Meet The Team
Born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, Matthew Jay trained at the prestigious Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance gaining a BA (Hons) in Dance Theatre. Matthew Jay has worked with international choreographers including Christopher Bruce, Ballet Boyz, founding members of the Adugna Community Dance and Theatre Company, Addisu Demissie and Junaid Jemal Sendi and Tom Hobden. Matthew Jay has also performed in works by Richard Alston, Andreas Elia constantinou-Etheredge, Tony Thatcher and Rosemary Butcher. Over the years Matthew-Jay has worked as a freelance dance practitioner for Matthew Bourne's New Adventures, Dance United Yorkshire, Yorkshire Dance, Phoenix Dance Company, artsNK, Bedford College & Norwich City College.
Head of Education & Learning
Born in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, Ryan began his journey as an actor for the Queen Mother Theatre, performing in many musical productions and Shakesperian plays. Ryan then studied at the University of Lincoln gaining a BA (Hons) in Drama. He launched and performed in a Theatre for Young Audiences Theatre Company and began touring Primary Schools in Lincolnshire before applying for Teacher Training in Primary Education specialising in ages 3-7 years. Ryan qualified in 2017 as an Outstanding Primary School Teacher from the East of England Teacher Training Centre. Since then, he has taught in schools such as St Giles Academy, Shipley CE Primary School & Sandal Primary School and other settings such as International Summer Camp: Camp Cooper UK teaching English Language & Performing Arts.
Born in Bradford. Victoria began her journey in the arts at the age of 16. During her time she has been involved in many small scale theatre productions including acting, dance, physical theatre and musical theatre. Some of Victoria’s earlier productions include; ‘Guys and Dolls’, 1940’s Musical Theatre Piece, ‘Bouncers and Shakers’ by play write John Godber and Steven Berkoff’s ‘Metamorphosis’. Victoria graduated with a BA (Hons) Degree In Dance at the prestigious Northern Ballet Building accredited by Leeds City College. Victoria has been in productions directed by Mad Dog Dance Theatre company director, Douglas Thorpe and Tony Louis
Aleks graduated from UCLan in 2019, with a degree in Theatre and Performance. Aleks is driven by creativity and thrives when faced with the opportunity to create. To Aleks, Theatre and Performance is not only an outlet for ideas, concepts and visions, it’s an encouraging chance to showcase individuality, innovation and personal exploration through the way you move, the words you speak and the way you present yourself on stage. Highlighting the importance of technique, alongside incorporating play and eccentricity, are the fundamental elements of Aleks’ theatre practice. Aleks is currently studying a PGCE in secondary education.
Dance Development Officer
Ren graduated with a first class honours degree from The University of Central Lancashire! Former training include Phoenix youth academy and the Emma Coombs dance academy.
“Inclusive, exciting and energetic dance is at the heart of my practice. Facilitating playfulness and encouraging technical accuracy defines my approach to creating choreographic work. My delivery of creative and performance skills aims to encourage open mindedness, confidence and individuality within my participants.”
Healthy Hearts Practitioner
Sarah gained her BA (Hons) Degree in Business at Bradford University. After being associated with the company for many years as head chaperone, Sarah has now moved on to working within our Healthy Hearts team as a delivery practitioner where she continues to develop and strengthen the programme.
Born in Bradford, Trained in Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Ballet and commercial. Jade graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree at Leeds Beckett University. Jade has most recently been working with Dance United Yorkshire, working on programmes with their NEET young people, and women's company which is for vulnerable women of any age who may be excluded from society.