ANNA WATKINS

Summer School Tutor 14-15yrs

British choreographer and dancer, Anna, trained at the Rambert School.

She was a company dancer for Tavaziva Dance for 10 years, achieving the first longest standing dancer. Also appointed other roles within the company such as Rehearsal Assistant, Project Leader and Project Manager- coordinating and choreographing for their Youth Dance Programmes (Tavaziva Male & Female | ZIVA Youth Dance). Anna has also worked with choreographers and companies: Shobana Jeyasingh, Motionhouse (World Premiere UK tour), Neville Campbell and more.

Alongside her career as a dancer, she formed her own company, Watkins Dance Company in 2011, receiving funding from Arts Council England for various projects and collaborations. Her work has been toured across the UK and Internationally.

Anna has been commissioned by several organisations and dance companies for her choreographic work for prestige youth dancers such as: Phoenix Dance Theatre, Tavaziva Dance, English National Ballet (including creating on ENBYouthCo based on Akram Khan Giselle), Balletboyz, Rambert School, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, CAT (Centre for Advanced Training) Scheme all over the UK, Rambert Dance Youth Company (Quicksilver), international students in Italy and youth dance companies all over the UK. Anna has led various professional classes around the UK including at The Place London and for companies Rambert Dance Company and Tavaziva Dance.

In 2017 - 2018 she was awarded Associate Artist at Swindon Dance. In 2018 Anna was selected as one of the four choreographers for the Cohan Collective, mentoring residency with Robert Cohan. Currently this year, Anna was commissioned by Swindon Dance to create and perform in a new duet, for Swindon Spring Festival of Literature and the Arts. The duet went international this June as part of DAP Festival 2019 - International Dance and Visual Arts Festival. Anna was also commissioned by Film Oxford to create a new short dance film for project FLUX bringing three artists together - dance, film and music. MORTELLE, the new short dance film and performance filming of new duet REPEL, will be screened at various film festivals in summer 2019. Screenings include Modern Art Oxford | Dancing' Oxford.

Anna continues her work as a dancer, choreographer and working with young people to support their careers in dance.