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 course leader for dance at West Kent College.
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.
Lead Dance Teacher
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.
Lead Dance Teacher
Kirsty Holmes joined Cascade in September 2017 as an Intern, assisting with both Contemporary and Jazz classes. She graduated for Bath Spa University in 2016 with a BA Hons degree in single honours dance. She specialises in Contemporary but has studied many other styles including ballroom and Latin, Tap and Musical Theatre. Kirsty currently assists with the Competition Team on Wednesdays, creating work performance. Kirsty is looking forward to gaining a wider knowledge with Cascade as her teaching career develops.
Bekki trained at Canterbury Christ Church University where she graduated with BA hons degree in Dance Education before going on to gain a PGCE in Post Compulsory Education. She is current in her work as she regularly attends technique classes and is performing in new projects on a regular basis. Bekki is now working as a free-lance practitioner with a number of different companies, she is a keen choreographer and believes in helping her students discover their own creative potential through choreography, whilst applying relevant technique.
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 delivering 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.
Urban Dance Teacher
Chris started dancing at the age of 18 with Davinci dance school and trained with Phoenix Performing Arts learning Hip Hop, Commercial, Ballet, Contemporary and Jazz. With PPA, Chris has been fortunate enough to travel to France, Germany and Denmark to perform with their company PPA Roadshow. To further Chris' knowledge, he has started training with the Diversity Next Generation and the group at their studio Danceworks. Chris has also been given the opportunity to choreograph and feature in a new TV programme alongside Ashley Banjo called Flirty Dancing which aired in January 2019. Chris is now a full time teacher and choreographer in colleges and schools.