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.
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) and a PGCE in Teaching & Learning. Alongside Cascade, Sam is also a performing arts lecturer at West Kent College and is co-founder of resource company Dance Resources
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.
Sidonie Carey Green
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.
Felix is a former Cascade Youth dancer before training at London Studio Centre gaining a BA Honours in Theatre Dance. As a Contemporary dance artist Felix’s performance credits include dance films/ music videos for Channel 4 random acts, Printworks, Cosima, LEVI as well as a variety of live shows. Choreographically Felix has made dance for film for Institute of Contemporary Arts and her piece Dance Method 3.4 was shown in Moving Words and Bunker Bites in 2017. Felxi has returned to Cascade delvering training to The Tunbridge Wells Seniors, Juniors and CPA.
Zoe Maxwell trained with Cascade for many years before she attended Reynolds Performing Arts in Kent to study Musical Theatre. She loves being back with Cascade and enjoys passing on her knowledge to the next generation of dancers at CPA and the Stage School. Zoe is an experienced teacher who delivers a range of styles for Cascade and other companies across Kent and the South East.