EVOLVE Birmingham 2016

EVOLVE comes to Birmingham for the very first time on Monday 31 October 2016, in partnership with Birmingham Royal Ballet. Find out more about what happens at EVOLVE here.

Date: Monday 31 October 2016

Time: 9:30am - 5pm

Venue: Birmingham Royal Ballet, Thorp Street

Price: Early bird: £25 (until 8 October), Full price: £30

Lunch and refreshments are provided throughout the day.

In addition to the full day workshop, we are hosting one to one consultations and individual coaching for dancers on Tuesday 1 November.

Our speakers:

Simone Muller-Lotz

"Having attended the very first EVOLVE Workshop back in 2014, it is really exciting to be able to share my story with other dancers and reflect on my personal experience of career transition. Even though it's different for every dancer, we all experience common worries and questions, EVOLVE is a vital space to explore these in a completely safe way.”

Simone was born in Cape Town, South Africa and began her training at The University of Cape Town Ballet School. She continued her training in the UK at Elmhurst Ballet School, The Royal Ballet Upper School and Central School of Ballet where she toured with Ballet Central. On graduating she joined Northern Ballet Theatre, touring the U.K. and China. She then returned to South Africa and joined Cape Town City Ballet. There she performed principal roles in The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella as well as works by Rudi Van Danzig, Robert North, Heinz Spoerli and Balanchine. Simone was a finalist in the first South African International Ballet Competition.

As a freelance dancer in South Africa she worked with Ballet Theatre Afrikan in Johannesburg, directed by Martin Schonberg, Free Flight Dance Company under the direction of Adele Blank and the Cape Dance Company directed by Debbie Turner, where she performed works by David Krugel (NDT) and Christopher Huggins (Alvin Ailey).

Since returning to the U.K. Simone has worked with several choreographers including Shobana Jeyasingh, Hubert Essakow, Mbulelo Ndabeni, Martin Joyce and performed in Faust with the Royal Opera and projects with New Movement Collective in London and Barcelona.

Her choreographic credits include Touch In the Night for the Baxter Dance Festival and Kol Galgal for the Cape Junior Ballet. Simone has taught ballet and dance conditioning at the Cape Academy of Performing Arts, La Rosa Spanish Dance Theatre and Dance For All.

Simone performed in "Inala" Featuring Ladysmith Black Mambazo and choreographed by Mark Baldwin at the Edinburgh Festival and Sadler's Wells.

In 2015 Simone initiated and organised a project that funded 2 South African dancers to study at Central School of Ballet, leading to professional and award winning opportunities for both dancers. Simone holds an Honours degree in Psychology and is a qualified Pilates Teacher. After having her son Zachary she is focusing on Pre Natal and Pregnancy lasses. Dancers' Career Development have been supporting Simone in her transition through coaching and EVOLVE workshops.

Josh Tuifua PDTD, RAD RTS

“It’s such a privilege to be sharing my story at EVOLVE Birmingham. Thinking about transition can feel scary and confusing at times, so EVOLVE is really important to help dancers realise that they are not alone. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about yourself and what you want out of your future in a truly positive space.”

Josh gained a place with the Royal Ballet School Junior Associates after participating in an outreach program held with Inner London Primary Schools. After his first year as a JA he was invited to join the prestigious Royal Ballet School starting at White Lodge in Richmond Park then completing his training at the Upper School.

Upon graduation Josh joined the Royal Ballet Company rising to the rank of Soloist. During his sixteen years with the company, Josh performed numerous roles including: Benvolio (Romeo & Juliet), Eros (Sylvia), Peter Rabbit & Pigling Bland (The Tales of Beatrix Potter) and performed in ballets such as Monotones II (Ashton), Gloria (MacMillan), Sinphonietta (Kylián), Scenés de Ballet (Ashton), Tombeaux (Bintley), The Rakes Progress (De Valois), Dances Concertantes (MacMillan) & Fearful Symmetries (Page). Josh also established himself as a character artist performing roles including: Gamache (Don Quixote) & Catalabutte (Sleeping Beauty) & The High Brahmin (La Bayadere).

A popular dancer with choreographers, Josh created roles in: Two-Part Invention, Sawdust & Tinsel, Cheating Lying Stealing, When We Stop Talking, Soft Underbelly, Hidden Variables, This House will Burn (Ashley Page), A World of Art, Castle Nowhere (Matjash Mrozewski) & Masquerade, Dance Variations, ‘Water’ in Homage to the Queen (Michael Corder).

After retiring from the Royal Ballet, Dancers’ Career Development supported Josh with a Financial Retraining Grant to gain the Professional Dancers’ Teaching Diploma, graduating with Distinction from the Royal Academy of Dance.

Want to know more about EVOLVE? Please contact Ellen Chambers,Dancer Support and Services Officer, on ellen@thedcd.org.uk or 020 7831 1449.