The Jewellery Project by the 1st Year Dance Students


Fabrication is a site-specific promenade collaboration between the 1st year dancers at Teesside University, lecturer Lorraine Smith and resident jeweller Gemma Draper.
The initial inspiration for the performance piece came from the jewellery exhibition at MIMA gallery. The piece has been influenced by physical methods of making jewellery, mechanical processes, the act of being a tool and acted upon by a tool and the experience of wearing jewellery.
The creation and rehearsal process has been taking place on-site at MIMA gallery, which at first was challenging due to working in the presence of the public. In time this has helped to build our confidence as performers, and developed our performance skills as a whole.
In collaboration we have experienced working at a professional level with an established artist from a different art form and enjoyed engaging with a public and architectually interesting space.The process of choreographing as a large collective group has been challenging but rewarding. Creating the music, devising the piece and making costume choices have given us a wide range of new skills and experiences. This will further help us in our second and third year studies, and in our career pathways post degree.


Fabrication will be premiered as part of the MIMA Consortium on 29th May.

Wayne Sleep is patron of Fertile Ground

FG Holly

Dance Graduates Holly Bellamy complete 6 month graduate internship as a performer and Gabriella Garroway as Educational Assistant with Graduate Company Fertile Ground led by Artiscti Director Dora Frankel.. The final Gala Performance at The Customs House included works by renowned choreographers Eleesha Drennan Dance (‘Shields of Bone’) & Tom Dale (‘A New Chimera’), alongside brand new works by the company!

Very exciting that  Wayne Sleep is the patron of the company and came to see this final performance of the spring tour!


Fertile Ground holds audition at Teesside


Fertile Ground will hold auditions at Teesside University in April to find new talent to be part of their graduate Dance Company for the upcoming season.

FERTILE GROUND nurtures, inspires and challenges a new generation of dance artists developing and presents inspirational and accessible dance opportunities for the people of the North East of England and beyond. The graduate dance company is led by Artistic Director Dora Frankel and in its first season was made up of four dancers one of which was Holly Bellamy, a Teesside Graduate form 2014.

Dora Frankel says about the company:

“We want to create a graduate dance company for the North East called FERTILE GROUND working with the region’s universities to give dance graduates their first work opportunities. At the same time we want FERTILE GROUND to offer exceptional dance experiences to the people of the North East working across the region reaching new audiences and participants. We want to develop and nurture our dancers and choreographers so that over the next five years there is a real increase in the numbers of dancers staying in and committed to the region forming new artistic constellations whilst we inspire children and young people through dance increasing appreciation and understanding of contemporary dance.”

-Dora Frankel, Artistic Director

FERTILE GROUND is supported by Arts Council England, Sir James Knott Trust and founding patron Gillian Dickinson Trust.

Dance students perform at Tea Dance

As part of Dance Middlesbrough Festival Dance Students performed at the Spring Tea Dance Special. An afternoon with 70 dancers joined for a light lunch before taking to the floor, accompanied by live music from the Jim Fawcett Band.

The special also included guest performances from Victoria Holtom, with some beautiful renditions of classic old tunes and a contemporary dance piece performed by the Dance students.


Dance Film by Lecturer Heike Salzer is part of the Short Film Festival in Iceland


Dance Film by Lecturer Heike Salzer is part of the Short Film Festival in Iceland
– Örvarpið TV/Film Award Iceland

Strönd has been selected to be part of the exciting Short Film Festival Örvarpið

TV/Film Award of the National Icelandic TV broadcasting station at Bioparadis, Reykjavik, Iceland, on 7th March 2015.

Watch the trailer.

Extreme Landscapes – An exclusive screendance exhibition at Dance City

Extreme Landscapes – An exclusive screendance exhibition

This is a special screening of the installation Extreme Landscapes including

screendances by Ana Baer, Heike Salzer (BA Danc Programme Leader ) and Jessica Smith (Teesside University BA Dance Graduate 2014 with Live Sound Mixing by

Musician Jack Laidlaw. (BSc Music Technology Lecturer) The evening will feature three screendances that have been

filmed on the Great Dunes in Colorado, the challenging environment of ice, snow and

geothermal fields in Iceland and the caves in North Yorkshire.


Saturday 28 February, 7pm | Dance City Exhibition Space on the second floor |

Running time 30 mins | No booking required.

For further information about Dance City and directions go to

The installation continues to run daily at Dance City, Newcastle from January 22 to April 27.

Artist Residency at Texas State University


Dance Lecturer Heike Salzer invited for an Artist Residency at Texas State University
The piece Zefiro is performed by Merge Dance Company, the student dance company of  Texas State University Department of Dance, San Marcos, TX. The piece is part of Intersections, a multidisciplinary event that features choreography by guest artists Ellen Bartel (Austin), Alyson Dolan (Austin), Heike Salzer (UK), and by the Dance Faculty of Texas State University; directed by Ana Baer and Michelle Nance.

Zefiro will feature an original Soundcollage by composers James Barron & Thomas James

Thursday, March 5th and Friday, March 6th: 7:30p.m.

Saturday, March 7th: 2:00p.m.

Patti Strickel Harrison Theatre

TEES DANCE FILM FEST – Graduates Jessica Smith and Holly Bellamy Artistic Directors of Tees Dance Film Fest


Graduates Jessica Smith and Holly Bellamy are Co-Artistic Director of Tees Dance Film Fest

At TDFF we are interested in interdisciplinary projects that merge choreography and innovative filmmaking.

TDFF aims to provide a platform for young artists as well as professional artists to screen their original works in order to reach a wider more varied audience. Our vision in offering this platform is to develop further relationships and networks with other dance film artists and interdisciplinary dance professionals, whilst also creating a sense of opportunity and community spirit among people interested in dance film works and the arts.

This year’s edition of TDFF will take place at Mima-Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, on Thursday 14th May 2015.



Deadline for submission: 1st March 2015

We are interested in ways in which filmmakers explore the genres of creative experimental choreography and filmmaking.

Films can include real life dancers, animation and digital elements but must fuse dance and filmmaking in original and innovative ways.

The 2nd exibition of Tees Dance Film Festival will take place on the 14th of May 2015 and will feature two categories:

1. Dance Films created by Professional Artists

  • Professional films must be no longer than 15 minutes
  • Dance film submissions in this category should be engaging and creative, inspired by spaces, landscapes and cultures

2. Dance Films created by Young Artists 14-25 years.

  • The film must be no longer than 5 minutes
  • Films that capture the body in new and exciting ways e.g. on location, site specific, fragmentation of the dancing body, non-linearity

Please note that dance films that show dance performance for the proscenium stage or documentary style will not be considered.