Shoreditch Youth Dance Comapany (SYD)
Rehearsal Director & Project Assistant
Michaela began her career in the arts studying Musical Theatre at The Brit School.
She went on to focus on Dance at Lewisham College before completing her BA(hons) in Dance Theatre at Trinity Laban.
She has worked with choreographers such as Kerry Nicholls, Rosemary Butcher and Bim Malcomson and works for both Trinity Laban and The Royal Ballet School to deliver creative ballet classes.
She has been Rehearsal Director for SYD since 2011 and has assisted on variety of projects and supported choreographic work by John Ross, Anjali Mehra, Maciej Kuźmiński and Lee Smikle.
She supports the planning of SYD timetable and is chaperone on international exchanges and runs the Company when Lee is working away.
Company Administrator & Project Assistant
Following her undergraduate training at Trinity Laban Megan completed an MA with Transitions Dance Company.
She has had a varied career working as a performer and educator for choreographers and companies including Lizzi Kew–Ross, Lea Anderson, Richard Alston, Luca Silvestrini, Xavier Le Roy and Tino Sehgal.
Her choreographic career has included making dance films for children for BBC2/BBC learning, choreographing opera and ‘interventions’ at The Hayward Gallery.
She has gained experience in administration and management throughout her career including a role as creative team coordinator on Games Time, a large-scale community outdoor performance directed by Lea Anderson.
Company Administrator & Marketing Assistant
Thomas’ interest in dance started in Totnes, Devon, he later went onto complete a foundation course in Contemporary dance in 2010 at Northern School of Contemporary Dance.
He has recently Graduated From London Contemporary Dance School with a 1st Class Honors Degree. During his training he worked with people like Katie Green, Jose Agudo, Theo Clinkard and Ponciano Almeida.
His choreographic work has been performed at Big Dance Launch 2012 and his student work was selected for the LCDS Graduation Performances in 2013.
His most recent work is in Co-founding the company HAL, which is looking into educational work.
He is currently working with John Ross Dance on their new production Wolfpack
Lee Smikle is a Creative Producer, Artistic Director, Teacher and Mentor who as been working professionally in the dance sector since 1997.
Lee trained at the Rambert School of Ballet & Contemporary Dance and before that , Swindon Dance, where he first began to develop his teaching skills.
As a performer he was a core member of Matthew Bourne's Adventures in Motion Pictures & New Adventures companies for many years touring internationally as dancer, teacher and rehearsal assistant with shows like Swan Lake, The Car Man and Nutcracker! He later helped set up and devise workshops and teacher training for the educational arm of the company, Re:Bourne.
As a teacher and choreographer he has worked on behalf of many organisations including Trinity Laban, Rambert School, The Place, Re:Bourne, Essential Alston, Dance City, Swindon Dance, Pavilion Dance, Dance United and Escola De Danca (Brazil).
All Lee's work, while exploring and developing is creative practice , supports and nurtures the development of other artists especially through his work with young people and dancers in training.
Lee is the Founder and Artistic Director of Shoreditch Youth Dance (SYD) which he set up in January 2010 and has continued to run without core funding for nearly 5 years. Providing innovative and exceptional learning opportunities for many young people, SYD Company is now recognised for it's pioneering approach to working with young people and is one of Londons independent youth based companies, leading work with young people.
Lee is the Associate Artist in Residence at Rich Mix in Shoreditch, London , where he founded 'Free to Fall' in November 2011. Free to Fall is a development programme for artists and producers based around a movement scratch forum for emerging choreographers and contemporary artists.
Free to Fall successfully previewed in Sao Paulo, Brazil in October 2012, co-produced by Paula Pi and is consequently being supported there by new Brazilian partner, Cultura Inglesa, throughout 2013.
Lee is a fellow of the Arts Council's, Cultural Leaders Programme 2010/11 (Peach Placement), where for 6 months he shadowed Artistic Directors Assis Careiro(DanceEast) and Espen Giljane ( Norwegian Ballet, Oslo).
Lee is currently producing and working with Renaud Wiser Dance Company, John Ross Dance, Charlie Ford, Melanie Lomonof and Khamlane Halsackda, whilst developing an international project portfolio supported by the Artists International Development Fund (AIDF - an Arts Council England and British Council initiative)