About

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Jon Beney

Co-Artistic director and Founder of Tenfoot Dance Company, Professional dancer, choreographer, teacher and mass movement director; trained at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance. As well as setting up his own company Y Dance, he has performed with Virtual Motion Dance Co, dans connect (Swindon Dance) and Ballet Lorent and Protein dance touring national and international. He has taught extensively in the UK, working with Dance United teaching dance in criminal justice settings and working with hard to reach young people , University of Central Lancashire and York St John’s University. Has worked as a mass movement director with choreography for the rugby league opening ceremony 2013 and the challenge cup finals 2014, 2015 and 2016. Has led education projects for phoenix dance company International work includes projects with the Aduna Dance Group in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) group working with disabled and abled body dancers and the Lajee Center (Palestine). Jon performed in Protein’s International Dance Festival Birmingham 2010 production of (In)visible Dancin’ and again in the summer of 2012. He also performed in LOL (lots of love) in 2012, and has coled two residencies in Protein’s Real Life Real Dance programme. Jon also works as a movement director on a number of theatre productions, is a mentor to new emerging artists and carries the role of an associate artist with Hull Truck Theatre.  Co-choreography and artistic directorship of Yira and The Way We Were.

 

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Freddie Garland 

Co- Artistic Director and Co- Founder of Tenfoot Dance Company, dancer, teacher and choreographer; studied dance from the age of 3 years. Skilled in many dance genres from ballet and tap to contemporary. The beautiful Latino and Angolan forms of Salsa, Bachata and Kizomba became a major part of her interest, training and passion. Currently working on several pieces of choreography across a gamut of dance genres with a number of groups and partnerships. Her unique style arises from her years of dance training, and elements from the different genres shine through. Fred loves to impart the knowledge she has acquired over the years and runs weekly classes and individual tuition as well as monthly workshops. She frequently makes guest teaching appearances and performing at several prestigious events, congresses and festivals around the UK.

Community involvement addressing social issues has brought Fred into teaching dance for a charity organization that represents the needs and concerns of abused and vulnerable women as well as working with people with learning, physical and mental disabilities. Fred is also exploring dance as part of the process of injury rehabilitation.

2016 has seen the co-choreography and artistic directorship of ‘Yira’ and ‘The Way We Were’, participation in stage management, teaching and performance at Glastonbury, and a partnership in concept, production and choreography for an internationally based music video.

Fred has previously performed in Vilmore James ‘Flight’, taken part in Hull’s Freedom Festival over several years through a number of commissions and with various companies, continues to work as part of a team producing large-scale dance festivals, and collaborates with other professional dancers on the international stage. A lively and enjoyable reputation precedes her, and her classes are by all accounts a joy to partake in.