our dancers

Brandon Lee Sears 

 

Brandon Lee Sears is an American actor, singer, and dancer who trained at Boston Conservatory and Boston Ballet before performing internationally in theatre, film, and dance.  His West End theatre credits include: Come From Away (Phoenix Theatre); Heathers (Royal Theatre Haymarket); Motown the Musical (Shaftesbury Theatre; and On The Town (Regent’s Park). Film includes Artemis Fowl, Greta, Cinderella, and Marriage of Reason and Squalor. Ballet includes productions with Milwaukee Ballet, Nashville Ballet, and Ballet Soul.  Brandon is pleased to share his passion for the arts as a teacher and trainer. He is the MA Co-course Leader Acting at ALRA; holds an MA in Professional Practice Dance Technique Pedagogy from Middlesex University; is a qualified mental health first aider; and has taught at Guildford School of Acting, Italia Conti, Urdang Academy, Milwaukee Ballet.

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Melody Tamiz 

 

Melody Tamiz graduated from London Studio Centre with a First Class BA Honours Degree.  Melody has also obtained a Masters Degree in Professional Dance Performance from Rambert.  Which she obtained during her time working with Rambert Dance Company.  She furthermore, has interests in choreography and film and does work with her own Company (M.O.P. Dance Company). She has had the opportunity to work and perform works by Choreographers & Directors such as: Ohad Naharin, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Damien Jalet, Benoit Swan Pouffer, Jermaine Spivey, Sharon Eyal, Rafael Bonachella, Andrea Miller, Wayne Parsons, James Cousins & Kerry Nicholls.

Jordan Ajadi 

 

Jordan Ajadi graduated at London Contemporary Dance School with 1st class Hons degree. He performed at Sadler’s Wells with Crystal Pite’s ‘Polaris’, a night dedicated to Thomas Ades ‘See the music, hear the dance’. Jérôme Bel’s Gala As part of Dance Umbrella Festival. Dance theatre work includes performing at Perth world fringe with 45 North ‘Unwritten Unheard’ Winning Fringe best Dance/Physical theatre. As well as this, performing at the Young Vic in two productions called ‘The Marbleous root Home’ and 'The Town that Trees Built' Directed by Natasha Nixon. Opera work includes Laurent Pelly’s production of Donizetti’s opera L’Elisir D’amore at the royal opera house.  As well as Leoš Janáček’s ‘From the house of the Dead’ directed by Krzysztof Warlikowski at the Royal Opera House as well as on tour in Brussels La Monnaie de Munt and Opera de Lyon. He has worked with Yolande Yorke dance projects, Dane Hurst and co, Ballet Soul, Jamhal Burkmur, Salah El Brody, Corali dance company and Kate Flat projects.

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Sophie Chinner 

 

Sophie Catherine Chinner trained at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts and now pursues a career as a freelance artist, her creative work spanning stage and screen.

Sophie’s work for camera includes the M&S 'Go Jumpers for Christmas' television advert directed by Jake Nava; 'The Cinderella Games', a short film directed by Jessica Wright and Morgann Runacre-Temple (Jess and Morg Films), commissioned by English National Ballet and ‘Code Blue’, a short art film directed by Sean Delahay, Got Soul Films. Branching out into Directing and Filmmaking herself, she has recently completed the BBC New Creatives Training Development Scheme supported by BBC Arts and Arts Council England, delivered by Calling The Shots, Bristol. As a member of ENCORE Dance Company, under the direction of Antony Dowson, she performed on the The Göteborg Opera stage at the Swedish National Ballet School’s 70th Jubilee Dance Gala, as well as at the Sadlers Wells Lilian Baylis Theatre, showcasing work by Mikaela Polley, Louise Bennett, Layla Elison, Oli Metzler and Simon Hardwick.

In 2019, she was selected for DanceEast's Young Rural Retreat programme, led by Catherine Cassidy and Christopher Hampson from Scottish Ballet and, this year, she has been accepted into the Studio Wayne McGregor’s RESET programme.

Daiana Andres 

 

Daiana Andreas was born in Bogotá,Colombia in 1986 and she started dancing from the age of nine in Madrid, Spain.

She began her studies in Víctor Ullate’s prestigious ballet school, located in Madrid where she lasted until 2005. In between (2001), she graduated from the American Academy of Ballet summer course where she was able to develop her technique and mature as an artist.  At the age of twenty she went to live to the United Kingdom where she acquired new skills at “Pineapple Studios” , a very known Ballet academy in London.  That same year she was signed by the National Ballet of Ireland”. In 2010 she danced in “ Ballet Clásico Contemporáneo de Madrid” as corp of ballet, directed by Luis Ruffo , a very distinguished Ballet director in Spain. After this she signed for “Compañía Clásica Las Artes” a classical ballet company in Madrid where she performed “Pursuit of Happiness” or “ The Four Seasons” by Antonio Lucio Vivaldi , artistic directed by Julia Olmedo. Currently Daiana is also a soloist at “Compañía de Danza SIGLO XXI” ballet company located in Madrid where she previosuly performed “Romeo and Juliet” as Rosaline and “Swan Lake Suite” as Black Swan. Daiana is also an artist and has been oil painting for more than twenty years combining different painting techniques. 

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Mattia Sala 

 

Mattia trained at "Artemente” (Professional Center of Formation for the Dance) and has studied ballet, contemporary and history of dance, release technique and floorwork, contact improvisation, tanzetheater.Practitioners studied include Adi Salant, Guy Shomroni, Lior Zohar (Batsheva Dance Company); Davide Di Pretoro and Jessica Wright (Wayne McGregor/Random Dance); Elizabeth Waterhouse, Christopher Roman (Forsythe Dance Company); Valentina Scaglia, Ken Ossola (NDT); Nico Monaco (Akram Khan Company); Simone Donati (BalletBoyz); Inaki Azpillaga (Ultima Vez); Suzan Tunca (ICK).

Previous companies worked for include “Balletto di Milano” for -The Nutcracker- with European Tourneé; “Lost Movement” contemporary dance company of N.Abbattista. Previous projects: “A Piedi Nudi” with Compañia Sharon Fridman (Italy); “DANSite” with contemporary dance company -AiEP-of A. Vidach (Switzerland). Mattia is fascinated with the research of movement and the discovery of new ways and possibilities inside our bodies. 

Isaac-Lee Baker 

 

Born and raised London, Isaac was first introduced to classical training due to great luck through the Royal Opera House' outreach programme; Chance to Dance. He then accepted a coveted place at the Royal Ballet School under Gailene Stock, where for 8 years, the goal to be a dancer was set and earnest work and focus attained that. Upon graduating he joined Northern Ballet in 2012 under David Nixon where his technique, courtesy of RBS, flourished and he develop a sense of artistry with the great opportunities to dance many pieces and principal roles. He also had the privilege of touing with magnificent choreographers such as Hans Van Manen, Jonathan Watkins, Demis Volpi and more before departing as a Junior soloist in 2016, transferring to Les Ballets de Monte Carlo as a danseur under Jean Christophe Maillot. Dancing in the directors world renowned pieces, his studies progressed greatly, whilst touring to international galas and theatres. 

Isaac has worked with Ballet soul previously on the Othello project in 2019, gaining a wealth of experience whilst also receiving classes given by Ben Love, encompassing his distinctive teaching style and direct approach.