Hannah Spencer is originally from Devon and began dancing at the age of three. During her time in Devon she was a member of both Devon Youth Dance Company and Plymouth Youth Dance Company before continuing her dance training at London Contemporary Dance School where she received a BA Hons in Contemporary Dance. Alongside her training she appeared in works by various choreographers including Darren Johnstons Underdrome at the Roundhouse in Camden. As well as performing work by Kerry Nichols and Richard Alston. In her third year Hannah was fortunate to take part in an International Exchange programme which saw her spend a semester at The University of Hawaii at Manoa. On graduating in 2010 Hannah undertook a Post Graduate Certificate as an Apprentice Dancer for Tavaziva Dance under the direction of Bawren Tavaziva. She toured nationally with the company with their full length works Wild Dog and Double Take. Hannah went on to work with with Joumana Mourad as a Dancer for Ijad Dance Company in their project In-Finite, before making the move to Cambridge where she has appeared in a number of recent projects for Choreographer Hilary Goodall, as well as appearing as a guest performer with Daisy Farris Dance Collective. Hannah has been involved in running Cambridge Contemporary Dance since 2013.
Lorenza Toffolon is from Trento, Italy, where she received her dance training from the age of 8, and is now based in the UK. She started studying modern dance, and during her teenage years she engaged with ballet and contemporary dance. She was a member of the Club La Fourmie Company in Trento, where she worked as a dance teacher, giving adult and children classes. Studying at the University of Bologna for a degree in Philosophy, she discovered her passion for contemporary dance, taking various courses with Italian and international dancers and teachers. Moving to the UK in 2011, while working in publishing in Cambridge, she has managed to continue her contemporary dance training and teaching. She has been a member of Cambridge Contemporary Dance since January 2014.
Laura Ortu is originally from Italy and lived in Cambridge for the last 10 years. She started dancing at the age of 5, at the “IL Balletto del Mediterraneo”, where she widen her knowledge of rigorous Vaganova ballet technique. Meanwhile she approached a more exploratory dance as contemporary dance, theatre dance, experimenting improvisation techniques with the teacher Anna Paola della Chiesa. She then moved to UK and Ireland where she enriched her dancing experience with aerial dance at the “Circus Factory” in Cork (Ireland)with the teacher Chloe Buyl-de Pisco, her work at moment is a research on contemporary and improvisation movement in the aerial space with the use of aerial apparatus such as silk or rope . She fined tuned her aerial dance experience with international teachers like Sarah Bebe Holmes, Shantal McCormack, Katherine Arnold, looking into the perfectionism if movement but also exploring the possibilities of movement in the air. Today she teaches aerial dance at the Cambridge Community Circus, and joined Cambridge Contemporary Dance since 2014.
Hannah Laeverenz Schlogelhofer became a member of Cambridge Contemporary Dance in January 2017. Growing up in London, Hannah started ballet and modern dance lessons at the age of 5. In 2010 she came to Cambridge to study Natural Sciences and is now studying for a PhD in microbial ecology. She initially attended university ballet and yoga classes before joining Queens’ College Contemporary Dance in 2014. Also in 2014, Hannah attended the Trinity Laban Dance Summer School in London. Since then she has been involved in several dance projects in Cambridge, including collaborating with Cambridge Contemporary Dance members for performances at the Heong Gallery and King’s College Chapel.
Katie O’Brien is originally from Swindon and began dancing at the age of 11 at Swindon Dance, where she became a part of Swindon Youth Dance Company and trained on the Youth Talent Programme. She went on to pursue her academic interests, completing a BSc (Hons) and subsequently a PhD in Physiology at King’s College London. During her time at university Katie continued to dance, competing for King’s at national competitions and both performing and choreographing at the dance society’s annual show. In a semester spent at University of California Davis during her PhD, Katie became a member of Released Contemporary Dance Company. Katie is now working as a post-doctoral researcher at the department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience, University of Cambridge. She has been a member of Cambridge Contemporary Dance since November 2017.
Luce Moelans is originally from Leuven in Belgium, where she started dancing in the village school at the age of 5. Early on in high school her love for dance developed more strongly, as she began taking classes in various techniques and styles, such as classical ballet, Limon and Horton, and contemporary dance. In 2011 Luce graduated with a BA degree in Dance in Education from ArtEZ in Arnhem, The Netherlands. Subsequently she attained a BA and MA in Art History from the KU Leuven in Belgium, followed by an MA degree in Dance Philosophy and History from Roehampton University in London in 2017. During her studies, Luce has researched topics such as dance on camera, William Forsythe’s choreographic objects, and the oeuvre of Belgian dance theatre company Peeping Tom. From 2011 until 2016 Luce was a dancer with the contemporary dance company CoCon (directed by Jennifer Regidor). She moved to Cambridge in September 2017, and joined Cambridge Contemporary Dance in April 2018.
Our Company Members around the World…
Chess Boughey (LONDON) started dancing at the age of 4 at the Elizabeth Hill School of Dance and Drama in Merseyside and transferred to the Royal Ballet School at the age of 11, where they trained until the age of 16. During their time at White Lodge they were awarded prizes in the Kenneth MacMillan choreography competition and were a semi-finalist in the Young British Dancer of the Year Award 2006. They danced with the Royal Ballet on numerous occasions performing at venues such as the Royal Opera House and the Linbury Studio Theatre. At the age of 16 they moved to Elmhurst School for Dance and danced with the National Youth Ballet. They then decided to leave the world of dance in order to start an academic career. During the course of their physics degree at Imperial College London they were the university Dance Company Ballet Director. This involved teaching ballet to dancers of varying ability, choreographing and participating in ballet and contemporary dance performances. They are currently studying for a PhD in nanotechnology at the University of Cambridge and joined Cambridge Contemporary Dance as a dancer and teacher in November 2013.
Camila Miranda (CHILE) is from Santiago, Chile, where she obtained a BA in Contemporary Dance and a Degree of Specialized Dance Teacher in the Universidad de Chile. As part of her professional development she is currently studying a Diploma in Teaching and Learning Dance in Trinity Laban Conservatoire, London. During the last few years she received training from different dance styles with renowned dance practitioners, such as Barbara Mahler in New York and David Zambrano in Amsterdam. During her career she has explored several physical arts, such as Kalaripayatu from India, Thai Shadow puppet, and Kandyan Dance from Sri Lanka. As a dance teacher, she has worked since 2007 in universities, schools and with various communities. Her teaching experience allows her to work with people from a wide age range. As a dancer and choreographer, she was involved in 2011 in an exchange project with the George Washington University, United Stated. As a performer of Chilean traditional dances, she has danced in various venues, including Plaza de Toros in Seville and for HM Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee in Windsor Castle.
Luciana Ponso (BRAZIL) is from Brazil, where she obtained Master in Contemporary Studies of Arts at UFF-RJ and graduation from the School of Dance Angel Vianna- Rio de Janeiro, where became teacher and producer of the academic seminar of this institution. For 20 years taught classical ballet, body expression and creative dance lessons for different ages in studios and schools. Danced with the Tapias Group, Ballet Eliana Karin, Cia Marie Taglione (Italy), Pulsar Dance Company and Atelier Choreographic Dance Company directed by Regina Miranda. Participated in international festivals like Dança em Trânsito, Correios em Movimento and Festival Panorama. Was part of the Festival Tapias and Dança em Trânsito creative and producer team. Over five years envisioned the Mostra MOVE on videodance. Worked as a collaborator in Projeto Dança em Foco and ministered videodance classes, workshops, lectures and conferences in several cities in Brazil and Latin America. Directed several dance films that participated in festivals in Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Mexico, Czech Republic, Portugal, and Australia. Attended the artistic residences Videodance Circuit Mercosur (2007) and Rencontre Essone Danse in France (2014). In 2016, she moved to UK and started to collaborate with Colours of Dance Studio, Cambridge University Ballet Club and Cambridge Contemporary Dance.