STRIDE 2017: Meet the Artists


Kevin Edward Turner, Company Chameleon

Kevin studied formally at The Northern School of Contemporary Dance where he gained his first class degree. His professional engagements include working with Rambert Dance Company, Scottish Dance Theatre, Phoenix Dance Theatre, CassaniDance, Rubberbandancegroup (Canada), Henri Oguike Dance Company, Company Decalage, Mad dogs Dance Theatre and Roda. In the summer of 2007 Kevin was awarded the prestigious Danceweb Scholarship under the framework of ImPulsTanz, Vienna.  He has taught in most major British contemporary dance institutions, as well as in Canada, the USA, Spain, Hungary and the Caribbean.

Theo Fapohunda, Company Chameleon

Theo received a first class degree at Edge Hill University, before joining the Post-Graduate Apprenticeship Scheme through the Northern School of Contemporary Dance. Theo worked with James Wilton Dance and performed at the Rugby League World Cup opening ceremony in 2013. He’s performed with Hinged Dance Company and Artistic Director, Taira Foo, and the all-male dance company EdgeFwd, performing works in venues across the UK choreographed by Debbie Milner, Anthony Missen, Gary Clarke, Josh Arnott, Stuart Walters and Helen Parlor. He has also performed as a physical actor for Spalding Suite, directed by Benji Reid.


Helen Andrew, independant artist

“I graduated from Northern School of Contemporary dance & then became an apprentice with Motionhouse Dance Theatre. Since working professionally I’ve been lucky enough to develop my skills working with companies such as Balbir Singh and Avatara Ayuso. I spent three months in Beijing with UKCI, choreographing and delivering dance workshops to children aged 9-12. Most recently I have been working with Company Chameleon on ‘Witness’. I am looking forward to working with Stride so I can give young people the confidence and skills to explore and express themselves through dance.”


Taylor Benjamin, independant artist

“I trained in dance and musical theatre at Doreen Bird’s, & have been working professionally in the arts for nearly 10 years now. I’ve been lucky enough to gain different skills in performing arts from working with companies such as 2faced, BalletBoyz and Dv8 physical theatre company. I am currently touring with Company Chameleon, on both of their current productions. I’m looking forward to working with Stride and giving young people an opportunity to explore and express themselves in a way some people might not get the chance to.”


David Colley, independant artist

“Shortly after graduating, I became an apprentice with Company Chameleon through a scheme run by Northern School of Contemporary Dance. After a successful year, I was invited to join the company’s international tour and have been working and performing with the company since. The reason I’m looking forward to STRIDE is; it’s a similar setting to that in which I first discovered contemporary dance and I am eager to provide the same support and encouragement that I received when starting out as a dancer.”


Emily O’Shea, independant artist

“After finishing full time dance training I had the opportunity to travel the world working on cruise ships. After 2 years I moved back to pursue a career in contemporary dance. I worked with a couple of contemporary companies in London, then spent 6 months in Peru teaching and choreographing contemporary dance for local young people. I have now moved back to the North West, where I grew up, to teach around the region. I am looking forward to working with and being inspired by young dancers through STRIDE.”


David Willdridge, independant artist

“I have spent 7 years with Stopgap Dance Company, where I trained and performed alongside disabled and non-disabled artists. During that time I lead integrated projects aimed at bringing people together regardless of ability, dance experience or background. I’ve also worked with National Youth Dance Company, as a Creative Support Artist for its young disabled artists, and toured with Wired Aerial Theatre. This will be my 2nd year as a STRIDE artist. A project that, as a north-western lad, I would have jumped at the chance to be a part of.”