Our Team


Zoë is a dance artist, researcher and choreographer with an extensive background in university lecturing, performance and choreographic practice. Driven by imagery Zoë’s creative approach is interdisciplinary, working from an intuitive, often sensory instinct in a studio context. She aims to challenge audience reception and creative processes through varied & shared research & devising methods.

Having trained in both Performing Arts and Dance collaborative practice is paramount to Zoë’s work: Forging links through collaborative networks in regional, national and international contexts enrichens the shared experience of devising and creative practice.

In addition to Dance Ahead Zoë works part-time as a Lecturer in Learning and Teaching in the Performing Arts (Dance) at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow. Prior to this she worked at the University of Cumbria, Institute of the Arts Carlisle, UK for 10 years; firstly as a visiting practitioner and subsequently as a senior lecturer in dance & physical theatre and Programme Leader in BA(Hons) Performing Arts.

Through Dance Ahead Zoë aims to continue building existing relationships and communities of practice through high quality projects and collaborative engagement.

Sophie Kohl joined the team as a volunteer on #HiddenSpaces15 and subsequently as an apprentice Stage Manager on The Glass House in 2016. Whilst Sophie’s focus is in management she is an all rounder and often helps as a rehearsal/workshop assistant in a variety of contexts. Upon graduation Sophie established her own freelance business SK Management and continues to collaborate closely on a variety of community initiatives with Dance Ahead.
Adam Russell2Adam is freelance dancer based in the north of England. Prior to joining forces with Dance Ahead he choreographed and organised Living History – a cross-generational project in partnership with Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery supported by Arts Council England. The project involved a cast of community members aged from 7 to 79 years as well as international professional dancers. The project culminated with site-specific promenade performances in the museum’s various sites and galleries.

Adam has created works that have toured to platforms such as Turn in Manchester and festivals including Agitart in Figueres, Spain. His teaching experience is varied working with children, students, adults and older people.

Most recently Adam has been working as a dancer for Darren Pritchard for Body of Light a dance and technology work, which recently toured to Guernsey for TEDx St Peter Port. He has also worked for Ballet LORENT based in Newcastle and his latest venture, Lost in Translation took him to Chile for ongoing exchange projects between Newcastle, UK and Chile. Previous training includes Northern School of Contemporary Dance and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

Anthony found passion in technical theatre from a young age. He progressed through amateur dramatics to voluntary work within theatres and continued his passion into higher education studying technical theatre. Anthony recently completed his degree and currently works full time within this field.

Whilst working proficiently within all areas of this profession Anthony is always keen to develop new skills. Anthony worked in collaboration with Dance Ahead on #HiddenSpaces in 2015 as a placement opportunity and now joins the team as Technical Manager on their latest production The Glass House.

Anthony has learnt key skills within technology and music which enhances knowledge to understand the workings of the industry and all the components within. Previous work with many professionals in the theatre and entertainment industries, allows him to possess in depth understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of components coming together to create a spectacle production to audiences in entertainment.

kim2Kimberley is a freelance theatre practitioner whose experience lies in production management, technical work and co-producing.

Kimberley has worked with Dance Ahead since the restructure in 2015 and particularly thrives on the collaborative and community focused nature of the work. Site-specific, small-scale touring and dance theatre are Kimberley’s specialisms, although she strives to continually increase her experience by embarking on varied project based contracts around the UK.

Kimberley holds a first class degree in Performing Arts and has a respectable knowledge of music. Previous experience has highlighted the importance of this when working in collaborative devising contexts as it allows for clearer communication throughout a process.

Kimberley is currently embarking on a fantastic project to develop our favourite performance spot Carlisle Undercroft; where we will continue to work in future projects. We will be collaborating in the transformation, launched in 2016/7 at our AGM & set to open in October 2018!