Karen Louise Pratt
Karen is a Suffolk based Dance Artist specialising in contemporary and community dance. She trained at Roehampton University where she gained a BA (hons) in Dance Studies. Karen went on to complete a PGCE at University Campus Suffolk in 2014 and has worked in a range of educational settings in Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire.
She is currently teaching her own classes Stow Movers, Felixstowe Movers and Hadleigh Movers, movement classes for older adults, which all run weekly. She also runs her own youth classes and projects.
Alongside regular delivery, Karen has taught on many exciting projects including:
–Dance From Home 2020 -Present (DanceEast)
–Jubilant! 2022 (Stowmarket Cultural Group with Mendlesham Primary School & John Peel Centre)
–Tell Your Story Project 2022 (ICEP & St Pancras Primary School)
-Hadleigh Hullabaloo 2019 (DanceEast)
-KLD & Yodanga Arts Summer School 2018 & 2019
-The Inkwell 2017 including Arts Award (DanceEast)
-7 Schools 1 Town 2017 (DanceEast & Gecko Theatre)
–Big Dance 2016 (in conjunction with Akram Khan & People Dancing)
-Big Dance Workshops 2016 (in conjunction with Anna Rowe Dance)
Most recently Karen works for Northgate High School delivering for their GCSE dance curriculum one day a week, and also is the ‘Dancing for Joy’ Programme Manager for the Dance Network Association in Essex two days a week. She manages and delivers on programmes such as their Dancing with Dementia, RE:Generation Colchester and their Dancing with Parkinson’s classes.
Karen was part of the 17/18 cohort for Overture, a professional development opportunity with ReBourne. She was 1 of 16 UK Dance Artists that took part in four residential weekends. She has also recently completed a Dementia Care Mapping course through Bradford University supported by DanceEast, and also was a part of the Emerging Leaders programme with National Centre for Writing.
Karen is also a keen performer, and has been a member of Kinetica Dance Collective (formerly Dance Unlimited), a performance group in Suffolk, for seven years now, and performs regularly in East Anglia.
Anna is a Suffolk based Dance Artist who trained in Performing Arts and Dance, completing a first class honours degree in Dance at UCS, where she studied Contemporary dance, physical theatre and South Asian Dance. Anna has 13 years experience delivering dance workshops and co-ordinating projects in schools across Suffolk. She works as a freelance Dance Artist bringing creative contemporary dance workshops, choreography and performance to local communities. She enjoys working with a variety of ages and abilities and currently works at Northgate Sixth Form and DanceEast.
Support Artist – StowMovers
“I have been dancing ever since the age of 3 and in more recent years have found a love for teaching. I am currently studying a BA Hons Dance Education degree with the Royal Academy of Dance simultaneous to working at my local dance school with all sorts of ages (2-adult!). I am so grateful to now also have a role at StowMovers as I think it’s an amazing project that has such a positive effect on the community – it’s a real privilege to help out every Friday!”
Support Artist – Hadleigh Movers
Louise has over 15 years of experience within the health and fitness industry. She is a qualified personal trainer sports coach and has worked within the NHS as a Health improvement specialist, working with children & adults.
Amy has been performing and writing music since childhood; skills honed studying music at degree and masters levels. She has recently finished her PhD thesis on composing music for musical theatre.
She lives in Suffolk and works as a freelance musician, composer and educator across both corporate and educational sectors and has worked for several examination boards as a quality regulator, moderator and examiner.
Amy is currently Associate Musician for English National Ballet’s Dance For Parkinsons programme and Musical Director for Unscene Suffolk, a theatre company for adults with visual impairment.
Support Artist – Felixstowe Movers
Beth is a Suffolk based dancer and aspiring teacher who trained in Dance Performance at Middlesex University. At Middlesex, Beth trained in contemporary techniques such as Humphrey, Graham, Release and Cunningham as well as Ballet. Beth is to keen to develop her teaching experience among all ages and abilities and has recently completed her Level 6 BBO Dance teaching qualification.