Imagine intimate stories woven into our everyday environments. Where movement spins human tales of ordinary lives. This is Glass House Dance, a place where everyone is invited to watch and participate.
Visionary, Challenging, Passionate & Poignant...
Glass House Dance was set up by Sarah Lewis and Laura McGill to take the high art of contemporary dance into the heart of the community. They create essentially human, touching dance pieces with wide appeal for performance in public spaces.
Glass House Dance offers opportunity. People of all ages are invited to experience dance, working with professionals in a process of intergenerational collaboration, exploration and play. It is a shared route, a journey to celebrate the commonality of being human. Everybody carries a story within and the beauty and challenge of Glass House Dance is to set those stories in motion.
Laura McGill and Sarah Lewis are visionary dance artists, choreographers and teachers. They have worked with all ages in schools and the community, sharing experience, inspired by the rich complexities of being human.
Laura McGill Co-Director
Laura is passionate about dance and loves playing and creating with artists of any form. She has worked as a performer, teacher and choreographer for over 14 years. She trained at LABAN and after graduating performed with various dance and theatre companies.
In 2005 she moved to Norfolk to work with Norfolk Dance. After moving to the county she focussed her interest on choreography. Her choreographic inspiration has led her to work in unusual settings especially creating work for outdoor environments. She has a keen interest in cross art form collaboration and has researched the relationship between performance poetry and dance.
In 2014 she won the Dance Award at The Norfolk Arts Awards.
Sarah Lewis Sarah has worked with professional artists, students and community dancers, teaching and choreographing dance projects across Norfolk and East Anglia since moving to Norfolk in 2009.
She feels nourished by the many collaborations she has engaged in and choreographers has has worked with or been mentored by, including Steve Johnstone, Neil Paris, Rosemary Lee and of course Laura McGill.
Sarah is also a qualified yoga teacher, having completed her 200hour yoga teacher training with the World Conscious Yoga Family in Rishikesh, India and teaches regular classes as well as classes specifically designed for dancers and dance students.
Luke graduated from London Studio Centre with a BA Hons Theatre Dance Degree and most recently has been working with Ben Wright in bgroup’s R&D for new work Spectrum. Luke has also been working with Ben Wright in both the UK and Australian production of the Phillip Glass opera ‘The Perfect American’ directed by Phelim McDermottt. Luke has also worked with ZoieLogic Dance Theatre Company and is now venturing into making his own work in collaboration with 80collective, recently being awarded Associate Dance Artist at South Hill Park, Bracknell.
KJ began her training at the University of Chichester where she graduated with a 1st Class BA hons degree in 2010. She then when on to Transitions Dance Company where she gained her MA in Dance Performance from Trinity Laban in 2011. Since graduating KJ has danced professionally for a mix of choreographers including: Akram Khan, Flexer and Sandiland, James Wilton, Abi Mortimer of Lila Dance, Tim Casson, Jorge Crecis and Balbir Singh... now KJ is very happy to be performing for GlassHouse. KJ also loves to teach and work within the community she has a range of experience with ages from 2yrs-60+. KJ teaches technique at The University of Chichester and often takes a range of classes for Instep Dance company, Kent. KJ also teaches professional class and auditions for Lîla Dance, West Sussex.
Jo Galbraith thinks about meditation and yoga more than she does it and she also does the same with vegetarianism. She travels, runs her own performance company www.otherhalfproductions.com with her partner Jake performing world wide. One of her favorite past show experiences was working for Royal De Luxe and the Suntans Elephant and in the theatre show, MinceMeat.
Jake is interested in doing a multi media history of the universe in 30 minutes . Past favoutrite projects include dotComedy's Chain at Glastonbury Festival and Forum Theatre in cold weather centres.
Last year Jake along with Jo set up www.justplay.org.uk an NGO working with disadvantaged youth. Their pilot project was with Tanzanian street homeless and orphans.
Elizabeth has always been physically active originally training as a P.E teacher. In 2009 she took up dancing with Moasic Dance Company. In 2011 she worked with SMITH Dance Theatre in Agnes and Walter touring nationally the following year. Elizabeth keeps busy with her 3 children and 7 grandchildren. She plays recorder, sings in a choir, works out at the gym and is a member of the Writers Circle. She enjoys being busy and spending time with family and friends.
Ronnie is 72 and loves getting the most out of life. He has a passion for movement and music and has been privileged to perform on stage around Britain and Europe. If Ronnie had to choose three words to describe himself they would be positive, energy and laughter!
Gaelin began her dance studies at LABAN Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London. She trained as a Somatic Movement Therapist with Linda Hartley at the Institute of Integrative Bodywork and Movement Therapy (IBMT), a holistic approach that is based on the principles of Body Mind Centering®, Authentic Movement and Somatic Psychology. Gaelin is interested in spiritual development and is committed to deepening a Buddhist meditation practice and study. These two practices underlie her relationship to dance teaching, creating and performance. Gaelin is a member of dance quartet Eleven Farrer House, which provides a platform to support her creative enquiries. She enjoys working with local communities, initiating and facilitating grass roots and intergenerational projects, including Disappearance at Sea, a site-specific lighthouse performance developed with Eleven Farrer House. Gaelin currently works specifically within early years movement development, for children with physical & learning difficulties.
Hayley trained at The Northern School of Contemporary Dance graduating in 2010 with a BPA (Hons) Contemorary Dance. She currently works as a community practitioner, project based performer and makes her own work as a solo movement artist. She is interested in working with improvisation, cross-art collaborations and live installation and is currently an Associate Artist at The Point. Hayley’s solo practice looks at creating surreal worlds and caricatures inspired from ﬁction and history. Her new show 'Show Girl/Girl on Show' directed by Platform 4s Catherine Church and performed and created in collaboration with musician Jules Bushell, will be touring to outdoor and indoor events and venues in 2016.
Originally from Manchester, Josh began his dance training in 2010 at Pendleton College, going on to study at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance where he acquired his Performing Arts degree in 2015. Josh then joined Mapdance at the University of Chichester, where he studied for his MA in Dance Performance until January 2017. During his time with Mapdance, Josh enjoyed working with Liz Aggis, Lee Drummer, Kevin Finnan, Abi Mortimer and Richard Alston.
Josh’s professional career began with freelance dance teaching for Tavaziva Dance Company, and he worked as a support artist for the Stride project led by Dance Manchester and Company Chameleon. Josh has also had the pleasure of performing in works by Iain Stringer Works, Ruth Jones, Wired Aerial Theatre and of course Glasshouse.
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