MOVE IT Academy Faculty

CURATOR: LUKAS MCFARLANE

The programme is curated by globally respected choreographer Lukas McFarlane. Lukas has worked with some of the biggest artists in the world including Taylor Swift, Carly Rae Jepsen and Celine Dion, you may also have caught him performing alongside P!NK on the BRIT Awards this year. This 5 day intensive gives you the chance to train with Lukas himself alongside top artists that have helped shape him in his incredible career.

JOSH WHARMBY

Josh has worked with the likes of Brian Friedman, Taylor Swift, Nicole Scherzinger, Rita Ora and this summer he will be working with you! 

SHAUN NILES 

Shaun has worked with some of the biggest names such as Rihanna, Janet Jackson and many more. Shaun will be giving an introduction to Commercial Dance.

Lukas says: “He’s so talented; a genius choreographer and great teacher. When I think of people who were influential to my training and growth he is definitely one of those people”. 

 

SARAH DOLAN

Sarah is the artistic director of O2 the Dance Company and has worked with the likes of Jessie J, The Jacksons, Nelly Furtado, Tom Odell and many many more.

Lukas says: “She is a big part of why I am the dancer I am today and I really want these young dancers to experience what I did. I know they are going to have an incredible experience with her”. 

AMY TOMLINSON

Amy has recently worked with Lukas on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing as assistant choreographer. She has also worked with the likes of Dua Lipa, Cisco Gomez and Brian Friedman. Join Amy as she guides you through improv.

Lukas Says: “Amy is my right hand; she assists me on everything from Strictly to The Voice.  She’s a talented dancer and creative and has been part of my company UnTitled since I started”.

 

LI LI HODGE

Who better to give a seminar on ‘Working as a Professional Dancer’ than AMCK dancer Li Li. She has worked with some incredible names such as Rita Ora, Zara Larsson, Cheryl Cole, Meghan Trainor and many more!

Lukas says: “This is powerful – these young dancers will know their worth as an artist from the start of their careers”. 

MARISA GARCIA 

Marisa is a member of Lukas’s UnTitled Dance Company and Company Jinks – you may have seen her performing earlier this year on BBC’s The Greatest Dancer.

Lukas says: “She’s a phenomenal teacher and also really knows the history of the style and has a lot of knowledge to share”.

 

RAFFAELLA COVINO

Founder and director of Applause for Thought, Raff provides free and low cost mental health support, talks and workshops to those working in the arts industry, Raffaella will be holding a mental health focused seminar.

Lukas says: “This seminar is essential in giving these young dancers some tools they can use to deal with the low times they experience”. 

GLENN HUDSON

Glenn is artistic director and founder of Definitives Dance Company. He has a huge list of credits including working with Dua Lipa, Calvin Harris and Rita Ora. Join Glenn in an intro to hip-hop workshop.

Lukas says: “He’s so talented; a genius choreographer and great teacher. When I think of people who were influential to my training and growth he is definitely one of those people”. 

ALICE ROBINSON

Alice will be teaching a ballet barre workshop every morning of the five day intensive. You may have recently seen Alice performing on BBC’s The Greatest Dancer as a member of Company Jinks.

Lukas says: “Alice teaches a brilliant introduction class and no matter what your level of ballet you’ll work up a sweat and refine your technique”.

ALEXZANDRA SARMIENTO

Alex stars as the dance captain in West End’s hit show Hamilton and has a long list of theatre credits across the world. Who better to deliver a seminar on ‘Working in Theatre?’

Lukas says: “For me, Alex is the epitome of a musical theatre hopper, I’ve never met anyone who has done so many shows”. 

 

NATALIE ROGALSKI 

Having studied dance full time and performed for many years, Nat has insider knowledge of dance movement and for the past three years has been working within the English National Ballet Dance medicine team.

Lukas says: “I had three knee surgeries by the age of 19 and when I met Natalie I can honestly say she changed my life”. 

SAM PARRYSam has assisted Lukas McFarlane around the world and has now started teaching and choreographing in some of the best studios around London and Europe. You may of recently seen Sam on The Greatest Dancer with Company Jinks. Join Sam for the ultimate contemporary fusion style workshop.

Lukas says: “Sam is one of the hardest working dancers with the cleanest double pirouette I have ever seen! I’ve taught him since he was 16 and he’s now an amazing dancer and choreographer”.  

TASHA RICHARDSONTasha is a member of Lukas’s company UnTiTled and teaches various open classes around London. She has worked with Strictly Stars Neil & Katya Jones and Robin Windsor on tour throughout 2018. Join Tasha for her incredible Jazz workshop, work on your technique and learn an upbeat combo.

Lukas says: “She’s a phenomenal Jazz dancer, she’s powerful and I know the dancers will love working with her”.