Hayley started dancing at the age of 3, attending ballet classes at a local dance school. Throughout the years her love of dance grew and she enrolled at Gorseinon College to further her training in Performing Arts. It was here that she realised dancing was all she wanted to do and she went on to train professionally at the prestigious Performers College. After graduating with a Professional Diploma in Dance, Hayley joined The International Allstarzz, a leading sports dance team and official dancers for Sky Sports TV. Being an Allstarr, Hayley was given the opportunity to perform at many prestigious sporting events and venues such as Alexandra Palace and Twickenham Stadium. Hayley has also appeared in numerous touring productions both in the UK and abroad.
Since returning to Swansea, Hayley has taught workshops and classes across Swansea, Neath and Port Talbot. Hayley is excited to be able to share her knowledge and passion for dance at Urban Zen!
Michael, often called Mike by friends and colleagues alike began his dance training at 16, having previously trained as a gymnast. At college he joined both the County Youth Dance Company and National Youth Dance Company where he worked alongside professional Henri Oguike for several seasons. It was this amazing opportunity that fuelled his passion to pursue a career as a professional dancer.
Mike undertook his professional training in London at Roehampton University, graduating in 2006. After several small freelance contracts, Mike’s first company role was with Cardiff based company, Earthfall. Here he remained a company dancer from 2008-2010 touring nationally in ‘Gravitas’ and ‘GIG’. He remains as one of the lead tutors with the company’s education team to this day.
Mike second long standing company position came under the direction of Sue Lewis with the small repertory company FFIN DANCE, based in the Welsh Valleys of Abertillery. Here he performed works both nationally and internationally by Sue Lewis, Catrin Lewis and award winning choreographer, Gary Lambert. Mike toured with the company from 2010-2014.
Mikes most recent company role was with the newly formed Inclusive based company, Exim Dance, based within the heart of Plymouth. Joining the company in 2012 Mike has toured a variety of work, most recently by Olivia Lockwood and Adam Benjamin, co-founder of Candoco Dance Company. Mike took a break from the company to begin exploring his own work in 2015. He hopes to return to the company within the next year.
Amongst his company roles, Mike has worked as a freelance dancer for a variety of artists including Anna Melander, Chisato Minamimura, Isaac Blake, Kylie Ann-Smith and Candoco Dance Company as part of their moving bodies programme.
2015 marked Mikes first creative steps as an emerging independent artist and choreographer, debuting his first professional solo, ‘4.33’ at several performance platforms, including the Wales Dance Platform in Cardiff and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Cloud Dance Festival in London.
Mike was awarded a residency with National Dance Company Wales this coming March to begin work on his new solo, ‘Boxed IN’
Louise grew up in Swansea, South Wales, where she attended the Grand Theatre School of Dance from a young age. She was accepted as a Junior Associate of the Royal Ballet and became a member of the National Youth Ballet of Great Britain where she performed all over the country At the age of 16yrs Louise was awarded scholarships for London Studio Centre, Laine Theatre Arts and Arts Educational School, Tring Park.
Louise trained at Arts Educational School for three years, gaining ‘A’ levels, DDI teaching qualifications with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) in tap and modern. Louise also obtained a National Certificate in ballet and a National Diploma in dance where she graduated the highest in her year group. Louise was ‘Dance Captain’ whilst at Arts Educational, and was given the opportunity to teach and cover dance classes in her final year. At 21 years of age , Louise set up her own successful dance school 'Mellin Theatre Arts' based in Swansea's Grand Theatre. The school continues to produce many talented youngsters that go on to have a career in dance.
After a back injury at the age of 18yrs Louise was encouraged to take Pilates classes on a daily basis to help with injury prevention and improve dance technique. When returning to Swansea Louise continued to attend her local Pilates classes with ‘Practical Pilates’ which she is delighted to be teaching for.
Louise is very excited to be offering ‘Barre’ workout classes as well as teaching Pilates at Urban Zen.
Rebecca started yoga as a way of maintaining her physical training after completing a Masters Degree in Dance Performance in 2015. Since moving to Swansea two years ago she has been teaching contemporary and creative dance to children across Swansea and Gower working for established youth company County Youth Dance Company, setting up her own classes in Reynoldston and delivering workshops to primary schools, colleges and dance schools. Being used to a full dance schedule whilst training, Rebecca found herself missing her daily physical practice and discovered yoga as a new way to fulfil her need to move on a daily basis. She found the practice gave her an even deeper understanding of the body and alignment which in turn aided in her dance training and teaching. With a passion for teaching and a new found love of yoga Rebecca decided to complete her 200hr Teacher Training with Jamie Blowers in 2017. She is keen to share her love for moving by delivering classes that focus on alignment, strength and flexibility in a fun, energetic and accessible way. Rebecca thinks it is important that everyone should be able to reap the physical and mental benefits of yoga and therefore welcomes people of all experience and ability to her classes and ensures everyone walks away with a personal sense of achievement.
I was brought up in the wonderful village Port-Eynon on the Gower peninsula. An amazing childhood that lead to a youth of hedonism and misbehaviour.
My life was changed during my teen years when a friend introduced me to the man who would become my first Tai-Chi instructor, Tony Court. I studied with the World Tai-Chi Boxing Association for 9 years many of which involved 4 or more hours of my own practice with additional classes with my main instructor Mike Kaniewski. It was then that I learned the benefits of a sustained progressive practice and I began to practice some yoga. The head of the WTBA EarlMontague gave me the instructor first degree certificate in2003 and during this time I began to study the Afro-Brazilian dance/ fight/game Capoeira.
I was part of the first class of Mestre Maxwel in Swansea and I was with his group Ile de Capoeira for 11 years give or take. During this time Mestre Maxwel taught and continues to teach and incredible syllabus and I would recommend spending time with his group as the only way understand the many benefits found there.
During my time in Capoeira I studied a number of areas to help me progress as a player. Qualifying as a Gym instructor, PT, Assistant Gymnastic coach and working in these areas. The wonderful teachers carl and Alex and Dancing feverspent time to develop me as one of their Salsa instructors for a number of years. While my Yoga practice was until recently been ancillary to my other activities, it is now my main focusand in 2016 I passed my 200 hr Yoga instructor qualification.
I find myself at 40 more committed than ever to practice movement in a progressive way. Adopting the Yoga principle of harnessing yourself through practice. I look forward to further developing myself and others and sharing some of the wonderful practices I have been fortunate to learn.
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Emma trained from a young age at the Grand Theatre School of Dance under principal Wendy Weaver and assistant Andrea Jones and later at Mellin Theatre Arts. Emma was involved in many local pantomimes and also gained her first professional job as a senior dancer for UK Productions at Swansea Grand Theatre.
Emma has choreographed and assisted in many dances for ‘Mellin Theatre Arts’ and has achieved her Advanced 1 Modern and Tap with the ISTD and passed her Grade 8 Ballet with the Royal Academy of Dance.
To date Emma has been attending the Bristol College of Dancing where she working towards her ISTD teaching qualification in dance. Recently Emma has qualified as a personal trainer alongside teaching for Mellin Theatre Arts
Sara has been training since the age of 5. She has been practiced pilates since 2010 and taught conditioning classes, based on pilates, since 2014.
Sara was introduced to dance and pilates by her mother, a professional dancer, who brought her up on the belief that a healthy and active lifestyle is essential for a good quality of life. These beliefs were consolidated with Osteopathic training: Sara is in her final year at Swansea University studying Osteopathy and will be graduating in July. Her advanced knowledge of anatomy and biomechanics provide her with an added insight into how best to train the body to be strong and healthy.