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Hannah Ballard

Hannah is a multi disciplinary dance artist experienced in performance, direction and choreography. She completed her training at London studio centre gaining a Ba(Hons) in dance and theatre art. She has performed and choreographed throughout the UK with various companies, specialising in contemporary, tap dance, aerial and dance theatre. She has extensive experience of the outdoor festivals as an aerial performer touring worldwide for the past 6 years with wired aerial theatre’s productions ‘as the world tipped’ and ‘slice’ directed by Sharon Watson from Phoenix Dance Theatre. She is artistic director and founder of sole rebel tap a performance and educational tap dancing company.
Hannah was awarded the 2015 dance uk dancer’s mentoring scheme, identified as a future leader. Her own choreographic work has been commissioned and supported by Gaz Coombes (simulator, music video), Arts Council England, The Point, Exuberant Fund, Alpha Associate Award, Swindon Dance, Bath Icia, Oxford City Council, Pegasus Theatre, Dancin’ Oxford Festival, and Oxford Dance Forum.
Hannah has been working with Wessex Dance Academy since 2011, over the past 6 years she has choreographed numerous pieces with the cohort groups and Wessex Girls : Wessex Girls. Including collaborations with guest artists; Yael Flexer who mentored ‘Let Go’ 2013, musician and composer Chris Redmond in ‘Let Go’ and ‘I’ll be Seeing You in Familiar Places’ alongside body percussionist Anna Llombart from Barcelona, Alice Offley singer and songwriter for ‘In 2’, and site specific piece ‘The Rite of Spring’ at the Great Hall alongside artists and students from Winchester University.

Hannah Larkum

Married with two young boys, Hannah began her career in dance in 2003 when she graduated from the University of Winchester with a Ba(Hons) first class degree in dance studies. She went on to train for three years at the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance (2005-2008) and was selected for a company apprenticeship with Smallpetitklein Dance Company. Upon completing training she was successful in obtaining a year long apprenticeship with Retina Dance Company through the Northern School of Contemporary Dance’s post graduate diploma scheme. Hannah has danced professionally for Balbir Singh Dance, Paul and Kieran Dance Theatre, and in 2011 co-founded Spire Dance Company where she gained ‘on tour’ funding from Rural Arts in North Yorkshire. Over the last 14 years, Hannah has worked as a freelance contemporary dancer, rehearsal director and teacher, working with children, young people and adults in professional, educational and community settings. Having joined Wessex Dance Academy in 2012 as part of the dance artist team she helps young people make positive changes in their lives and realise their potential through dance. Hannah has choreographed a number of pieces for the academy and in 2015 she collaborated with Hampshire Music Service to choreograph for the music for youth proms at the Royal Albert Hall and has been invited back to create a number of short dance pieces to be performed at Winchester Cathedral in January 2017.

Hannah Martin-Riley

Hannah began her professional training at Trinity Laban, and after graduating with a degree in dance theatre in 2008 went on to study for an ma in dance performance at the university of Chichester as part of Mapdance09. Since then she has danced for Mayuri Boonham (atma), Max.Imealldance, Udifydance and Lila dance. In 2010 she joined Flexer and Sandiland and has toured nationally and internationally with the ‘the living room’ and the companies 20th anniversary production ‘weightless’. Hannah has taught extensively in further/higher educational settings and gained her pgce in post compulsory education in 2013. She also teaches on a freelance basis, delivering youth and adult contemporary technique and creative classes throughout the south coast and London, including the cat program at Trinity Laban. Most recently Hannah joined Wessex Dance Academy and teaches with a team of dance artists delivering a unique dance program for vulnerable young people.

Emma Winston

Emma trained at London Contemporary Dance school gaining a Ba(Hons) first class degree. She then completed her postgraduate diploma as part of the performance company Edge, touring works by Trisha Brown and Kerry Nicholls and in 2006 went on to achieve an Ma with distinction. She has since performed for various choreographers, including Henri Oguike and Ben Wright and has worked extensively as a freelance teacher. Her teaching experience covers all ages and abilities and she has delivered community and outreach dance programmes for Greenwich Dance, London Youth Dance/Sadlers Wells, Jumpstartmove, Chisenhale Dance, Random Dance Company and Laban. In addition to this, she has taught on the Trinity Laban Centre for Advanced Training Programme (CAT), delivering contemporary technique and creative classes. Emma has a passion for nurturing and inspiring young talent and has been a dance artist at Wessex Dance Academy since 2012.


Becky Knight – 2016

Natalie Watson – 2017

Ellie Cant – 2018

Emma Hill – 2019

Brandon Clarke – 2019

Graduate from University of Winchester

Graduate from University of Chichester

Graduate from University of Winchester

Graduate from University of Winchester

Graduate from University of Chichester


We have over 50 volunteers who amongst other things serve lunch every day and support all of our performances.
They are all very precious to us and we are honoured that they chose to generously share their time with us.