People

 

We have a wonderful team of office staff, dancers, teachers and trustees, who are all dedicated to and passionate about the vision of Springs.

Ruth Hughes

Artistic Director

Ruth trained at Trinity Laban, and then qualified as a teacher from Brighton University. Ruth joined Springs as a dancer in 1997, and was appointed Artistic Director in 2003. She has also danced for Marina Collard and Suzannah West Dance Company. Ruth has taught extensively in schools, colleges and universities. Since becoming director for Springs Dance Company she has co-choreographed several works for the company including Waterbugs and DragonfliesJourney of the MagiCredoCargo and Passage.

Eliza Reger

Company and Elevate Manager and Teacher

Eliza joined Elevate Dance Company in 2010, before then completing her training at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, gaining a BA(Hons) in Contemporary Dance. Following graduating in 2014, she worked as an Administration Assistant at Chisenhale Dance Space, then returned to Springs in the role of Company Administrator in March 2015, before becoming Company and Elevate Manager in February 2017. Alongside her office role, Eliza also teaches on the Springs schools progamme and works as a facilitator at Magpie Dance.

Penelope Jungreis

Performance and Workshop Coordinator

Penny began her dance career as a student assistant at Paulette Harwood's ballet studio in Boston. She went on to earn her BSc in Arts Administration at Wagner College in New York, graduating Summa Cum Laude. Throughout her studies, she worked with Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Alvin Ailey, and New York City Center. In 2015, Penny traveled to Delhi to study Kathak, before moving to London to complete a MA in Dance Anthropology with Merit from University of Roehampton. Penny joined Springs Dance Company as the Company and Elevate Administrator in 2018. She also works in venue hire at Cecil Sharp House, home of the English Folk Dance and Song Society, and manages her own artist agency, Art in Motion Ltd.

Becky Gill

Finance Manager

Becky studied Maths & Business Studies at Warwick University before training as a Chartered Accountant. Whilst studying she prepared accounts and audited many charities and small companies. After qualifying she worked for a global engineering company as part of their finance team. Becky took a career break to care for her three children but, once they were older, was keen to find a place where her finance skills could be put to good use. The opportunity to work for Springs as their financial administrator was ideal! Whilst not a dancer, Becky is enthusiastic about the work that Springs does, and delighted that she can play a supporting role. Becky is also an active member of her local church, serving as a Bible study leader and as part of the music team.

Rebecca Bertram

Tour Booker

Rebecca danced professionally on cruise liners and overseas, travelling to Greece, Germany, Denmark and Norway. Following on from this, she undertook a degree course in Performing Arts at North Hertfordshire University, gaining an HND, before transferring to Middlesex University to specialise in Dance Studies, where she gained a 2:1 BA Hons. Rebecca has taught dance in schools and for the community, and worked as an Assistant at The Place Artist Development, London, as Programme Manager at essexdance, and as a Creative Agent for the Royal Opera House Creative Partnerships. Rebecca began working for Springs Dance Company in 2008.

Katie Albon

Dancer, Teacher 
and Rehearsal Director

Katie graduated from Laban with a First Class BA (Hons) in 2013. She then achieved a Distinction for her MA in Dance Performance at the University of Chichester, touring internationally with MAP Dance performing works by Kerry Nichols, Gary Clarke, Yael Flexer, Liz Agiss and Hagit Bar. Katie has been working and performing with Springs Dance Company since 2016 and has also performed with Autin Dance Theatre, Here We Are Dance at the Birmingham International Dance Festival, The Natashas Project, Dance Equation and at Sensibility Festival with InterACTION. Katie is also passionate about inclusive arts and is a facilitator for Open Theatre Company delivering non-verbal physical theatre sessions for young people with learning disabilities.

Naomi Cook

Teacher

Naomi trained at L'Ecole du Ballet du Nord and Central School of Ballet and has danced with companies such as DV8, Maiden Voyage Dance Company, the Royal Opera and Springs Dance Company. Naomi joined Springs in 2007 and became Assistant Director in 2010 until 2017. Since 2012 Naomi has also worked as Rehearsal Director for Maiden Voyage Dance Company in Belfast, including with choreographers Suzannah McCreight, Dylan Quinn, Enrique Carbrera and Luke Murphy. Naomi enjoyed a fruitful year of mentoring with Louise Jeffreys, Director of Programming at the Barbican, as part of Dance UK's Dancers’ Mentoring Scheme 2012-13. Naomi teaches ballet and contemporary as a freelance artist and has in the past taught for Central School of Ballet, London Studio Centre, Laban, London Borough Councils, Artis Specialists, Help the Aged and many more. Naomi moved to Brussels in Summer 2017 and will share her time between discovering dance in Belgium and projects in the UK and elsewhere.

Emily Yong

Dancer and Teacher

Emily trained at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, where she had the opportunity to work with Christopher Bruce and Robert Cohan. After graduating in 2015 with a First Class Honours degree, Emily joined Springs Dance Company as a dancer in their Christmas tour, Journey of the Magi. Since then she has also enjoyed teaching workshops in schools and churches with the company and performing in The Magic Paintbrush. Emily has also worked with English National Opera in their production of Madam Butterfly. As well as performing, Emily enjoys teaching dance, church youth work and travelling.

Maggie Ho Ki Kwan

Teacher

Maggie has performed, choreographed and taught throughout her dance career after finishing her MA in dance performance at London Contemporary Dance School. She is now a freelance artist based in London, originally from Hong Kong and trained at HKAPA. Maggie has worked with a number of dance companies and artists over the years including Candoco Dance Co, Anhng Dance, Union Dance, Freddie Opoku-Addaie, Sakoba Dance Theatre and in the West End production The King and I. Maggie performed as a dancer with Springs for seven years and has since continued teaching on Springs’ training courses.

Daniel Cossette

Dancer and Teacher

Daniel trained in mime at Mimeistry International and then toured with Mimeistry for three years before founding Ambassador Arts, encompassing mime, dance, storytelling, ventriloquism, and fire spinning.  He danced with Ad Deum Dance Company, Houston TX, from 2009-2013, and performed in prelude to Dance Houston, Alvin Ailey Company, Mark Morris Dance Company, performed in First Night, Project Dance London, and the Big E. He has taught for the Houston Ballet Outreach Program, the Alley Theatre, and Society for Performing Arts. He now directs Infusion Physical Theatre in Cambridge, England alongside his wife Melanie.

Hannah Rotchell

Dancer and Teacher

Hannah graduated from London Contemporary Dance School in 2014. During her time there she was awarded the Charlotte Kirkpatrick Award and The Principals Award for outstanding achievement. After graduating, Hannah became a member of JV2's professional development programme. As well as dancing with Springs, Hannah has also recently worked with Stopgap Dance Company and is currently working with both Casson and Friends and Off The Map Dance Company. Previous to this, Hannah has also worked with Full House Theatre Company, Jasmin Vardimon, Mafalda Deville, Athanasia Kanelloulou and Marilena Dara. As well as performing Hannah has a huge love of teaching and choreographing, particularly in youth groups and schools. She has her own inclusive dance group based in Kent, through Stopgap's IRIS syllabus, and is excited to continue developing this area of dance in her region.

Ella Fleetwood

Dancer and Teacher

Ella is a contemporary dance artist based in London. She trained on the CAT scheme at The Place and graduated from Laban in 2016. She teaches in a range of community settings, with accessibility and play at the heart of her teaching practice. Ella creates bold dance work for theatres, outdoor spaces and galleries. She creates her own choreographic work through her company, ella&co., connecting people through her socially engaged choreographic practice. She has performed for a range of companies and contexts, including the Victoria and Albert museum, Lakes Alive Festival and Southbank Centre. Her work has been supported by Arts Council England, Big Ideas and The Point. 

Holly Wilmot

Teacher

Holly is a dancer and teacher specialising in contemporary dance and performing arts. After graduating in 2012 with a dance degree from York St John University, she continued her training as a member of Elevate 2013. Since then, she has worked as a dancer on numerous performance projects including film, site specific and photography. Performance credits include The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Fresh: North East, ICON, Resolution and Project Dance: Paris. Holly is currently working as a performing arts practitioner for Artis Foundation and teaches community dance with DanceWest. She is also a member of the Springs Dance Company schools teaching team.

Zoë Tsim

Teacher

Zoë is a dancer, teacher and Pilates instructor. In 2012, she graduated from the University of Surrey with a First Class BA (Hons) in Dance and Culture. She then continued her training as part of the apprentice company Elevate 2013. Zoë’s performance work has included film, site specific and immersive installation based pieces, with a variety of companies and solo artists. She has been teaching dance since 2013 within schools and communities across the UK, from young children to adults. In 2016-2019, Zoë spent time in Islamabad, Pakistan where she established technique and creative dance classes for local children, as well as British High Commission staff and their families. Since moving back, she teaches Pilates across London and is part of the Springs Dance Company schools team.

Daniel 7

Teacher

Daniel is an award-winning professional dance choreographer and the creator of DanceCoachUK. He has been a professional dancer and teacher for over 15 years now, teaching all over the globe to over 5,000 students. He has trained at top dance schools and companies. Daniel specialises in the following styles: Hip-hop/Street, Commercial, Freestyle, Themed workshops, K-pop, Contemporary, and partner work (Salsa, ballroom, cultural dances etc). He enjoys seeing students who are total beginners grow, have fun and achieve their dream goals. His experience ranges from teaching aspiring dancers to social dancing and wedding dances. Credits include: X-factor, BBC, MTV, Sadler’s Wells Theatre, and Royal Academy of Dance.

Victoria Butler

Teacher

Victoria completed the Pre-Professional Foundation Year at Bird College in Dance and Theatre studies in 2014 before taking a gap year. Victoria then joined Elevate Dance Company 2015-16 where she developed her teaching skills. Since then, she has joined Springs Dance Company, enjoying teaching in schools and churches as well as working in the office to market the Elevate courses. She has begun teaching her own classes in her home church, suitable for a variety of ages to encourage and build confidence, alongside studying for BEd in Primary Teaching at Hertfordshire university. 

Sarah Hitch

Teacher

Sarah works professionally as a contemporary and Lindy Hop dance artist, performing and teaching in the UK and internationally. She trained at TrinityLaban, Lewisham College and Elite Jazz, and has worked with a wide range of companies, choreographers and artists including: Nutshell Dance, producers O’Neill/Ross, the London Contemporary Orchestra, Joon Dance, SKADooSH Dance, Grounded Movement, Supple Nam and Arthur Pita. Sarah danced as a professional artist in the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony and performed under the direction of Jake Nava on film as part of the 2016 Guinness commercial entitled John Hammond: Intolerant Champion. Currently Sarah is performing with The Lindy Hop Dance Company in a national tour of Swinging with the Cotton Club, and is a member of The Dinahs, a multi-award winning performance and competition troupe. Sarah has been teaching with Springs Dance Company since 2015.

Claire Talbot

Teacher

Claire trained at NSCD and The Place. She has extensive professional experience dancing at the Royal Opera House, 'The Snowman' West End (Sadler’s Wells), and Loop Dance Co. Choreographers worked with include Aletta Collins, Fin Walker, Joss Arnott, James Wilton, Siobhan Davis and Trisha Brown.  She has taught for Richard Alston, RAD, The Place, CADT, Birmingham Dance Network, Dancexchange, Birmingham Royal Ballet, and Kingston University. Claire worked for seven years as a dancer with Springs, and has since continued teaching for their education department. Her next adventure, The 'School Of Theatre Excellence' Birmingham, as the acting Head of Dance. As well as teaching Contemporary workshops at Elmhurst School of Ballet, Claire also has plans to start creating her own work.

Trustees


The Board of Trustees meets quarterly to provide governance and vision for Springs Dance Company, which requires the implementation of a range of skills. We are often looking for new people to join our board, so if you think that you can contribute by getting involved and serving in this way, please see our Trustee Role Description and get in touch with us.

Our current trustees are:

  • John Chamberlain
  • Toby Beazley
  • Debbie Lee-Anthony
  • Deborah Cruz Dunn
  • Kerry Salisbury

Patrons


  • Aelred Arnesen MA
  • Rev Jeremy Begbie BD, Ph.D, FRSCM
  • David Bintley CBE
  • Rev Steve Chalke MBE
  • Dr. John Drane MA Ph.D
  • Roger & Faith Forster
  • Candida Hadler AISTD
  • Pam Howard MBE
  • The Rt Rev Dr Michael Nazir-Ali
  • Robert Penman FRSA
  • Peter Spencer
  • Judith and Geoffrey Stevenson

Springs Dance Company is a Company Limited by Guarantee Registered in England & Wales, No. 6371136.  Registered Charity No. 1136487.
Registered office address: Whitehill Business Services, 3C Hopewell House, Whitehill Ind Estate, Whitehill Lane, Royal Wootton Bassett SN4 7DB