Director & Patrons
Dora Frankel Founding Artistic Director
Dancer, teacher, choreographer and Dance Notator, Dora has worked for some of the most well known choreographers of recent times including Christopher Bruce, Glen Tetley and Lindsay Kemp and holds an MA in Choreography from Middlesex University. She trained at Rambert School of Ballet creating her first professional work Images for Two whilst in the company. She subsequently worked for then, Ballet Rambert, American Ballet Theatre and The Royal Swedish Ballet before embarking on an independent career, which included the design and development of a gymnasial dance department in Gothenburg, Sweden, alongside a rich variety of choreography and performance work, here and abroad. Dora led dance company DoraFrankelDance from 2004-2013. For the company she has created a large number of works including Tyne and Motion Trilogy, Tales and Postcard (from another country), Bitter, Sweet and Dark and The Unfolding Sky: Turner in the North, which formed part of Festival of the North East 2013. Dora has over forty years experience in the dance and theatre world and offers career guidance, mentoring and coaching sessions and accepts commissions.
Lindsay Kemp Patron
Lindsay Kemp is an internationally acclaimed dancer, actor and choreographer. Taught dance by Hilde Holger among others he formed his own dance company in the 1960s. Lindsay’s “exotic blend of danger and innocence” (The Independent) was channelled into all of the company’s work, which includes the pieces Flowers, Cinderella and Dream Dances. In 1967, Lindsay worked on his first project with David Bowie, Pierrot in Turquoise, later going on to mastermind the famous Ziggy Stardust concerts in 1972. Lindsay also worked with the young Kate Bush, teaching both her and Bowie how to dance in his own unique and emotion-led way. Bowie once said “there’s a lot of material from his [Lindsay’s] life that would beat any script”, Lindsay’s theatrical life and abundance of creativity provide him with iconic status within the world of the arts and beyond.
Wayne Sleep Artistic Patron
Artistic patron Wayne Sleep OBE is one of the finest dancers of his generation and won a Leverhulme Scholarship to go the Royal Ballet School. He joined the Royal Ballet Company in 1966 and soon became a Senior Principal Dancer. In 1980 Wayne formed his own dance company DASH. “Wayne Sleep deserved a special prize for making dance more accessible with his brilliantly conceived DASH.” (Ann Nugent, Dance and Dancers) Wayne has appeared extensively on television as a dancer, guest, celebrity and actor on shows including I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, four Royal Variety performances, This Is Your Life, The Goodies, Parkinson, Wogan and as a judge on Stepping Out to name but a few. He presented Channel 4’s Big Ballet in 2014 becoming patron to Fertile Ground in 2015
“Fertile Ground helps young dancers to develop professionally. I know that this company will inspire everyone, and wish them great success as they embark on the region-wide tour.”
Wayne Sleep OBE