Cambridge Contemporary Dance

Directors | Company

Tzo Zen Ang | Jennifer Hersch | Saba Hinrichs | Sinead Boughey | Vicky Butt | Elaine Cameron | Janet French | Jennifer Harcourt | Merrilees Harris | Sandy Kwok | Eddy Langley | Vikky le May | Netta Shamir | Lise Smith | Vaughan-Alicia Watts

Tzo Zen Ang

Tzo Zen co-founded CCD in 2007 and has since served as producer on its independent shows including Impressions, New Works and Light Matter. Trained in ballet, contemporary and jazz in Singapore, Malaysia, London and Cambridge, Tzo Zen has danced from early days. Since moving to Cambridge in 2003 she has danced, choreographed, produced and designed for shows with various societies, particularly the Cambridge University Contemporary Dance Workshop and Queens' Contemporary Dance Society. Previous production credits include Spectrum, Touch, and Variations for CUCDW. She continues to choreograph contemporary work for the company and has also recently dabbled in musical choreography with Parade (ADC Theatre) and The Mikado (Minack Theatre, Cornwall). Tzo Zen has recently completed a PhD in Zoology.

Jennifer Hersch

As co-founder of CCD, Jennifer recently served as artistic director for the Company’s Light Matter project. She trained mostly in ballet, contemporary and flamenco in New York, Spain and the UK with such schools as the Richmond School of Ballet, Mark Morris Dance Group and the renowned gypsy family Los Farrucos and Omayra Amaya. As a teenager, she was a soloist with Repertory Dance Theatre in the U.S. and at 16 received a scholarship as the Most Promising Emerging Choreographer with the U.S. National Dance festival. She left dance and received an Honors BA in Comparative Literature and an MPhil from Cambridge in Oriental Studies. Her work has spanned across leading organizations such as Carnegie Hall, Columbia Business School and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. When not dancing, Jennifer is the Associate Director of the MBA Programme at Cambridge Judge Business School.

Saba Hinrichs

Saba co-founded CCD in 2007 and has sinced danced, choreographed, helped managed classes for its members. She also served as co-producer and finance manager for the Light Matter project. Saba's dance interests started in ballet at a young age when she trained at Alex Martinez Dance Academy while living in Paraguay and won First Prize in the Junior Ballet category at the National Paraguay Dance competition at 11. While moving around the globe, her dance interests also moved towards contemporary work when she took part in dance workshops with ex-Dance Theatre Harlem dancer Rena Robinson-Steiner in Zimbabwe. Whilst studying she regularly performed and choreographed for the Warwick University Dance Society (2000-2004) in ballet, contemporary jazz, and belly-dancing, and took part in musicals such as 'Fame', 'Gypsy' and 'West-side Story'. She has been dancing with Cambridge University Contemporary Dance Workshop & Queen's Contemporary Dance society ever since she moved to Cambridge (2006). Saba completed her doctorate in Engineering Design in 2009 and works as a Research Associate at Cambridge University.

Sinead Boughey

Sinead began her dance training at The Elizabeth Hill School of Dance and Drama on Merseyside at the age of 8. She became The All England Ballet Champion as well as gaining the title role in the National Youth Ballet’s production of “Wonderland- Scenes from Alice ”through which she worked with Wayne Sleep and performed on Blue Peter! At 16 she was awarded a place at The Royal Ballet School from which she graduated in 2003. Sinead was awarded the Lynn Seymour award for expressive dance as well as the Ursula Moreton Choreographic Award during her time at school. She also toured with the Royal Ballet to Russia, and performed annually at The Royal Opera House. She then worked as a corps de ballet member for the Norwegian National Ballet in Oslo for a year, before deciding to return to academia. While at Cambridge she has danced, produced and choreographed for both CUCDW and CCD.

Vicky Butt

Local resident Vicky Butt has been dancing (mostly ballet) for over 30 years. She joined CCD in 2009, performing first with the company at our Dante Project performance in April. She has also previously danced with the Cambridge University Contemporary Dance Workshop.

  Elaine Cameron

Elaine is a dancer at home with all manner of styles. Love of ballet took her to the All England Finals in 2003. Passion for national folk dancing led to first place at the Grandison-Clarke Awards in 2002. Curiosity enticed her to try ballroom and latin dancing for the Cambridge University team who won the National finals in 2007. Creativity caused her to embrace new contemporary dance styles and fond memories of previous CUCDW and CCD shows made Elaine exceptionally happy to continue to be a part of CCD and their stunning works.

Janet French

Janet trained in ballet, contemporary, jazz and tap from a young age at Christine Clarkson's School of Ballet and Jay-Em Studios. Before she came to Cambridge she was a member of Ludus Contemporary Dance Company with which she toured Great Britain. She also trained in the summers with Rambert Dance Company and Northern Ballet School. In Easter 2008 she participated in the Dance Grande Prix in Barcelona with Studio 5 Dance Company. Janet also has a strong interest in choreography, with her work 'elasticity' obtaining a letter of excellence from the AQA examining board.

Jennifer Harcourt

Jenny discovered her love of dance through ballet classes as a child. From here she went on to train in jazz, tap and modern before joining a Birmingham-based youth contemporary dance company in 1997. Diverse performance credits range from supporting a 'Boyzone' concert tour to musical roles in both 'Cabaret' and 'Guys and Dolls' at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Upon arriving in Cambridge Jenny trained in Dancesport, representing the University as part of the winning Varsity team as well as competing to win the title of National Dancesport Champions in both 2007 and 2008. She has since returned to the contemporary dance scene through the Cambridge University Contemporary Dance Workshop show 'Perspectives' and, most recently, making her CCD debut in 'Impressions' in 2008.

Merrilees Harris

From the ages of 4 to 16 (1990 -2002) Merrilees trained in Ballet, Tap, Modern, then from age of 11 - 16 (1997 - 2002) studied Contemporary Dance as well, all at the Lesley Blondel School of Dance, Guernsey. In 2000 she was Finalist in National Ballet Awards. She later attended Arts Educational School Tring Park, Drama course, also taking extra dance classes in Contemporary, Jazz and Tap and choreographing for student performances. In 2004 Merrilees started learning Seni Silat - a Malaysian martial art, and in 2005 performed at Glastonbury Festival and London's Hammersmith Pallais with the professional group 'Babes with Blades' martial arts/dance troupe. After moving to Cambridge, Merrilees started learning hiphop and directed drama and movement of a new opera, 'Shakespeare Deranged.' In 2006/2007 she directed, produced and choreographed Elemental and Variations for CUCDW.

Sandy Kwok

Trained in ballet from an early age in Hong Kong and London, Sandy became an Associate of the Royal Academy of Dancing in 2002. Before moving into Cambridge in 2003, Sandy was involved in a stage production and dancing in parades at Disneyland Paris. Sandy began learning contemporary and break-dancing since joining the Cambridge University Contemporary Dance Workshop in 2003, and has danced in productions such as "Elemental", "Touch", and "Reflections" with CUCDW and "Impressions" with Cambridge Contemporary Dance.

Eddy Langley, Technical Director

Eddy Langley is a Lighting Designer most at home with dance shows. He has been involved in dance in Cambridge from the earliest days of Manx Gnat, through the Kings Contemporary Dance Project and most recently the CU Contemporary Dance Workshop. Outside of Cambridge he has designed shows in London, toured Europe and America and is a regular at the Edinburgh Festival. Recent production credits include "Breathe" at Resolution, SIN Cru's Stone Seeds tour and "Elemental" and "Variations" for CUCDW. Aside from dance, Eddy frequently assists comedy shows, with recent credits including "Tommy and The Weeks", "Man to Man with Dean Learner" and "Garth Marenghi's Fright Knight".

Vikky le May

Vikky has explored a number of dance genres from ballet, tap, ballroom/latin to contemporary dance. Since arriving in Cambridge in 2007 as an undergraduate, she has performed at the CU Contemporary Dance Workshop show “Perspectives”, as well as choreographed for the Queen’s Contemporary Dance Society’s annual show “Sprung”. Vikky first performed with CCD at “Impressions” in June 2008, and subsequently at "New Works" and "Beauty".

Netta Shamir

Netta Shamir is a graduate of Laban Centre, London. She has over 20 years of choreographic experience in contemporary dance, commercial dance and musicals. Her dance works have been performed in the Bloomsbury Theatre, London and all over Cambridge. Musical credits include "Cabaret", "A Chorus Line" and "42nd Street". She teaches contemporary dance for the Cambridge University Contemporary Dance Workshop (CUCDW) and is has been a regular contributor to the annual CUCDW dance performance for over 10 years.

Lise Smith

Lise was born 10 years too late to become a member of Hot Gossip, so instead she co-founded CUCDW in 1999. As Shows Co-ordinator, she produced 10 dance shows in Cambridge and beyond, including the first ever ADC dance mainshow, a site-specific dance platform, and a critically-acclaimed dance showcase at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. In 2006, she completed her Professional Diploma in Dance Studies at Laban, and has since worked as a dance artist and teacher in the North London area. She is currently company manager of SIN Cru Dance Theatre, and Education Officer for Nina Rajarani's company Srishti.

Vaughan-Alicia Watts

Vaughan has been dancing since the age of 3 and is trained in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Ballroom and Latin. She graduated from Laban Centre, London in 2008, gaining a Professional Diploma in Dance Studies. She has a BA in Natural Sciences and an MPhil in Management from Queens College, Cambridge, and has recently ventured into the terrifying world of work in London! In London, she has recently performed in ‘Crazy for You’ at the London Palladium, and ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’ at the Steiner Theatre. Whilst at Cambridge, she performed in and choreographed for numerous CUCDW shows, and was also an active member of the Cambridge University Musical Theatre Society and Amateur Dramatic Club, performing in over 15 musicals and plays, including ‘Oklahoma’ and ‘Me and My Girl’ at the Cambridge Arts Theatre. She has also performed in 3 consecutive years at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and twice at the Minack Theatre in Cornwall.