BrookDance is an intensive training and development programme led by International Dancers and choreographers. We are proud to announce our mentors for 2018; Dane Hurst (Rambert), Sarah Reynolds (NDT) and Theo Clinkard. Set in the unique surroundings of an 18th Century Farmhouse in the Irish countryside, Shawbook is the perfect environment to immerse yourself in a concentrated dance programme.   Participants are given the opportunity to reflect on and nurture their choreographic practice. There is an opportunity to perform work in a mixed programme of solos, duets and a mentor-led ensemble piece on the Shawbrook Forest Stage in front of an audience. This course is specially designed for dancers age 16+, vocational students and professional dancers early on in their career. 

The course fee includes ALL Tuition, on-site accommodation, all meals and local travel transfers.   

BrookDance 2018

  • DANE HURST (Rambert) and ROMANY PAJDAK (Royal Ballet) -  Week 1 JULY 22 - to 28 (Age 16+ / Advanced Ballet/Vocational/pre-professional)
  • SARAH REYNOLDS & ROGER VAN der POEL (NDT) -  Week 2 JULY 29 - AUG 4 (Vocational students/professional dancers)
  • THEO CLINKARD & LEAH MAROJEVIC - e Week 3 AUGUST 5 - 11 (Vocational students/professional dancers)


  • Each week of BrookDance 2018 costs €250 and includes all classes, accommodation, food and transfers. A deposit of €100 is required to reserve your place, and the balance of fees is due before the course starts. 
  • Discounts available for multiple weeks:  2 x weeks €400 | 3 x weeks €500


  • Online booking will open Friday 9th February 2018. A deposit of €100 is required to reserve your place, and the balance of fees is due before the course starts. Book HERE

Places are limited to 12

BrookDance is part of our annual programme of events, supported The Arts Council of Ireland / An Comhairle Ealaíon 

Meet the Tutors


 DANE HURST | Brook Dance Tutor July 22-28

DANE HURST | Brook Dance Tutor July 22-28

 Image credit: Nick Guttridge

Image credit: Nick Guttridge

Dane Hurst

Dane Hurst is an independent dancer and choreographer and founder of Moving Assembly Projects. Originally from South Africa, and now based in London, Dane has traveled nationally and internationally having made guest appearances with Rambert Dance Company, Phoenix Dance Theatre, National Dance Company of Wales, Mad Dogs Dance Theatre and Company Wayne McGregor. In 2014 he received the Best Male Dancer of the Year award by the Critic's Circle National Dance Awards, U.K. In 2016 created the Moving Assembly Project to provide access to high quality training and performance to people from disadvantaged areas across the world.

As a choreographer Dane has received commissions from The Place Prize, Stuttgart International Solo Dance Theatre Competition, Barbican, RichMix, Wilton's Music Hall, Dulwich Picture Gallery and since 2007 has regularly choreographed for Rambert's evening of New Choreography. Dane created his first full-length work ‘EXODUS’ for Dulwich Picture Gallery in 2016 after sell out shows of his first commission, Prud’Hon: The Moving Body for the gallery in 2015. 



London born Romany trained at the Royal Ballet School. She performed in the School’s productions of Concerto and Summer Twinings. She was awarded the Lynn Seymour Award for Expressive Dance and the Silver Medal at the Adeline Genee Awards in 2003. She joined the Company in 2004 and was promoted to First Artist in 2008. Her repertory includes Isadora Five Brahms Waltzes, Effie (La Sylphide), Princess Louise (Mayerling), Neapolitan (Swan Lake), Song of the Earth, Dream, Fairy of the Crystal Fountain (Sleeping Beauty), Jewels, Serenade. She has created roles in Wheeldon's DGV, Winter’s Tale, Tuckett's TIMECODE and Brandstrup's Rushes. In 2007 she danced Two Pigeons Pas de deux and Calliope Rag (Elite Syncopations) in South Africa and Africa to raise money through the charity 'Dancing for the Children' for children suffering with AIDS. She also danced for Dame Vivienne Westwood’s Gold Label ‘Chaos Point’ Gala, 2008, in a pas de deux choreographed by Fernando Montano in aid of the NSPCC. More recently she featured in a film short, ‘Eleanor’ for Cobb Gallery and performed the Finding Freedom Duet with Dane Hurst at Wilderness Festival, 2015.

 Sarah Reynolds | Brook Dance Tutor July 29- Aug 4

Sarah Reynolds | Brook Dance Tutor July 29- Aug 4

 Image credit: Joris-Jan Bos

Image credit: Joris-Jan Bos

Sarah Reynolds

Sarah Reynolds was born in Dublin where she trained with Ella Doran and Phil Cole, and participated in Shawbrook Summer Schools. She then moved to the U.K. where she trained first in Yorkshire with Dorothy Stevens then at Central School of Ballet in London. Upon graduating she worked in France and Germany with Marguerite Donlon before joining NDT in 2004. Sarah has been creating and performing with the company since then and has had the great privilege to work with artists that come through the NDT doors.

She has also branched into film working with Dutch director Clara van Gool first on short film Voices of Finance and more recently The Beast in the Jungle.

Sarah regularly teaches and coaches (pre-) professional dancers around the world.



Roger Van der Poel is from Portugal. Roger trained at the Escola de Dança do Conservatório Nacional, Lisbon. He danced with Ballet Gulbenkian and Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève before joining Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) 2 in 2006. He started dancing for NDT 1 in August 2009. With NDT he has performed works by NDT choreographersJiří Kylián, Sol León and Paul Lightfoot, Crystal Pite, William Forsythe, Hans van Manen, Marco Goecke, Gabriela Carrizo, Franck Chartier and Alexander Ekman among many others.


Since 2011 is a regular teacher for the NDT Summer Intensive and NDT Open Studio and has made guest appearances as a teacher in dance studios and dance schools in Europe, Canada and the United States.

In 2013, Roger was the lead organizer of NDT’s Switch event (the annual NDT dancers’ choreographic workshop).

He has also taught NDT repertoire at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and re-mounted León/Lightfoot’s Sleight of Hand with Ballet Zurich and Norwegian National Ballet.

 Theo Clinkard | Brook Dance Aug 5-11  Image credit: Stephen Wright

Theo Clinkard | Brook Dance Aug 5-11

Image credit: Stephen Wright

 Leah Marojevic  BrookDance Week 3 Aug 5-11

Leah Marojevic  BrookDance Week 3 Aug 5-11

Theo Clinkard | Week 3

Since graduating from the Rambert School in 1996, Brighton-based choreographer, performer and stage designer, Theo Clinkard spent many years performing with, among others, Matthew Bourne, Wayne McGregor, Rafael Bonachela, Siobhan Davies, New Art Club, Charles Linehan, Volcano, Laila Diallo, Fevered Sleep and The Cholmondeleys and The Featherstonehaughs. He founded the dancer-led company, PROBE, together with Antonia Grove and alongside the 7 original dance works they commissioned, he was fortunate enough to perform existing works by Yasmeen Godder and Trisha Brown (Accumulation 1971).

Over the last 5 years, he has steadily built a reputation for creating compelling and visually arresting dances and in 2012, he launched his own company to develop a portfolio of work that explores the communicative potential of the body and the empathetic nature of dance in performance. Past company works include Hell Bent (2012), Ordinary Courage (2012), Of Land & Tongue (2014) and Chalk (2014). He has toured his work throughout the UK and internationally (Chile, Switzerland, Germany), receiving invites to present at British Dance Edition in Edinburgh and Cardiff, and at Internationale Tanzmesse NRW 2016, Düsseldorf. Since 2015, Theo has been devising work in close collaboration with the dance artist Leah Marojević. Leah regularly acts as a dramaturg, outside eye and advisor as well as performing in his company works.

This Bright Field (2017) is Theo’s first large-scale company work and it premiered at Brighton Festival in May. Recent international commissions include Somewhat still. when seen from above (2015) for Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, which was presented as part of the renowned company’s very first evening of commissioned work since Bausch’s death in 2009, and The Listening Room (2016) for Danza Contemporánea de Cuba, which premiered in Havana and toured the UK earlier this year. Theo has premiered 26 original dances, many of them created for training institutions and youth companies in England, Austria, Chile, Ireland, Wales and New Zealand.

As well as leading intensive workshops and masterclasses internationally, Theo regularly teaches class to Carte Blanche, Culberg Ballet, Skänes Dansteater, Danish Dance Theatre, Pina Bausch, D.V.8., Sydney Dance Co., Michael Clark Co, Scottish Dance Theatre, New Adventures, Candoco, National Dance Co. Wales, Ballet Boyz and Rambert. As a movement director he has worked at The Royal Court, The Traverse, Opera North and with Kylie Minogue. Theo is currently part of Sadler's Wells Summer University, he is an Associate Artist at Brighton Dome, Dance4, Greenwich Dance and an Honorary Fellow at Plymouth University.


Leah, originally from the UK, spent three months with Sydney Dance Company’s Pre-Professional Year after graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Dance in Melbourne, Australia 2013. Leah was the recipient of the Australian Council for the Arts, ArtStart Grant in 2015 and received the Orloff Family Trust award for ‘Most Outstanding Dancer’ in 2013. Leah is a contemporary dance artist who performs, makes performance, writes, teaches, directs and artistically supports other dance makers. Leah collaborates regularly with Theo Clinkard and Colette Sadler, and has worked with choreographers, visual artists and companies; Sarah Browne, Mirjam Gurtner, Candoco Dance Company, Clod Ensemble, Seke Chimutengwende, and Becky Hilton among others. 

 Brook Dance 2016 & 2017

2017 BROOK DANCE Mentors Maya M Carroll & Marguerite Donlon

Dancers | Carole Debenath, Harry Parr, Rosie Stebbing, Nathan Chipps, Nora Monsecour, Shona Leahy, Ciara Lynch, Ellen Finlay, Henry Morris, Sean Moss, Aliina Lindroos, Kathy Young, Roisin Whelan, Mintesinot Getachew, Eleanor Waldron

 BrookDance 2017 participants are; Nathan Chipps, Carole Debenath, Ellen Finlay, Mintesinot Getachew, Shona Leahy , Aliina Lindroos, Ciara Lynch, Nora Monsecour, Henry Morris, Sean Moss, Harry Parr, Rosie Stebbing, Roisin Whelan and Kathy Young.


Dancers | Ellen Finlay, Emily May, Ciara Lynch, Vanessa Michielon, Leanne Oddy, Niamh O'Loughlin, Abbie Madden, Izzy Britain, Jemma Gould, (Week One only): Eleanor Marsh, Roisin Whelan, Harry Parr, Shona Leahy, Nora Monsecour and Petronella Wienhahn

2015 BROOK DANCE Mentor | Michael Langeneckert

Dancers | Robyn Byrne, Daisy Cauty,  Tabitha Cholet , Stephanie Dufresne, Jemma Gould,  Sophie Hutchinson, Magdalena Hylak, Aaron Jeffrey, Ivonne Kalter, Abbie Madden, Orla McCarthy, Elspeth McKeever, Leanne Oddy, Hannah Rogerson, Anna Schneider, Naomi Rivana, Astrid Smits, Anna Zurkirchen

2014 BROOK DANCE Mentors |  Chantal McCormick + Margueritte Donlon

Dancers | Lau Beh Chin | Tina Benko | Rachel Brennan | Jamaal Burkmar | Robyn Byrne | Sophie Hutchinson | Neza Jamnikar | Roisin Laffan | Orla McCarthy | Elspeth McKeever |