Kate Harrison

Co Director of Hot House Dance

and teaches Street Dance & Youth Dance Companies

Kate trained in dance at Middlesex University. From there she went on to perform at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe before moving to French Alps and completing two ski seasons as a chalet host. She then went travelling for 6 months before completing a summer season as a floor manager in public house in the ChanneI Islands. On her return home she returned to dance teaching in local schools in Hertfordshire. 
After volunteering at a local charity, she trained in wheelchair dance instructor and became national grass roots trainer for the charity. Enjoying charity work, Kate went on to work in Borneo as a logistics co-ordinator and project manager for a youth charity working on remote projects with young people from different nations. Realising her love for working and helping people she came back to the UK and worked for a youth employability charity helping 16-24-year olds to get back into work or education, but used the medium of dance to improve their confidence. From there Kate continued as a project manager at a youth hub in London as well as co-ordinating and teaching for a youth dance company. She has also taught in various school settings and just enjoys dancing, helping and working with people!

email: dance@hothousedance.co.uk

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Louise Kelsey

Community Outreach Coordinator - Teacher

Louise is an Independent Dance Artist, performing, choreographing and teaching internationally. She holds a BA in Dance Performance, Masters in Choreography, and PGCHE. Louise worked at Middlesex University for 9 years fulfilling roles as Programme Leader for BA Dance Performance and as a Senior Lecturer in Dance Technique and Choreography. Louise’s research with Dr Lise Uytterhoeven (LSC) about creative tools for choreography is published in the Research in Dance Education Journal. In 2017, Louise was selected to be part of One Dance UKs ‘Dance Teaching Mentoring Programme’ and was mentored by Lauren Baldock (Jasmin Vardimon Company) and Jasmine Wilson (Studio Wayne McGregor). Under the direction of Lesley Main, Louise has studied and performed repertory by Doris Humphrey; together they re-staged Humphrey’s signature solo Two Ecstatic Themes which Louise danced in the UK and USA (2014-2016). As a choreographer her work spans from creating for children, to undergraduate dancers, to professionals. She has experience working creatively for numerous institutions and companies including The Place, Arts Depot, Moving Waves and Unfold Motion (Romania). A personal highlight is her choreography for Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, which was performed in 2012 with BBC singers and Dame Emma Kirkby for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee!

email: louise@hothousedance.co.uk

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Michael Joseph

Teaches Street Dance 4Boys and Beginners Adult Contemporary

Michael Joseph trained at Rambert School of Ballet & Contemporary Dance, and Dance Theatre of Harlem School.  He has worked nationally and internationally as a choreographer, dance artist and DSLR dance filmmaker, and is a teacher with a wealth of experience and expertise.

Michael's movement language is a fusion of strong Contemporary Dance technique with Martial Arts, African Brazilian Capoeira, B Boying and Urban Dance. Digital Technology has also been at the core of much of his work and training.

As a choreographer, Michael's work is inspired by an eclectic mix of the plethera of choreographers he has worked with, including Bill T.Jones, Doug Elkins, Rafael Bonachela, Laurie Booth, B Boys, Axè (Capoeirista), Tom Jobe and Derek Williams.  Michael's work Mass Equilibria in the Sea of Tranquillity (from Dance Tek Warriors) has become a set piece on the GCSE Dance Syllabus, crystallising his significance and influence as a choreographer.  Digital imagery and film are key elements of the majority of his choreographic works.

Teaching Experience

In 2008, after leaving his position as Assistant Artistic Director with Union Dance, Michael focused upon developing his career as an Independent Dance Artist.  Opportunities in both community and educational settings quickly followed and he has choreographed for the University of Bedfordshire, Union Dance, ADAD, Nubian Steps and State of Emergency: The Mission Tour, and worked with youth companies at DanceDigital, Swindon Dance and Paddington Arts Centre.

In school settings Michael has worked at Comberton Village College, Cambridge, and Barnwell School in Stevenage, teaching and choreographing works for their students.

Most recently, Michael was a youth facilitator for Flip The Script, a workshop based project using Dance and Film, designed to help young people make positive life choices.

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Agnes Crichton

Teaches Ballet and Tap

Agnes trained at Conservatoire de Musique de Wattrelos .Centre du Marais and Centre Harmonic Paris.


Agnes has performed extensively nationally and internationally, just some Agnes performance credits include

Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, Nutcracker!  (London and international touring company)

Mary Poppins,(Original London Cast)

My Fair Lady (Original Cast - Matthew Bourne Trevor Nunn)

Cats, (Trevor Nunn - London & international touring company       

Matilda (original Cast - Adrian Noble) RSC Stratford Upon Avon

Rachel Teeling-Smyth

Teaches Ballet and Tap

Rachel began her dance training in Hitchin, taking weekly classes in Cecchetti ballet, tap and modern. She also danced with the Cecchetti associates and scholars in London.

Rachel went on to spend four years on the full-time classical course at KS Dance Ltd in Cheshire, where she trained in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern, Contemporary and Spanish dancing. Here she gained a National Diploma in Professional dance and gained her ballet teaching qualifications.

Rachel toured with KS Dance's Allegrodance Company and in their annual productions. In her free time she taught private lessons to the lower school students helping them to build on their confidence, improve their technique and prepare for exams.

Since graduating Rachel has found a passion for teaching, she has taught ISTD Ballet for Dame Bradbury’s private school in Essex and currently teaches for Tippy Toes Ballet. Last year Rachel started running her own holiday workshops for 4 – 12 year olds and adult jazz dance classes.

Damian Slade

Founder and Co Director of Hot House Dance

Teaches Youth Dance Companies and Adult Contemporary

Damian Slade trained at London Contemporary Dance School for a degree in Contemporary Dance and Choreography. He gained a Postgraduate Diploma in Performance as part of the 4D-dance Company and has worked extensively as a professional dancer and teacher throughout the UK, Ireland and Europe. Damian's performance experience underpins his approach to teaching, offering students advice on performance techniques through his lessons. Damian's classes focus on safe, high-energy, well-structured practice, based upon the Cunningham/Release technique. Damian Slade is our dance artist for The Centre for Advanced Training (CAT Scheme)

Teaching Experience

Damian has run workshops for dance companies throughout the UK, Ireland and Europe.  He has devised dance degree courses and modules, that have been accredited by Chester University, Middlesex University and the University of Wales, and taught at UK universities, vocational dance schools and colleges, including: Stella Mann, The Place, Cambridge University, The Open University, Regents Theological College, All Nations Theological College, Peterborough Dance Agency, Impington Village College and Hertford Regional College.

email: dance@hothousedance.co.uk

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e: dance@hothousedance.co.uk

t: 07870 374038

a: Hitchin, Hertfordshire 

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