Week 1 and 2
Principal of Morea Performing Arts, Katie holds a B.A.(Hons) in Contemporary Dance from the London Contemporary Dance School and Canterbury University and is a Fellow and Examiner for the ISTD Modern and the Tap Faculties. She is part of the team that created the ISTD Children's Modern Theatre Grades and the recently launched Advanced Two Modern. She is also the creator of part of the syllabus for the ISTD Vocational level Advanced Two Tap. Also, she is creator of many of the new ISTD Advanced 1 Modern launched last August.
Katie also studied at the Alvin Ailey School and at the Limon, Martha Graham and Merce Cunningham Studios in New York.
She was Head of Contemporary and Composition at Bird College where she was Principal Choreographer and Dance Director for the Bird Theatre Company. She has also taught at Elmhurst Ballet School, London Contemporary Dance School and the London College of Dance, all professional dance schools.
As an International lecturer for the ISTD, Katie delivers the syllabi and trains teachers all around the world. She teaches and choreographs for professional companies and has worked in Italy, Cyprus, Norway, Portugal, Malta, Germany, Greece, South Africa, Malaysia, Singapore, New Zealand, Australia, the USA, Canada, Trinidad, Mexico and the UK.
Katie was also Head of Contemporary at Bird College and is member of the ISTD Modern Theatre Dance Faculty Committee.
Trained at the Royal Ballet Lower and Upper School, Simon joined English National Ballet Company in 1997 where he performed all the major Classical Ballets. In 1999 he joined Adventures in Motion Pictures and performed in Matthew Bourne’s 'Swan Lake'.
After a short break in his career, in 2001 he rejoined the ’New Adventures Company’ to dance in 'The Car Man' and 'Nutcracker' performing many different roles. This was followed by a tour to Japan with Sylvie Guillem, performing in 'Trois Histoires d’Amours'.
In 2003 Simon joined the Michael Clark Company, where performed in the World premiere of 'Oh My Goddess' at Sadlers Wells and European Tour. In 2004 he performed with Mikhail Baryshnikov in 'Solos with Piano or Not' at the Barbican. He then continued to work with the Michael Clark Company performing in: 'The Stravinsky Project ', 'MMM', 'O', role of 'Apollo' in 'I DO' and 'Les Noces'.
In 2005/07 Simon returned to 'Swan Lake' to perform the leading roles of both ‘the Swan’ and ‘Prince’ for the world tour. Then in 2009 he rejoined the Michael Clark Company to premier the new work of 'Come, Been and Gone' on the World tour and Barbican seasons during 2009/10. During the ‘Come,Been and Gone’ tour he also performed in Matthew Bourne’s ‘Swan Lake’ dancing both roles ‘the Swan’ and Prince’ again, this toured until 2011.
Other credits that year included Kylie Minogue for the ‘X Factor Ukraine, Michael Clark Company on various projects and also the new work ‘Who’s Zoo’ in collaboration with bands ‘Scitti Pollitti’ and ‘Relaxed muscle’.
He returned to perform with Kylie Minogue again at the ‘X Factor Final” 2012, which was choreographed by Aaron Sillis.
In 2013 he performed in Ivan Putrov’s Men In Motion show for the Ravenna festival, where he premiered his first piece ‘ I was Beat, incomplete’ performing with Aaron Sillis. He also performed again ‘The Swan’ solo from Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake.
He have recently finished the UK and Internatioanl tour of Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, performing the main role of ‘The Prince’.
Film credits include: 'Billy Elliot' dir. Stephen Daldry (2000), 'Beyond the Sea' dir. Kevin Spacey (2004) and 'Kinky Boots' dir. Julian Jarrold (2005), ‘World War Z’ dir. Marc Foster (2011), ‘Great Expectations’ dir. Mike Newell (2011) and ‘Matthew Bourne’s Christmas’ – ‘Spitfire’ (Dance Film 2011), 'Muppets Most Wanted' Dir. James Bobin (2012).
*Previous Contemporary Faculty have included:
Catarina was born in Lisbon where she began her dance training with teacher Anna Mascolo. She then went to France to continue her training for six years at the École Supérieure de Danse de Cannes Rosella Hightower, with a scholarship from the Ambrosoli Foundation.
After graduating, Catarina joined Ballet du Rhin as an apprentice and performed works by Bertrand d’At. She also worked with Javier de Frutos, Vasco Wellenkamp, Benvindo Fonseca, Cézar Moniz and Rui Horta among others. Catarina has taught for numerous dance schools and companies, including Laban Summer School and GDA, and she is a certified BASI Pilates Mat work teacher.
Catarina recently choreographed for Laban CAT students’ final year show. She has been collaborating with Nina Kov since 2010 when she performed Divide by Zero, a solo piece with the interactive visual artists collective Hellicar & Lewis.
Catarina joined Wayne McGregor Random Dance in 2008 and took on the role of Rehearsal Assistant in 2013.
Neil Flemming Brown
Neil began his training at Anniesland College Glasgow under the direction of Ann Rybarczyk and Maxine Railton. He went on to further his studies at Bird College gaining a (BA) in Dance and Theatre Performance. Whilst at Bird's Neil performed works by David Fielding, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and toured extensively with the Bird Theatre Company.
He has worked with Javier De Frutos, performing in Kismet at the London Coliseum alongside Michael Ball and Alfie Boe. Neil joined Wayne McGregor| Random Dance in 2006 and has toured both nationally and internationally, performing works including Polar Sequences, Amu, Ataxia and Entity. In 2010 Neil performed "The Clearing" with The Charles Linehan Company for Dance Umbrella Festival and danced for Rihanna on ITV's XFactor with choreography by Jason Mhyre.
Neil has worked extensively with Random Dance's Creative development programme and has taught for The Place, Laban, Sadlers Wells Theatre, Anniesland, Lewisham and Bird College.
Bafana Solomon Matea was born in Mamelodi in Pretoria, South Africa. He trained at the Pro Arte Alphen Park high school, where he studied Vaganova and Cecchetti technique.
In his final year, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater awarded him the Judith Jamison scholarship to study at the Alvin Ailey school. At the Ailey school, Bafana worked with esteemed choreographers such as Mathew Rushing, Colin Connor, Igal Perry and performed with the Alvin Ailey company at New York City Center. Upon graduating, Bafana joined Ballet Hispanico, Elisa Monte Dance and Battery Dance Company under Artistic Director Jonathan Hollander.
He performed and taught workshops in over 54 countries, whilst presenting his own choreography also. Bafana’s choreography was hailed by the New York Times as, “Irresistible. Fast, exuberant, pulsatingly rhythmic, it covered space and used every part of the body. A delight in its own right, this was the dance that I would most want to see again.” Bafana also worked with other dance companies within New York city.
Bafana co-founded Juxtapower (South African song and dance company) where he was rehearsal director under the artistic direction of Sduduzo Ka- Mbili. Other companies he danced for included Dance anonymous, Alpha Omega, Delirious Dance under Edisa Weeks, Thomas Ortiz Dance, Matthew Westerby Dance, Staten Island Ballet, New Hampshire Dance Theater and Covenant Ballet.
Although a modern dancer by heart, Bafana has danced in Ballet companies, in Soloist and Principal roles, in the Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella. Upon moving to London, he is the director of City Academy's Contemporary company in London and he also freelances as a teacher for Laine Theatre Arts, Danceworks and Tavaziva Dance Company.
A former graduate from Bird College, Nikki's professional dance credits include: Motionhouse Dance Theatre, Footwerk Productions and dancing/flying as a 'Mary Poppins' in the Opening Ceremony at the Olympics 2012.
Nikki is also part of the central teaching team for the ISTD, and creator of the new Boys Advanced 2 Modern syllabus.
Nikki is currently a member of the Jazz Faculty at Bird College, Head of Jazz at Performers College, and is co-creator of 'All Play Dance Company'.