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Founder & Artistic Director

Lee Smikle is a Dancer, Teacher, Choreographer and Creative Producer who as been working professionally in the dance sector since 1997. Lee trained at the Rambert School of Ballet & Contemporary Dance and before that , Swindon Dance, where he first began to develop his teaching skills. As a performer he was a core member of Matthew Bourne's Adventures in Motion Pictures & New Adventures companies for many years touring internationally as dancer, teacher and rehearsal assistant with shows like Swan Lake, The Car Man and Nutcracker! He later helped set up and devise workshops and teacher training for the educational arm of the company, Re:Bourne. As a teacher and choreographer he has worked on behalf of many organisations including Trinity Laban, Rambert School, The Place, Re:Bourne, Essential Alston, Dance City, Swindon Dance, Pavilion Dance, Dance United and Escola De Danca (Brazil). All Lee's work, while exploring and developing is own creative practice , supports and nurtures the development of other artists especially through his work with young people and dancers in training.


Lee founded Shoreditch Youth Dance (SYD) in January 2010 and has successfully continued to run it without core funding for 4 years, providing innovative and exceptional learning opportunities for many young people who are now moving onto further training and entering the professional dance sector. SYD Company is now recognised for it's pioneering approach to working with young people and is one of, if not the only member led, independent contemporary youth based company in London, leading work with young people. Lee was the Associate Artist in Residence at Rich Mix in Shoreditch, London , where he also founded 'Free to Fall' in November 2011. Free to Fall is a development programme for artists and producers based around a movement scratch forum for emerging choreographers and contemporary artists. Free to Fall successfully previewed in Sao Paulo, Brazil in October 2012, co-produced by Paula Pi and is consequently being supported there by new Brazilian partner, Cultura Inglesa, throughout 2013. Lee is a fellow of the Arts Council's, Cultural Leaders Programme 2010/11 (Peach Placement), where for 6 months he shadowed Artistic Directors Assis Careiro(DanceEast) and Espen Giljane ( Norwegian Ballet, Oslo). Lee has produced and worked with Renaud Wiser Dance Company, John Ross Dance, Charlie Ford, Melanie Lomonof and Khamlane Halsackda and produced two of Matthew Bournes New Adventures Choreographer Awards (NACA). Lee is currently the principal and artistic director of the Legat School of Ballet & Contemporary Dance in East Sussex.

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