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 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 April 2017, Sue steered the company through a community asset transfer taking over The Beaufort Theatre where she is now the Senior Manager
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 sixth season performing with the company: as well as directing her own 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 the 10th season for the company, Catrin collaborated with company dancer Julian to make Memoir, a biographical duet.
Julian Lewis – Rehearsal and class co-ordinator
Julian graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in 2013 with a first-class honours degree. His performing career then began as a member of EDGE, the postgraduate dance company of London Contemporary Dance School. During this year, he performed in several works by renowned choreographers including Trisha Brown, Ben Wright and Yael Flexer across the UK, Italy, Portugal, Austria and Israel. Julian recently returned to London Contemporary Dance School to complete his masters degree, specialising in rehearsal direction. As part of this, he fulfilled the role of rehearsal director on Celebration Event – a project commemorating Merce Cunningham’s Centennial staged by Jeannie Steele, performed by final-year undergraduates.
Since his time with EDGE, Julian has performed for Cascade Dance Theatre, Pinot! The Musical, Ruth Jones & Eve Harrison as well as many other projects at the Royal Opera House, The Place, Royal Albert Hall for BBC Proms, London 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony, Southbank Centre, The Old Vic Tunnels and Hackney Empire. From November 2019, Julian will be touring the UK and Europe as a dancer with The Bowie Collective.
As a dance teacher, Julian works regularly for The Place, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and Springs Dance Company. He is also artistic director of B40 Youth Dance Company and artistic co-director of Traceworks Dance.
Julian has worked for FFIN DANCE since 2015, performing across the UK in several professional works, supporting the artistic director in rehearsal direction and taking active roles in education & outreach projects.
Georgina graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in 2017. During her time there Georgina worked with choreographers such as Zoi Dimitriou, Dr Naomi Lefebvre Sell, Elizabeth Kew Ross, Kerry Biggin, and Eleven Farrer House.
Outside of her work with FFIN DANCE, Georgina has performed for the Eleanor Tapper Dance Company, Museum of the Order of St John, FitFix, Roswitha Chesher, Sarah Blanc, and Laura Caldow.
As a teacher, Georgina has taught contemporary and ballet classes and workshops for Davies School of Dance, Hurstpierpoint College, and Create Space Studios; she is also passionate about fitness and is a Barre instructor for Define.London.
Georgina joined FFIN DANCE in 2018 and has since performed in the existing company work Crib and was part of the creation and performance of the company’s latest work, An Inspector Calls, performing both pieces at our home, The Beaufort Theatre, and on tour. Georgina has also had the wonderful opportunity to work on many education and outreach projects with the company.