In 2016/17 Verve is made up of a company of eleven dancers trained at some of the world’s leading conservatoires, performing in engaging, physically daring and thought-provoking work.

Ariadna Saltó

Ariadna was born in Barcelona. She started ballet at the age of 4 in a local dance studio.  When she was 11, she tried several forms of dance such as hip-hop and flamenco and took musical theatre workshops. She also…

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Berta Contijoch

Originally from Barcelona, Berta started dancing in a local dance school at the age of 4. At the same time she was a keen gymnast. At 13 she was accepted at the Institut del Teatre and had to choose between…

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Bethany Leyland

Beth was born in Wigan and joined the junior royal ballet associates aged 12, as well as the British Ballet Organisation ballet and jazz scholars in Manchester. She completed A-Level dance at Carmel College, and continued her training at Trinity…

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Joel Pradas

Born in Montgat, a village near Barcelona, Joel started dancing at the age of 8 in Oriol Martorell’s school, combining dance and music studies. At 12 he joined Institut del Teatre, where he discovered contemporary dance and worked with many…

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Kate Pilbeam

Kate trained on the CAT scheme in Newcastle and at Trinity Laban before returning to the North East to complete the BA(Hons) Dance Professional Practice course at Dance City, with a First Class Honours. During her training she has worked…

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Maria Paz Marciano

Born in Peru, Maria Paz started dancing in Barcelona at the young age of 4 to correct a problem with her feet. She kept dancing as a hobby until she turned 15 when she decided she wanted to be a…

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Martha Gosnold

Originally from North Yorkshire, Martha started dancing at a young age at Kirkham Henry Performing Arts School. Since then she has attended the CAT scheme, Access and degree, all at Northern School of Contemporary Dance. During this time a particular…

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Mason Jubb

Born and raised in Leeds, Mason began his dance training at the age of 17 at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance on the Centre for Advanced Training Scheme. He then progressed onto the Access course and later the Degree. In…

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Maybelle Lek

Born in Singapore, Maybelle began training at School of the Arts, Singapore. She then moved to London to study at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, graduating with a First Class Honours degree in 2016. At Rambert School,…

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Paul Guenot

Born in Stroud (Gloucestershire, UK), Paul started his dancing life giving wild performances to his parents and sister in the sitting room. It wasn’t until the age of 15 that he began taking classes in Modern, Jazz and Tap and…

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Sam Buswell

Sam was inspired by his Sister to start dancing at the young age of six. As his passion for dance grew he trained in a variety of styles ranging from Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Breakdance, Street and Acrobatics to Ballet, Tap, Modern…

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