Our dedicated teaching staff are experts in their specialism. You can take a look at their experience by browsing their profiles below.
Nicola Lloyd Visiting Lecturer
Nicola LloydVisiting Lecturer
Nicola joined AUB as a visiting lecturer in 2015 and comes from a wide range of experience in managing, teaching, choreographing and assessing dance across schools, Further and Higher education for over 20 years. In the term after graduation, she worked as a Lecturer in Dance Performance at MMU, delivering release-based techniques to first-year undergraduates and toured with Mark Edward Dance Company.
Alongside her teaching commitments, Nicola founded FuZe8 Dance Company in 2010, a unique, contemporary dance company comprising three strands: Dance Education, Dance Performance and FuZe8 Youth Dance Company. Nicola works collaboratively with primary, secondary and HE in delivering dance from KS2 to KS5; offering dance projects linked to the curriculum and extra-curricular dance classes. FuZe8 YDC has been fortunate to work and perform with Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, Robert Cohan and Yorke Dance Project.
Nicola has also worked at PDSW, as artistic lead for Coevo adult contemporary dance company, Youth Strength and Conditioning and Youth Contemporary. Nicola uses her experience in dance and education to support and encourage dancers in achieving their maximum learning potential and facilitating them to be confident, resilient, motivated and independent dance artists.
Wayne Sables External Contributor
Wayne SablesExternal Contributor
Wayne works across several disciplines including digital technologies, film, photography and dance. He is passionate about the power of the arts to engage, inspire and enthuse both in an educational and professional context.
Wayne continually combines art forms to devise new and interesting ways to create relationships with technology, art and environment.
Wayne embarked upon an ambitious dance and technology project with first year AUB Dance students in May 2016, which included live streaming from a variety of locations around Bournemouth, 360 degree filming and projection mapping.
More information about the project can be found on the project blog
Find out more about Wayne via his website
Claire Benson Visiting Lecturer
Claire BensonVisiting Lecturer
Graduating from the London Studio Centre in 2001, Claire has since enjoyed a spectacular performing career that has taken her across the globe.
Claire has spent the last nine years performing with the internationally renowned UK dance company ‘Motionhouse’. During her time with the company she has enjoyed various collaborations and projects including digital media artists ‘Logella’ on the countless productions that have been performed all over the world.
Passionate about teaching, Claire has helped to develop the extensive education programme at Motionhouse and most notably, launched Motionhouse Youth Dance Company in 2012 as well as a full programme of studio classes from juniors to professionals through her role as Lead Artist – Creative and Participation.
Claire has since moved to Dorset and is the director of the Dorset Youth Dance company and teaches extensively throughout the UK.
Claire’s technique classes focus on strength building, dynamic play and finding freedom within the form. Claire specialises in contact improvisation and partner work which has grown from her work with Motionhouse.
Find out more about Claire Benson and her work.
Sophie Douglas Visiting Lecturer
Sophie DouglasVisiting Lecturer
Sophie trained as a professional dancer and has since worked in a variety of roles within the dance sector. Sophie is passionate about providing opportunities for positive experiences in dance and her interest in dance in education and the community has remained at the core of her practice throughout her roles as a dancer, dance teacher and dance projects manager.
Sophie works across several units on the BA programme and works with the university’s Widening Participation team in engaging young people in participatory dance activity. Sophie is also artistic lead for Pavilion Dance South West’s flagship youth dance company ‘Coast’ and is thrilled, across her combined roles, to be contributing to the career development of young artists in the South West.