Leticia Cabezudo Sánchez is a Spanish , Flamenco,Percussive and Contemporary Dancer. She is also an absolute firework on the castanettes.
We enjoy hearing Leticia sing very difficult scottish songs whilst working out extremely complex hand percussion patterns on tables. x
Leticia is a professional Spanish and Contemporary Dancer. She studied at the Real Conservatorio Profesional de Danza Mariemma (Madrid, Spain) at the Conservatorio Superior de danza María de Ávila. Winner of the Young Creative Award (Madrid 2016) she has been part of the Biennial of Young Creators of Europe and the Mediterranean in Albania in 2017. Leticia is an exquisite dancer and collaborator with a new wealth of experience having recently toured internationally as a soloist with Compania de Jose Antonio (Sevilla). Leticia joined Slanjayvah Danza in Autumn 2017
Charlotte Mathiessen is a Contemporary and percussive dancer.
Specialising in release, Charlotte is like liquid silver to watch. Since Charlotte is able to turn her hand to anything, we love making her the main storyteller and often ask her to play instruments during our productions such as the guitar or ukelele with little practice. x
Charlotte is a multi-talented individual in dance, song and music with a performance style to envy. With a multi- cultural background, Charlotte is known for her fluid style of contemporary dance. She studied dance at the Zürich Tanz Theater Schule before graduating with a Bachelor in Contemporary Dance at the Amsterdam School of the Arts (AHK). She is versed in the basics of flamenco and other percussive footworks. She has worked with ICK Amsterdam (Emio Greco), Michael Wälti, Liat Waysbort, Niels Weijer alongside others, is part of the Chronos collective and is currently studying the Scottish traditional arts of music and dance through her work with UK dance company Slanjayvah Danza which she joined in autumn 2017.
Aneta Dortová is a percussive dance and music artist, teacher and performer.
Aneta brings a fierce stylistic and energetic movement vocabulary influenced by a range of footwork styles from Ireland, Scotland, England and USA. As our newest member, Aneta has no idea what she’s in for, as we give her a few days to master flamenco and contemporary dance. We might also ask Aneta to play the flute at the same time. x
Aneta is a percussive dance and music artist, teacher and performer. Working within multiple ensembles across Scotland and Europe, not only does she blend a range of fast footwork and flute playing for festivals but can be seen regularly leading music and dance sessions in local pubs. Aneta is an extremely skilled step technician and has a unique talent of improvisation in Irish and Scottish step, with stylised bits of other percussive dance traditions mixed in as well. With an acclaimed reputation for her street performances her rhythm, musicality and execution of the style is described as, “quite profound”. Adjusting the dancing to the style of music and the musicians, being able to blend in and become another “instrument” and create and experiment with traditional dancing and music is where Aneta comes alive. She is currently experimenting with other cultural traditional dances with a keen interest in how this can be presented in contemporary formats as she joins Slanjayvah Danza in Autumn 2018.
Amy is a multi-talented and exhuberant force for music, song and dance! At the forefront of contemporary Scottish fiddle playing Amy is a performer, teacher and composer (who also dances!). Our appointed “all things musical person” (Musical Director/Performer) Amy encompasses a wealth of international experience, energy and fun.
Amy Geddes is a musician and educator with many strings to her bow, quite literally!
Growing up in Galloway Amy immersed herself in traditional music, song and dance and is passionate about passing on her knowledge of all things traditional and fiddle.
A recognised stalwart of the Edinburgh session scene for some years Amy is at the forefront of contemporary Scottish fiddle playing as a performer, teacher and composer.
As a performer Amy fiddles, sings and dances across the UK, Europe and North America. She currently plays with the Dean Owens & Whisky Hearts Band and the Scottish Stepdance Company (a Scottish and US collaboration of old time dance and music) as well as her own band The Amy Geddes Trio.
Over the years Amy has performed with Tannas, Sophie Bancroft, Savourna Stevenson. She is an active member of the Pathhead Music Collective with fourteen fellow local professional musicians.
Her fiddle style has developed over the years through playing with a numerous musicians in an eclectic variety of musical styles including performance on a tribute album to Brian Wilson, appearing on albums by the Pearlfishers, Robin Laing, Scott Murray and Joe Lynch and this year a new piece of music for the Edinburgh Mela, working with Chinese and Pakistani musicians.
This all converges to result in an assured and unique fiddle style firmly rooted in Scotland yet enhanced by an increasingly broad wealth of musical experience. Amy is known to combine musical experiences and influences from folk, jazz and contemporary to great effect bringing a new sound to the Scottish Fiddle Scene mixing traditional and contemporary compositions.
In demand as a composer, Amy’s tunes are recorded regularly by leading Celtic players. Highlights include ‘Andy’s Saltire’ which opened the celebrated album ‘Bold’ by Catriona Macdonald. This tune features in ‘Taigh na Teud’ a series of collections used by fiddlers worldwide. Fine Friday named their album after her tune ‘Mowing the Machair’. Amy’s own album ‘Messing’ showcases Amy’s original compositions with Kevin MacKenzie on guitar, Tom Lyne on double bass and Iain Copeland on drums. No less than four of her tunes were in the 2015 trad top 20.
As a music educator Amy has forged a reputation as an exceptional and intuitive teacher with all ages and all abilities. She leads the Lauland Big Tune Machine – a cross generational 30 piece band that debuted at the Edinburgh International Festival in August 2018. Amy works as a trainer with ABC Creative Music delivering child-centred music programmes for Early Years, Primary and SEN/ASN. Amy is the founder of the Fyne Fiddles music school which runs several times a year at Ardkinglas House on the banks of Loch Fyne. 2017 saw the launch of her first book Fyne Fiddles Volume 1 “practical ways to great fiddling – and it’s fun!”.
Luisa has been involved with Slanjayvah Danza since its inception in 2004. She has regularly worked as a performer, collaborator and educator with the company in the UK and Spain.
Luisa Galan is an established dance artist, originally from Cordoba, Spain.
Luisa trained extensively in Spanish and contemporary dance at a young age and completed her education in Spain with a degree from the Superior School of Dramatic Arts (Cordoba) before graduating again in 2004 with a BPA (Hons) Contemporary Dance Performance – Northern School of Contemporary Dance.
Luisa has worked with Slanjayvah Danza since 2004 as a performer, collaborator and educator with the company in the UK and Spain. Outside of that role, her professional performance experience extends to encompass a wide and varied range of dance and acting for stage, film and TV, for companies such as El Pais and Tele 5 (TV), Mariano Barroso, Jose Talavera and Flamenco Diez.
She has taught contemporary and flamenco dance at a variety of institutes, designing and leading courses for the European Social Fund, Andalucia Council and Government Employment organisation, Teatro Mejor (Madrid), Carmen Cubillo School of Dance (Madrid), Cervantes Institute and York St John’s University.
Dedicated to grass roots and community learning across a wide range of ages and abilities, she is currently leading a variety of workshops across Yorkshire in dance (specialising in Flamenco and Spanish Folk), culture and language.
With an interest in safe dance practice, Luisa has extended her studies to complete instructorqualifications in complementary practices such as Pilates, Aerobics and personal training.
Luisa worked extensively for “Prescho” (Hispanic studies at the University of Córdoba). Spain. She is currently a lecturer in Spanish Dance and language for the Cervantes Institute.
Phil Sanger is an established dance artist based in Yorkshire – performing, making and presenting art since 2003. Recently described by Dance Europe as …”one of the most versatile artists on the British stage”, Phil enjoys a multifarious performance career alongside lecturing in dance and working as a certified life coach.
Phil began training in somatic and movement disciplines at the age of 8, initially a student of Martial Arts but migrating into dance and performance age 12.
Between 2007 and 2017 Phil worked within numerous touring dance companies including Slanjayvah Danza, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company, Phoenix Dance Theatre, Vincent Dance Theatre, York Dance Project and Denada Dance Theatre. He has also worked extensively as a freelance artist in both theatre and digital media projects including performances and choreography assistance for productions with the BBC.
In 2014 Phil co-founded Sardoville, a repertoire-esque theatre company and soon after qualified as a Life Coach with the Coaches Training Institute. He specialises in personal and professional development and uses these skills within his work as a creator, lecturer and project facilitator.
Phil has been a Lecturer in Technique & Performance Practice at Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD) since 2016 having himself graduated from the school in 2002, returning also in 2007 to undertake a postgraduate study through VERVE.
He continues an active practice in research and performance fusing movement, design, art and word to tell stories that are moving and entertaining. His latest Sardoville work, “For Only An Hour” calls for more flexibility, diversity and acceptance within societal expectations and more visibility and representation of LGBTQ+ artists.
Phil returns to Slanjayvah Danza in the role of Rehearsal Director and Co-writer of text based work.
Jen Wren and Slanjayvah Danza have had the pleasure of working with some fabulous people along the journey of our company and its work over the last 14 years. We would like mention a few here….
Susana Aguilar, Phil Sanger, Ross Ainslie, Guillermo Salinas, Aurora Fearnley, Cormac Byrne, Al McSween,Maria Vega, Rosa Cisneros, Guiliano Modarelli, Keira Martin, Sophie Stephenson, Emily O’Shea, Jon Owen, Jamie Donohue, Victor Blasquez, Antonio Escribano, Jamie Donoghue, Amir Giles, Riccardo Meneghini, Vivien Wood, Azzura Ardovini, Olivia Quayle, Yiannis Tsigkris, Katy Skelton, Adam Young, Mark Baker (Dread), Adam Wilks, Marcus Rapley, Kialea Nadine Williams, Kimball Wong, Matt Burton, James Jelliman, Matt Maude, James Rhodes, Cecilie Fodor, Raquel de la Plaza, Dani Ferreira, Paul Wilkinson, Pauline Mayers, Mel Newing, Lee Davern, Kat Doherty…. and many others.