Esther Huss

Co-Artistic Director & Founder 

Esther Felicitas Huss, born in Germany.

Movement Artist

 

Esther's passion for movement was ignited at the age of 8. Growing up in the village of Umkirch, in the Black Forest, her main interests were nature and being outdoors, not to dance. Yet the encounter with her first ballet teacher Susan Carter opened her eyes and body to new ways of communicating, that from this point onwards remained a central part of her life.

 

In 2000, Esther moved to the UK to study dance professionally and graduated from London Studio Centre in 2003 with a BA (Hons) Degree in Theatre Dance.

Since then she has worked as a freelance dancer, teacher and choreographer in both the professional and community dance sector. Esther’s professional appearances include several productions at the Royal Opera House London, and works with Kate Flatt, Aletta Collins, Jacky Lansley, Michael Keagan-Dolan, Ron Howell, Bernadette Iglich, amongst others.

In 2012 she was awarded a grant to present work at BIG DANCE. In support of this work she published an article called 'What’s the point of Community Dance' in the National Magazine ANIMATED, published by The Community Dance Foundation.

 

Esther is an Associate Artist of the 'Dance Research Studio - DRS' founded by Jacky Lansley. Through her involvement at DRS, in particular, Esther became passionate about Interdisciplinary Performance. She is a guest tutor on the professional development programme ‘The Speaking Dancer’.

 

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Alex Oates

Co-Artistic Director

Alex was brought up in the North East where his passion for theatre was ignited by visiting performances in Newcastle Upon Tyne. 

 

in 2007 Alex moved to London to study Theatre Arts at Middlesex University. He spent six months in New York studying creative writing under professor Larry Carr at SUNY New Paltz. On graduating Alex began writing and was accepted on to the prestigious Old Vic 24 hour plays programme. He then went on to be part of the team that created the Eastenders Spin off Eastenders E20 for the BBC. Alex has written professionally since then. His stage work includes the Offie Nominated ‘All In a Row’ and the West End Transfer of ‘Silk Road’. The Guardian called his work ‘lively, compassionate and darkly humorous’ and The Times ‘Sharp witted, effortlessly engaging and surprisingly sweet’. Alex co-created the award winning web series Match Not Found. His BBC4 Radio drama ‘Our Liam Of Lourdes’ won pick of the week and he has a feature film currently in development. 

 

Alex moved back to the North East in 2019 and lives by the beach in the Northumberland while dreaming of travelling throughout Europe.

Sian Humphreys

Dance Tutor

Sian grew up in Wales where she developed her love of dancing.

 

At the age of 16 she moved to London to train at the Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts and went on to perform extensively across the UK and abroad. For many years she performed as part of the Potters Theatre Company in Norfolk and worked her way up to the role of Dance Captain. Sian also helped to establish the Potters Theatre School where she taught dance to students of all ages before retiring from performing and turning her attention to working with adults with learning disabilities.

Sian has worked for Dandelion Collective since January 2019.

Cristina Garcia

Co-Founder 2013-2015

Cristina Garcia Revilla, born in Spain.

Truth pathfinder. Life free improviser

Initially, her social vocation and concern about human matters urged her to start her career as an Occupational Therapist giving her a holistic understanding of the human being.

 

A graduate in Audiovisual Communication and Advertising & PR from University of Salamanca (Spain), she has been working in media for more than five years as a production coordinator in Spain and the UK.

 

Cristina is always curious about different matters in life, she followed every opportunity she had to explore new horizons. Her passion to travel and discover new cultures led her to move to London in 2012. This city became a melting pot where all the angles of her life suddenly matched.

In March 2013, Cristina co-founded Dandelion Collective.

In 2015, Cristina moved to Portugal to pursue her calling to a life in nature and faith.