Rehearsal Director/Dancer

Anthony Lo-Giudice

Photography Centre Stage


Poster Gemma Waller

Artistic Director

Michael Heatley

Dancer                                                             Jackson Watson

Dancer

Ash Goosey


After dancing for Matthew Bourne's company, New Advenutures, on their production of Lord of the Flies; Andrews intrigue into the contemporary dance world grew.

Although having a background in Musical Theatre, he has  featured in Music Videos and will begin filming later on in the year with Wooden Gate Productions on their upcoming feature film, The Red King.

Having moved to London in 2015 it was a pleasure to be back in the North East working on MACHO with HTGRDTC, especially on such a prominent topic in today's world. He is  really excited to continue working on this project and to see the piece grow.

Dancer                                                             Alex Rowland

Michael Heatley is a Choreographer/Dance Facilitator based in the North East, with over 15 years of teaching experience. Working with all age groups from children to adults, beginners to professionals Michael aims to  develop physicality, creativity, confidence and musicality. 

Since the beginning of Michael’s teaching key areas of his work include:

 

Specialising in boys dance in mainstream and SEND schools.

Over the years delivering  classes and workshops for Dance City, Theatre Royal Newcastle, Ydt Northumberland, Epinay Business & Enterprise School, Newcastle University & Peanuts Casting Agency. 

Lecturing  Movement Studies and Dance Performance for Actors at New College Durham                 

Assistant Franchise Manager and dance coach at Stagecoach Theatre Arts School Newcastle

Michael is the founder and Artistic Director of Hit The Ground Running Dance Theatre Company which was recently awarded a grant from Arts Council England to research and develop a professional  Physical Theatre  piece  which challenges the stigma surrounding men's mental health. Following the success  of its premiere performance the company is now planning its Regional  and National  tours.  

Dancer                                                             Andrew Davison

Anthony Lo-Giudice began his training at Newcastle College. Upon completing his BA Hons degree in Contemporary Dance, he studied at the se.s.ta coaching choreographers program in the Czech Republic under the mentorship of Jean Christophe Pare - director of the Ministry of Culture in Marseilles. Upon completion, he studied at The Royal Ballet School and Royal Opera House for his diploma in teaching, where he worked as part of their outreach program. Following this, he has understudied some of Scandinavia’s most prominent choreographers at Dansenshus Oslo and the Kulturhuset Stadsteaterns to develop his practice. He has worked extensively as a teacher, choreographer and dancer.

As a dancer Anthony has worked with notable artists and companies such as Neville Campbell, Vivien Wood, Colletivo NADA/Antonello Tudisco, Surface Area Dance Theatre, State of Grace and has also worked with HTGRDTC as a dancer before joining Michael as rehearsal director for MACHO.

 

Alex trained at the Northern School Of Contemporary Dance and is also a self-taught Bboy (breakdancer). Alex has worked as a freelance Performer with company’s and independent artists such as, Trashdollys, Lo-Giudice dance  2 faced dance company,  Company Decalage, Southpaw dance Company, Joel daniel , Wilkie Branson  Harnish lacy, Being frank physical Theatre,Holly Ivan and Molly Hodkinson. Alex creates and performs work through Trashdollys Dance Theatre, who specialise in making dance for theatre, outdoor spaces and film.  Alex has created, performed and co- directed works for the company since 2012.

HIT THE GROUND RUNNING DANCE THEATRE COMPANY

Jackson began dancing in 2007. His main style of dance is BBoying which has allowed him to compete in countries such as Oslo, Holland, Denmark and all over the UK. He also does Hip hop theatre and has had the chance to perform  all around the UK in the likes of Breaking Convention, Jam and Juice intl and many more. He first started learning breakin from Irish/UK crew Bad Taste Crew for around 4 years and then created his  own crew called Battalions Crew with 9 other breakers. In 2012 he  studied Dance at Gateshead College for 2 years which created amazing opportunities to then go on and start performing as a professional contemporary dancer. He now combines breaking and contemporary together to create a unique way of moving.

Kathryn began her professional  journey with the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain’s’ company performing in various productions, Heart Of Ice Battersea Arts Centre, Lionel Barts’ Maggie May Royalty Theatre, Amphibious Spangulatos Greenwich Theatre. She was inspired by North East director Ed Wilson (NYT’s director) who empowered young actors from across the country to aim high in the creative arts industry. Kathryn then carved a career in acting and drama facilitation for companies such as Live Theatre, The Customs House, Barbican Theatre, BBC Radio Four, Berwick Arts Centre.

 

She then progressed to become Principal at Stagecoach Theatre Arts Durham where her passion empowering young performers became priority. Students performed regionally in professional  theatre projects( with national acclaimed companies), such as Joseph and his Technicolor Dreamcoat, Whistle Down the Wind, Madam Butterfly  and Shakespeare 4 Kids. In 2006, Kathryn developed Shotton Hall Community Theatre School, which was the first theatre school based in East Durham where talent has been nurtured and high standard teaching and learning inspiring students to audition and appear in Billy Elliot West End(Nick Evans and Lee Hall), Channel 5 Don’t Stop believing(Creative director Kim Gavin), CBBC Glee Club 2010-present(Professional Judges Cary &David Grant, Stacy Soloman, Cisco Gomez) and National Youth Theatre of Great Britain.

 

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HIT THE GROUND RUNNING DANCE THEATRE COMPANY


 

Jonathan is an accomplished and creative filmmaker, who has been nominated for an RTS award, Jonathan set up Hype Film Ltd. Initially his training, was on the job but he has since honed his directing skills at The London Film Academy, The Met Film School as well as workshops at the National Theatre. Being passionate about all forms of dramatic art, Jonathan, not only directs for camera and stage but has also taught freelance at Sunderland and Durham Universities on specific modules where the course content crosses over to film and dramatic technique. Jonathan, is always on hand to offer advise on what is required on film sets or what a director expects from actors.

 

Film Maker                                                       Jonathan Ackley

the creative team




Ash Goosey is a recent MA Graduate in Dance Performance and Choreography.

His movement is highly influenced by his time spent in China in early 2016. Combining modern contemporary movement techniques integrated with elements of Martial Arts.
He has most recently worked with Original Impact Theatre Company performing in their production A Working Title as part of The Camden Fringe, The Greater Manchester Fringe and The Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016.

Ash has also worked with State of Emergency on their production, Co-Mission along side renowned Choreographers Michael Joseph and Laura Dajao.

Alongside performing Ash has also produced and developed his own work (Something Spoken) which has gone on to be performed internationally as part of RootedMoon International Dance Festival in Sardinia, Italy

Acting Coach                                                    Kathryn Ackley