Gerrard Martin: Artistic Director/ Dance Artist
Gerrard Martin trained at De Montfort University, gaining a BA Hons in English Literature and Performing Arts; he then went on to Northern School of Contemporary Dance and obtained a Diploma in Professional Dance Studies
He has danced for Akademi, Rosie Kay Dance Company, and has toured nationally with Tavaziva Dance, Union Dance Company, as well as dancing for the West End's production of the Lion King, Ballet Black, Aletta Collins Dance Company, State of Emergency, and Phoenix Dance Company.
Aside from modelling, commercial dance contracts, and film engagements, Gerrard has also danced for National Theatre, has toured internationally with the English National Opera, and the Royal Opera House.
Gerrard has taught and mentored on the Children Youth Dance and Adult Classes & Courses programme at the Place, he is a guest Associate Lecturer at the University of Northampton, and a dance teacher at RADA, (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art).
Gerrard has choreographed for Outbox Theatre, Longborough Opera, British Museum, Pegasus Opera and the National Portrait gallery. The West Bengal Federation of Dance, India commissioned Gerrard’s choreography for World Dance Day.
He created his project-based company Gerrard Martin Dance in 2011 and has had work featured at the National Portrait Gallery, RichMix and the Emerge, Between the Lines, South Bank Urban, Let’s Dance International, and Cloud Dance Festivals. Gerrard's work has also been selected for The Field Film festival, UK and the Athens Video Dance Project, Greece.
He was an assistant choreographer on the English National Opera’s Porgy and Bess, One Love Musical, (Bob Marley), and the 40th UAE Royal Anniversary Performance, Abu Dhabi.
Gerrard aims to produce works of emotive and socially relevant dance-theatre; to teach and facilitate creativity through movement, yoga, and dance, and wishes to collaborate and engage with artists across different mediums.
He is part of the first cohort of The Kerry Nicholls Dance Mentoring Programme, and is a trained Yoga teacher.
Vanessa Abreu: Dance Artist
Following 12 years of ballet training, Vanessa studied in Lisbon's Escola Superior de Dança and at Laban (BA & MA Choreography), where she received the Simone Michelle Award for outstanding achievement in Choreography.
Professional engagements and collaborators include: Alexis Blake, Candoco Dance Company, State of Emergency, Shobana Jeyasingh, Upswing, Fleur Darkin Ensemble, The Generating Company, Janine Harrington, Haptic Dance, Jennifer Essex, Dane Hurst, Gerrard Martin Dance, White Flag, Pair Dance, Move: Choreographing You (Tânia Bruguera, Pablo Bronstein), Union Dance, Vago Tedosio (ARTEVICT), Gary Nurse (Legends of the Underground), Luke Thomas Dunne (En Knap Group), Andrej Gubanov (Film, Light), Mathew Orange (Composer), Noura Sanatian (Violin), Ejnar Askberger (Flute, Voice, Electro), Jane Mclean (White Flag), Jonathan Chadwick (AZ Theatre).
In 2011, Vanessa was a Southbank Emerging Artist in Residence, received a choreographic commission from En-Knap, Slovenia and was a winner of the BBC Performing Arts Fund Dance Fellowship with Upswing.
More recently as a performer for Candoco Dance Company's Jérôme Bel's The Show Must Go On, a recipient of the UK Theatre Awards Outstanding Achievement in Dance' 2015.
Alecsander Nilsson: Dance Artist
Alecsander started his dance training with two foundation years at a conservatory in Sweden. During his study he had the opportunity to work with Opera på Skäret and their production of the well known opera Madama Butterfly’.
After completing his years in Sweden he continued his training at the Theatre Dance BA (Hons) program at London Studio Centre.
During his three years at LSC he got an apprenticeship with Diamond Dance, participated in the Balletboyz Weekend Dancers Course, and worked with choreographers including Luke Brown, Laura Weston and Alleyne Dance.
In 2021, before his graduation from the contemporary pathway, Alecsander joined the new cast of Upswing’s show ‘Catch Me for their summer UK tour.
Joanne Bernard: Dramaturg / Rehearsal Director
Joanne Bernard trained at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance.
Her performing career started with Kokuma Dance Theatre Company based in Birmingham, which opened up opportunities to work and perform with international African and Caribbean artist.
Joanne was part of the choreographic platform State Of Emergency which resulted in her being asked to take on the role of Rehearsal Director for 4 seasons.
Joanne also became Rehearsal Director for Tavaziva in 2004 and shortly after Rosie Kay, during this time she became Movement Director for children’s theatre company Tutti Frutti and Red Earth Theatre.
Currently teaching Contemporary Technique BA Hons students at Salford University.
Mike Scott-Harding: Singer, song writer, play wright, critic, music producer
Mike Scott-Harding is a singer, songwriter, and playwright. As a singer, he has performed nationally and internationally in some of the worlds prestigious venues.
He has performed in Dubai, Oil Barons' Ball, for HRH Prince Albert in Monaco, for Princess Stephanie of Monaco in London, and in Hyde Park, London, as part of BBC proms.
He has vast experience singing in different genres (including Soul, Jazz, R'n'B, Doo-wop, Rock, Blues, and Reggae).
As leader of Soul/Motown group The Tops, he has performed on many elite-line cruise ships for several top companies (including P&O, Royal Caribbean, SAGA and Celebrity) throughout Europe, the Caribbean, Mexico, and Australasia.
As a session-singer he has performed, both live and in the studio, for Brazilian-fusion outfit Da Lata, and for Doo-wop harmony group, The Extraordinaires (including on Northern Ireland’s Late, late Show, and in the 2016 Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend Festival, Las Vegas.
As a writer-producer, he has written and produced the musical soundtrack for several of Gerrard Martin Dance’s performance pieces.
Mike has recently been commissioned the University of Northampton, writing the music – and performing guitar and vocal – for a multi-platform piece based on Greek play, The Oresteia.