Company Chameleon started when Anthony Missen and Kevin Edward Turner met at Trafford Youth Dance Theatre in the mid-1990s. Two ordinary lads from Manchester, they shared an ambition to dance professionally. After developing their talent at Trafford, they went on to train with the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, and after graduating travelled and worked with some of the world’s most innovative dance companies and choreographers.
They came home in 2007 with the aim of setting up their own dance company – and Company Chameleon was born. Today, Company Chameleon tours internationally, staging over 50 indoor and outdoor performances every year. Wherever we perform, we lead a dance class or a workshop. As a result, we have introduced thousands of young people, from countries all over the world, to a different side of dance and movement.
Anthony is a Clore Fellow, a Without Walls Board Director, and a member of the Greater Manchester Culture Steering Group. He is a founding Director of New Movement Collective and co-founder of Company Chameleon.
He received formal training at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and went onto dance with companies including Scottish Dance Theatre, Mad Dogs Dance Theatre, Cie. Willi Dorner (Vienna), and choreographers including Rui Horta, Didi Veldman and Liv Lorent.
He was Movement Director for Dundee Rep Theatres production of Playhouse Creatures (2007), Romeo and Juliet (2008) for the 2015 Production of Oresteia at HOME Manchester, and most recently for Terra, the first National Theatre connections play to incorporate movement.
Anthony has taught in most major British contemporary dance institutions, to several professional dance companies and in many countries including South Africa, Ethiopia, Israel, Trinidad, Morocco, Sweden, Spain, France, Italy, Germany and Austria. He has led many Choreographic and skills-based Residencies.
He has worked as a facilitator for The National Theatre for their Theatre Nation Partnerships programme.
He co-founded Company Chameleon in 2007, producing and choreographing critically acclaimed performance works both for the stage and outdoor contexts. He has developed many successful educational programmes in different countries, with a particular focus on young men, disadvantaged children and children at risk.
Anthony has made touring works for La Mov (Spain), Norrdans (Sweden) and most recently Ballett-Theater Chemnitz (Germany).
Kevin studied formally at The Northern School of Contemporary Dance where he gained a first class degree. His professional engagements include working with Rambert Dance Company, Scottish Dance Theatre, Phoenix Dance Theatre, CassaniDance, Rubberbandancegroup (Canada), Henri Oguike Dance Company, Company Decalage, Mad Dogs Dance Theatre and Roda. In the summer of 2007 Kevin was awarded the prestigious Danceweb Scholarship under the framework of ImPulsTanz, Vienna. He has worked in collaboration with Gansango in Seattle, Crossfade in Budapest and Navala Chaudhari in London. He has taught in most major British contemporary dance institutions, as well as in Canada, the USA, Spain, Hungary and the Caribbean.
Theo received a first class degree at Edge Hill University, before joining the Northern School of Contemporary Dance’s Postgraduate Apprenticeship Scheme. He worked with James Wilton Dance and performed at the Rugby League World Cup opening ceremony in 2013. He’s performed with Hinged Dance Company and Artistic Director, Taira Foo, and the all-male dance company EdgeFwd, performing works in venues across the UK choreographed by Debbie Milner, Anthony Missen, Gary Clarke, Josh Arnott, Stuart Walters and Helen Parlor. He has also performed as a physical actor for Spalding Suite, directed by Benji Reid.
Born in San Francisco, Juliana graduated from San Francisco School of the Arts. She continued her studies at Point Park University in Pittsburgh and culminated her studies at the Conservatorio Superior de Danza Maria de Ávila in Madrid, receiving a Bachelor of Arts. She has trained with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Lines Ballet and San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. Juliana has worked with Luke Murphy, Bennyroyce Royon,Tom Weinburger and performed works by Ohad Naharin, Jose Limon and Martha Graham. After graduating she joined Dantzaz Konpainia for two years, where she toured throughout Europe performing works by Itzik Galili, Wubkje Kuindersman, Janis Claxton, Jorge Jauregui, Lukas Timulak and Victoria P. Miranda.
Leanne worked in arts and cultural management in local government for over 15 years including at Tameside, Salford and Stockport Councils. With a background in contemporary dance and a founder member of Third Estate Music & Dance, she previously lectured in dance and worked with Dance Manchester (formerly DiGM). Leanne is on the Board of Directors at Brighter Sound in Manchester.
Sam graduated from York St John University with a first class degree in Performance: Dance and then went onto to train professionally at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance. Sam has performed for 12 Degrees North, working with Alesandra Seutin (Vocab Dance) and Gary Clarke and in several productions by Balbir Singh Dance Company. As a Freelance Dance Artist Sam has worked for a number of organisations including The Lowry (Centre for Advanced Training, The Lowry Youth Dance Company), Rosie Kay Dance Company, Dance Manchester, Edge Hill University and University of Salford. She was Community Dance Artist for New Adventures and Re:Bourne’s production of Lord of the Flies at both The Lowry and Bradford Alhambra, and in 2015 became Access & Education Officer at Phoenix Dance Theatre where she delivered a wide range of community and education programmes.
Amber graduated from London Studio Centre in 2016 with a first class degree in Theatre Dance. As a Freelance Dance Artist, she has facilitated workshops with a variety of companies such as Ad Hoc Dance Company, Manchester Pride and Salford University. In 2017 Amber was appointed as The Lowry’s Dance Ambassador and worked alongside the Learning & Engagement team promoting the North West’s youth dance provision. She is currently studying for her PGCE (14+) in FE Education and is set to graduate January 2019.
Nicola’s approach combines strategic and creative thinking with over 15 years’ marketing and communications experience in arts and culture. Since setting up her own consultancy in 2008, she’s worked with a range of clients, including Manchester City Council, on cultural events programme, Library Live, campaign marketing, audience development and recruitment for Community Arts North West, and brand and strategy development for Brighter Sound. She leads brand development workshops across sectors, helping organisations to define their proposition and strengthen overall strategy. Nicola is also a primary school governor and within this role leads on governor skills and development.
Born in Huddersfield, Becky graduated from the University of Leeds in 2011 with a degree in English Language and Literature. A passion for writing, touring and live events led her to complete a first class MA in Arts Management from the University of Manchester in 2015. She has previously completed work experience and internships with Roadrunner Records, Atlantic Records and Brighter Sound, focusing particularly on press, marketing and communications.
Bethan graduated from Leeds Beckett University in 2016 with a 2:1 degree in Contemporary Dance. After working freelance as a producer, performer and workshop facilitator in the year after graduating, she began her MA studies in Arts Management, Policy and Practice at The University of Manchester and is set to graduate in December 2018. Bethan joined Company Chameleon in May 2017 as Company Assistant.
Originally from Southampton, David found dance at the age of nine. After spending many years with youth dance company, Fuzzy Logic, as well as taking dance in school and college, he moved to London to begin professional training at London Contemporary Dance School, graduating in July 2015. David joined Chameleon soon after as an Apprentice Dancer, and upon completion of his apprenticeship in 2016, now tours regularly with the company. David continues to develop his own choreographic voice, and so far, his work has been showcased in various UK venues, London Contemporary’s LC3 Tour and the LCDS Graduation performances, 2015.
Born in Porto, Portugal, Sara was introduced to dance by her local figure skating school. At the age of 16, she began studying contemporary dance at Balleteatro Vocational School where she had the opportunity to work notably with Raphaël Cottin, Elisabeth Magalhães, Carlos Silva, Isabel Barros and Ricardo Ambrósio. In 2014 Sara, proceeded with her studies at Northern School of Contemporary Dance, graduating with a 1st class BPA (Hons) degree. During her time in Leeds, she had the fortuity of performing with Kassichana O.- Jameson in the contemporary finals of BBC Young Dancer 2015. Whilst studying at NSCD, Sara also worked with Gracefool collective, Susanne Thomas, Hannes Langolf, and Kerry Nicholls. Sara apprenticed with Company Chameleon in 2017/18 through through Northern School of Contemporary Dance’s Postgraduate Apprenticeship Scheme.
Originally from Bologna, Italy, Alice began dancing at the age of six at Mousike’ Dance Centre. In 2014 Alice moved to the UK to study at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, graduating in 2017 with a First-Class Honours degree in Contemporary Dance. During her time at Laban, Alice worked with Zoi Dimitriou, Fernanda Prata, Maciej Kuzminski and she performed in works by Maxine Doyle, Matthew Bourne and Bawren Tavaziva. In 2017, Alice joined Company Chameleon as an apprentice through Northern School of Contemporary Dance’s Postgraduate Apprenticeship Scheme. In 2018 Alice took part in the UK tour of “Modern Warrior” by Rosie Kay Dance Company and “Pedalling The Tracks” by MOTUS. Together with Sara Marques she’s currently developing her first choreographic work IRMÃ, which premiered at Deptford Fringe Festival and will be performed at Resolution2019 in London and at CORPO+CIDADE Festival in Porto (Portugal).
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Wow, what a brilliant Autumn UK Tour of 10! We’ve enjoyed every minute and can’t believe it’s over!
It’s been amazing to receive such wonderful comments, thank you to everyone for their feedback.