Declan Whitaker: Declan is a dancer and maker from Birmingham who has worked with NDCWales, Martin Forsberg and Helena Waldmann. As a choreographer he has made work for Bloomsbury Festival, the Royal Ballet’s Draftworks and NDCWales’ Alternative Routes season.
Emma Jayne Park: Emma is the Artistic Director of Cultured Mongrel, creating dance theatre underpinned by the values of hip hop culture in collaboration with a wide range of artists. Emma will be using this award to develop Here Before Now, as part of The BENCH commission and OUTLANDS tour with 2 Faced Dance Company. Emma’s award is in collaboration with The Bench and is a dx Bench Choreography Award holder.
Jamaal Burkmar: Jamaal is a choreographer and graduate of the Northern School for Contemporary Dance. He created a piece entitled ‘Ocean’, that was commissioned for VERVE, the postgraduate company at NSCD. Whilst VERVE was touring Jamaal won the Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures Choreography Award.
Yukiko Masui: Yukiko is a Tokyo-born dancer, choreographer and rehearsal director. Her background is in Hiphop and Latin as well as Contemporary Dance (MA from Trinity Laban). As a dancer, she has worked for a wide variety of projects including Jose Agudo and Impact Dance Theatre Company.