Bryony Williams (FHEA)
Bryony trained in the 1970s with Ernest Berk in the European Expressionist style of dance and has also studied Contemporary dance, Jazz dance, American Tap, Argentinian Tango, Baroque Dance and Gurdjieff Movements.
In the 1980s-1990s she trained in Seishin Kitaido, a ki martial art, with Ken Waight becoming an Instructor. At this time she also studied Bokuto, Bohjitsu, Meditation and Shiatsu massage.
She has wide experience as a teacher, choreographer and dancer in the UK, France, Belgium, Italy and Israel. She is currently working at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama teaching dance/movement to classical singing and music therapy students. She also works at London College of Music, University of West London, teaching Music Theatre and Acting students.
She has been involved in a number of projects and both colleges, and recently choreographed Sweet Charity for the Questors Theatre.
She continues to develop, research and explore aspects of dance through the work of SpiralArts.
She has a creative and eclectic approach to her work and loves to inspire people from all walks of life to dance and move, and enjoys arts fusion.
Elizabeth Blake (DTLLS, Cert HE Dance Teaching)
Elizabeth trained at London Contemporary Dance School and Guildford School of Acting and has many years experience as a dancer, choreographer, actor and teacher. She has choreographed shows across the UK and Off Broadway, and has recently performed in “Isadora – I Dance What I Am”, her debut as a playwright, at The Phoenix Theatre and Arts Centre in Hampshire.
Formerly BTEC Performing Arts Course Leader at Reading College, she is currently working as The Phoenix Theatre’s Dance Officer. As Phoenix Dance Officer she works with adults, children and people with disabilities and dementia.
She has recently choreographed and performed in “Isadora” a dance, drama reflecting the life of Isadora Duncan, which was premiered at The Phoenix Theatre.
David Home, MA in Ed, FHEA
David has always had a strong interest in movement and dance and trained for many years in ki martial arts such as Seishin Kitaido, Boh Jitsu and Bokutoh, in the 80s and 90s, as well as Tai Chi, Chi Gung and Zen meditation. He is currently studying Argentine Tango and teaches on the Dance and Movement Studies course at the University of Derby, where he works with mindful movement and body awareness. In addition, he is a trained shiatsu practitioner and acupuncturist and is exploring the development of mindfulness through touch and the use of breath with movement and he has worked with SpiralArts for twenty years.
Emma trained at Elmhurst Ballet School, whilst training won the Dancing Times Award for choreography. Since graduating has had a varied career as a dancer and performer. Musicals include Half a Sixpence, concert versions of Nymph Errant and My One and Only. Opera’s including Aida (Earls Court) Anna Bolena and Medea (Royal Opera House). Touring the UK, Europe and the Far East in various shows from cabaret to corporate events, as well as appearing at the Edinburgh Festival. Television and video work include Hale & Pace (LWT), Making News (Thames TV), KYTV (BBC 2), Noel Edmonds House Party (BBC 1), BBC I-Dent, Scommettiamo Che (Rai Uno, Italian TV). Dame Edna, Robert Plant and The Communards.
Now her energies are in teaching and choreography. Choreographic credits include ‘A Christmas Carol’ at the New Wimbledon Theatre and Trafalgar Studios. Cabaret at the Manoel Theatre, Malta, West Side Story at St James Cavalier Arts Centre, Malta. Noel and Gertie at the Latchmere Theatre and Anastasia The Musical at the Thorndike Theatre. Rigoletto for Pavilion Opera Company UK and European tour. Emma has also been involved in choreographing events at The Dorchester, Grosvenor House, Natural History Museum, Birmingham NEC (Concert Hall), Birmingham NEC Hilton and London Fashion Week. Teaching Emma has taught and choreographed at a number of Theatre and Drama Colleges these include London Academy of Performing Arts, ALRA and Central School of Speech and Drama. She is a visiting tutor at the Actors Centre, London.
Emma holds a PGCert in Academic Practice (INSTIL) and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. A Foundation Certificate in Deaf Studies, as well as having a Level 2 Certificate in Sign Language. Since 2008 she has been a volunteer for Deafinitely Theatre and the National Deaf Children’s Society.
Artist, Teacher, Explorer of Spontaneous Qigong, Breathwork, Movement and Dance. BA Hons Fine Art. PGCE in Further and Higher education.
Tracy Burgess studied Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University where she specialised in Sound Installation and Time Based Media. During the 90’s she worked as an Art College Tutor in Cheshire. Since 2000 ill health separated her from her creativity for a decade during which time she explored holistic approaches for the treatment of chronic pain and restricted mobility, becoming acquainted with Taoism and Eastern practices for well being and also trained in Reiki.
Now very much reconnected with her creativity again, Tracy combines her internal energy work which she practices daily, with her creativity. It is integral to her creative process and spontaneously and intuitively informs her expression through painting, mixed media drawing, photography and dance.
Tracy has a passion for Contemporary experimental Dance and Music, very much enjoying being around the energy of Dancers, Choreographers, Musicians and Singers and exploring the interplay between Artforms. Her approach to creativity is organic, intuitive, exploratory and spontaneous. Her focus is on allowing a creative freedom of expression to flow and evolve within a creative space, from the individual and between individuals, to enable the work to breathe into life in unexpected and exciting ways.
Dance, theatre, events, red carpet events, PR launches, dinners, conferences, parties and more.
Battersea Power Station, the City’s historic Dutch Hall, V & A, Royal Courts….
Michael Ormiston has been composing, performing and writing about music over the past 15 years. He is a multi-instrumentalist and is currently involved in a number of activities. These are as composer, solo performer, theatre musician, session musician, member of Mysterious Tremendum, Praying For The rain, Hyperyak music groups, strata performance group, radio programme researcher, writer and presenter, traditional music reviewer, workshop leader, teacher and researcher in Mongolian music. Michael also specialises in Mongolian Khöömii (overtone) singing, being one of the only non-Mongolians able to sing Khöömii. recently, Michael was commissioned to co-compose with Keith Waithe the theme tune and incidental music for Benedict Allen’s BBC2 series “The Last of the Medicine Men.”
Ernest Berk is the inspiration and root behind much of SpiralArts work. He was a dancer, teacher and choreographer who trained in Germany with Mary Wigman in the 1930s in the German Expressionist style of dance. He also pioneered and composed a great deal of electronic music during the 1960s-1980s, and his music has recently been rediscovered both here and in Germany.