Dancers and Collaborators


Pauline Phillips

Main Qualifications; Cert.Ed. / D.A.S.E. / M’Ed. (Liverpool)
R.A.D. Ballet (to Intermediate) / Certificate in Contemporary Dance Technique (L’pool)
Further Training; ‘Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship’ to study Dance training in Moscow (Russia), Minsk (Belarus) and Bucharest (Romania).
Now retired from full time work but continuing to do a combination of voluntary and freelance projects. Is apart of the Tenfoot team on the delivery of the ‘Dancing with Parkinson’s’ project. Having become familiar with the ‘Dance for Parkinson’s’ programme set up by Mark Morris in New York (‘Capturing Grace’) whilst still working in Liverpool.
A 40 year career within the education sector of Merseyside included work as a dance and gymnastics teacher / advisory teacher (Liverpool Education) / lecturer (L J M U) / choreographer.
Teaching largely in mainstream Primary and Secondary Schools as well as periods in 2 very different Special Schools (Working with children with a range from moderate to severe special needs).
Seconded to lecture dance and gymnastics at Liverpool John Moores University for 3years. Post retirement from full time teaching, continued to do freelance monitoring and assessment work with L J M U students as an Associate Tutor.
Early choreographic work includes dance teacher / choreographer to the British Artistic Gymnastics Squads for 12 years.
More recent projects include being part of Liverpool based ‘Growing Older (Dis)gracefully Dance Company. (Known as G.O.D.s). This is a contemporary dance, performance group with company members ranging in age from 55 – 85. This well established company was formed in 1998 and continues to be involved in performances at all levels from local community projects to work with students, performing at events around the UK and involvement in International Conferences recognising the benefits and values of continuing to be involved in dance into the later years. (eg. ‘Elixir’ at SadlersWells , London / ‘Vital’, Liverpool Bluecoat Arts Centre.)
Performed in several events for ‘Liverpool2008, European Capital of Culture.’Currently involved with a variety of projects as both a Pioneer Volunteer and a performer in‘Hull2017, UK City of Culture’.



Joseph Delaney

A Manchester based Freelance dance artist, Joe started his dance training on the Lowry’s Centre for advanced training in dance Scheme (CAT) for 4 years until being accepted onto the 3 year degree course at Northern School of Contemporary Dance.  After spending a year with Motionhouse Dance Theatre as their Apprentice dancer learning their repertoire and performing in their piece ‘Captive’ has since been freelance working and has joined the Tenfoot dance company on 2017’s production of ‘The Way We Were’.



Alicia Meehan

A North East based performance artist. Alicia trained in classical dance at Northern Ballet School then progressed on to study contemporary dance at degree level, graduating with a First Class Honors in 2011. Alicia then continued to expand her creative performance practice further at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, graduating in 2013 with a Masters in Creative Practice. Upon completing her vocational training she went on to work for Graduate Dance Company, Fertile Ground. Whilst a member of the company she worked with choreographers Tom Dale and Eleesha Drennan and toured their works across the UK.

During her professional career Alicia has worked and toured with Companies and Artists such as Southpaw Dance Company, Lo-Giudice Dance, Gavin Coward, Joeleane English Dance Theatre, State Of Grace, Experiential Dance, and The Creative Seed. Her performance experience ranges from staged theatre productions, site specific and outdoor festivals, carnivals and dance film.

Alongside her performance career Alicia also engages in outreach, educational and community projects and teaches classes and workshops within the North East, both independently and through organisations such as Youth Dance Tyndale.

Alicia has recently joined the Tenfoot Dance company team as part of their R&D phase of “ The Way We Were”.



Maria Popova

Dance Artist based in Leeds

With a previous career in Rhythmic Gymnastics, holding the title of Junior British Champion in 2006, Maria is an exciting emerging artist. Prior to her dance career Maria trained in Fine Arts, perusing her love for Aesthetics, Performing Arts and Dance at Leeds Beckett University. Having only graduated in July 2016, Maria has already performed with a number of international artists such as Evangelia Kolyra and Ceyda Tanc Dance. More locally, she has been involved in projects with Tenfoot Dance company ‘Yira‘ and was the winner of Hull Dance Prize 2015 with the piece ‘Intussusception’ by Sarah Roe.



Chris Knight

Dance Artist based in London.

Chris began his career performing with 2Faced Dance Company before completing his professional training at The Northern School of Contemporary Dance and London Contemporary Dance School, where he graduated in 2012 with a BA (Hons).

Since graduating, he has performed in the UK and abroad in productions such as ‘Windows in Progress’ – Protein Dance, Motionhouse’s USA and Asia tours of ‘Scattered’, Hélène Blackburn’s ‘Concert Danse’ at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall, Company Decalage’s ‘Appel’, ‘How Long is Now?’ with Italian dance theatre company – Balletto Civile, Matthias Kass, Maura Morales and Shumpei Nemoto’s creations for ‘Think Big’ in Hannover, Germany, Robin Dingemans’ ‘The Door’ and Sweetshop Revolution’s four man show ‘Tree’, Tenfoot Dance Company’s ‘Yira‘.



Parsifal James (PJ) Hurst

Parsifal James Hurst Manchester born, at 13 had his first involvement with dance performing a piece at the Manchester Bridgewater Hall choreographed by Jo Rhoads, with a Cheshire Dance Boys project.

At 18 Parsifal joined London Contemporary Dance School for a three year intensive training obtaining a 1st in BA (Hons) in Contemporary Dance.

Parsifal has worked with Richard Alston Dance Company ( Ceremony of Carols), Protein Dance Company ( LOL), Mathew Bourne ( New Adventures Swan Lake), Garsington Opera ( in their version of ‘Death in Version’), Tenfoot Dance Company’s (Yira), to name just a few. Parsifal has taught extensively in the UK and Internationally with Mathew Bourne’s (New Adventure, Re;Bourne) Protein Dance and Homegrown Dance Theatre. Choreographed and danced in music videos such as Wake up Leo (Friends) and Eliza And The Bear (It gets cold).

Parsifal is currently touring ‘Coal’ with Gary Clarkes company.

Erin Garland

Hull born and bred, 10 years old, has always been interested in dance since a very early age. Leapt at the chance to play our first child Amy Johnson in Yira.



Kingston Swing

Formed in 2008 as a community dance group specialising in Lindy Hop, Charleston and authentic Jazz dance from the 1920s to the 1940s. They hold regular weekly classes in Lindy Hop and fortnightly classes in Collegiate Shag and Balboa as well as running regular workshops and teaching all over the country and abroad, and are often seen performing at events in and around the City such as the Mayors Carnival and the Freedom Festival. They also hold one of the biggest Swing dance events in the country, Hullzapoppin’, at City Hall (and venues throughout the city centre) every year which has seen hundreds of dancers from all over the world come to the city. Come and have a go! For more info visit or find us on Facebook.


Armstrong Social Club

Friendly local community venue holding sequence dancing & ballroom dancing socials weekly and fortnightly. Anyone can join the club and new memberships start again in Jan 2017. Our current dance socials are on a Thursday and Sunday evening from 8pm till 11pm and are £1.50 to come and dance, non-members are always welcome. We also have a fortnightly tea dance in aid of Alzheimer’s Society every fortnight. These nights have a very friendly atmosphere and also usually a game of bingo or two! We have specials throughout the year with live music from Gary Cole and our next special is Ronnie Ross all the way from Scotland!

Please visit my website or call the club on 01482 882999 for more information.
Or join us on Facebook for up to date events each week.