Meet The Team
Lucy Freeman - Company Dancer
Lucy graduated from Falmouth University in 2014 with a First Class Honors Degree in Dance Performance. Whilst studying for her BA Lucy undertook a four-month exchange period at the Conservatorio Superior de Danza de Valencia in Spain. This year, Lucy has been a part of the international touring company Mapdance, working with artists such as Rick Nodine (USA), Jonathan Burrows (UK), Lila Dance (UK), Ofra Idel (Israel), as well dancing a significant role in the reworking of a 2014 Kerry Nicholls piece. Whilst on tour, Lucy worked towards gaining her Masters Degree in Dance Performance from the University of Chichester and is set to graduate in 2016.
Lucy is also a part of London’s Coegi Company, performing at the Stockholm Fringe Festival.
Kaitlyn Howlett - Lead Practitioner & Educational Officer
Kaitlyn is originally from Weston–Super–Mare, North Somerset and is now a Dance and Taiko Artist based in Plymouth, Devon. After Completing a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing arts from Weston College Kaitlyn progressed to The University of Plymouth graduating with a First Class BA Honors Degree in Dance Theatre 2017. After Volunteering for Plymouth Dance and Exim Dance Company during her degree course Kaitlyn went on to work as an intern for both organisations over a 6 month period (2017-2018).
Kaitlyn has continued to work for both organisations and is now a Lead Practitioner & Admin Support for Exim Dance Company. Kaitlyn teaches across a variety of classes, ages and ability's and Coordinates and leads on projects such as Exim's Professional touring work, Traverse Youth Platform, ADAPT Youth Company and Making Waves. Kaitlyn's practice in dance lies within celebrating and discovering unique ways of moving, finding the edges of movement with a high focus on remaining fluid. As an inclusive practitioner Kaitlyn finds joy in celebrating ones own movement style, always searching to find a place where differences can meet and exceed to their highest potential.
Kevin French - Company Dancer
Kevin French is a disabled dance artist who has had cerebral palsy since birth and uses a spell board or iPad to communicate. Kevin is also a life model using nudity to explain his disability. Kevin was the first person to complete a dance theatre degree at Plymouth University and is currently undertaking a master in Performance training at Plymouth Conservatoire.
Kevin has been one of the longest company dancers with Exim Dance Company and was a part of IMPACT tour and has choreographed on the company.
Nathan Matthews - Company Dancer
Nathan trained for 3 years at Plymouth University in Dance Theatre, where he engaged with integrated dance through workshops with companies such as Stop Gap and Candoco Dance Company before graduating with a 2.1 Degree. He has had experience in a variety of dance projects/companies such as Spindrift and since graduating and teaches contemporary dance in local schools in the Southwest and at University teaching his own style of contemporary dance and working in diverse communities in the dance sector.
Ania Jurek - Company Dancer
Ania was born and grew up in Poland where she graduated two bachelor degrees from Dance Composition and Social Policy. Recently lives in Austria where she studies at Institute of Dance Arts on Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität in Linz. Except for higher education she was expanding her movement language during traveling around the world and her home country. Latest international collaboration she participated in were leaded by Jason Jacobs, Regina van Berkel and Jinan Qu. Since 2014 she was a member of STW company leaded by Natalia Draganik-Franke. At the time she worked with Natalia Iwaniec [GAGA] and Maciej Kuźmiński [physical theatre]. She took an internship in ROZBARK - Polish Dance and Movement Theatre. During season 2015/2016 she cooperated the project with “ISKRA” disabled association. Ania joined EXIM in 2018.
Antoni Androulakis - Company Dancer
Born in Liège (Belgium) in 1994, Antoni started dancing at the age of eleven. In 2012, he entered the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp then under the direction of Iris Bouche, he obtained his Bachelor in contemporary dance three years later. Being an avid learner made him begin another Bachelor of Arts in La Manufacture( Switzerland) where
he focused on choreographic research as well as creating his own teaching material.
Throughout his education he had the opportunity to perform for David Zambrano, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Wim Vandekeybus and Agostina d’Alessandro, he also worked with Rakesh Sukesh for the creation of Kurukshetra. He performed in Vortex as well as The Players choreographed by Edan Gorlicki. In addition to his work as a performer, he has also been teaching in different countries across Europe and was choreographic assistant during the creation of Attaque from the company Cocoon.
Chloe Brown - Lead Practitioner & Educational Officer
Chloe, originally from Yeovil, Somerset and studied both BTEC and A-Level dance before studying at Plymouth University. She graduated in 2017 with a First Class BA (Hons) in Dance Theatre. Chloe has trained in various dance styles including Contemporary, Street Dance and Improvisation as well as undergoing training and intensives with renowned dance artists and companies such as Adam Benjamin, Heather Walrond and Avant Garde Dance.
During her studies, Chloe has obtained several qualifications including Dance Leadership Level 1 and 2, First Aid, Dementia Awareness, Dance and Parkinson’s, Early Years Training as well as currently completing a Level 2 Sign Language course.
From these qualifications, Chloe is currently a Lead Practitioner and Educational Officer for Exim Dance Company. She teaches all ages various styles from Street Dance to Contemporary, as well as leading and offering admin support on various projects Including Making Waves.
Martha Scholefield - Intern
I have recently begun my joint internship with Exim Dance Company and Plymouth Dance. For the next six months my role will include a range of experience from teaching, to administration, to involvement in a variety of projects and events. I am excited to be a part of the team during the second development period for Exim professional touring company’s latest piece of work. For the past two years I have been working with Exim as a Making Waves Ambassador. Now that I am part of the company I am excited to be a practitioner on the project, where I will continuing to teach on outreach workshops and at the Making Waves company sessions, as we work towards the Traverse Youth Dance Platform in October.
Laura Henry - Artistic Director
Laura graduated from Plymouth University in 2013 in Dance Theatre, she has deeply embedded herself into the dance community within the South West of England, specialising in working within intergenerational community settings, delivering dance to disadvantaged young people and people with disabilities. Her passion is breaking the social-political barriers that surround dance. One of Laura’s main focuses is to help improve the health and well being of all the participants she works with and to make dance accessible for all.
In 2016 she was appointed as Artistic Director for Plymouth based Exim Dance Company. Pioneers of dance and inclusive practice Adam Benjamin, Ruth Way, June Gamble and Helen Tiplady, have mentored Laura. For the last 4 years she’s toured nationally as a performer with Exim Dance Company and Strange Matters Dance, commissioned choreographers, and produced UK Arts Council funded tours, delivered careers talks to universities and colleges across the South West. She has successfully set up many youth educational programmes and youth companies in Plymouth, Devon. In 2017 she was invited to have extensive business development training with Real Ideas Organisation for the growth of her social enterprise company. In addition to her work with Exim, Laura has worked internationally as an inclusive practitioner and performer for UK based companies. 2018 will see her lead workshops and perform in Moscow, Spain, Mexico and South Korea at international inclusive dance festivals as well as freelance commitments with UK and European dance companies.