MEET THE TEAM

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Alison Thomas

 

Education and Outreach Coordinator 

Alison was born in Kent, and after living in Hong Kong and Scotland, settled in London in 2018. She is an emerging choreographer, arts administrator and producer. After an undergraduate degree in Human Geography and Social Psychology from the University of St Andrews, she completed an MA in Creative Practice at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, combining her academic and creative work.

 

She joined A Truefitt Collective in 2019 using her expertise in both the administrative and creative side of dance. Due to her social-science background, Alison is particularly interested in Truefitt’s Dancing Mindfulness work and its efforts to widen arts access, given her awareness of the huge benefits dance can have, especially for young people.

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Holly Smith 


Tour Assistant - Magical Minds

 

Holly is a London based dance artist, teacher, and administrator. Holly grew up in Bedfordshire before moving to London to complete a BA (Hons) in Contemporary Dance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Whilst studying Holly discovered her passion for dance teaching and education through working on children's classes.

After graduating Holly joined the Learning and Participation team at Trinity Laban where she gained a wealth of experience of working in education and community settings. 

Holly is now a freelance artist, and is working with Truefitt Collective as their Tour Assistant for the Magical Minds tour. Holly loves working with children and believes bringing dance into schools is the most accessible way for young people to access dance and performances, she is most excited to hear what all the children think of and learn from the show.

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Jemimah Freeside


Dance Teacher & Dancing Mindfulness Facilitator

Jemimah is a born performer, who has never known anything other that expressing herself through Dance. When she was still very young, she transitioned into working professionally with the likes of Opera North and Bill Kenwright ltd. It was here that she decided she had found her calling. She has trained at ICMT and IDSA and has been teaching and sharing her knowledge ever since.

 

She is so passionate about the freedom people can find physically, mentally and emotionally through dance and simply adores working with Truefitt Collective. 

 

Jemimah teaches dance, musical theatre and is trained as a Dancing Mindfulness Facilitator.

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 Selene Travaglia


Dance Artist (Magical Minds) 

Selene was born in Trento, Italy. She started her professional studies in Milan and then she continued her journey at Trinity Laban in London. She graduated in 2016 with a first-class degree and in 2017 with a MA in Dance Performance. Selene was a company member of Transitions Dance Company in London for the season 2016/17 and she now works as a freelance with J7s Dance Company, Fuora Dance Project, Wriggle Dance Theatre, Jess Murray Dance, Baejjahn Dance Company, Keneish Dance and other choreographers in Europe.

 

Selene loves performing in productions for young people as she believes that the performing arts are a very effective way to bring children's awareness to delicate topics and can stimulate their development. 

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Kitty Pilgrim-Morris


Dance Artist (Magical Minds)

Kitty is entering the final year of her BA Hons at London Contemporary Dance School. For Kitty, dancing is a mindful practice in itself that now feels integral to her general and mental wellbeing; it feels more important than ever as a way to connect, share and learn with others while experiencing a joy like no other. To be able to share this approach with others is an honour for Kitty, who believes the work of Truefitt Collective is crucial.

 

Kitty was a Royal Opera House Young Creative in 2019, and has previously choreographed several full-length amateur musicals. Within her degree, she has worked with choreographers such as Eva Recacha, James Cousins, Richard Alston and Anthony Matsena. After graduating, Kitty would like to perform and choreograph socially conscious dance theatre works that are all at once "meaningful, absurd and inclusive". 

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Rachel Laird

Dance Artist (Magical Minds) 

 

Rachel is from Scotland and has lived in London for the past five years working as a freelance artist. She has trained at Copenhagen Contemporary Dance School where she gained her Postgraduate Diploma, Trinity Labanwhere she gained her BA (Hons) degree and prior to this at the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance. 

 

Since being freelance Rachel has performed for The English National Opera in their production of Orphée and Peut-Être Theatre (children's dance theatre) touring their work SHH...Bang! And Tidy Up to China.  

 

Rachel joined Truefitt Collective in 2019 as a performer for their new work "We Never Arrive", has trained as a Dancing Mindfulness facilitator and is a Dance Artist for Magical Minds. 

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Hannah Miles 


Dance Teacher 

Hannah is a freelance dance artist and teacher based in South East London. After graduating from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and dance in 2019, Hannah has performed and collaborated with companies including Luca Silvestrini's Protein Dance, State of Flux Theatre, English National Ballet, Errant Company and is a company member of Ransack Dance Company in Wales. 

 

Hannah's passion for teaching dance comes from all the inspiring teachers that she has been taught by. Hannah is a contemporary dance teacher at London Boys Ballet School and teaches for Ransack Dance Company and Artis Community. 

Hannah believes that learning dance is for everyone and her classes aim to encourage creativity, joy, curiosity, and expression. Hannah is delighted to join Truefitt Collective as a dance teacher and strives to make her classes inclusive and accessible for all.  

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Jenna Anne Nathan


Dance Teacher 

Jenna works as a freelance dance artist and teacher, performing nationally and internationally in Germany and Vietnam.

 

Jenna's passion for teaching has always accompanied her love of performance. Jenna has facilitated workshops for refugees, community groups, students, professional artists, and thanks to Truefitt and Magical Minds, in many primary schools across London.

 

Jenna has always loved dance because it encourages communication and expression. Jenna strongly believes it is an effective tool to facilitate the exploration of emotions, identity, mental health and encourages us to build connections with others.

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Grace Keeble

Dance Teaching Assistant & Dancing Mindfulness Facilitator


Grace is a London based choreographer and dance artist . With a background in writing as well as a degree in History, Grace is compelled to use dance as a medium to explore historical, political, and social concerns. After a long hiatus from dance, Grace returned to London in 2012 where she joined Alive Contemporary dance company, for whom she is now Artistic Director.

 

Grace graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of music and dance in 2016 with a distinction in MA Choreography. 

 

Since then her artistic interest has shifted more to exploration of 'natural' movement, examining how both trained and untrained bodies might find an honesty and sincerity within the development of a raw and instinctive movement language. Grace is trained with Truefitt Collective as a Dancing Mindfulness Facilitator.

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Stephanie Johnston


Dance Teaching Assistant & Dancing Mindfulness Facilitator


Stephanie comes from a 'social dancing' background with previous experience in classical styles along with Tap, Modern, and Jazz. Dance really touched Stephanie for the first time when she found Social Dancing as a way back in after taking a two-year break from formal dance training (in which time she felt more and more like she could never return to dance).

 

What she always carries from this experience is how dance can really build confidence, alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety and help people from all walks of life to bond.

 

Stephanie has worked with Truefitt Collective teaching and assisting with dance workshops in Primary School. Stephanie is also trained as a Dancing Mindfulness Facilitator and delivers workshops in Dancing Mindfulness for Truefitt.