Born in Cairns, Australia, Tia enjoyed an abundant and diverse training of ballet, contemporary, jazz, commercial, tap and acrobatics. She later graduated with a Bachelor of Dance from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, where she also attained the Royal Academy of Dance Solo Seal Award. Now a London-based freelancer, she works closely with Alexander Whitley Dance Company; first joining for the creation and Sadler’s Wells premiere of 8 Minutes, followed by the creation and Royal Opera House premiere of Noumena. She continues to tour these works nationally and internationally, as well asBetween Two Fires, Strange Strangerand an innovative collaboration with Gandini Juggling called Spring.Tia has also worked on projects with James Cousins Company, Richard Chappell, Sisters Grimm and BalletWorks among others.
Born in Wiltshire, Robert is based in London. He started dancing at Swindon Dance (Centre for AdvancedTraining) before going on to study his BA Degree at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance. Robert has performed and toured internationally with companies and choreographers including National Dance Company of Wales, Luca Silvestrini (Protein Dance), Merce Cunningham, Mark Baldwin, Christopher Bruce and Saju Hari Dance. Within a gallery context he has performed in Pablo Bronstein’sHistorical Dances in an Antique Settingat the Tate Britain and more recently in Olafur Eliasson’s Ice Watchat the Tate Modern. Robert continues to work and collaborate with Emanuel Gat Dance and Alexander Whitley Dance Company.
Originally from Gothenburg, Sweden, Hannah Ekholm began her training at the National Swedish Ballet School and The Royal Swedish Ballet School before moving to England to continue her training at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts.
As a freelance dancer Hannah has worked in both theatre spaces as well as commercial spaces. She has had the opportunity to work with artists and brands such as Gareth Pugh, Benjamin Milan, Chrysalis London, Kianí Del Valle, Pablo Bronstein, Alexander Whitley, BBC, CR Fashion Book, Nowness, YEARS & YEARS, Joy Crookes, James Wilton and others, getting to tour all around the UK and internationally.
Hannah has also choreographed adverts and music videos, taught in different institutions, as well as traveling around Europe battling and judging in the vogue scene.
Jack is a London-based dancer, photographer, choreographer and film maker. After training at Rambert School, Jack went onto dance for Phoenix Dance Theatre performing choreography by Itzik Galli,Caroline Finn and Sharon Watson among others.
He was also a featured dancer in ENO’s opera The Indian Queen (2015) choreographed by New York-based Christopher Williams. Jack was also an original dancer in Mark Baldwins’ Inala (2014 – 2015), featuring Ladysmith Black Mambazo,which he performed nationally andinternationally,and for the Royal Family at the 2014 Royal Variety Performance. He has dancedin Without End and Seedling by choreographer Anthony Middleton and has worked on numerous occasions with Shobana Jeyasingh Dance, for the revival of Strange Blooms in 2015 and Bayadère – The Ninth Life(2017). Jack is excited to have joinedAWDC in Autumn 2018.
Yu-Hsien was born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan and has been based in London for three years. As a freelance dancer, she has worked with various artists and choreographers including Russell Maliphant, Marina Mascarell, Morgann Runacre-Temple, andMing-Lung Yang.
Wu’s self-choreographed solo Dirty Paw was selected and performed at UK Young Artists-City Takeover 2019 and Resolution 2018. Previous worksincludeChildhood and Cross, which won awards from the Chin-Lin Foundation Dance Alliance and 2011 Next Choreography Project. Wu is currently working with Gandini Juggling & Alexander Whitley Dance Company.
Travis Clausen-Knight was born in Cape Town, South Africa. After moving to England he graduated from the Arts Educational School, Tring Park in 2009. He toured internationally with Matthew Bourne's New Adventures, Company Wayne McGregor and danced for Michael Clark, Tavaziva, A.D. Dance, Combination Dance and M&T Motion in Dance. Travis has also pursued creative work in fashion, featuring in several collections for upcoming brands such as Kawakey, Jamie Elwood and DEMO Fashion as well as in campaigns for Cerruti 1881 and Cos. During his time with these companies Travis has pursued a creative career in choreography, having been commissioned to create works that have been performed internationally in Australia, Japan and around Europe. His work explores a deep connection to the question of “What it is to be human?” and is inspired constantly by the many facets of human nature. Alongside his ambitions to choreograph, Travis commits to mentoring and teaching young creatives.
Joshua Attwood, originally from Nottingham, trained at the London Contemporary Dance School. In 2013, Joshua got the opportunity to work for a Changing Perceptions Research Project, looking into the progression routes for young disabled dancers; working as an integrated dance company under the direction of Stopgap Dance Company. In the same year he joined the National Youth Dance Company for 2 years, working with Guest Artistic Directors Akram Khan and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. The works premiered at Sadlers Wells Theatre before touring the UK. Since then, Joshua has performed works by Robert Cohan, James Cousins, Julie Cunningham and Hofesh Shechter among others. Joshua has spent the last year as a dancer for Rambert2 touring repertoire from Benoit Swan Pouffer, Rafael Bonachela, Ohad Naharin and Sharon Eyal. Currently he is completing his Masters Degree researching anarchy, artistic transgression and rhizomatic structures, whilst also continuing to develop and integrate this research into his practice as a choreographer and dance performer.