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Established in October 2013, Birmingham Dance Network is an artist led organisation committed to bringing professional development opportunities to Birmingham based dance artists. We respond to the interests of dancers, choreographers and those working in dance in the city.


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  • Genevieve Say
    Artistic Director
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    Genevieve say is an independent dance artist, performer and choreographer based in the UK. In 2003 she trained at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, graduating with First class BA(Hons) in Dance and Performance. Since then Genevieve has been working professionally as a dancer nationally and internationally for various dance and theatre companies including Gary Clarke, Splendid Productions, and Lisi Perry (Collision). Genevieve has been been making her own work since 2006 and is the artistic director of The Mustdashios, a comedy dance duo she established in 2010. She makes ensemble pieces and solo work under her own name, and often works in collaboration with visual and sound artists.

    Genevieve has lead dance and theatre workshops for over 10 years and sees working with community groups as an integral part of her practice. She has experience of working with all age groups on anything between delivering a hours workshop on dance practitioners to artistically leading major performance projects with over 50 community participants.

    Genevieve was part of establishing Manchester Dance Consortium in 2011 and believes in artist lead organisations that feed grass roots arts activities in the city.

  • Patsy Browne-Hope
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    Patsy Browne-Hope graduated from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in 2010 with First Class Honours. On graduating from NSCD she went on to work with Protein Dance Company devising, performing and teaching. During her time with the company she completed extensive national and international tours of ‘(In)visible Dancing’ and the critically acclaimed ‘LOL (lots of love)’ which took the company across the globe to 14 different countries. As a teacher for the company Patsy has been involved in several projects including time spent at the Evelina Childrens Hospital whereby the company worked alongside physiotherapists to support the rehabilitation of children after surgery. As a performer Patsy has also worked for Paramount Pictures (‘WWZ’), Bare Bones Dance Company (‘The Decade’), Sonia Sabri Dance Company (‘Jugni’, ‘Echolalia’), Royal Opera House (‘Faust), DeNada Dance Theatre (‘Young Man!) and Akram Khan Dance Company (‘Abide With Me’ – performed alongside Emeli Sandé for the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony).

    She has taught, choreographed and movement directed extensively since 2004 in numerous different settings including schools, colleges, universities, community groups, private dance schools and most recently delivered a series of workshops to the 3rd year degree students at the Birmingham School of Acting. She has also taught overseas on several occasions and was invited to deliver a private workshop to the cast of Lion King during their 2013 UK Tour.

    As a Rehearsal Director she has worked for RDC Youth, Protein Dance, PDS and Autin Dance Theatre.

  • Rebecca Randall (formerly Becca Thomas)
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    Originally from Birmingham, Rebecca trained in Theatre Dance (BA Hons) at London Studio Centre. Rebecca was an apprentice with ACE Dance and Music. From 2007 – 2011 she toured extensively with Ludus Dance, performing in works by Nigel Charnock, Yael Flexer, Ben Wright, Rosie Kay and Dylan Quinn. Rebecca then went on to receive an MA with Distinction from London Contemporary Dance School. As a freelance artist Rebecca has performed with Altered Skin, KILN Theatre, Parlor Dance, Sonia Sabri Company and Autin Dance Theatre, and alongside dancers from Birmingham Royal Ballet in Flat Out choreographed by Jennifer MacNamara.

    Rebecca is also an experienced teacher, and enjoys sharing her exploration of release technique and contact improvisation with diverse community groups and professional dancers alike.

  • Shelley Eva Haden
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    SHELLEYEVA HADEN was nominee for The National Dance Awards as “Most outstanding female performer” (2018). She trained at The Northern School of Contemporary Dance, graduating with a First Class BA (Hons) in Contemporary Dance Performance (2014).

    Shelley credits as a performer include companies and choreographers such as Sam Amos (Trash Dolly’s), Corey Baker (Corey Baker Dance), Jamaal Burkmar (Extended Play), Gary Clarke (Gary Clarke Company), Rhiannon Faith, Tamsin Fitzgerald (2Faced Dance), Keisha Grant (Keneish Dance), Rosie Kay (Rosie Kay Dance Company), and Graham Vick (Birmingham Opera Company).

    Shelley has a vast amount of experience with in the participatory setting teaching nationally; leading workshops, classes and talks for pre vocational students, professional dancers and adults.

    Shelley’s most recent ventures are in choreography, she has enjoyed various choreographic commissions as well as continued research into her own practice and work supported by Arts Council England and Dance Hub Birmingham.

    Furthermore, Shelley is a qualified Deep Tissue Sports Massage Therapist and graduate from The Sports Massage Academy (2017).