At Implexa Dance, we are extremely fortunate to have such dedicated and talented dancers. Here is a bit of information about each of them, giving you an idea of their own experiences and achievements prior to Implexa Dance Company.
Keri-Marie Butcher Keri-Marie has been dancing since the age of fifteen. She first began ballet at her local dance school in Weymouth, studying there for two years whilst earning her GCSE in dance. Passing with flying colours, she decided to take what she had learnt to college. There, she undertook a BTEC diploma in performing arts, in which drama and dance were prominent. At present, she is in her third and final year at the University of Winchester studying Dance- involving techniques by Graham and Cunningham- and Choreography, in which she is enforcing and perfecting her confidence as a choreographer.
Olivia Jayne Edwards Olivia began dancing when she was eight years old, and for the majority of her life she lived in the Middle East, where she had many dance opportunities. One being, for example, every year she was able to go and be inspired by different dance companies from around the world who would perform at the Royal Opera House in Muscat, Oman. From there she would take notes and learn new skills to help her grow as both a choreographer and dancer during her GCSE’s. Still to this day she remembers and incorporates what she has learnt from her past experiences into her dancing. More recently she has moved back to the UK to be further educated in performing arts and dance. More recently, Olivia has trained on a performing arts diploma where she met and was taught dance by Louise, Implexa Dance Company's Artistic Director. Through this is where Olivia flourished in dance, and through her development and talent shown on the course Louise was able to give Olivia the opportunity to learn new techniques, and consequently invite her into the professional world of dance as an official Implexa dancer.
Shannon Medland Shannon has always had a passion and talent for performing arts. Since the age of seven she was heavily involved with local choirs as a soprano, and throughout primary and secondary school has been in every school production performing as a triple threat; singing, dancing and acting. Shannon has also been a part of a series of pantomimes with the Syresham Entertainment and Theatre, one of which being Take a "S.E.A.T", in which she helped to choreograph and write scripts. One of Shannon's specialist skills is her gymnastic tricks as she has trained in that discipline for two years, finding it challenging but exhilarating. More recently, she has hugely increased her dance skills and knowledge, and a better understanding since being at college studying on the performing arts diploma course, where she was taught by Artistic Director Louise Hague and due to Shannon's commitment and talent she was offered the opportunity to work with Implexa Dance Company as an Implexa Dancer in their first show 'The Unhallowed Master'.
Erika Montenegro Erika is a Dance Artist based in Oxfordshire. She trained in Contemporary Dance and is experienced in devising, teaching, directing and performing dance. She completed a National Diploma in Dance (2010), and graduated from the University of Winchester (2013), obtaining a BA(Hons) in Choreography & Dance. Whilst at University toured with D@win Dance Company. After graduating she directed One Two Wonder (Anamorphic Dance Theatre), performed at The Queen of Spades (Park Opera) and choreograph, performed and created promotional video for the Dancin’ Oxford Dance Festival, among other work. She is currently working as a Dance & Pilates teacher in the Oxfordshire area.
Libby Tiernan Libby is in her second year of Level 3 performing arts at Banbury and Bicester college and perviously studied at Magdalen college in Brackley. Whilst taking her GCSE's she obtained an A* in practical dance. She has always been interested in dance but was particularly intrigued by contemporary when starting her college studies. Libby has taken part in many shows with her previous performing arts school in styles including modern, jazz, lyrical and street. It is one of Libby's aims to gain as much as she can from her experiences with Implexa and use this to better her as a dancer. After being taught dance by Implexa's team, she is keen to remain part of the company for shows to come.
Emily Try Emily danced from the age of four learning Ballet, Tap, Modern and Street, and performing in yearly shows. She then went on to study Choreography & Dance with Drama, at the University of Winchester, graduating in 2013, and now teaches Dance and Drama to students. Whilst at University, she was a member of the University’s Dance Company – D@win - touring round several colleges and performance venues, as well as playing Alice in a dance production of Alice in Wonderland. She has worked and performed with several other companies, including The Wycombe Swan and Manic Stage Productions, and is thrilled to now be dancing with Implexa.