Director and Choreographer
Nicola completed her degree in Dance with Visual Arts at Manchester Metropolitan University in 1997. In the term after graduation she worked as a Lecturer in Dance Performance, delivering release-based technique classes to first year undergraduates. Alongside this, she performed with Mark Edward Dance Company, touring the North and South of England.
In 1998, Nicola decided to embark on a PGCE Dance course at the University of Brighton to understand each stage of learning and thus support and enhance the skills of the company. She developed a passion for instilling confidence in young people for the transition stages in their dance development and in doing so equipping them for their next stage of their dance journey.
She has gained a wide range of experience in managing, teaching, choreographing and assessing dance and performing arts across schools, Further and Higher education for the last 20 years. Alongside her teaching commitments, Nicola founded FuZe8 Dance Company in 2010 and over the years they have been fortunate to perform with various companies in Dorset and Hampshire and have received many awards for choreography and performance.
Nicola currently works for the Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) as a visiting lecturer delivering release-based technique classes, mentoring students on teaching placement and as a consultant for the third year Dance Production unit.
Alongside this, she leads a range of classes at Pavilion Dance South West, including the Youth Strength and Conditioning class, Youth Contemporary Class, Co-Evo Adult Contemporary Company and Advanced Contemporary Technique.
Ben achieved a First Class BA Hons Degree in Theatre Dance, from London Studio Centre, in 2009. At the start of his career he spent six full years with Michael Clark Company, with whom he performed extensively across Europe and America in, ‘come, been, and gone’, ‘animal/vegetable/mineral’, and ‘to a simple, rock ’n’ roll…song’ since their creation. He still performs with the company on a seasonal basis.
Ben has been freelancing since late 2014, when he joined Yorke Dance Project and became part of the ‘Figure Ground’ and ‘Rewind Forward’ tours. He also performed at London’s Coronet Theatre (with Print Room Dance Company) in March 2016 as a member of Hubert Essakow’s ‘Terra’.
Ben’s film credits include, ‘Anna Karenina’ (2012) choreographed by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui; ‘WWZ’ (2013) choreographed by Alex Reynolds; and ‘How To Talk To Girls At Parties’ (2017) choreographed by Lea Anderson. He has also worked for photographers Nick Knight, Jake Walters, Cecilie Harris, Sarah Brimley, Philip Riches, Willy Vanderperre and Elliot Kennedy, and has featured in AnOther and Jocks&Nerds magazines, as well as on the cover for Arena Homme+ in 2010.
Ben is currently completing an Extended Level 6 Diploma in Dance Teaching, with BBO Dance; he has enjoyed applying many facets of this course to his teaching practice and experience with FuZe8 Dance Company (whom he first met in 2015 as part of Yorke Dance Project’s outreach programme).
Impressed by the dancers’ creative skills, steadfast focus and willingness to further their technical and performance skills, he is very proud to be newly associated with FuZe8 in this capacity as an Associate Choreographer.
Lauren graduated from Middlesex University in 2014 with a First Class Honours (BA) Dance Studies. Prior to University she completed her A Levels and BTEC National Diploma in Dance and Performance Studies with Nicola Lloyd at Totton College.
Based in South East London, Lauren is a freelance artist; performing, choreographing and teaching. Lauren is a member of The Rebirth Network, a hip hop theatre company, where she works as a dancer and teacher. Performing credits with Rebirth include Street Dance XXL, World of Dance UK, Mad in France, Dancers Delight and most recently Breakin Convention. Lauren has also worked with NotetoSELF Dance Company in which she performed at festivals such as Resolution, Emerge and events with East London Dance.
Credits for independent performing and commercial work also include The Queen's Coronation Concert 2013, Schwartzkopf Tour, Hype Coiffure Hair Show. Lauren also trains with Definitives dance crew, working in many styles and she recently performed with the company at Move it 2017.
Choreographically, Lauren collaborated with friend Ellie Harulow creating 'Major Changes' which premiered in 2015, and recently worked and choreographed with her mother Debbie Lee-Anthony for a duo performance at Resolution 2017. Lauren teaches dance regularly for various dance studios and schools in London, teaching children and adults and working towards shows with her students.
Lauren is passionate about being a versatile dancer and performer; having trained in contemporary techniques at University she has always had a passion for street dance styles and continues to train in all of these styles in order to grow and be an experimental and individual artist.
Originally from Jamaica, Shawn began his dance training at Totton College studying Dance, then moved to Leeds to study at Northern School of Contemporary Dance under the lead of Janet Smith. Whilst studying at NSCD he has had the opportunity to work with lots of influential artists and choreographers such as Gary Clarke, Hannes Langholf and Kerry Nicholls. He has trained in various different contemporary techniques, somatic practices and partner work, building a strong foundation in his dance practice.
Whilst at NSCD, Shawn enjoyed working for Denada Dance Theatre, Inky Cloak and Joseph Reay-Ried Company, all who explore the physicality of movement that tie in the emotive and imaginative principles from contemporary dance. A familiar style he was used to when developing choreographic and performance work for FuZe8 Dance Company.
Shawn is currently working in Denmark as an apprentice dancer at Black Box Dance Theatre, touring a variety of repertoire pieces. Next year, he will be starting his Masters in Contemporary dance performance at NSCD, investigating contact improvisation, partner work, safe practice and performance.
As I look back on my dance journey, I really value a lot of principles I have inherited from Nicola’s training and subsequently FuZe8 Dance Company ethos and values. Especially creating dance work relevant to our society today. As well as FuZe8’s teachings on professional practice, which has come in handy for auditions and when working in a company. I was given the right tools to guide me through the highly competitive and driven industry that we are working in. Nicola’s attention to detail is a big asset to her pedagogy; when learnt, it becomes a transferable skill into any situation, and is what separates the difference between amateur and professional.
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