BROOKDANCE- TWO WEEK dance intensive at Shawbrook

August 11 - August 24 - TUTORS Sarah Reynolds, Dominic Santia & Theo Clinkard


  • BrookDance 2019 costs €400 and includes all classes, accommodation, food and transfers. A deposit of €150 is required to reserve your place, and the balance of fees is due before the course starts.

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

BrookDance is an intensive training and development programme led by International Dancers and choreographers. We are proud to announce our mentors for 2019; Sarah Reynolds & Dominic Santia (NDT) and Theo Clinkard. BrookDance 2019 is a two week course.

  • Daily training in contemporary and modern classical technique

  • Develop choreography skills and performance skills

  • Present works in progress in front of an audience on the Forest Stage Saturday 17th + 24th August

  • All meals provided daily - home-cooked, nutritious food

  • Access to Forest Walks on your doorstep and enjoy the natural surroundings.

Workshop 1 – Freedom and/in Form

Sarah and Dominic will explore different styles of form in an effort to explore freedom of movement. Nonform based dance often gets confused with shapeless lack of skill. And perhaps that may be true. But what if we find that shapelessness is simply another form of movement. How can we as dancers use forms to investigate the in-betweens - the moment of transition. How can we develop our skillset, making use of different forms to find freedom in transitioning between them seamlessly.

WORKSHOP 2 Lucidity in Action 

An opportunity to embody and discuss the practices that lie at the heart of Theo’s work. 

He will be inviting dancers to bring attention to their perceptive experience of the space, of the other dancers and of their own moving body to find greater lucidity in action and a sense of connection within the group. This will be followed by phrases and group improvisations that encourage articulate and expansive dancing. Theo will then share some exploratory and creative tasks from various creative processes, many of which use working with response to divert performers self consciousness. Theo will be cultivating a generous and inclusive safe space for all those that attend.


  • BookDance 2019 is SOLD OUT. Please contact Anica to be placed on a waiting list: catharinalouw[@]

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


Sarah Reynolds | Brook Dance Tutor 2019

Sarah Reynolds | Brook Dance Tutor 2019

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.

Dominc Santia | BrookDance Tutor

Dominc Santia | BrookDance Tutor


Originally from Michigan, USA, he received his B.F.A. from The Juilliard School in 2006. After his studies he joined La La La Human Steps (2006-09) under the direction of Edouard Lock for the production “Amjad”. He then spent some time as a guest with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal before joining Nederlands Dans Theater in December of 2009. At NDT he had the opportunity to work with Crystal Pite, Johan Inger, Jiri Kylian, Sol Leon and Paul Lightfoot as well as several other choreographers.Following his time at NDT, he joined Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar, and toured internationally as a member of their company L-E-V, and is now working as a freelance artist.

Theo Clinkard | Brook Dance 2019

Theo Clinkard | Brook Dance 2019


Theo Clinkard | Week 3

Theo Clinkard is based in Yorkshire and his practice spans choreography, pedagogy, performance and design. 

Since launching his company in 2012, he has steadily built an international reputation for creating affecting and visually arresting dances for small to large-scale theatres and non-theatre settings. Past company productions include Ordinary Courage, Chalk, Of Land & Tongue and This Bright Field and his company have toured to Chile, Ireland, Switzerland, and Germany. Current works include The Elsewhen Series; a set of duet scores for gallery and museum spaces that he will perform with regular his collaborator, Leah Marojević and a new group work The Century Project (working title) that will not be performed for 100 years. Recent commissioned works include works for Tanztheatre Wuppertal Pina Bausch and Danza Contemporanea de Cuba, whilst a new work for Candoco Dance Company will premiere in October 2019.

Theo regularly leads intensives workshops, residencies and classes internationally for professional companies, dance organisations and training institutions, including engagements in Chile, Belgium, Ireland, Germany, Wales, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, United States, France, Spain, Cuba, Italy, Finland, Sweden and Norway.

He is an Associate Artist at Brighton Dome & Festival, Dance4 and an Honorary Fellow at Plymouth University.

2018 Brook Dance Mentors

Dane Hurst & Romany Padjak; Sarah Reynolds & Roger Van der Poel; Theo Clinkard & Leah Marojevic

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 |