Guest Artists 2016
Anne Donnelly – Cohan Technique
Anne had a long career as a dancer with London Contemporary Dance Theatre, (under the name Anne Went) performing internationally including at the Olympic Arts Festivals at both the Los Angeles 1984 and the Seoul Olympics 1988.Anne left London Contemporary DanceTheatre in 1989 and with the help of a dancers resettlement award studied at the Raworth College of Alternative Medicine and later at the Academy of Sport, pursuing her on-going interest in holistic tness and physical training. For a short while in 1990 she returned to LCDT as a guest dancer and company teacher.Toward the end of 1990 Anne retired from performing to pursue her teaching career, teaching atTheThamesdown School,The Royal Ballet School, Central School of Ballet and Tring Park, Arts Educational School. In 1993 she was asked by John Chesworth to become the Rehearsal Director and company teacher for the NationalYouth Dance Company (NYDC).She continued to work closely with John Chesworth and the NYDC for a further eight years.Anne joined Middlesex University in 1994 to collate her teaching practice. She has served as executive director of DanceUK; board member of the Hertsdance (now DanceDigital); panel member for the Hong Kong Council for Academic and Vocational Quali cations (HKCAAVQ) and panel member for a number of UK academic validations. She was appointed as the academic staff representative on the Middlesex University Assurance Committee of Academic Board 2013-2016. In 2014 Anne came out of retirement, as a performer, to dance in the Elders Project as part of the Elixir Festival at Sadler’s Wells.The Elders Project was nominated for the 2015 Lawrence Olivier Award (Outstanding Achievement in Dance). Her research coheres around the health and training methods for contemporary dancers with speci c focus on the mastery of Professor Robert Cohan’s method of teaching. Robert Cohan teaching: Body of Knowledge: www.rescen.net
Andre Portasio – Ballet
Andre was born in Brazil where he started his ballet training under the guidance of Natalia Barbara. In 1997 he was granted a scholarship to join the Escuela National de Cuba and in 1998 supported by the Nureyev’s Foundation he relocated to London to finish his studies at English National Ballet School. Twice medalist at the Adeline de Genne Competition (1998 -1999) as well as other key competitions around the world, in 1999 he was invited to join English National Ballet where he performed to critical acclaim at a nationally and internationally level. Over 10 successful years he was featured in ballets such as Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, Romeo and Juliet, Giselle, Cinderella, Canterville Ghost, Snow Queen, Nutcraker, Rite of Spring, Facing Viv, Who Cares? among many others. Since retiring from dancing, Andre has taken the time to develop other skills and gain the necessary experience to pursue a career as a ballet teacher and as an arts producer. He has since worked in different capacity with diverse organisations such as Sadler’s Wells Theatre, The Clore Leadership Programme, Candoco Dance Company, Southbank Centre, The Royal Ballet School and The Print Room Andre has an MA in Culture, Policy and Management by City University and is a graduate from the Royal Ballet and Royal Ballet School with a Diploma in Ballet in Education. His teaching experiences are with English National Ballet, Royal Ballet, Royal Ballet School, The Place, Sadler’s Wells Theatre as well as Primary and Secondary Schools in around London.