Sarah Louise Kristiansen - Artistic Director (DENMARK)

Sarah Louise is the founder of Making Dance Happen and shares her time between choreographing work and delivering projects with Making Dance Happen. 

With roots in drama performance, Sarah Louise presents work that is theatrical and travels between contemporary and ballet genres.

In addition to holding a BA (Hons) in Dance from Kingston University, Sarah Louise has travelled the world dancing and has worked in prestigious venues including The Royal Albert Hall (London) The Kremlin Theatre (Moscow), the Gwangju Biennial (Gwangju, South Korea) and has completed further training at Millenium Dance Studios and EDGE Pac in Los Angeles.

In addition to choreographing, Sarah Louise is engaged with Move The World and has facilitated for the Jump! Foundation.

Peru 2017 - Participating Artist: Ughetta Pratesi (ITALY)

Ughetta is originally from Italy. She completed her training in England at Laine Theatre Arts where she studied Ballet, Modern, Tap, Contemporary and Jazz, along with Musical Theatre, Drama and Singing, graduating with the National Diploma in Professional Dance, and went on to an extra year at Guilford School of Acting to gain a First Class BA (Hons) in Theatre.

She’s been working as a freelance dancer in London and Europe, being involved in dance projects and theatre productions that saw her performed in numerous venues and event (Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Avignon Le Off , Brighton Fringe, Platform Theatre for Central Saint Martins, Robin Howard Theatre at The Place, RichMix and many more)music videos, short and feature films (Les Miserables, Universal).

Ughetta also worked as a dance teacher and choreographer,she started in Italy at Dance Theatre School of Jane Lawton and completed her teaching training at Laine with FDI ISTD in Ballet. She teaches in schools in and around London, both ballet, preparing students for exams, and jazz/musical theatre, preparing kids for local and west end shows. She’s gives classes of contemporary/jazz at Pineapple Dance Studios in Covent Garden and she’s guest teacher in various school in her native Italy, where she often returns to deliver summer schools and workshops in musical theatre and contemporary dance.

As a choreographer Ughetta has worked on theatre pieces, corporate events, music videos, short films and is currently working with City Academy Musical Theatre Companies on their Christmas Pantomime “Cinderella”,having previously choreographed “Fame, The musical”.

For the past two years she has been producing a summer dance event in Italy: “Luci e Ombre” (2015) and “Storie” (2016), inviting a group of European dance artists to her native town of Borgo San Lorenzo, Florence, for a week of workshops with local dance school students, ending in an evening of dance shorts.

Peru 2017 - Participating Artist : Vanessa Long (USA)

Vanessa Long is an American choreographer and educator noted for her theatrical style and activism work. She is a graduate of West Chester University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Theatre and Dance and a resident of New York City. She has choreographed a total of seventeen Off- Broadway shows over the course of two years along with several short films and music videos. For her short film “Dissolve” she worked in close collaboration with Kate Barker-Froyland (Director/Writer of “Song One” with Anne Hathaway) which went on to be shown in several film festivals around the world. In October 2014 she founded the Vanessa Long Dance Company based in NYC. The company performs three to six times a month in NYC and the Tri-State area. The VLDC is currently the resident dance company at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre and Resident Artists at Anita’s Way. They have received glowing reviews on their performances and received several features in magazines such as Dance Teacher Magazine, Broadway World, Yoga Magazine, Asana Magazine,New York Talent Magazine, and Kindred Spirit Magazine. In addition she is a dance educator at a local studio and runs a pre-professional company, Long 2. She is so excited to be working with Social Creative and Making Dance Happen!

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Peru 2017 - Participating Artist: Irina Hüfner (GERMANY)

Irina Hüfner was born in 1989 in central Germany, where she started dancing at age four. She is trained in classical ballet, baroque dancing, modern and jazz dance. At age ten she decided to visit a high school with an intense focus on music, where she sang in an internationally touring choir. Due to the touring schedule, she visited countries like Sweden, Japan and China, where she got in contact with foreign cultures that sparked her interest.

In 2007 Irina has found a way to fuse her singing and dancing interests at the Hamburg School of Entertainment, where she graduated as a musical actress at age 21. Ever since she has performed as the lead character of the musical Cinderella at the Winterhuder Fährhaus (Hamburg), joined multiple short-films and stage productions, such as the opera Don Giovanni. In addition Irina created her own work, the one-woman show Alle Jahre wieder, which was presented for two consecutive years in her hometown of Blankenburg.

Since 2013 Irina studies at the Amsterdam Academy for Theatre and Dance. By the end of the academic year 2016/2017, she will have reached her bachelor’s degree as a dance teacher.

Peru 2016 - Participating Artist: Emily O'Shea (UNITED KINGDOM)

Emily was enchanted with the world of dance aged two after watching her first ballet, The Nutcracker, wanting nothing but to be able to dance with the prima ballerina Darcy Bussell. Since then her love of dance grew and continues to grow as she is exposed to many different genres and techniques. Specialising in Contemporary dance, Emily’s style is very technical due to her Ballet focused training at the Hammond School. Her training and performing in a wide variety of styles, including Jazz, Tap, Commercial, Latin, Irish and Spanish, adds another element to Emily’s movement quality. Living in London, Emily is currently dancing with Co_Motion in addition to working as a freelance performer and teacher. She continues to grow as an artist and enjoys developing with some of the best choreographers in London. “ I know I am on the right path and I am excited to see where Making Dance Happen will take me as an artist.”

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Peru 2016/2017 - Project Assistant: Alexis Huarote Davila (PERU)

Alexis fist discovered dance in his fifth year of High School discovering that through dance he could express his emotions and feelings, strengths and weaknesses, joys and sorrows. As time went on he became very interested in urban culture, especially breakdance.  Alexis received training in theatre, ballet, contemporary and improvisation at Social Creativa before training at D1 Angeles dance school studying break dance and hip hop.  Alexis is the company founder of urban dance crew DUNAXS. He also teaches break dance at Social Creativa and is currently general coordinator for the NGO. “I am excited to be working with MDH as I want to continue to dance, do projects and train new talent”

Peru 2016 - Project Assistant: Maja Phillips (GERMANY)

Maja is a German volunteer who worked with Social Creative for a full year. She taught Ballet and Contemporary dance classes in Chincha Alta and the surrounding districts. A few years before coming to Peru, she started dancing to find a better connection to her body and a new way to express her creativity. “I am very exited to learn from everybody involved and see different groups of dancers coming together for Making Dance Happen”.

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