDC - Michaela Cisarikova Dance Company. Ania's contribution for MCDC has been varied from choreographer, rehearsal and communication assistant to producer.
Nick Herman / Dance Artist
Nick first started training in dance when he was 21 at the University of Oregon in the USA.
He was able to hone is technique while attending many dance festivals and conferences in the US, including ADF in North Carolina twice.
While at ADF Nick was able to dance and perform with some of the best young talent in the US, and danced for notable choreographers Reggie Wilson, Jessie Zaritt, and Yun Ting.
While at university Nick was frequently selected to perform in pieces by faculty, students, and guest artists.
Nick's dance style comes from his years of playing sports, and the theatrical influence of his parents.
Playing sports since he was 4, Nick has always been a physical person. He also grew up around the theater as both his parents were actors. Participating in both sports and plays at a young age set Nick up to be the dancer he is today.
Flavia Caselli / Dance Artist
Flavia started dancing at a very young age. She keeps expanding her knowledge in all dance styles like contemporary, jazz, ballet, theater jazz and tap, and also focuses in street dance, mostly old school styles like popping, locking, breaking.
She trained in Debbie Reynold’s studios in Los Angeles and graduated in Broadway Dance Center, New York City.
In NY she shot several music videos with American artists, such as Konshens, and a tribute video for Madonna's birthday, choreographed by Travis Payne and Stacy Walker (Michael Jackson choreographers).
In Italy she works for a Michael Jackson tribute dance company, as a dancer and assistant choreographer. She also choreographed the Italian version of the musical “A Christmas Carol”.
With "Delirium 3mens" hip hop crew she appeared on Rai1 (one of the main Italian TV channels). She also represented the Italian street dance scene as one of the protagonists of a TV program on channel Rai2.
In the UK she performs with the MJ impersonator Danny Oliver, she teaches street dance and she judges dance competitions.
Helen Penn / Dance Artist
Helen began her dance journey aged ten at Southcoast Stage School in West Sussex where her dance passion was ignited through tap. She went on to train in other styles including ballet and modern before studying Contemporary dance at Chichester College.
After completing her studies Helen was successfully accepted onto the Limon Institute international intensive programme at Peridance Capezio Centre, New York. During 8 months in New York, Helen performed with contemporary company Sublime Dance Company and further pursued her love of tap.
After her New York adventure Helen then began training at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London, where she worked with various renowned choreographers and graduated summer 2015 with a BA (Hons) in Contemporary Dance.
Helen has a broad interest in all arts and loves to discover and play new music, as well as having a deep fascination with philosophy and science.