“I strongly believe in the development of bringing to awareness cultural art forms in the UK, with a passion to encourage dance within the community. I particularly hope to inspire others within the community to communicate and express themselves through their art form, in the hope to develop themselves not only as an artist, but as an individual.”
Having graduated from York St. John University with a degree in community dance, and being a member of ‘Flight Effect’ Dance Company, she is sharing her knowledge of dance within her local community, working with a wide range of ages and abilities from young people to professional performing artists.
Genevieve has been involved in Afro-Brazilian dance since the age of 13, where she studied at Meninos Do Morumbi Oldham, the UK’s only sister project to the internationally renowned social project in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She furthered her training by travelling to Brazil for her year 10 work experience at the age of 15 funded by British Airways Communities and Conservation for excellence in Dance. There she studied with Meninos Do Morumbi, in Sao Paulo. This opportunity advanced her understanding of not only dance, but also percussion, song and carnival culture.
Since then, Genevieve has been a lead performer and choreographer with one of the UK’s leading percussion and dance collectives Juba do Leao (www.jubadoleao.com). She has helped to pioneer the development of new dance collaborations fusing contemporary dance influences with the traditional rhythms and movement from North Eastern Brazil leading the dance classes with ‘Jubacana’ the youth branch of the project (www.jubacana.com)
She has worked on many high profile workshops and productions, performing, choreographing and leading dance workshops throughout the UK. She has been a mentor for the Global Grooves ‘Future Leaders arts apprenticeships’ (www.futureleaders.org.uk) helping to further develop the carnival arts and culture scene throughout the UK. Genevieve is a lead tutor with BangDrum CIC a leading creative education social enterprise based in Manchester UK. Genevieve has also taught dance internationally, sharing her knowledge and experience with the carnival groups of New Zealand in 2014.
Genevieve currently teaches dance at The Edge Theatre and Arts Centre, in Chorlton, Manchester, running courses in Tap Dancing for Adults, Movie Moves, Latin Fusion and Contemporary Youth Dance.
This year she has also travelled to Havana, Cuba, to study Cuban Dance with Raises Profundas Dance Company, where she developed her knowledge in Cuban Salsa, Rumba, Reggaeton, Son and The Orishas.
In addition to her role as the dance co-ordinator at The Edge Theatre and Arts Centre, Genevieve will begin her first year studying a Master’s Degree in Dance and Somatic Well-being at UCLAN.