Born in South Yorkshire, Tracy studied at Electric Theatre Studios, Barnsley College, receiving A Levels in Dance, Theatre Studies, Theatre Design and Textile Design. She continued her studies at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and upon completion joined The National Contemporary Dance Company of Wales, Diversions.
After leaving Diversions in 1992 she taught contemporary classes at numerous colleges and universities in England and Holland, meeting Philip Taylor during a project in Humberside. She studied for a degree in Arts Practice and Cultural Policy which she received in 1994 from Coventry University, and directly thereafter joined Philip Taylor in Augsburg as a dancer with his company, which in 1996 moved to Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz in Munich.
She danced with Ballet Theatre Munich (BTM) until 2000 and from 2000 until the closing of the company in 2007 Tracy was Rehearsal Director and choreographic assistant. In 2004 she was also made Associate Director. When BTM closed Tracy moved back to England and spent a year as Rehearsal Director for Verve, the postgraduate performance company of NSCD. She became Rehearsal Director for Phoenix in July 2009 and in 2013 became Rehearsal & Tour Director.
Andreas was born in France and began studying dance aged 6. He trained at Académie Méditerranéenne de danse and Studio Ballet Colette Armand in Marseille. In 2011 he joined Ballet Junior de Genève (Switzerland) where he studied contemporary, ballet and improvisation. During his time with Ballet Junior de Genève he performed works by Stijn Celis, Alexander Ekman, Hofesh Schecter and Barak Marshall. Andreas joined Phoenix as a Junior Dancer this August.
Sandrine was born in France and trained at the Conservatory National Superior of Music and Dance
in Lyon where she worked as a member of the Young Ballet with choreographers such as Yuval Pick, Agnès Nolthenius, Michel Keleminis and Davy Brun.
From 2007-2009, Sandrine was an apprentice in the Dance Apprentices Network aCross Europe programme (D.A.N.C.E) where she worked with the Forsythe Company, Random Dance under Wayne McGregor, Ballet Preljocaj and National Ballet Marseille under Frederic Flamand. In 2010 Sandrine graduated from Palucca Schule Dresden with a Masters Degree as Dancer Interpret.
From 2009 to 2012 she was a member of TanzTheaterMünchen in Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz, where she performed work by many choreographers including H. Henning Paar, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Christian Spuck and Fernando Melo. Sandrine joined Phoenix Dance Theatre in August 2012.
Phil trained at the Electric Theatre Studios, Barnsley College and the Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD) in Leeds and has worked under the direction of some of the UK’s leading choreographers such as Fin Walker, Kim Branstrup, Glen Wilkinson and Hofesh Shechter.
Phil worked with Slanjayvah Danza and Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company before joining Phoenix Dance Theatre in 2009. He has choreographed numerous pieces including working with fellow Phoenix dancer Azzurra Ardovini to choreograph Nothing in the Real World for the Phoenix Youth Academy and One in 285,000 for the 2011 Phoenix Dance Theatre and Northern Ballet choreographic workshop. Recently Phil also choreographed work for CAT Students in Ipswich and Manchester. In 2012 he received Arts Council England funding to initiate the collaborative Arts network artistsnorth.co.uk which included the production and direction of dance theatre platform Beyond The Parasol.
Born in the Czech Republic, Jitka started her professional training at the age of 14 whilst attending the conservatoire Dance Centre Prague. After graduation she continued her studies at the London Contemporary Dance School where she gained a BA Hons degree in contemporary dance. In 2008 Jitka studied and performed at SUNY Purchase College, NY as part of an exchange programme and in August 2009 she joined Phoenix Dance Theatre as an apprentice dancer under the apprentice scheme at The Place, London.
Since finishing her apprenticeship, Jitka has performed in Phil Sanger’s Professional Widow and worked with Balbir Singh on the research and development of Synchronised. As a freelance teacher she has taught dance classes throughout the UK, and she coordinated Phoenix’s Youth Academy for two years. Jitka became a professional dancer with the company in March 2012.
Sam graduated from the Ballet School of the Finnish National Opera in 2007 and after that worked for the Finnish National Ballet until 2010. He has performed in various classical ballets and works by contemporary choreographers such as Ohad Naharin and Kenneth Kvarnström. Sam has won three Finnish championships in street dance, placed second in the 2007 Nordic Ballet Contest in Sweden and in 2010 he won the men’s performing arts solo series in show dance. In 2010 he won the first So You Think You Can Dance contest in Finland, earning the title ‘Finnish most popular dancer’.
Sam danced with Susanna Leinonen Company, touring to Beijing, Spain, Sweden and Finland. He has choreographed for Finnish National Ballet for the Dance With Dancers event and for AGG group (Aesthetic group gymnastics ) Sport Club Vantaa who won the Finnish National Championship in 2013. Sam joined Phoenix in August 2013.
Born in Sevilla, Spain, Carmen trained at the Conservatoire of Sevilla. She continued her studies at Central School of Ballet, graduating with BA (Hons). At Central Carmen performed works by Glenn Wilkinson, Sarah Matthews and Sharon Watson. Carmen joined Phoenix in November 2012 as an Apprentice Dancer under the Northern School of Contemporary Dance graduate apprentice scheme before becoming a Junior Dancer this season.
Born in Hong Kong, Vanessa trained at the Royal Ballet School Associates and Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance gaining a BA (Hons) in Ballet and Contemporary Dance. Whilst at Rambert School Vanessa performed works by Mark Baldwin, Kerry Nicholls and Martha Graham. More recently she has performed with Artists North and ThickSkin, with whom she performed at the Lawrence Olivier Awards. Vanessa joined Phoenix in August 2011 as an apprentice dancer under the London Contemporary Dance School scheme, gaining a Distinction for her PG Dip, before becoming a Junior Dancer with the company in 2012 and Dancer this year.
Born in King’s Lynn, Norfolk, Josh started as a gymnast competing for the East of England before dancing at Footlights Dance Centre, and then going on to train at Central School of Ballet, London. Josh Graduated in 2009 with BA (Hons) and joined Phoenix Dance Theatre the same year. In summer 2012 Josh was one of a handful of dancers selected by Akram Kahn to perform in the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympics. Over the past year Josh has become increasingly interested and involved in teaching and choreography, working with a group of young people to create the opener for Phoenix’s REfined programme and creating a short work for CAT students at The Place.