Meet The Team.

Erena Bordon Sanchez Founding Director / Choreographer / Company Dancer Graduating from TrinityLaban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Erena began devising NATASHAS in late 2012. The Natashas Project was founded in 2013 to let the world know that nothing is too big for God, not even this issue, and to encourage others to join the fight to end this injustice with whatever gift or tool they have. The Natashas Project uses dance to speak, reach, inform, impact and inspire people of all ages and nationalities to see modern day slavery come to an end. Erena's recent choreographic credits consist of  'Where then shall we start?' Spark Productions The Queen's House Greenwich | 'A boy and a girl' A440 Reading choir, Reading Tour | 'Beautiful' Project Dance London | 'Clue' Kobikas Senior Dance Company, Activate | 'Poor Rich Man' Kobikas Senior Dance Company, UDance | 'One Body' Elevate dance company, UK & Gran Canaria Tour | Rebirth Dance Company. Some of Erenas performance highlights  include, ‘Signs’ MonixArts | ‘Hosea’ Lark in the Park | ‘Incarnation’ West End has Faith | ‘PlanB Concert’ o2 Arena | ‘Torelli” Twyla Tharp | ‘The Writer’ Rebekah Walker |  ‘Company Dancer’ Rebirth Network 2011-2015 | ‘Crowed Loops’ Simonetta Alessandri |

Erena Bordon Sanchez

Founding Director / Choreographer / Company Dancer

Graduating from TrinityLaban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Erena began devising NATASHAS in late 2012. The Natashas Project was founded in 2013 to let the world know that nothing is too big for God, not even this issue, and to encourage others to join the fight to end this injustice with whatever gift or tool they have. The Natashas Project uses dance to speak, reach, inform, impact and inspire people of all ages and nationalities to see modern day slavery come to an end.

Erena's recent choreographic credits consist of  'Where then shall we start?' Spark Productions The Queen's House Greenwich | 'A boy and a girl' A440 Reading choir, Reading Tour | 'Beautiful' Project Dance London | 'Clue' Kobikas Senior Dance Company, Activate | 'Poor Rich Man' Kobikas Senior Dance Company, UDance | 'One Body' Elevate dance company, UK & Gran Canaria Tour | Rebirth Dance Company.

Some of Erenas performance highlights  include, ‘Signs’ MonixArts | ‘Hosea’ Lark in the Park | ‘Incarnation’ West End has Faith | ‘PlanB Concert’ o2 Arena | ‘Torelli” Twyla Tharp | ‘The Writer’ Rebekah Walker |  ‘Company Dancer’ Rebirth Network 2011-2015 | ‘Crowed Loops’ Simonetta Alessandri |

Erena Bordon Sanchez

Founding Director / Choreographer / Company Dancer

Harriet Parker - Beldeau Associate Director/ Company Dancer Harriet is a Dance Artist based in Margate. She completed her training at Trinity Laban where she was awarded The Marion North Award for outstanding achievement in performance. She has worked with Choreographers including Simon Vincenzi, Rahel Vonmoos and Charles Linehan and performed at Sadler’s Wells, Bonnie Bird Theatre, Embrace theatre (Dance4). Currently she is member of the Swallowsfeet Collective, Dancer for Loop Dance Company, Performer and collaborator with Sivan Rubinstein and Assistant director for The Natashas Project.  All whilst delving into her own creative practice with her solo work ‘Cling to the scaffolding’ which premiered at the Gulbenkian, Canterbury.

Harriet Parker - Beldeau

Associate Director/ Company Dancer

Harriet is a Dance Artist based in Margate. She completed her training at Trinity Laban where she was awarded The Marion North Award for outstanding achievement in performance. She has worked with Choreographers including Simon Vincenzi, Rahel Vonmoos and Charles Linehan and performed at Sadler’s Wells, Bonnie Bird Theatre, Embrace theatre (Dance4).

Currently she is member of the Swallowsfeet Collective, Dancer for Loop Dance Company, Performer and collaborator with Sivan Rubinstein and Assistant director for The Natashas Project. 

All whilst delving into her own creative practice with her solo work ‘Cling to the scaffolding’ which premiered at the Gulbenkian, Canterbury.

Harriet Parker - Beldeau

Associate Director/ Company Dancer

Sarah Amankwah

Writer / Colaborator

Sarah Amankwah trained as an actor at Manchester School of Theatre. Acting credits include: The Crucible, Royal Exchange Theatre, Threepenny Opera , Amadeus, National Theatre and West Ends' The Lion King. Her passion for writing developed in 2010 through the form of spoken word poetry. Sarah has gone to develop her skill as a writer working with The Natashas Project, The Rebirth Network and winning a poetry competition in Chicago. Sarah is currently working on a storytelling EP which will be released late 2017.

Sarah Amankwah

Writer / Colaborator

  Sarah Gaul Communication & Development /  Company Dancer Sarah started her journey with rhythmic gymnastics which led into her exploring Contemporary dance as a member of Coventry Youth Dance Company and Gravity Angels. Sarah went on to graduate from London Contemporary Dance School in 2012. During her time at LCDS, Sarah worked with a number of choreographers including Richard Alston, Mafalda Deville, Sasha Roubicek, Jeannie Steele and Nick Nodine. After graduating Sarah joined Transitions Dance Company, during her year with Transitions Sarah worked with Tom Dale, Lauri Stallings and Augusto Correri touring Europe. After Transition Sarah joined Daisy Farris Dance Collective (DFDC), an exciting team of artists, creating work which holds collaboration at its heart, often working with camera and site-specific pieces. Sarah has been a company member since 2013, who performed at Resolutions 2014 at The Place, Big Dance Medway 2016, performing ‘She's like a forest fire…Unstoppable’, and E-Luminate Festival Cambridge 2016, performing ‘Laughing at Clouds’. DFDC have currently received arts funding to start their new project in January 2017. Sarah also works at SHSA Educational Spaces teaching Contemporary and Gymnastics to Army Families, Home Education Families and Adults with Disabilities, as well as helping run and develop SHSA as a Non-Profit Organisation. Sarah is also a passionate dancer for  The Natasha Project.

 

Sarah Gaul

Communication & Development /  Company Dancer

Sarah started her journey with rhythmic gymnastics which led into her exploring Contemporary dance as a member of Coventry Youth Dance Company and Gravity Angels. Sarah went on to graduate from London Contemporary Dance School in 2012. During her time at LCDS, Sarah worked with a number of choreographers including Richard Alston, Mafalda Deville, Sasha Roubicek, Jeannie Steele and Nick Nodine.

After graduating Sarah joined Transitions Dance Company, during her year with Transitions Sarah worked with Tom Dale, Lauri Stallings and Augusto Correri touring Europe. After Transition Sarah joined Daisy Farris Dance Collective (DFDC), an exciting team of artists, creating work which holds collaboration at its heart, often working with camera and site-specific pieces. Sarah has been a company member since 2013, who performed at Resolutions 2014 at The Place, Big Dance Medway 2016, performing ‘She's like a forest fire…Unstoppable’, and E-Luminate Festival Cambridge 2016, performing ‘Laughing at Clouds’. DFDC have currently received arts funding to start their new project in January 2017. Sarah also works at SHSA Educational Spaces teaching Contemporary and Gymnastics to Army Families, Home Education Families and Adults with Disabilities, as well as helping run and develop SHSA as a Non-Profit Organisation. Sarah is also a passionate dancer for  The Natasha Project.

Sarah Gaul

Communication & Development /  Company Dancer

Hayley Chilvers Company Dancer Hayley trained at Italia Conti where she studied musical theatre. She became head girl in her third year and in the centenary year for the school, performing alongside Bonnie Langford in her final show.  After finishing college she went on to work with New Adventures on their graduate project 'Prologue' choreographed by Steve Kirkham. Hayley then went on to choreograph and perform in a site specific theatre show, 'The House of Secrets' by Ophelia Circus. In 2014 Hayley started working with C-12 Dance Theatre on 'Promises' and then toured their family outdoor show ‘Market Stall’ around festivals in the UK. She later joined the cast for ‘Shhh!’, an indoor theatre production that they were reviving and most recently performed with the company as an original cast member on a new commission for Wilderness festival. Hayley regularly works with Rosie Whitney-Fish on various physical theatre shows as well as dance films and interactive street performances. In January 2015 Hayley worked with Northern Ireland Opera in ‘Salome’ under direction of Oliver Mears and Anna Morrissey as movement director. Hayley performed as the soloist in the famous ‘dance of the seven veils’. The show received five star reviews and Hayley's performance was extremely well received. She then went on to work for Opera North in Leeds in November 2015 as the swing dancer/actress in their production of Andrea Chenier. The production was directed by Annabell Arden and Choreographed by Tim Claydon.   Hayley worked at Hampton Court Palace on a physical theatre piece 'On Progress,' choreographed by Anna Morrissey which was later performed at Latitude Festival. In August 2015 Hayley stepped in as the rehearsal director for the show’s revival. As well as performing Hayley also teaches and choreographs for various dance schools and colleges all across London.

Hayley Chilvers

Company Dancer

Hayley trained at Italia Conti where she studied musical theatre. She became head girl in her third year and in the centenary year for the school, performing alongside Bonnie Langford in her final show.
 After finishing college she went on to work with New Adventures on their graduate project 'Prologue' choreographed by Steve Kirkham. Hayley then went on to choreograph and perform in a site specific theatre show, 'The House of Secrets' by Ophelia Circus.

In 2014 Hayley started working with C-12 Dance Theatre on 'Promises' and then toured their family outdoor show ‘Market Stall’ around festivals in the UK. She later joined the cast for ‘Shhh!’, an indoor theatre production that they were reviving and most recently performed with the company as an original cast member on a new commission for Wilderness festival.

Hayley regularly works with Rosie Whitney-Fish on various physical theatre shows as well as dance films and interactive street performances.

In January 2015 Hayley worked with Northern Ireland Opera in ‘Salome’ under direction of Oliver Mears and Anna Morrissey as movement director. Hayley performed as the soloist in the famous ‘dance of the seven veils’. The show received five star reviews and Hayley's performance was extremely well received. She then went on to work for Opera North in Leeds in November 2015 as the swing dancer/actress in their production of Andrea Chenier. The production was directed by Annabell Arden and Choreographed by Tim Claydon.  

Hayley worked at Hampton Court Palace on a physical theatre piece 'On Progress,' choreographed by Anna Morrissey which was later performed at Latitude Festival. In August 2015 Hayley stepped in as the rehearsal director for the show’s revival.

As well as performing Hayley also teaches and choreographs for various dance schools and colleges all across London.

Hayley Chilvers

Company Dancer

Vanessa Michielon Company Dancer   Vanessa is an Italian Dance artist, Yoga teacher, and researcher currently based in London. She fell in love with movement at the age of 4 and started training in Ballet and Contemporary dance, attending two Professional courses at Teatro Nuovo Torino and a program in Community Dance (Co.Dance); at the same time she completed a BA and MSc in Media and Cinema Engineering and a PhD in Cultural Heritage. In 2014 she moved to UK to attend a MA in Dance Performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of London, where she started investigating on the relationships between dance, cognition and consciousness, and toured with Transitions Dance Company 2015 with pieces by Bawren Tavaziva, Zoi Dimitriou and Miguel Pereira. She has been working as a freelance since 2008 with artists such as Pablo Bronstein, Sara Wookey, Beth Terwilleger, Eddie Peake, Darren Johnston, Raffaele Irace/The very secret dance society, Bambula Project, and Antonio Tagliarini/Daria Deflorian. As a co-founder of Scatterlings collective, she is currently making politically and socially involved dance-theatre pieces dealing with borders, migrations, inclusion and diversity.

Vanessa Michielon

Company Dancer

 

Vanessa is an Italian Dance artist, Yoga teacher, and researcher currently based in London.

She fell in love with movement at the age of 4 and started training in Ballet and Contemporary dance, attending two Professional courses at Teatro Nuovo Torino and a program in Community Dance (Co.Dance); at the same time she completed a BA and MSc in Media and Cinema Engineering and a PhD in Cultural Heritage.

In 2014 she moved to UK to attend a MA in Dance Performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of London, where she started investigating on the relationships between dance, cognition and consciousness, and toured with Transitions Dance Company 2015 with pieces by Bawren Tavaziva, Zoi Dimitriou and Miguel Pereira.

She has been working as a freelance since 2008 with artists such as Pablo Bronstein, Sara Wookey, Beth Terwilleger, Eddie Peake, Darren Johnston, Raffaele Irace/The very secret dance society, Bambula Project, and Antonio Tagliarini/Daria Deflorian.

As a co-founder of Scatterlings collective, she is currently making politically and socially involved dance-theatre pieces dealing with borders, migrations, inclusion and diversity.

Vanessa Michielon

Company Dancer

Eva James Company Dancer   Eva graduated from Laban with a BA (Hons) in Dance Theatre in 2012, and she performed in a ballet section of the 2012 Olympics closing ceremony, since then she has been involved with performance projects The Game of Life exploring the relationship between dance and music with choreographer Jalianne Li and composer Tommaso Perego in The Hague, Holland. She worked with the Dog Kennel Hill Project on sight specific work, in a Kings Wood Kent. Other performance work includes 'moving images', a collaborative project with photographer Phil Coy at Siobhan Davies Studios and 'Shout' credit card advert with London Creative. Eva is enthusiastic about inclusive dance and went to Bangladesh to work on dance projects in the CRP centre (Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed). Eva has been invited to The Bader International Study Centre to teach dance and disability workshops to university students. She is currently working as a freelance dancer and community dance teacher, teaching creative movement to Adults with learning difficulties and dance classes for children. Eva has been dancing with The Natashas Project since 2013 is passionate to see awareness increase about human trafficking.  

Eva James

Company Dancer

 

Eva graduated from Laban with a BA (Hons) in Dance Theatre in 2012, and she performed in a ballet section of the 2012 Olympics closing ceremony, since then she has been involved with performance projects The Game of Life exploring the relationship between dance and music with choreographer Jalianne Li and composer Tommaso Perego in The Hague, Holland. She worked with the Dog Kennel Hill Project on sight specific work, in a Kings Wood Kent. Other performance work includes 'moving images', a collaborative project with photographer Phil Coy at Siobhan Davies Studios and 'Shout' credit card advert with London Creative. Eva is enthusiastic about inclusive dance and went to Bangladesh to work on dance projects in the CRP centre (Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed). Eva has been invited to The Bader International Study Centre to teach dance and disability workshops to university students.

She is currently working as a freelance dancer and community dance teacher, teaching creative movement to Adults with learning difficulties and dance classes for children. Eva has been dancing with
The Natashas Project since 2013 is passionate to see awareness increase about human trafficking.

 

Eva James

Company Dancer

  Katie Albon Company Dancer       After graduating from Laban in 2013 with a First Class BA (Hons) degree in contemporary dance, Katie went on to continue her dance studies at the University of Chichester as part of the graduate company Map Dance. This included an international tour, performing works by Kerry Nichols, Gary Clarke, Liz Aggis, Yael Flexer and Hagit Bar. Katie has also performed alongside the New Movement Collective in their work Nest, danced in the ballet section of the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games and worked with Bawren Tavaziva for the City of London Festival. Katie is currently working as a freelance dance artist in Birmingham. She has recently performed with Autin Dance Theatre and Springs Dance Company.

 

Katie Albon

Company Dancer

 

 

 

After graduating from Laban in 2013 with a First Class BA (Hons) degree in contemporary dance, Katie went on to continue her dance studies at the University of Chichester as part of the graduate company Map Dance. This included an international tour, performing works by Kerry Nichols, Gary Clarke, Liz Aggis, Yael Flexer and Hagit Bar.

Katie has also performed alongside the New Movement Collective in their work Nest, danced in the ballet section of the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games and worked with Bawren Tavaziva for the City of London Festival.

Katie is currently working as a freelance dance artist in Birmingham. She has recently performed with Autin Dance Theatre and Springs Dance Company.

Katie Albon

Company Dancer


Board of Trustees.

Andrew Adams. Sophie Smyth.  Hannah Parker-Beldeau. Rebecca Kinahan.