slanteddance was founded in 2010 by Meg Howard and Bryony Moore, professional dancers who have both taught in mainstream education. Meg and Bryony have always been passionate about not just teaching people to dance, but training teachers – particularly primary school staff – to deliver a creative, engaging and effective dance curriculum in their own school. Four years on, slanteddance offers a range of cost-effective resources that allows every school to build dance into their weekly timetable, as well as delivering classes and workshops from their base in Norwich city centre.
After gaining various offers for leading vocational dance colleges, Bryony attended Stella Mann College of Performing Arts on a full scholarship where she majored in Musical Theatre and Teaching. She has worked alongside performers and choreographers ranging from Chicago, Michael Jackson's- Thriller, American Ballet Theatre and Richard Alston Company. She also became a qualified ISTD teacher in Tap, Ballet and Modern.
Bryony has choreographed a range of dance works and has worked as guest ballet dancer in a Midsummer night dream for the Norwich Theatre Royal.
Other educational work includes Hewett School, Norwich City College and Great Yarmouth College, where she has been graded consistently as Outstanding (OFSTED Grade 1). Whilst at City College, Bryony achieved QTLS status when she qualified with a Diploma in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS). Bryony has worked with various arts organisations across East Anglia including Dance East, Sheringham Little Theatre, BBC Blast, Seachange Arts and Creative Arts East as well as high educational institutions such as University of East London. Bryony is a qualified Bronze and Silver Arts Award Advisor.
Meg Sharland (Howard)Director
Originally from Norfolk Meg studied at Janet Hegarty School of Ballet; Central School of Dance and Performing Arts, Guildhall School of Dance and Norfolk Dance. She then gained a full scholarship to attend the 3 year BA Hons at London Contemporary Dance School. During her study she worked and performed choreography by leading contemporary artists including Siobhan Davies, Jonzi Di, Lea Anderson, Richard Alston and Mark Baldwin. She also worked alongside leading dance educators and companies such as Chicken Shed Theatre Company. Meg then performed in various companies and started to undertake freelance choreography ranging from commercial fashion shows for radio stations through to contemporary dance works.
After gaining first class education reports within her degree Meg received the Deutsche Bank, Pyramid Award an annual award which supports entrepreneurial art students. She spent time researching how to develop dance training, specialising in the Norfolk region. In 2003 Meg set up and developed a dance training course at Norwich City College, which now teaches over 100 students each year. During this time her teaching has been continually graded as Outstanding (Grade 1) by OFSTED. Whilst at City College, Meg was a mentor and Talent Champion for teachers where she gave advice, supported and graded teachers to achieve their 'Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector' and improve ofsted grades.
Meg has also Managed Diamond Dance studio, Old Street, London; where she worked with varied artists including Kenrick Sandy from Boy Blue; she was also an Arts Manager for various companies including h2dance and Colin Poole.
Jessica PyeTutor/ Administrator
Mark ReadMusic & Performance Tutor
Mark began his musical journey as a young singer, performing at the Norwich Theatre Royal as 'Kurt von Trapp' (lederhosen and all!) in a production of 'The Sound of Music' with the Norfolk and Norwich Operatic Society, and as a soloist in 'Evita' with a professional touring company.At the age of 9 he began learning the Euphonium, and by the age of 16 he had executed countless virtuoso solo performances and was granted the position of Musical Director/Conductor of the Norwich Area Brass Band. Mark soon conducted this band to championship status making him the youngest ever Musical Director of a championship level brass band to date. After achieving this accolade Mark then moved the band away from the realm of contesting in order to explore his own compositions, he was later awarded a Bmus(hons) in music composition from the University of Huddersfield. Mark's musical ventures were not just restricted to the brass band world, he was also by now an accomplished Jazz Pianist, Vocalist/Scat Singer, and had added the Tuba, Trombone, and Bass Trumpet to his list of instruments. He is an extremely versatile performer and has worked with a plethora of bands/ensembles in varying roles including singing backing vocals for Marc Almond. From 2000-2006 Mark was the Bass Trumpeter and Horn Arranger for the successful UK funk band 'Speedometer'. He arranged the horns for their first two albums 'This is Speedometer'-volumes 1 & 2, which both sold out in the UK and Japan, and also arranged their Big Band Funk Showcase gig at the Jazz Cafe, Camden (their home venue). Mark performed with 'Speedo' at many of the UK's most prestigious venues as well as Rome, Helsinki, Bruges, Rotterdam and Utrecht, and also had the great honour of backing and supporting funk and blue note legends such as; Grand Master Flash, Lee Fields, Sir Joe Quarterman, Grant Green Jnr, Eddie Bo, Courtney Pine, and Bernard Purdie (James Brown's super funky drummer) - to name just a few. Mark's arranging expertise earned him international acclaim for the Australian Idol 2008 winner's gold selling Sony album 'The Way The World Looks - Wes Carr'. He has produced arrangements for artistes signed to established record labels including; EMI, Universal, Decca, 19 Management London, and Empire Management London, as well as being recorded as a session musician for these artistes.
As an Educator, Mark has worked in the role of Lecturer in Composition, Improvisation, Music Technology, and Keyboard skills for City College Norwich, and a workshop leader for many organisations around Norfolk, including; BBC Blast, Comunity Music East, Creative Arts East, Norfolk Music Works, NORCA, Sea Change Arts, Norwich Young People's Theatre, Open Academy, Norfolk Down's Syndrome Group and Hall School Norwich. He has also been a Musical Director for the Norwich Theatre Royal's Norfolk Schools Opera Project since 2001 and continues to be employed for this role to date. Currently you can see/hear Mark as a regular member of the pit band for the Theatre Royal Norwich's Annual Pantomime, a regular Jazz Performer around the region, and as a key member and arranger of the 'Acafellas' - a 6piece male harmony/beatbox group that are soon to be taking the nation by storm. Check them out @ www.acafellas.co.uk, or, www.facebook.com/acafellasUK.
Charlotte ScottGuest Tutor/Patron
Charlotte Scott is delighted to be a patron of slanteddance.