Alice Walker Artistic Director

Alice Walker Artistic Director

Alice Walker

Artistic Director/Choreographer

As an accomplished urban dancer, trained in, Waacking, House, Hip-hop, Commercial dance and Contemporary, Alice has worked as a choreographer/teacher, based in London for the past two years and across Cornwall on Community based projects since the age of 16. Alice studied a national diploma in Dance at college level and has recently finished her degree at The University of East London studying BA Honours Degree in Dance: Urban practice learning various dance styles from across the World including: Capoeira, Locking, bharatanatyam and many more.

Alice has competed and performed in Urban dance since an early age internationally and across the UK performing at places that include the London Palladium, Barcelona and her biggest performance highlight the Paralympic opening ceremony.

Alice has always had a huge passion for teaching and choreographing and strongly believes that dance can bring people together. Her passion for teaching encouraged her to set up 4FS voluntary with the help of the Youth service in 2008. Alice believes that dance can have such a positive impact on people’s lives and it has been evident from all the work she has delivered with 4FS.  She will continue to share the community dance love everywhere and hopes to inspire as many people as possible.

She would like to remind everyone that everyone can dance!!! ‘If You forget the Move just GROOOOOVE.’

Alice won the Lady Diana Award in 2008 for her contribution to the community and voluntary work. 4FS were also 2014 Saints Awards winners!


 
Jack Walker Choreographer

Jack Walker Choreographer

Jack Walker

Choreographer

At only 16, Jack is a budding choreographer and mentor for all of the young people he works with. Jack has been training and dancing since the age of 10 dancing at many places across the world some of which include the Philippines, LA and Austria. Jack won the British Championships in 2013 with his partner Emma and was also crowned over 16 Intermediate World Champion this year with his duo partner Katie Dobson.

Jack trains in all styles of dance and is a big inspiration to the boys and girls he teaches with his beautiful nature and passion for dance. Jack leads his own competing performance team on a Friday night and runs many of our inspirational workshops and classes. He also leads our Over 14 Company.

Jack is currently continuing his training at Wilkes Accadamy and has trained with companies: Beat Breakers Entertainment, The Big Dance Company and Swindon CATS programme.

Jack is a huge part of our team and such a huge role model to the regular dancers here at 4FS and the young people we work with amongst our projects.


 
Jumar Aben Choreographer

Jumar Aben Choreographer

Jumar Aben

Choreographer

Born in Spain, raised in the Philippines and now based in London, Jumar started dancing at the age of 17. He trained through CAT Scheme for two years studying contemporary dance and ballet under Lee Smikle. He has collaborated with choreographers including James Wilton and John Ross. Jumar recently graduated with a BA in Urban Dance Practice from the University of East London. He has performed with the A-team, Collective Ent, B-hybrid Dance and Spoken Movement at various events and venues.

Jumar is a huge inspiration to our dancers and currently performing with Boy Blue Entertainment  touring The Five and The Prophecy of Prana across the UK.

When Jumar is not touring he works closely with our Company dancers on various styles and techniques and is a guest teacher for our dance days and workshops.

We are very lucky to have Jumar here at 4FS, he trains our young people to believe and achieve amazing things.


 
Ben Christopher Harris: Choreographer

Ben Christopher Harris: Choreographer

Ben Christopher Harris

Choreographer

Ben started dancing from the age of 13 when he joined a local ‘Street Jazz’ group that trained on Saturday afternoons.

As the years progressed Ben gained more experience in performing and competing in dance.

It was at the age of 15 that Ben decided to choose Dance as one of his GCSE options and later as an A-Level.

Whilst studying Dance at GCSE he discovered a love for contemporary dance after watching ‘Still life at the Penguin Café’ by David Bintley.

Since leaving college Ben started studying Dance at the University of East London where he has been given many opportunities.

Past work includes The Place with FrogHouse Dance Company, The X Factor UK, performing with East London Dance at the Queen’s 60th Coronation Festival in Buckingham Palace, Training with Hofesh Shechter Dance Company and has recently returned from training with Brian Friedman in Italy where he was awarded two more dance Scholarships for 2015.

Ben is now on track to graduate with a BA: Hons Dance: Urban Practice with Fitness and Health early next year and currently works at Studio 68 London as a Studio co-ordinator and Website Designer. 

Ben will be visiting us in school holidays offering workshops and classes for our young people, sharing his amazing talent, experience and inspiration with our dancers. Bringing London Town to Cornwall! 

 
Rachel Luiten: Teacher & Street Fit Instructor

Rachel Luiten: Teacher & Street Fit Instructor

Rachel Luiten

Teacher & Street Fit Instructor

Rachel studied Dance and Professional Practice at Coventry University. The Contemporary course was heavily centred around somatic practice and release based techniques. She was able to work with many renowned choreographers and companies such as Mobius Dance Theatre and Dave McKenna whilst completing her degree.

She graduated with high class honours and returned home to Cornwall, to become a professional dance teacher. She has been working for Ballare School of Performing Arts for over 5 years, teaching Commercial Street Dance and Contemporary.

When she joined the 4FS family last year as part of ‘The Company’, she had the opportunity to work with top class choreographers and perform across the south west of England, with the highlight being a company trip to Austria in 2014. She is now enjoying teaching classes at 4FS, which include Adult Street and Lyrical with Jack.

She also recently completed her StreetFit instructors training, and will be teaching local classes very soon.

‘My favourite day of the week is Saturday! Not only does it mean I get to teach and train with 4FS, but I get to share it with true friends - the most friendly bunch of super talented young people!’


 
Bryony Stanlake: Teacher & Choreographer 

Bryony Stanlake:
Teacher & Choreographer 

Bryony Stanlake

Teacher & Choreographer

Bryony started dancing at the age of 3 at the Weston School of Dance in Essex. On moving to cornwall she continued her training at Capitol School of Dance gaining her Advanced 1 Cecchetti ballet qualification. She went on to train at London Studio Centre for 3 years specialising in Musical Theatre and graduated in 2013. She performed in Cornwall with Duchy Ballet for 12 years and as a principle dancer for 4 years. She also has sung on London stages in a Whitney Houston Tribute, All Shook Up and created the role of the Secretary in The Artist. She played the part of Essie in a performance of the musical Parade at the Pleasance Theatre London and was fortunate to have the opportunity to sing and dance at the Criterion Theatre in London's West End. She has also worked in film and TV and was in the 2013 Christmas advert for DFS. Bryony is loving being back in Cornwall and is enjoying choreographing and teaching all over the county.


 

Katie Hawkins:
Teacher & Choreographer

Katie Hawkins

Teacher & Choreographer

Katie is the newest member of our team, she has been performing and competing in Dance since a young age. Katie is an urban dancer trained in Hip-Hop, Commercial, House, Locking and Contemporary dance. From studying dance at GCSE level she continued her dance training at St Austell College where she achieved a BTEC Dance diploma at Level 3. The course enabled Katie to develop her technique in contemporary, ballet and jazz alongside participating in community dance projects. Katie progressed further and studied in London for three years at Kingston University, graduating with an upper second class BA Honours Degree in Dance. Training at Kingston gave Katie the opportunity to enhance her knowledge in Urban dance styles and experiment with choreography. Katie was given the opportunity to choreograph one of Kingston’s competing hip-hop teams during her time in London. Alongside her teaching she trained in the university advanced hip-hop and commercial teams where they competed and performed across the UK for 3 years. Performing and teaching Dance has always been a fundamental part of Katie’s life and she is excited to be working with 4FS