About

Cascade Dance was founded in 2007 by Middlesex University graduates Ricia Taylor and Sam Blackden. Discovering a lack of contemporary dance provision within their local area they formed a company in Kent to reflect the genres growing success across the UK. Ricia and Sam believe in providing dance that is creative, original and inspiring, challenging participants and surprising audiences of all ages. Their experience throughout years of training & delivery has given them a platform from which to launch Cascade Dance with an innovative and creative approach. The company continues to grow collaborating with a host of artists and organisations across the South East.

About

Sam Blackden

Artistic Director

Sam graduated from Middlesex University in 2006 with a BA Hons in Dance Performance. With experience in contemporary techniques such as Cunningham, Release and Lyrical, Samantha acts as a lead choreographer for the company, fusing styles to inspire her students and audiences. Sam is an accredited Dance Leader, Arts Award Advisor & holds a Diploma in Contemporary Dance (NATD). Alongside Cascade, Sam is also a part time lecturer at West Kent College delivering the BTEC Dance Programme alongside the performing arts department. She is also the co-founder of resource company Dance Resources

Sam Blackden

Ricia Taylor

Artistic Director

Ricia graduated from Middlesex University in 2006 and gained a BA (Hons) in Dance Studies. Having studied jazz, musical theatre, ISTD tap and ballet, along with modern & Cecchetti ballet, Ricia has gained vast experience in both the performing and teaching world. Ricia is a qualified YMCA Aerobic, Ballet fitness, Aerial Hoop, Aerial Silks and Pole Instructor, alongside a Dance Leader & Arts Award Advisor. Alongside Cascade, Ricia also runs a second buisness leading aerial hoop and silks.

Ricia Taylor

Lizzy Riley

Early Years & Primary Practitioner

Lizzy graduated from Bath Spa University in 2012 with a BA (Hons) in Dance Studies gaining experience in choreography, contact improvisation, somatic practice, the Alexander Technique and Contemporary techniques including; Cunningham, Limón and Graham. Lizzy joined Cascade in 2012 through our Internship programme and is now a dance artist for the company, facilitating our early years and primary classes every Saturday.

Lizzy Riley

Sidonie Carey Green

Dance Practitioner

Sidonie Carey-Green joined Cascade in March 2016 and delivers part of the Youth Company programme alongside additional classes and projects. Sidonie is a contemporary dance artist and filmmaker working in Kent and holds a BA and the School Prize in dance from Plymouth University and a Masters from Trinity Laban. Sidonie teaches in Youth Companies across Kent and is also one half of emerging dance theatre company 'Outset Dance' where she performs regularly.

Sidonie Carey Green

Wallyce Cheverall

Dance Practitioner

Wallyce joined Cascade in 2015 delivering our Urban dance classes to both youth and adult dancers. Specialising in Commercial and Street styles, Wallyce holds a Level 3 BTEC qualification in Musical Theatre and currently works as freelance practitioner across the South East.

Wallyce Cheverall

Jessica Maple

Dance Practitioner

Jess graduated from the University of Chichester in 2010 with a BA (Hons) in Dance and since joined Cascade through an internship role, working closely with the company leading a host of activities. Having trained under the ISTD syllabus in ballet, modern and tap since a young age, she is also qualified to teach with a Level 3 Diploma in Dance Instruction. Jessica now delivers a range of activities for Cascade as a dance artist and performer within the company.

Jessica Maple