Step Company Staff
Meet the team!
Malgorzata Dzierzon, Contemporary Company Leader
Malgorzata trained at the National Ballet School in Bytom, Poland and travelled to Canada to train with the National Ballet School in Toronto one summer when she was 18. Malgorzata’s performance highlights include the Royal Danish Ballet at the Paris Opera and a site-specific performance, NEST, with the New Movement Collective. In 2016, Malgorzata choreographed Flight for Rambert Dance Company. Malgorzata incorporates contemporary techniques such as release and floor work into her teaching and she is also a trained Pilates teacher. Malgorzata enjoys seeing the Step Company dancers explore new movement and “own” the choreography when performing it. She has particularly enjoyed seeing the dancers work well as a team, an important development as it impacts their ability to learn and enjoy the movement.
Hayleigh Sellors, Contemporary Company Assistant
Hayleigh trained at Kingston University, graduating in 2015 studying contemporary and street styles. She then continued her training under Mini Willets facilitation. Since graduating, Hayleigh has worked & performed with Joseph Toonga's Just us Dance Theatre & Lee Griffiths' The Company, experimenting with both contemporary styles and different street styles. Some credit's include the international tour of "Daughter, Daughter: Before I met you", Plymouth Fringe Festival, Burgos & New York International contests and East London Dance/Hofesh Schecter's East Wall projects (2016-2018). Hayleigh is also a qualified personal trainer and movement specialist, and works with dancers to enable them to become physically & mentally stronger in their craft. Her most enjoyable part of teaching the Step Companies is seeing the progression in the dancers skill, confidence and personality from September to July.
Michael Joseph, Street Company Leader
Michael trained at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance (formerly Rambert Academy) between 1982 -1985. Michael undertook further training in Martial Arts such as Capoeira, Aikido and Judo and various Hip Hop styles. Michael teaches a variety of dance styles including Breaking, Locking, Popping, Contemporary and Capoeira. Michael worked with Union Dance Company for 23 years and his performance highlights include Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in New York and appearing on the South Bank Review Show and an ITV documentary production called Fresh which covered the Union Dance production of Dance Tek Warriors. Michael choreographed a section of Dance Tek Warriors which is now on the GCSE Dance syllabus. Michael enjoys seeing the Street Company dancers develop their skills and nurture their own creativity to become all round versatile dancers.
Jordan Douglas, Street Company Assistant
Jordan trained at Kingston University where he achieved a BA (Hons) in Dance. Throughout his studies, Jordan was exposed to many styles of dance such as African, Contemporary, House and Wushu. Jordan’s biggest performance to date was with Far from the Norm at Sadler’s Wells in October 2018. Jordan performed in the ensemble piece called BLKDOG as part of a triple bill entitled Reckonings. Jordan has also performed at Breakin’ Convention, a hip hop theatre festival based in London in 2015 and 16 as well as Breakin’ Convention Toronto in 2018. Other highlights for Jordan in 2018 have included performing in two dance films, one of which was for BBC2 and the other for Random Acts on Channel 4. Across his performance, training and teaching work, Jordan specialises in Krump, House and Hip Hop styles. He has been working with the Street Company since 2015 and enjoys being a witness to the growth and progress in the young dancers of the Step Company.
Emma Houston, Step Combine Leader
Emma trained at Laban from 2011-2014. Emma’s choreographic highlights include 'The Purple Jigsaw' with Houston Dance Collective with at Breakin’ Convention 2017 and as part of East London Dance’s Identity at Shoreditch Town Hall in 2018. Emma has also choreographed for a number of successful advertising campaigns which include Equality Always Fits for Pride by Levis UK & East London Dance and she directed and choreographed the 'Adidas Falcon' campaign for Pam Pam x Adidas Originals. Emma has taught Breaking for Birdgang and London Studio Centre amongst others and her performance credits include Far From The Norm x Crying Out Loud at Somerset House, Rosie Kay Dance Company and Got to Dance Finalist with Boadicea. Emma joined Step Combine in January 2019 and looks forward to getting to know the individuals in the Company and introducing them to new ways of moving.
Kirsty Arnold, Step Combine Leader
Kirsty trained at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, before completing an MA in Performance at London Contemporary Dance School, and specialises in Contemporary Dance and Contact/Improvisation techniques. As a performer she has worked in both dance and theatre, with companies such as Punchdrunk, as well as independent artists Seke Chimutengwende, Roberta Jean, Charlotte Spencer, Katie Green, with director Simon McBurney, visual artist Laura Wilson as well as Royal Opera House and English National Opera. Kirsty has been on BBC 2 as part of Places to Dance and been involved in Motion Capture research. Kirsty is part of an ongoing research project with Yorkshire Dance (In Mature Company), working with dementia patients and she has a keen interest in the relationship between dance and health in both studio and clinical environments. Kirsty joined Step Combine as Company Leader alongside Emma Houston in January 2019 and she is really excited to be working with the dancers.
Lucy Browne, Step Combine Dance Support Worker
Lucy studied Contemporary Dance at De Montfort University in Leicester. After graduation, Lucy began working with young people in SEND schools, an area which she now specialises in. Lucy is currently training in British Sign Language Level 4 has she uses this skill within her dance practise and continues to explore this communication further by reaching out to more students in the deaf community. Lucy teaches contemporary and creative dance with a strong focus on improvisation. Lucy works in collaboration with music to explore how live or recorded music can influence movement. Lucy's teaching highlights include working with students on the Step into Dance programme in schools and on Sunday with the Step Combine Company. Lucy is not just a teacher, but a facilitator and her ethos is to create a safe free environment for individuals to express themselves inspired through dance. It is seeing young people's confidence and creativity grow that is her motivation.