ABOUT

Newington Dance Space is an artist-led organisation offering a range of opportunities for emerging and established artists and to our local community. 

Located in multicultural area of Hackney - one of London's most diverse districts and home to young families and professionals - NDS reflects this area's community spirit by providing a friendly environment where different groups can meet. 

Newington Dance Space was founded in 2008 originally as a dance studio. In 2019 we will be focusing mainly on children and young people activities, with a programme of after-school and weekend dance classes and Creative Mash Holiday Drama workshops. 

Newington Dance Space: Company Number: 06502597/ Registered in England and Wales


OUR PEOPLE

Ellen Pillow/ director of Newington Dance Space/ Project Coordinator/ Dance and Drama teacher 

Ellen has had over nine years experience of teaching Ballet, Tap, Street and Contemporary Dance to children of all ages around London. She has performed in and choreographed for a variety of performances and short films which have been exhibited internationally. She trained at both LABAN and Dartington College of Arts where she received a first class degree in Choreography. Ellen also works regularly in educational schools, integrating dance into the early years right up into sixth form, as a means to promote the children's physical, intellectual, emotional and social development. 

 

Frankie Walker/ / Director of Newington Dance Space/Outreach Project Coordinator/ Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher

Frankie has been working as Outreach Co-ordinator for Newington Dance Space since January 2009. She is an experienced workshop leader delivering programs of drama, yoga and creative participation courses independently in the UK, India, Spain, Australia and the Czech Republic. 

Frankie holds a BA (hons) in Devised Theatre from Dartington College of Arts, andworks mainly as a yoga teacher. You can find out more about her yoga classes here


Elizabeth Pick/ Dance Teacher

Elizabeth started dancing at a young age and represented England in Latin American team dancing world championships. She placed 2nd in the world on three occasions. Elizabeth was then awarded a full scholarship to train at Liverpool theatre School graduating with a distinction in musical theatre. She has worked on a number of shows and as she continues to grow within the industry as a choreographer she is also focused on nurturing and sharing her passion with younger generations. 

She teaches a varied age range and her classes are playful, relaxed and encouraging.

Steff D'Arcy

Steff D'Arcy is a dance artist and teacher based in South London. She trained at Elmhurst - School of the Birmingham Royal Ballet and graduated with a First Class degree from Laban. Steff has worked with various internationally acclaimed dance choreographers and companies including; Russell Maliphant, Julie Cunningham and Company, The Cunningham Company Fellows, Charles Linehan, RAE Dance Collective and Travis Clausen-Knight. She has starred in various dance films and music videos including for Studio Wayne McGregor, Nick Knight and Gareth Pugh, Channel 4 and The Institute of Contemporary Arts. Steff has completed a teacher training course and has a passion for teaching dance and movement to young people, she also teaches dance in the paediatric department of Guys and St Thomas's Hospital.


Mission Statement


NDS’s mission is to support the performing arts activity by providing an exciting programme of classes and events with focus on three strands of work: 
adults, children & young people  and professional artists. Our main commitments are:

 - to promote the creative potential of young choreographers, emerging dance companies, dance students and dancers from amateur to professional level.

- to encourage people of all ages to take part in art, dance, community activities and projects that promote education and wellbeing.

Newington Dance Space offers: 


Regular Classes & Workshops for adults, children, young people and professional artists.

Performance Opportunities 
for adults and children in the end of each school term and a platform for practitioners to share work-in-progress each month.

Holiday Activities 
for children aged 5-12 years during school breaks.  

Community and Outreach Projects for children and adults from the local area.