Award winners 2007 to 2008

Funmi Adewole, freelance performer, writer and story teller currently living in London will travel to Senegal. She has been invited to participate in an international programme for choreographers and practitioners working with African dance forms at a centre run by the foremost pioneer of African Contemporary dance – Germaine Acogny. report

Hayley Arthur a freelance dance development worker in Leeds will travel to Auckland, New Zealand to work with Touch Compass, a leading integrated Dance Company, to gain experience of working with disabled and non-disabled dancers. report

Vanessa Cook, a dancer with five years experience with Motionhouse, and currently living in Warwick, will travel to Tel Aviv to attend Israel’s International Contact Festival and to participate in a range of workshops. The workshops take place in a number of different environments and with different master teachers. report

Kristina Kashvili-Michael, a teacher of Oriental/Middle Eastern dance and currently living in London, will travel to Istanbul to learn more about Turkish Gypsy style dancing at a Gypsy Festival, where classes are given by leading practitioners. (Failed to submit a report)

Nikki Kemp, a Salsa dancer and teacher trained in Cuba, currently living in Nottingham, will travel to Fortaleza and Salvador Da Bahia, Brazil, to attend a four week intensive in Capoeira to explore ways of integrating this with her own Cuban Salsa dance. report

Elizabeth Lea is an established dancer and choreographer currently touring in the UK and preparing a new work commissioned by ROH2 at the Royal Opera House. She lives in London and wishes to travel to Bombay and Calcutta to follow the 1923 route of Anna Pavlova’s company in India to research and create new work. report

Usha Mahenthiralingam, a freelance mixed media and movement artist currently living in Nottingham, will travel to Seattle to attend a one-off training with Joan Skinner in the Children’s Programme for qualified Skinner Releasing teachers. report

Teresita Marsden is a dance teacher and researcher currently living in Bognor Regis who wishes to travel to San Jose & Puerto Limon, Costa Rica, to explore reasons for the survival of the European derived Quadrille Dance Form within the Afro-Caribbean Limonese. (unable to take up scholarship)

Eleanor O’Brien, a dancer (amputee) who has performed and taught with Candoco Dance Company is currently on sabbatical and is a full-time mother living in Brighton. She has been invited by the British Council in Columbia to travel to Bogota to co-lead a three week residency with Charlotte Darbyshire offering creative dance opportunities for dancers/landmine victims. report

Patricia Okenwa, a full-time dancer with Rambert Dance Company and currently living in London, will travel to Vienna to participate in a five week intensive training at Danceweb Europe with Jonathon Burrows. Danceweb Europe provides intensive residential training for 50 young dancers and choreographers giving individual coaching and exchange with multinational practitioners. (unable to take up scholarship)

Anna Olejnicki, a dancer and teacher from Sheffield, will travel to Dusseldorf to learn more about the language of Hip Hop/Urban Dance report

Ruth Pethybridge is a freelance dance artist teaching contemporary/creative dance for Oxford Youth Dance and working as Education Co-ordinator for Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company. She lives in Oxford and will travel to Buenos Aires to study the Argentine Tango and explore its potential for use in palliative care. report

Sasha Roubicek, a dancer in London who performed with Siobhan Davies Dance Company for eight years, will travel to Tokyo to attend an intensive course with Aikido teacher and mentor Minoru Inaba at the Meiji Shrine. report

Sonia Sabri, a freelance dancer currently living in Birmingham, will travel to Malmo in Sweden, to participate in a choreographic development project with Lisa Turin to inform her own creativity in Kathak. report

Shelly Saint-Smith, a lecturer at the Royal Academy of Dancing living in London, will travel to Mexico City to present a paper titled ‘Hanya Holm’s Jocose: preserving the work of the dance director’ at (ICKL) International Council of Kinetography Laban/Labanotation. report

Susan Scarth, a lecturer/researcher in Dance Movement Therapy and chair of the Association of Dance Movement Therapy in the UK, will travel to Bologna where she has been invited to attend a conference that seeks to promote and develop Dance Movement Therapy in Europe. report