International Women’s Day 2020: Recognising Women Choreographers That Make A Change In The World

Happy International Women’s Day 2020!

First of all, we want to recognise and celebrate all women around the world for being unapologetically and beautifully you! We thank you for your constant support because you have made Expression Platform what it is today and for that, you are always a part of our EP Family.

For this year’s IWD, we want to highlight not only female dancers, but also the mastermind behind the dance. They’ve worked hard even before rehearsals start, during rehersals, and sometimes even during showtime. They are the women choreographers that create art and life both on and off stage.

Here below we want to recognise the women choreographers that are making a change in the world!

Charlotte Edmond

Charlotte Edmonds’ works have always touched on serious subjects of the world. However, she often portrays these themes by using the approach of pop-culture-inspired choreography. Ultimately, Edmonds’ work is to close the gap between the ballet stage and the dance floor.

In 2017, she created an underwater ballet about depression, Sink or Swim, that features ballerina, Francesca Hayward. Her choreography has also been featured in BBC film “Winged Bull In The Elephant Case” danced by Alessandra Ferri and James Pett.

She is also interested to work more on digital platforms. She recently directed a short film with KO Productions about plastic pollution featuring Sadler’s Wells Young Associate Christopher Thomas.

Her most recent works include Words Fail Me. It is a documentary that explores the relationship between dance and dyslexia ( a condition she herself has and is an activist on).

Galen Hooks

Galen Hooks is an LA native dancer and choreographer. She is known for defying any labels and is able to shift seamlessly between roles of being in front or behind the camera.

Hooks has been in the dance/entertainment industry since the age of 7 and has worked with over 60 artists, including Janet Jackson, Britney Spears, Chris Brown, Usher, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, John Legend, Camila Cabello, Banks, and Grimes. She was also involved in the creative team in tributes for Janet Jackson and Missy Elliott and performed at the historic MTV VMA Michael Jackson Tribute. Other that that, she has modeled extensively for Nike and her producing credits include The Voice, America’s Got Talent, Disney Channel Presents: Radio Disney’s Family VIP Birthday, and many more.

In recent years, Hooks has been exploring dance films. Her recent works where she self produced, directed and choreographed are There Was Once A Woman and Wait For Me.

Although she has been involved in many iconic moments on screen, Hook has not forgotten to contribute back to the dance scene, specifically to the dancers. Her aim is to help all dancers get the recognition that they deserve.

Currently, she is a leading activist in the dance community, having served 10 years as the chair of Dancers Alliance and as a board member of SAG-AFTRA. She also holds a position as a consult for DA and she helps greatly in creating the Choreographers Alliance.

Last but not least, she has created a program, The Galen Hooks Method, to share her knowledge with dancers from beginner level to professional level. Students from her class are being helped to be prepared for the professional world in the dance industry through being focused on limited class size and give direct feedback. Her other dance events include Night of Dance and Freestyle Roulette.

Ruth Brill

Ruth Brill’s work is characterised by being fantasy-like, fun, and a solid classical grounding.

Her previous works such as Arcadia included nymphs and gods whereas Peter and the Wolf was set in a modern twist.

In Peter and the Wolf, the dancers wore a mix of pointe shoes and trainers, while the duck may just be like a hormonal teen wearing headphones. The steps are steeped in the classical tradition; however, with character-driven inflections and quirks.

Brill seeks to find a better connection with her audience in her projects. We see this in her choreography works for the Rugby World Cup and Birmingham flashmobs. Her recent projects also include working with New English Ballet Theatre, National Youth Ballet, and London Children’s Ballet.

More importantly, Brill believes in the new generation and how it is time for them to step up and take up their roles as new leaders. She speaks of the different life experiences of the new generation, and the different stories they could tell to audiences.

Stina Quagebeur

Stina Quagebeur, a Belgian dancer whose former dancing career at the English National Ballet has always kept choreographing at the sideline although being inspired at a young age.

At the age of 34, she is internationally known as a dance-maker and is making her mark with a strong sense of voice. She was given a main stage debut in ENB’s She Persisted show that highlights female choreographers.

Quagebeur is a choreographer that is very much interested in the psychology of a character. She loves exploring ways to reimagine stories and how one might tell them differently. Her previous themes have included Edward Hopper’s love-hate marriage (A Room in New York), Philip Larkin’s poetry (Domna), and Vera Brittain’s Testament of Youth (Vera).

In Nora, Quagebeur explores narratives that are emotionally driven and stripped back literary adaptations. In order to express Nora’s thoughts and emotional state, she choreographed the performers’ feet to be skimming the floor with surging and circling movement.

If we could write down for every outstanding women choreographer in the world, the list would be endless! We truly are grateful for these women choreographers representing and giving voice to all women around the world.

We truly hope that this year’s International Women’s Day, or any other day for that matter, women dancers and choreographers alike are celebrated and recognized for their works.

Don’t forget to check out last year’s IWD article as we celebrate inspiring women dancers too! – International Women’s Day 2019: Celebrating Inspiring Women In Dance


Grace Rundi

Continuously searching for an artistic voice, spotting muses, and drawing inspirations.

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