Lecturer in Technique & Performance Practice (Contemporary)

BPA (Hons) in Contemporary Dance
PgDip in Performance
FHEA (pending)
ACC (pending)

Role and responsibilities:

  • Contemporary Technique
  • Performance Practice
  • Partner Work
  • Rehearsal Direction
  • Kinesiological Stretching
  • Personal Development

“My classes move intuitively between order and disorder of the body, exploring simplicity and complexity. I approach the teaching of dance as a sequencing of transitions between these states in order to develop strength, flexibility and coordination.”

Career History

Phil began training in somatic and movement disciplines at the age of 8, initially a student of Martial Arts but migrating into dance studies age 12. He was appointed Lecturer in Technique & Performance Practice at Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD) in September 2016 having himself graduated from the school 2002, returning also in 2007 to undertake a postgraduate study through VERVE.

Between 2007 and 2016 Phil worked within numerous touring dance companies including Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company, Phoenix Dance Theatre, Vincent Dance Theatre 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 he co-founded Sardoville, a repertoire-esque theatre company. Through Sardoville he continues an active practice in research and performance fusing movement, design, art and word to tell stories that are moving and entertaining.
In 2015 the Dancers Career Development sponsored Phil to pursue additional training with the Coaches Training Institute and he is now a qualified Life Coach and a specialist in personal and professional development. This period of study has expanded the remit of his dance practice and underpins the work he does as a dance lecturer and project facilitator.

Professional Scholarly Activity and Research Interests

Original dance creations / re-staging’s for theatre with:
Fin Walker, Kim Brandstrup, Hofesh Schctor, Shobana Jeyasingh, Darshan Singh Bhuller, Douglas Thorpe, Sharon Watson, Aletta Colins, Isira Makuloluwe, Warren Adams, Richard Wherlock, Henri Oguike, Ana Lujan Sanchez, Charlotte Vincent, Richard Alston, Ivgi & Greben, Rui Horta, Yolande Yorke, Carlos Pons Guerra, Luca Silvestrini.

Performance in historical dance works by:
Philip Taylor, Robert Cohen, Sir Kenneth McMillan.

Original creations for film/television with:
Colin Teague, Toby Haynes, Kit Monkton, Aurora Fearnley.

Rehearsal Direction:
2014, Refined, Phoenix Dance Theatre, Alston, R (chor.), Watson, S (chor.), Oguike, H (chor.)
2016, 6 feet. 3 shoes, Slanjayvah Danza. Wren, R (chor.)

2011, Artists North, collaborative arts research with over 40 artists.
2013, Dancelines, choreographic research residency with Kim Brandstrup and Oliver Coates, Royal Opera House, London.
2015, The Cohan Collective, choreographic research with Robert Cohen and Eleanor Alberga, Middlesex University, London.
2016, GRIT, Artists North. Performers research and coaching residency, Yorkshire Dance, Leeds
2016, Something Ordinary, integrative and curatorial arts research, ‘Canne Ruines’ and Seven Arts Leeds.
2017, Supper Club, curatorial arts research within performance, hospitality and design sectors

Personal and Professional development
2012, Stonebridge College Associates, Level 3 Sports massage.
2016, The Coaches Training Institute (CTI), 107 hours Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP),
2016, Elastic Steel, certificate of kinesiological stretching technique, (EFCT)
2017, The Coaches Training Institute, Certified Professional Co-active Coach (CPCC-pending).
2017, The International Coaching Federation (ICF), 2017, Associate Certified Coach (ACC-pending)


Sanger, P (Author) 2013, Dance is my River. May 2013, Dancing times.

Performance artefacts (from 2012 only)

Sanger. P (chor.) 2012, Beyond the parasol, dance performance and dance platform, July 2012, The Riley Theatre, NSCD, Leeds

Sanger, P (dir. chor.) 2012, Mandala, devised dance theatre performance, November 2012, The Stanley and Audrey Burton Theatre, Leeds

Sanger, P (dir.) 2013, Work for Idle Hands, devised theatre performance. Feb 2013, Vantage Art Prize, Leeds

Sanger, P (chor.) 2014, The Dancing Plague, dance performance, January 2015, The Robin Howard Theatre, The Place, London

Sanger, P (chor.) 2016 Something Ordinary, Live art performance. December 2016, Seven Arts Centre, Leeds

Sanger, P (chor.) 2017, A Matter of Impression, dance performance. February 2017, Barnsley Civic. The Corn Exchange, Kings Lynn. March 2017, The Studio Theatre, Lowry, Manchester. April 2017, The Stanley and Audrey Burton Theatre, Leeds.