Mentorship

Company of Others is committed to supporting and developing a diverse and equal workforce for dance in the North East.
Biannually, Company of Others offers two female students entering their second year of professional training in the North East, the opportunity to be mentored during their second and third year training programme.

The mentorship programme offers students the opportunity to learn in a working environment and focuses on Community Practise, Future Planning and Freelance Skills, eqiupping the mentees with the skills needed for a successful transition into the dance sector.

During 2015-2017 Nadia  mentored Lila Naruse and Benedicta Valentina Holmes, two gifted dancers studying BA Hons Dance Professional Practise at Dance City, Newcastle upon Tyne. Both students completed their studies with 1st Class Honours and continue their studies on MA postgraduate courses.

In January 2018 we will begin mentorship of two more students in vocational training in the North East. If you are interested in this opportunity please submit an expression of interest in writing or film to nadia@companyofothers.org.uk no later than 5pm 1st December 2017.

Benedicta Valentina Holmes

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Benny’s main influences in the dance industry stem from her encounter, during a college dance course, with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, which she was inspired by and it increased her thirst for dance. Her main strengths lie in choreography, although she is beginning to appreciate the art of performance and the many wonders that come with it.
Benny is extremely excited and proud to be working with Company of Others, as it will bring a new outlook and path to learning that she wouldn’t have had the pleasure of experiencing otherwise.

One of the Benny’s much loved quotations is located in Proverbs 31 verse 25,
‘’She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.’’

Lila Naruse

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From a young age Lila has flourished in exploring the body’s movements. With her interest in different cultures, breaking barriers and forming connections, she is drawn to dance as the most profound form of communication.
Believing that movement expression can speak louder than voices and clearer than words. Lila is eager to explore the many subject areas dance has to offer with Company of Others.