Poldark choreographer keeps students on their toes

A choreographer currently working on BBC drama Poldark has been sharing his knowledge of dance from bygone eras with students at Teesside University

Stuart Marsden, professional dancer, teacher and choreographer specialising in historic dance, spent time with students from the BA (Hons) Performance for Live and Recorded Media and BA (Hons) Dance degree courses.

He is currently working on dance choreography for the forthcoming BBC series of Poldark and has been involved in a variety of other historical television documentaries which have featured dances from the past.

While at Teesside he held workshops in historic dance with the students before putting them through their paces by introducing them to social dances which were popular during Georgian, Regency, Victorian and Edwardian times.

Stuart, a classically training ballet dancer who trained at the Rambert School of Dance and also works as a musician, said: ‘I’ve been really impressed with the students’ energy, they really got involved and it has been a real joy to work with them.

‘I came directly from the Poldark set in Gloucestershire to Teesside University and it’s great to have so much variety in my work and have the opportunity to work with young dancers just preparing to embark on their own careers.’

Heike Salzer, Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Dance, said: ‘It is a real honour to welcome someone of Stuart’s calibre to the University and it is great that our students are able to learn dance techniques from such a niche area which could become a lost art. It is something so completely different from the contemporary dance they are involved in.’

Ronan Paterson, Principal Lecturer in Performing Arts, added: ‘We’re thrilled to welcome Stuart who is so passionate about his work and it is a real boost for our students to be able to benefit from his knowledge and expertise.’


Third year’s dance company Diverse@tees at Moving Frontiers

The third year’s dance company Diverse@tees has performed their piece ‘Lost Letters’ at Moving Frontiers hosted by FRESH, at the House of BlahBlah on Thursday 29th October. They are now happy to announce that they will be delivering workshops in secondary schools in the Teesside area, working closely with dance and props, comedy pieces and different dynamics.

If you are interested in booking a FREE Divers@Tees performance and/or workshop for your school, community group or event please contact them via their Facebook page.




The screen dance 63° 24’ 10” N 19° 6’ 49” W by dance lecturer Heike Salzer has been curated to be part of the official selection of the International Videodance Festival in Chile. The film will be shown as part of the curated programme ECOLOGÍA. Danzar: la máquina de lo viviente (ECOLOGY. Dance: the living machine)


New dance lecturer joining the team

We are delighted to welcome Jennifer Essex as a new team member to the dance section.

A 2002 graduate of the Professional Programme of Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers in affiliation with the University of Winnipeg, Jennifer received by BA honours degree in Dance/Theatre.  She has been creating work for stage, film, fashion, and site-specific projects for the past 10 years. She is the recipient of multiple awards from the Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Canada Arts Councils and has been involved in several projects in the UK that have attracted G4A and National Lottery Funding. She has performed in many projects working with choreographers such as Gary Clarke, Liam Steel, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Luca Silvestrini, Eva Recacha, and Wayne Sables, among others.  Recently she has been a dancer in the feature film “Anna Karenina”, Directed by Joe Wright, and “Les Miserables” Directed by Tom Hooper.  You can also see her in the ballroom scenes of ITV drama “Murder on the Homefront”.

For more information about Jennifer’s work please see her website:  http://www.jenniferessex.com