Shawbrook Summer School 2018
Anica Louw - Summer School Week 1
Anica has over 40 years of teaching experience. She ran her own very successful ballet school here at Shawbrook for more than thirty years. A pioneer for dance education and training in Ireland, Anica started the first residential Summer School here in the 1980s as well as the first ever Irish Youth Dance Awards, the award-winning Shawbrook Youth Dance Company, The Beech Party Festival and more.
She continues to coach students for exams, competitions and auditions by private arrangement.
Ciara Lynch - Summer School Week 1
Ciara Lynch is a London based contemporary dancer, choreographer and teacher. Originally
from Ireland Ciara trained in ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap and drama mainly before
moving to London to train at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance where she
graduated with a First Class Honours degree.
In Ireland Ciara trained with Dublin Youth Dance Company, Shawbrook Youth Dance,
Inchicore College of Further Education before performing and touring professionally with JK
Ensemble in a collaboration with Tonnta Choir. Since moving to London Ciara has performed
in pieces by Wayne McGregor (restaged by Anna Nowak), Jessica Wright, Maciej Kuzminski, Sonia Rafferty and more. Ciara believes in dance that can extract feelings of empathy from an audience that might motivate audience members to act for positive social change. Ciara is assistant director of Paper Planes organization which seeks to introduce good practices in the art world, by working as a laboratory where hints or theories can be tested and power relations can be challenged. Ciara is passionate about continuing collaborations with other artists and widening her dance performance experience to include physical theatre, drama, music and other art forms to create politically motivated pieces that provoke conversation and engage audiences.
Lorene Lagrenade - Summer School Week 2
Lorène Lagrenade was born in La Rochelle, France. She began her studies at the Conservatory in La Rochelle in 1996. In 2005 she received her first contract as an apprentice for the Ballet de Lorraine in Nancy and she moved on to the junior ballet of Bordeaux one year later. In 2007/2009 she was one of the dancers chosen for the DANCE Program, where she worked with choreographers William Forsythe, Wayne Mac Gregor, Frederic Flamand and Angelin Preljocaj. Betwen 2008-2014 she danced with Donlon Dance Company/Saarländische Staatstheater. There she worked on several new creations with the director and choreographer Marguerite Donlon and also performed works from Kurt Jooss, Stijn Celis, Fernando Hernando Magadan, Bernard Baumgarten and Teresa Rotemberg. From 2014, Lorene has worked freelance as both dancer ad teacher, and works intensively as choreographic assistant with Marguerite Donlon. she accompained Marguerite in Ireland for the STEP UP programme (Limerick). She has taught at Shawbrook Summer School and in Germany ForKiel Ballet, Hessische Staatstheater Wiesbaden, Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt, and Gartner Platz Munich. Back in France in 2016, she graduated as a dance teacher and has taught at the Conservatory of Niort since 2017.
Melanie Quevedo - Summer School Week 2
Originally from La Rochelle, Mélanie Quevedo studied dance at the Conservatoire of La Rochelle and graduated in 2001. After studying History and Languages at the University of Poitiers, she joined the Junior ballet d'Aquitaine, Bordeaux and worked with choreographers Paco Decina, Claude Magne and Jean Alavi. Mélanie then went and studied at Trinty LABAN in London and graduated in Dance Studies and Choreological Studies in 2009. She then worked as a dancer and performer in England for choreographer Yasuo Asano, Tempered Body Dance Theatre, Autin Dance theatre, London Sound Painting Orchestra and Penny&Jules Dance Company. She worked for Lisarco Danza in Madrid and gradually started teaching and choreographing whilst continuing to dance. During her time in England, she developed her own movement style, strongly influenced by floor work techniques, the use of our centre as the movement trigger and the relationship with our surrounding space. Throughout the years she worked a lot with people with learning disabilities of all ages, and these encounters firmly established her beliefs that dance is firstly and foremost about sharing, and finding happiness in movement. She came back to France in 2015 and obtained the National Teaching Diploma in Contemporary Dance in February 2016. She went on to join the teaching Staff of La Rochelle and Niort Conservatoires. She also currently teaches the Jeune ballet Atlantique and the Art Danse A level in partnership with the National Choreographic Centre of La Rochelle (CCN)
Sarah Kronalittleithner - Summer School Week 3
Born in Australia, Sarah studied dance at The Victorian College of the Arts and London Contemporary Dance School graduating with a Bachelor of Dance degree. Her first appearance as a professional ballet dancer was with The West Australian Ballet and Queensland Ballet, followed by soloist contracts with the Vienna Chamber Ballet, Graz Opera Ballet, Bremerhaven Stadttheater and Landestheater Linz. Herdancing career saw her perform on several European stages while working withmany prestigious choreographers such as Jörg Mannes, Richard Wherlock, Mauro Bigonzetti, Nils Christie, Jonathan Taylor, Christine Comtesse, Darrel Touon and Pillip Egli. Sarah choreographed musicals and operettas for Oper Graz, Landestheater Linz and the Lübecker Sommerfestspiele and was commissioned as resident ballet and contemporary choreographer for Performing Arts Schools in Australia. Her teaching career has seen her teach ballet, contemporary and Pilates for more than 20 years throughout, Australia, Austria and Germany. She was also the founding director of European Dance Tours, educating and mentoring dance groups and individuals with tours, workshops and auditions throughout Europe. Sarah is a certified Pilates Mat Work instructor and is currently completing a Masters degree in Dance Pedagogy and Movement Research.
FAYE LUKAS Summer School Week 3
Born in Shropshire, England Faye began dancing at the age of 6. She trained at the prestigious Laine Theatre Arts in London. During her 3 years full time training, she was awarded the ‘Most Improved Dancer’ award, Head Girl and gained ISTD teaching qualifications in Ballet, Jazz and Tap. After graduating, Faye worked all over the world as a professional dancer. Faye has always maintained her teaching skills between contracts. Teaching in dance schools in England, in after school clubs and choreographing for National & International Dance competitions and shows. Since moving to Austria 12 years ago, Faye has taught at a number of dance schools there. She has over 20 years of teaching & choreographing experience. In 2015, Faye choreographed a Musical Theatre piece called ‘Will-A-Mania’ which won Gold at the World Championships and went on to receive an invite to perform at the Dance Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Her latest choreography project was on the Black Wings Musical ‘Heaven und Hell’ in Linz, Austria. She received her Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training Certificate in 2009 and has been teaching various styles of yoga ever since. Most recently, she put her extensive knowledge of Ballet, Yoga & Anatomy together to develop Ballet based Fitness classes, Raise the Barre and Ballet Beautiful.