Dr Keir Philip
Dancer, Doctor and Researcher
Having performed and taught B-boying (breakdancing) in Ireland, South Africa, Colombia and Mexico, and the UK, Keir now works as a doctor in London. He is Dance Artist in residence for Vital Arts, a member of Project Breakalign, a UCLPartner Improvement Fellow 2017 and an honorary researcher at the UCL Institute for Health and Human Performance.
Keir is passionate about holistic asset-based approaches to health and rehabilitation and has created various dance-based projects to support his philosophy.
Hip-op-habilitation: In-hospital dance-based rehabilitation following Proximal Femoral Fracture ('hip fracture') (London UK)
DanceStrong: In-hospital dance-based pulmonary rehabilitation for patients with Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis (in South Africa)
Dance-based pulmonary rehabilitation for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Dancer, Performer, Teacher and Musician
Simone is a dancer, performer, dance teacher, musician, composer and accompanist for dance classes based in London. Born in Italy in 1992, he dedicates his life to the Hip Hop Culture.
He started studying dance when he was 10. Since then, he mastered Popping as his main Hip Hop dance technique.
He also has a BA Degree in Contemporary Dance from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London.
He is been a professional dance practitioner for many years.
PROJECT: Popping For Parkinsons
Charlie Lee George
Dance Artist, Choreographer & Yoga Teacher
Charlie Lee George is an independent dance artist, choreographer and Hatha yoga teacher who founded Dark Island Dance company and The Femmes Fatales collective, her work to date has been about inclusivity, mass participation, pride, LGBT visibility and rights, mixed-race and feminism. From some of the UK’s top artists and dance institutions to under-resourced community youth centres, care homes and hospital's, Charlie has shared in the privilege and joy of seeing others grow from wherever they are through connection to movement and dance.
In 2016 Charlie cemented years of yoga self-practice with an Ancient Hatha yoga teacher training in Rishikesh, she also visited her ancestral roots in Amboori, Kerala and experienced various yoga ashrams on her travels including Sivananda in Kerala, Ashtanga in Mysore, and classes in Goa and Bangalore. She brings her inclusive facilitation skills to this new form and is continuing with her lifelong learning and practice in yoga.
Expressive Movement for Patients, piloted on the RNRU (regional neurological rehabilitation unit) at Homerton University Hospital.
Performance for Patients and families, programmed extracts of professional dance work delivered to hospital wards for patients on long durational stays.
Donation based community Yoga and Mindful Movement and Body/Breath work for better mental health.
Currently at New Unity Islington and outdoor in London's parks in the summer, developing this work within the NHS for more info please see :
Dancer, Choreographer, Company Director
Nathan Geering started work in theatre as one of the original cast members of Jonzi D's TAG. The company was based at Sadlers Wells and went on to tour the UK. Nathan also performed internationally with Sonia Sabri Company's groundbreakding show Kathakbox. In 2011 Nathan formed his own company called Rationale and their debut show sold out the main stage of The Crucible Theatre. It went on to sell out many tour dates across the UK and even gave The Key Theatre in Plymouth its largest dance Theatre audience to date! Nathan was also the Associate Artist at Yorkshire Dance and his company were the first ever resident company at CAST Theatre in Doncaster. For the past 2 years his company have been devoted to researching the unlikely link between hiphop and visual impairment. His company have enhanced accessibility in their shows by working with visually impaired dramaturgs and playwrights, as well as re-inventing audio description utilising the skills of a beatboxer to provide a richer soundscape for people with visual impairment. He has also created a unique method of choreography that utilises different types of visual impairment for creative starting points for sighted dancers.
ACTS of Creativity
Wilkie is an interdisciplinary artist; the focus of his work lies in both dance and film, with origins rooted in BBoying (breakdance). Self-taught in both of these core aspects of his work, his dance style has developed to hold expression, accessibility and integrity at the heart of his practice. He has also choreographed dance work for young people including: Varmints, White Caps and Boing! (Travelling Light), Baddies: the Musical, The Nutcracker, The Velveteen Rabbit (Unicorn Theatre) and for Sadler’s Wells. As an film editor working in dance he has worked on several dance in healthcare videos, most recently Simone Sistarelli’’s Popping for Parkinson’s project.
He was awarded The Arts Foundation Choreographic Fellowship in 2012 in recognition of professional standing within the art of dance and film. He is also a New Wave Associate Artist at Sadler’s Wells and was a member of the Sadler’s Wells Summer University – an international selection of emerging choreographers. He is currently developing new work for Sadler’s Wells and his new award winning short film Little Dreams is being screened and broadcast internationally.
Dr Guddi Singh
Paediatric Registrar in London and Paediatric Fellow at Health Education England
Guddi is a Paediatric Registrar in London and Paediatric Fellow at Health Education England with wide experience in global health. Passionate about social justice and challenging barriers to access to health, Guddi has also previously worked for the World Health Organization (WHO), Medact, actively campaigned against the privatization of the National Health Service (NHS) and in on the Executive Management Team for the Centre for Health and the Public Interest (CHPI).
Guddi is keen to 'humanize' healthcare and experiment with the arts and humanities to make this happen. Her project "Barnet Bopping" - bringing dance to the paediatric ward of Barnet Hospital, managed to attract attention from potential funders, and Guddi is keen to help create other such opportunities for more humane care in other healthcare settings.
Arun is a Krump dancer based in London. He was born in France in 1988 and he moved to UK in 2002, he dedicates his life to the development of Krump and Social Prescribing to improve the health and wellbeing of participants. Bharatanatyam was his first dance style from the age of 10. Since 2008, he focused on Krump as his main dance style. He also has a Master Degree in Pharmacy from the University of Bath and he will do the the Diploma in Dance Teaching and Learning (DDTAL) course offered by Trinity Laban from 2017/2018. He is an internationally recognised Krump instructor as well as the founder of the charity "Krump Save Lives".
Project: Krump For Parkinsons
Dance Artist and Creative Professional
Emily works in a capacity that develops dance in the wider cultural sector, delivering dance sessions as well as creating participatory projects. She is specialised in Dance and Health, currently working with Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Dance Network Association, English National Ballet and Rosetta Life in this field. In 2016 she launched Move Dance Feel, a creative dance project for women recovering from cancer.
By leading dance sessions for a range of participant groups, Emily strives to take the art form into unexplored contexts where it has potential to affect significant change. Much of her work is alongside participants who face social isolation or life limiting illness which has led her to deliver in a range of arts, health and community settings.
Emily has a BA honours degree in Performing Arts, a Postgraduate Diploma in Community Dance and a Masters degree in Creative Practice. She works closely with Learning and Participation (Dance) at Trinity Laban and is a learning mentor for the department, supporting artists wanting to work within Dance and Health.
Artist for, and founder of, Move Dance Feel (www.facebook.com/MoveDanceFeel)
Artist for Stroke Odysseys (Rosetta Life), a creative arts intervention for the South London stroke communities
Artist for English National Ballet’s Link Age Project, creating dance communities with older adults across London
Artist for Rambert’s Dance and Dementia programme
Artist for Family Dance (Dance Network Association), working with adults and young children from low socioeconomic and mixed cultural backgrounds