Gary Clarke will be one of the guest choreographers to create work with the young company. He will focus on creating an engaging piece of highly physical dance theatre. Gary has an extensive track record as both a choreographer and performer. His recent work ‘Coal’ (invested by ACE) has toured regionally and nationally with critical acclaim. Gary has worked in both professional and youth and community contexts, creating some of the most exciting youth dance pieces with young companies such as Edge Fwd, Ludus Youth Dance Company and many more. He is currently collaborating with Yorkshire Dance and Hull City of Culture on LGBT50 ‘Into the Light’ and remains one of the most innovative and exciting choreographers in the Yorkshire region.


Keira Martin is lead artist working with the young company providing consistent support and mentoring for the duration of the project whilst also bringing her own unique energy and expertise as a choreographer, teacher and rehearsal director.

Keira is an independent dance artist based in Yorkshire and raised in a South Yorkshire mining village. Having carved a career in performance over the past 15 years, Keira is now a well established international artist. In 2005 Keira founded Keira Dance – an exciting dance company that fuses traditional Irish folk music and dance, contemporary dance, cultural diversity, politics and reggae. The company toured UK wide throughout 2005 to 2014 with their first work ‘Threads’ and attracted venues such as The Purcell Rooms at Queen Elizabeth Hall and ROH2 as part of Firsts commissions along with extensive rural touring. She was also the first associate artist at Swindon Dance mentor Gill Clarke.

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Alesandra Seutin will be a guest choreographer creating work on the young company in their second choreographic intensive during February 2018. Alesendra is a performer, choreographer and teacher born in Harare, raised in Brussels and trained in London. Her work has toured nationally and internationally and she is progressively rising as an artist making marks across continents. In 2014, Alesandra become a ADAD Trailblazers Champion for her continuous contribution as an artist of the African Diaspora in the UK bridging the gap between African and Contemporary dance.