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Helen is a dance artist-scholar

fundamentally interested in people moving together 

and exploring possibilities for creative exploration

 through movement improvisation.

Helen earned her MFA Choreography from Roehampton University,

PhD from Middlesex University and has been making

new choreographic work for thirty years.

Her work addresses some of the complexities of our embodied relationships with our sense of self and with each other, explored through improvised encounters using sound, text and touch, and has been presented at venues  internationally. 

Helen's movement practice is underpinned by the study of Bartenieff Fundamentals

and other somatic movement philosophies, with a firm belief in the frameworks these practices offer for dancing and expressive living.

Helen's doctoral research explores relationships

between somatic practice and improvised performance-making

through experiences of body-space-environment.

Her current research takes this focus into adventures of natural environments and the development of pedagogies of practice in movement.

                                              Helen is co-Artistic Director of

DancingStrong Movement Lab with Adesola Akinleye,

                                              Director of Dance and Professional Practice programmes at Middlesex University London.



Exhibition opening and performance with Adesola Akinleye, Andrew Hinton and Mary Rodrigues

Denton Gallery

Texas USA

Oct 1-3, 2024

The 'Female' Dancer: a soma-scientific approach

co-edited publication with

Claire Farmer

Routledge Taylor Francis Group

Book Launch

Middlesex University, London

June 21, 2024

after the storm

collaborative performance work with Siân Hopkins,  Mikkel Svak

Middlesex University, London

Dec 12-15, 2023

 Texas Dance Improvisation Festival

Guest teacher

Texas Woman's University, 

Denton Texas USA

Oct 5-7 2023 

 9th International Festival of Dance, Guest artist

 Wałbryzch, Poland

Sept 9-10 2023


performance with Sandra Sok

Performing Picnic PARK Festival,

Karlovac, Croatia

Aug 6 2023

 Laban Bartenieff Movement System Summit co-curator

part of the World Arts and Embodiment Forum

East-15 Acting School, University of Essex

April 11-13 2023


installation performance work

with Adesola Akinleye for DancingStrong Movement Lab.

IRIE! Dance Theatre, London

Nov 25 2022

plus London Nursery schools and SEN schools tour March 2023


collaborative performance work with Mikkel Svak and Cheniece Warner as part of New Horizons Festival

Middlesex University London

May 11-13 2022

Concrete-Water-Flesh performance as part of

Global Water Dances

Deptford Waterside and Fordham Park, London

June 12 2021


digital online performance  Theatrum Mundi book launch Adesola Akinleye's Dance, Architecture and Engineering,

April 30, 2021



The Place, London

Jan 29, 2020

dancing the in-between-ness

installation of PhD research

Middlesex University


Nov 5, 2019


Queering the Somatic


Middlesex University


Nov 1/2, 2019

Cultural, Intercultural and Transnational Dialogues in Dance and Spirituality Conference

Improvisation workshop

The centre for embodiment & somatic movement education and therapy,


Aug 30-Sept 2, 2019

Per/Forming Futures Symposium


​...whispers (solo)

Middlesex University


April 12, 2019

Photo | Cheniece Warner | London | 2019
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