East London Dance announce their Future Innovators for 2015

East London Dance is pleased to introduce the third collective of emerging professionals taking part in The Fi.ELD (Future Innovators. East London Dance).

Following a rigorous selection process this collective of 15 individuals aged 16 – 25 years will be embarking on an 8 month programme to develop the skills, resources and contacts they need to make their ideas happen.

Under the leadership of Kate Scanlan (Scanner’s Inc, freelance producer and one of the founders of Breakin’ Convention) and Emma Kerr (Creative Producer: Participation and Events) the collective will learn from industry leaders to develop their skills, work together to programme their own studio, and pitch Dragon’s Den style to receive funding to produce their own festival, as well as taking advantage of paid and voluntary work experience opportunities at East London Dance.

Keep an eye on The Fi.ELD 2015 – it is going to be big! Read a little about them below…

The Fi.ELD 2015 is:

Jumar Aben – Always a student, an artist, thriving to improve oneself, to gain and learn knowledge from everyone and everything.

Rachel Brennan – Originally from Waterford, Ireland, Rachel Brennan recently graduated London Studio Centre with a first class degree in Theatre Dance. With a love of physical theatre and interdisciplinary arts, she is now focusing her energy towards choreography and directing as well as performance.

Michaela Cisarikova – Artistic Director and Choreographer of MCDC (Michaela Cisarikova Dance Company). The Company’s philosophy is “We don’t stop dancing when we get old. We get old when we stop dancing.”

Erika V.Gil. – Passionate ‘Cali Style Salsa’ choreographer (Columbian salsa), Erika is keen on exposing, sharing and progressing this style of dance, which is still relatively new to the UK.

Lucy Matthews – University dance student, wants to share her passion for dance and work with other artists to broaden knowledge on creating projects that benefit others.

Beccy McTaggart – A creative dance artist from east London, who enjoys pushing boundaries to create innovative choreography and enjoys collaborating with others.

Jo Molyneux – A passionate and proactive freelance dance artist, performer, teacher, choreographer and administrator, who has a creative vision to develop the future in dance by motivating and inspiring others.

Muti Musafiri – A dance artist, creator, traveller, motivational speaker, spoken word artist, a spiritual being with a positive outlook on life, holds a forward thinking approach to the world.

Jamie Neale – A theatrical choreographer/creative director; his interest lies in making theatre in many different genres. Jamie is interested in collaborating with performers to produce quality theatre, which all audiences can understand and relate to.

Milanda Sasha – A young vibrant dance enthusiast who aspires to work towards making imaginative ideas come to life through choreography and expression.

Lily Simmons – Confident and creative dance student with the ambition to manage a dance venue. Lily wants to break boundaries, challenge conformity and encourage an eclectic dance scene with revolutionary hybrid pieces.

Anna Stracyznska – Graduated from Academy of Music in Choreography and Dance Techniques, and also in Physiotherapthy at Medical University (Poland). Based in London since March 2014, she is interested in contemporary dance and site-specific works.

David Waker – Graduated from UEL with a 1st Class Honours in Dance: Urban Practice. He started his own dance company, Mountain Tsunami Productions. Inspired by eastern and world dance – David uses martial arts and contemporary dance techniques to inspire the creativity in his works.


Emma Kerr (Creative Producer: Participation & Events):
“The impact of both Year 1 and Year 2 has been wide-ranging and The Fi.ELD have found many different contexts in which to be innovative. Some are launching events, shows, festivals, a film, and others have taken their skills and actively set up new concepts and projects. Within one year, all are reaping the reward of this invaluable training. We’ve selected another fantastic bunch of individuals and I’m looking forward to what this next group brings to The Fi.ELD!”

Danielle Rose (Programming & Producing Manager at Pavilion Dance South West):
“Pavilion Dance South West are pleased to be hosting the Fi.ELD’s residential weekend in February 2015. We have been consistently impressed by the young entrepreneurs that have been selected and nurtured by our partners East London Dance, and are very excited about welcoming the new cohort to Bournemouth for a focused few days by the seaside. It was very moving and encouraging to hear last year’s participants speak so confidently and positively about their experiences at their graduation event on completion of the programme. East London Dance have developed a model here which really works and is already having a massive impact on the lives of those selected; it’s fantastic to be involved in offering this opportunity to further young people at the start of their careers.”

Year 1 innovator Cherilyn Albert:
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time on The Fi.ELD, working with and learning from other wonderful aspiring professionals I have gained invaluable knowledge about the dance sector and myself, and I can’t wait to put what I’ve learnt into practice.”

Year 2 innovator Hannah Anderson_Ricketts:
“It has been amazing, you don’t get this experience at dance school. The Fi.ELD has helped me achieve so much, I have had a huge confidence boost, launched my website, developed lots of new relationships.”


Watch the Fi.ELD festival film here

If you are interested in visiting The Fi.ELD during one of their sessions or hosting us at your venue, please email emma.kerr@eastlondondance.org