DONNA MEIERDIERCKS PRODUCER
Originally from the U.S., Donna has been the producer for Alexander Whitley Dance Company since 2012. She produced the dance-digital work, The Measures Taken (2014 Royal Ballet Studio commission), The Grit in the Oyster for Thomas Ades: See the Music, Hear the Dance (2014 Sadler’s Wells commission), the dance-digital work Pattern Recognition (2016 Sadler’s Wells commission) and is currently working on Alexander’s major new Sadler’s Wells commission for 2017. She is also an adjunct faculty member for the Roger Williams University London Dance programme (US/UK).
Other past freelance projects include producing the dance-digital work, Blood (Royal Opera House ROH2 commission) and INSIDE for Jean Abreu Dance and managing Freddie Opoku-Addaie’s Royal Opera House ROH2 commission Absent Made Present and Hofesh Shecter’s deGeneration tour. Prior to that Donna was Dance and Performance Event Co-ordinator at the South Bank Centre and Artist Fellowship Coordinator for the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (US). Donna danced professionally from 1986 – 2002 and was co-Artistic Director and Executive Director of Groundwerx Dance Theatre.
TIA HOCKEY DANCER & ASSISTANT TO CHOREOGRAPHER
Born in Cairns, Australia, Tia discovered her passion for dance at a young age receiving her early training from Turning Pointe Dance Studios and Dancescapes. She later advanced to full-time training at the Western Australian Academy of performing Arts, graduating her Bachelor of Dance with the Channel Seven Overall Achievement Award. During her three years of training she achieved the Solo Seal Award of the Royal Academy of Dance, was a selected choreographer for the Student Works Season and studied repertoire by choreographers such as Jiří Kylián, Henrique Rodovalho, Rafael Bonachela and Iván Pérez. Tia worked closely with internationally recognized choreographers for performances such as SYNC by Nils Christie, Til The End by Kim McCarthy and The Four Seasons - Retouched by Sue Healy. She has gained industry experience as a guest visitor with Sydney Dance Company, Expressions Dance Company and Australian Dance Theatre. Currently residing in London, Tia has joined Alexander Whitley Company for the creation of 8 Minutes.
ROBERT BRIDGER DANCER
Originally from Wiltshire, Robert started his training at the Swindon Dance, Centre for Advance Training from where he continued his training and study at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance. He has worked previously with National Dance Company Wales, Protein Dance, Saju Hari Dance, Hubert Essakow at The Print Room. Robert has also performed in gallery spaces including Dulwich Picture Gallery and performed in Pablo Bronstein’s piece at the Tate Britain. He strongly supports the work of Dance for Parkinson’s and has assisted classes around the U.K. Robert currently works and collaborates with Emanuel Gat Dance - previous works include TENWORKS with Opera de Lyon and DUOS. Robert joined Alex Whitley Dance Company in 2017 to work on the duet, Between Two Fires.
HANNAH EKHOLM DANCER
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 continued her training at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts where, in her third year, she toured around the UK with Encore graduate company.
In 2014 Hannah became a founding member of the dance company Chrysalis London where she performed in many works by Jodie Blemings. Alongside her work with the company Hannah gained a BA (Hons) in professional Practice. In 2016 Hannah began an apprenticeship with James Wilton Dance, touring around the UK and performing in ‘On the Line’ and ‘LEVIATHAN’.
CAMILLE GIRAUDEAU DANCER
Camille graduated from Laban conservatoire of music and dance in 2011, and joined National Dance Company Wales as an apprentice through the post graduate scheme at London contemporary dance school. In 2012 she joined as a full time company member touring nationally and internationally, performing works by Christopher Bruce, Alexander Ekman, Johan Inger, Marcos Morau, Angelin Prejlocaj, Roy Asaf and Caroline Finn among many others. In 2015 she participated in the Kerry Nichols Mentoring programme which was invaluable to the development of her professional training. She left National Dance Company Wales in 2017 to pursue a career outside of the company and develop herself as an independent artist.
DAVID LEDGER DANCER
Originally from England, David Ledger received his training at the Northern school of Contemporary Dance and afterwards at The Rambert School of ballet and Contemporary Dance. Upon leaving the school David began an apprenticeship and soon after full time contract with Netherlands Dans Theater 2, where he remained for four years. During this time he toured internationally performing and creating works with the likes of; Ohad Naharin, Jiri Kylian, Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar, Alexander Ekman and Johan Inger, to name a few. In 2014 David left the company to focus on a freelance career. Since then he has become a member of the company Wim Vandekeybus/Ultima Vez, where he participated in the most recent creation of new work, ‘speak low if you speak love’, which he is still touring internationally. As well as performing in some of the companies existing repertoire. He also recently participated in the research and development phase of a new project with DV8 physical theatre. David has also taught at many institutions, including The Rambert School and recently at The Royal Swedish Ballet as part of Lloyd Newson’s workshop there.
LEON POULTON DANCER
Leon trained at Laban Centre in London, when he graduated in 2009 he joined Balletboyz and performed with the company in both stage and film for 7 years, featuring in Balletboyz’ feature film Young Men and Channel 4’s Random Acts. Leon has worked with artists like Ivan Perez, Russel Maliphant, Alexander Whitley, Christopher Wheeldon, Liam Scarlett. He also performs and choreographs for commercial film and music projects for artists like Alex Reynolds and Kyla La Grange.
CAITLIN TAYLOR DANCER
Caitlin received her B.F.A. in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College in 2013, and following graduation attended Springboard Danse Montréal performing works by Victor Quijada (RUBBERBANDance Group), Bryan Arias, Barak Marshall, and Elisabeth Motley. Based in NYC, she has performed works by Loni Landon Dance Projects, Loudhound Movement, HEWMAN, Roya Carreras + Artists, Margot Gelber & Maleek Washington, and Isodoc Dance Group. Caitlin has done commercial work appearing in music videos for Zolita, Pussy Riot, Xenia Ghali, Michael Blume, and Dave Mackay. She is also a costume designer, wardrobe coordinator, and wardrobe assistant for several companies and dance schools in the New York City area.