Guest Workshop Artists

Angelina Abel (Mulembas d’Africa)

Mulembas d’Africa dance classes started as a concept strongly rooted in my ancestors’ life experiences. It’s name, suggested by my mother, accentuates this spiritual creative guidance and helps me establish the standards I need to pursue dance as my passion and my method of communication.

Born in Angola and raised in Portugal, I am in love with the powerful and rich sounds and movements of my world, naturally then, I feel these cultural influences combine to form a perfect marriage of elements within my dance classes.

My dance class travels between the world of traditional Africa and more contemporary elements; eclectic, energetic and flexible live musicians understand a wide range of musical styles and rhythms so, we expand the soul.

Lucy Haighton

Lucy creates live performance work as a solo artist and also works collaboratively on a number of projects with others, both in dance and other art forms including theatre, sound design and film. Lucy embeds herself within the artistic community in Sheffield and South Yorkshire. She is a resident artist at the creative hub Theatre Delicatessen; is a core member of the Dance Network Sheffield collective working with other dance artists within the city; has links with both the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University through collaborations with academics and also performing at a number of city events including the University of Sheffield’s Festival of the Mind.

This collaborative practice extends to the community where Lucy has a strong interest in participant led projects, as well as teaching classes, choreographing on groups, and leading workshops to a variety of ages, abilities and levels. Teaching work has taken Lucy around the UK as well as to Rajasthan, North East India.

Daniel Phung 

Daniel Phung will deliver a workshop for the company of young dancers. Daniel is specialist in breaking and popping and was recently selected to present his first professional work at the Riley Theatre as part of Northern Connections. His choreographic practice focuses on conceptually bridging the gap between hip hop, contemporary dance and theatre, aiming to make work relatable for different audiences whilst staying true to his artistic integrity. Choreographic and performance credits include Rationale Productions, Tino Sehgal, John Ross Dance, Autin Dance Theatre, Tall Tales Big Moves, Balbir Singh and Lo- Giudice Dance.

Tara Baker

Tara Baker will deliver one of the guest workshops for the company of young dancers and will also take a lead on Project Management for the South Yorkshire Youth Dance Company. Tara Baker is an independent dance artist  based in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. Tara set up the Sheffield Dance Network in 2014, receiving investment through Grants for the Arts in 2015 for ‘Cityscapes’ a sited dance project drawing together professional dancers with local communities. Tara works independently as a teacher and facilitator for Phoenix Dance Theatre and Yorkshire Dance and in addition contributes to strategic meetings with Sheffield City Council regarding dance development in the city. Tara regularly makes work and collaborates with other local professionals.

Wayne Sables 

Wayne Sables will deliver a workshop for the company of young dancers. Wayne is an experienced maker and facilitator based in South Yorkshire, working both regionally and nationally. Alongside choreographic and directorial work, Wayne has a specialism in digital art and design, working with new technologies to explore the relationship between dance and digital technology. Wayne regularly leads screen dance workshops nationally with students and youth groups and will bring this expertise to work with South Yorkshire Youth Dance Company.

Vrata Chigateri

Vrata who is based in Rotherham provides training and workshops in Indian traditional

Dance ( Kuchipudi) , Indian semi classical and bollywood for children and adults. Vrata will deliver one of the guest workshops for the company of young dancers.


Northern School of Contemporary Dance’s (NSCD) Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) is part of a national intensive dance programme devised to prepare young dancers for full-time dance training at university or specialist conservatoire level.

The CAT scheme at NSCD is a pre vocational training programme specialising in Contemporary dance technique. We work with young people aged between 13 – 17 years who have passion, drive, artistry, commitment, creativity and ambition to fulfil their aspirations in dance.

NSCD CAT will be delivering an experience workshop for SYYDC.