Born in London, then came to Wales as a child, Sue spent many years developing dance in the South Wales Valleys. First, as Head of the Dance Department at Ebbw Vale Comprehensive School and subsequently as Director of Blaenau Gwent’s flagship Youth Dance Company, The Move.
Originally graduated in Physical Education and Performing Arts, Sue then trained in Dance with Dilys Price OBE at Cardiff College of Education going on from there to work on large scale community projects with professional companies including The National Dance Company of Wales – a company with which she still has strong connections as a former Director on the Board. Sue has undergone further training with Siobhan Davies, and now works as a freelance dance consultant and choreographer. In 2010, Sue became general manager of FFIN DANCE advising the Board in an artistic capacity and running the company’s business enterprises.
In 1983 Gary joined London Festival Ballet where he danced for two years working with the likes of Glen Tetley, Alvin Alley and Ashton before moving on to Rambert Dance Company.During his time in Rambert he received national and international acclaim for his performance as a dancer and while at Rambert began choreographing.
He has made works for Rambert, Phoenix Dance Company, English National Ballet Scottish Dance theatre, Ricochet Dance Company, Tambuka, the national contemporary dance company of Zimbabwe and had work presented at the cultural Olympiad in Atlanta. He established the company Small Axe which received acclaim at the International choreographic competition in Groningen, winning first prize.He was Assistant Artistic Director of Phoenix Dance Company for two years. He has worked as an Independent choreographer, teacher and performer on projects and collaborations with the likes of Laurie Booth, Hans peter Kuhn and Art Angel and in 1999 presented XXL A site-specific work at the Arches, Glasgow funded by the Tramway in collaboration with DJ Dave Clarke and Carl
In 2011 he created Synapsequence for FFIN DANCE collaborating with composer Ronen Kozokaro. In summer of 2012, Gary curated a dance festival at Burg Namedy in Germany at the invitation of Princess Heide von Hohenzollern. He reworked 2 of his pieces for FFIN DANCE for 2013, Degrees of Freedom and Axiom Tangent
Gary began working in Jacksonville with The White Oak Project and has consequently choreographed 2 new works for the company inspired by his practice in The States – Sentient Trace in 2014 and Re-tracing Emergence in 2015
Catrin graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Dance in July 2013 and it was there that she worked with choreographers such as Kerry Nicholls, Charlotte Darbyshire, Gary Lambert, Henrietta Hale, Lea Anderson and Fred Gehrig. She originally began dancing in South Wales as a member of The Move Blaenau Gwent Youth Dance Company and associate member of National Dance Company Wales. It was during her time studying at The Scottish School of Contemporary Dance that she was able to explore the depths and possibilities of her choreographic nature. Catrin spent a particularly large amount of time under the guidance of artists Angus Balbernie, Errol White and Janice Claxton undertaking various lectures, workshops and intensive projects.
Catrin performed for FFIN DANCE during the 2012 tour of Connections being selected by Gary Lambert to perform in Synapsequence as a result of a student work placement period with the company.
This is Catrin’s third season performing with the company: as well as directing her own piece of choreography that has been professionally commissioned after the work was initially witnessed as in independent project at Laban Bonnie Bird Theatre in July 2013. Catrin has a keen interest in dance for film and has collaborated with Aoise Tutty and music label Autonomy, using this type of media to assist with her second commission d-cay for The Power of 3 Tour 2015. In this 10th season for the company, Catrin will be collaborating with company dancer Julian to make Memoir, a biographical duet.
Julian Lewis – Rehearsal and class co-ordinator
Julian discovered his passion for contemporary dance as a member of Swindon Youth Dance Company and Emily Alner Academy of Dance. In 2013, Julian graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. During his training he engaged in performance projects with choreographers including Kerry Nicholls, Gary Lambert and Rika Okamoto as well as creating his own choreographic work. Julian went on to complete a UK and international tour as a member of EDge, the postgraduate dance company of London Contemporary Dance School. During the year, he performed in several works by renowned choreographers including Ben Wright, Trisha Brown, Yael Flexer, Joe Moran and Idan Cohen. As an EDge dancer, Julian also performed at Dance Umbrella 2013 and an outdoor performance project by Mariana Tengner Barros in Famalicão, Portugal. Julian gained further performance experience in several projects including the London 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony, Street Stories at the Royal Opera House, Slow Knowing, a postgraduate choreography by Katarzyna Witek performed at The Place, London and in September 2015 he joined Cascade Dance Theatre (Cardiff) for a research & development phase.
In January 2016, Julian presented a new work, Jazz Scene, at The Place, London as part of the opening night of Resolution 2016. This was the debut performance of a new collaborative company, Traceworks, which Julian is now co-directing with James Aiden Kay.
Julian’s first involvement with FFIN DANCE was in 2012 when he performed in the Easter Dance Faktry Festival with ffin2. He has maintained links with the company since graduating and was a teacher on the Blaenau Gwent Senior Summer Dance School 2015.
t e n Tour 2016 will be Julian’s first full season performing with FFIN DANCE
Sarah Lee Pryke
After 6 years of professional dance training, Sarah graduated with a degree in Contemporary Dance form Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in 2014. Before training at Laban, she was an associate with National Dance Company Wales, it was here that she really ignited a passion and drive for a more technical and physical approach to contemporary dance.
Alongside working as a professional dancer, Sarah also owns her own beauty business in the heart of Wales’ capital city Cardiff. Sarah will be joining the company for the t e n Tour 2016