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 Blackden

Sam Blackden

Artistic Director

Sam graduated from Middlesex University in 2006 with a BA Hons in Dance Performance. With vast experience in Contemporary techniques, Creative Dance and a passion for choreography, Sam delivers a variety of the company's classes, workshops and projects working with early years groups through to adults. Sam recently qualified as a Kids Yogs Teacher with Rainbow Yoga, intergrating these skills into her dance practice. Alongside Cascade, Sam is also the Level 3 course leader for Dance at West Kent College

Ricia Taylor

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 and alongside Cascade, runs a second buisness specialising in aerial hoop and silks. Ricia takes the lead with the Competition Team and facilitates all of Cascade's Championships and Schools Competitions. 

Sidonie Carey Green

Sidonie Carey Green

Teacher - Contemporary, Improvisation & Creative

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 is currently working on a funded PhD at Royal Holloway University of London. Sidonie teaches in Youth Companies across Kent as well as facilitating choreographic projects both live and for film. Her credits include Channel 4 Random Acts, U.Dance, European Capital of Culture, Move It, and several Fringe festivals.

Felix Denton

Felix Denton

Teacher - Contemporary, Ballet, Jazz

Felix was 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 a range of projects in Primary Schools and training for Cascade Tunbridge Wells groups and with The Canterbury Academy

Zoe Maxwell

Zoe Maxwell

Teacher - Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Musical Theatre, Contemporary, Urban

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.

Bekki Randall

Bekki Randall

Teacher - Contemporary

Bekki trained at Canterbury Christ Church University where she graduated with BA hons degree in Dance Education before gaining a PGCE in Post Compulsory Education. Bekki is a dance teacher at West Kent College alongside working as a freelance practitioner with a number of different companies in Kent. Bekki is a keen choreographer and believes in helping her students discover their own creative potential through choreography, whilst applying relevant technique. 

Kirsty Holmes

Kirsty Holmes

Teacher - Contemporary & Jazz

Kirsty graduated for Bath Spa University in 2016 with a BA Hons degree in Single Honours Dance. After joining Cascade in 2017 as a company Intern, Kirsty developed her experience and extended her training in dance, assisting with a range of classes and projects across a range of styles.  With a specialism in Contemporary dance, she also holds training in ISTD Ballet, Tap and Modern. 

Kirsty currently assists with the Competition Team on Wednesdays alongside a range of Youth Dance projects, enjoying creating choreography. She is delighted to be recently selected for the 2020/2021 Overture program with Matthew Bourne's New Adventures Company.  

Chris Newport

Chris Newport

Teacher - Urban Classes

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 across Europe to perform with their company PPA Roadshow. Chris trained with the Diversity Next Generation group at their studio Danceworks. Chris worked as a choreographer alongside Ashley Banjo in Flirty Dancing which aired in January 2019. Chris is a teacher and choreographer in a range of colleges and schools.

Morgan Turner

Morgan Turner

Teacher - Contemporary, Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Early Years

Morgan joined Cascade as a teacher in 2018, transitioning from Senior Youth Company dancer to both an assistant and lead teacher. Joining Cascade at the age of 13, Morgan trained in Contemporary, Jazz, Street and Ballet alongside the NATD grades. Morgan is trained is ISTD and is currently working towards her NATD Associates Exam to qualify her with a Diploma in Contemporary Dance. Alongside Cascade, Morgan works for multiple dance schools within Kent and when she isn’t dancing, is working as a qualified Ski Instructor both within the UK and internationally. 

Ryan Abbott

Ryan Abbott

Teacher - Jazz, Urban & Heels

Ryan trained with Cascade Dance from the age of 16 before completeing 3 years of professional training at The Centre Performing Arts College. Graduating in 2016, he then went on to secure himself a performing arts agent. Ryan has worked across the UK with the lead role in a new fringe musical in London’s West End, played Johnny in the Dirty Dancing Alternative Cinema event, was a dancer on BBC’s The One Show and performed in various pantomimes. Ryan is happy to back with Cascade, where it all began for him. Teaching Musical Theatre Jazz, Jazz Technique and occasionally putting on a pair of heels to teach students a sassy Commercial routine.

Ella Zeki

Ella Zeki

Teacher -  Street Dance

Ella started dancing and competing Street Dance from the age of 7, she has competed all over the UK and represented England in both European and Worldwide Street Dance Championships. Ella has danced with Cascade for many years in a number of styles and recently joined Cascade as a teacher in 2019. She hopes to inspire a new generation of street dancers who are able to embody the style, let loose and have fun!