Professional & Research Network Event: Working with music in different dance styles

London Studio Centre will be hosting its third Professional & Research Network Roundtable Discussion on Monday 27 April from 6.30 until 8.00pm at artsdepot in North Finchley. We’d love for you to attend. Please email Grace Millar on to reserve your place.


Topic for the next discussion: ‘Working with music in different dance styles’. The event aims to open up conversations. In which ways are choreographers inspired to work with music? What are the relationships between choreographic and musical structure in the 21st century? How do choreographers work with music to add complex layers of meaning to their work? How do music and dance highlight different and similar aspects of culture, and what does it mean for those to come together in a single performance work? What are the challenges and opportunities arising from mediatisation of both music and dance?


Invited speakers are:


Raymond Chai – Raymond has worked in television, musical theatre and classical ballet. He danced with the National Ballet of Portugal and in musical theatre productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company; the London Palladium; National Theatre and Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, as well as in Stuttgart, Hamburg and Zurich. Raymond’s other choreographic commissions include working for Ballet Black (Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House), the National Ballet of Portugal; Hong Kong Ballet; Sommer Tanz Fest (Switzerland); Staatstheater Karlsruhe, East London Dance(Stratford Circus), Artelier at the Music Room, The BrideWell Theatre and the King’s Head Theatre in London. Raymond has been guest teacher for many renowned dance companies. He teaches Professional Ballet at DanceWorks in London and was the Chief Ballet Master for Ballet Black for 10 years. He is also currently a Ballet Lecturer at the London Contemporary Dance School. His latest projects include Unbroken Silence for Cloud Dance Festival at Bernie Grant Arts Centre, London, which was performed again at the Robin Howard Theatre at The Place, London.


Ashleigh Berry – Australian performer/choreographer currently based in London. Originally from Perth, she graduated from Adelaide College of the Arts with the Rising Star Award before going on to complete postgraduate honours at Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts in 2009. Ashleigh has worked with renowned artists andorganisations throughout Australia and Europe, some including Strut Dance, Tobiah Booth-Remmers, Emma Fishwick, Gary Clarke, Theo Clinkard and London Contemporary Dance School. With an interest in creating evocative and accessible dance theatre, she has been choreographing professionally since 2012. Highlights include Occupied (Perth Fringe, 2012) She Vacates (In Short, Perth 2012/Richmix Free to Fall, London 2014) To Rigour, With Love (Process Space Arts Festival, Bulgaria 2014) and most recently, Beside Ourselves (Resolution! London 2015.) Read a review of her recent piece Beside Ourselves here:


Rhimes Lecointe – Artistic Director of Boadicea Company, an Actress and Choreographer working in and around London. As a performer, Rhimes has played many different roles on both stage and screen. In 2006 Rhimes appeared in the film Life & Lyrics. She also played the lead role of ‘Rap-On-Zel’ in ZooNation Dance Company’s critically acclaimed award-winning West End show Into the Hoods from 2006 to 2009. Rhimes also appeared in Boy Blue’s Olivier Award winning production Pied Piper and Over the Edge, both at the Barbican. In 2010 Rhimes was cast as the character ‘Justine’ in the box office smash hit film Street Dance 3D. In 2012 Rhimes her all-female dance crew Boadicea reached the finals of Got to Dance (Sky One). Rhimes and the girls were then invited to perform with Diversity on the arena tour of their show Digitized, then going on to work and perform in “Limitless” and “Limitless The Reboot” Rhimes created choreography for the tour’s alongside Ashley Banjo. As an assistant choreographer she has also worked with Kenrick Sandy on So You Think You Can Dance (BBC). Other TV appearances include: Blue Peter (BBC), The Paul O’Grady Show (Channel 4), Graham Norton’s When Will I Be Famous (BBC), It’s Paul Burling (ITV), Comic Relief (BBC), Sport Relief (BBC) and Diversity’s Special (ITV). Her choreographic credits include: Plan B, Esser, Lady Sovereign and The 2Bears. Brands like NIKE, Urban Decay, Adidas, Hot Point, Mazda plus bands and individual artists. Rhimes is trained in, and particularly passionate about all elements of Hip Hop, street dance, Freestyle, Waackin and House.

After the discussion, there will be an opportunity to network over a drink.


London Studio Centre’s Professional & Research Network brings teachers and lecturers of Dance and Music Theatre together in a series of roundtable discussions with key industry professionals. The Network aims to generate debate about recent developments in the field, employability and creativity, and foster connections between Higher Education and the professional field. The events are hosted three times a year by London Studio Centre at the cultural hub artsdepot in North London, and are curated by Dr Francis Yeoh and Dr Lise Uytterhoeven.


The event is free of charge. Please email Grace Millar on to reserve your place. For directions to artsdepot, click on