#FriendsFriday 35 - Ellen Turner

How are you/have you been involved with Casson & Friends?

I've been working with Casson & Friends for a few years on the The Dance WE Made, getting together in 2015 for the The Dance LEEDS Made. It was a mass pparticipation dance working with a huge variety of different people with all exciting relationships with dance. We worked for a full week, creating dances based on the dance we made then performed in Trinity shopping centre in Leeds. I have since then, continued performing in The Dance We Made all over: Kings cross train station, Birmingham, & Middlesborough to name a few.

What do you love about dance?

I love how it makes me feel: completely free, yet still able to express how I'm feeling inside. I actually find dancing and moving a much easier way of communicating...I also find it incredibly inspiring.

What song always makes you dance?

Mumford and Sons. I particularly like Hopeless wanderer as it reminds me of when I went to New Zealand and was wandering & prancing around in the countryside. 

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What else are you working on at the moment?

My sisters & I own our own dance company, Turn Around Dance Theatre and we are currently in the process of creating a new family friendly aerial circus and dance outdoor show: 'The Thief, the Fox & the Phoenix.' which will be previewing in mid September.

Find out more about Turn Around here, and follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

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Ellen in The Dance LEEDS Made (Brian Slater)

Ellen in The Dance LEEDS Made (Brian Slater)

Ellen Rocking Out by Nicola Selby Photography

Ellen Rocking Out by Nicola Selby Photography

Ellen making dances at Birmingham Mela!

#FriendsFriday 33 - Karolis Andriulis

How are you/have you been involved with Casson & Friends?

I've been working with Tim as a videographer to capture some of Casson & Friends' work, mainly The Dance We Made.

What do you love about dance?

It's that state of mind of freedom and expression. Being just a bedroom dancer myself, I'm a massive supporter of the idea that dance is for everyone!

 

What song always makes you dance?

I would normally go for "Vogue" but this time it's Christine and the Queen's "Science Fiction" (still not sure if it's the music or their moves that inspire me so...)

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What else are you working on at the moment?

Probably the most exciting project I'm currently working on is a music video piece for Istanbul based band Nu Park. We shot it a couple of months ago in a massive studio in the suburbs of Istanbul. It was a collaboration between a few creative minds with experimental flair. It's in post-production, I still have no idea how this all will piece together - just one of those projects where so many outcomes are possible! - but that makes it even more exciting! Other than that, since switching to freelancing just a few months ago, I've been busy establishing contacts with clients by producing (mainly) promotional stuff (video - anyone?). Let's see where this takes me, but for now, I'm happy to be able to steer away from corporate stuff, and participate in such 'people & art' oriented projects as The Dance We Made

Karolis is currently working on a new website, but for the time being you can check out his work here!

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Karolis Andriulis

Karolis Andriulis

Karolis in Action on Set

Karolis in Action on Set

#FriendsFriday 32 - Chloe Mead

How are you/have you been involved with Casson & Friends?

I am part of The Dance WE Made team, which is made up of some really wonderful people, I have so much fun meeting and working with them all! I've also most recently been working with Tim on 'Choreocracy'....very exciting, watch this space!

What do you love about dance?

I love the sense of escapism for everyone involved.

What song always makes you dance?

Rihanna - Pon de replay - there's no stopping me!

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What else are you working on at the moment?

Coming up I've got more TheDanceWeMade'ing (!) and Choreocracy with a sharing in Brighton at the end of September. Then, after a quick sun soak in Manorca, I'll be working with English National Ballet on a schools outreach project before and intensive rehearsal period with Ceyda Tanc Dance, who create contemporary dance works with influence of traditional Turkish folk dance, check us out here!

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Chloe in rehearsals for 'Choreocracy'  

Chloe in rehearsals for 'Choreocracy'  

Chloe dancing with Ceyda Tanc Dance

Chloe dancing with Ceyda Tanc Dance

#FriendsFriday 27 - Helen Wilson

Can you spot Helen..?

Can you spot Helen..?

How are you involved with Casson & Friends? 

I am currently involved with The Dance We Made, which is performing at Bristol Harbouside sunday 17th July! Along with two other local Bristol dancers, Joel and Deepraj!

What do you love about dance? 

There are so many things I have come to love about dance. The reason I first started was because I saw a company that made me go 'Wow' and I wanted to make people say 'wow'. Further down the line, I love that dance makes people connect, create, inspire, and heal. It's something that anybody and everybody can do to make you feel good. 

 

What song always makes you dance?

This is hard ahhhhhhhh Why ask a dancer this? hahaha I'm going to say my most current favourite is 'oh yay' by Olatunji which is a track from trinidad. I do lots of different styles and this always make me dance around! Current Happy song!

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Helen in action!

Helen in action!

What are you working on at the moment? 

I am currently working on me! I teach a lot and run RISE Youth Dance which I love but I need to work on me a bit to feel like I am the artist i started out as. RISE is getting stronger and stronger and I am in the process of trying to make it more sustainable. Aside from that I have just finished working on Big Dance Trafalgar sq and a show in Bristol so a bit of a break over the summer will be a good treat!

Follow Helen on Twitter, find out more about RISE Youth Dance, and catch her performing in TDWM at Bristol Harbour Festival and Arnolfini this Sunday 17th July.

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    #FriendsFriday 24 - Megan Armishaw

    The lovely Megan!

    The lovely Megan!

    Watch Megan in action as part of the team at Dagfest

    How have you been involved with Casson & Friends? 

    I am currently a company dancer with Candoco - a contemporary dance company that works with disabled and non disabled performers. Candoco has two youth companies who recently organised their own evening of dance and performance at Greenwich Dance Agency called In The Mix (you can check out highlights here!). They were keen to have Tim's work The Dance WE Made as part of the evening and I was lucky enough to be a part of that! We also performed as part of TDWM Team at Dagfest too!

    What do you love about dance? 

    I love that everyone can dance (even my Dad)! I love dancing with other people and how social that is. And I love how diverse dance is and how my job leads me into such different experiences each week.  

    What song always makes you dance?

    Jammin' - Bob Marley and the Wailers

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    What are you working on at the moment?
    Candoco are working in the studio this week before going to perform in Poland at BRAVE festival, Wrowclaw next month.

    Find out more about what our friends at Candoco are doing here, and meet more of the Casson & Friends team every Friday with #FriendsFriday!