Graeme originally trained commercially in the UK, attaining teaching qualifications with the IDTA in Latin and Ballroom, Tap, Jazz and Freestyle. He then trained at the prestigious Laban Centre in Contemporary Dance and Ballet in the BA Hons Dance Theatre programme, where he was lucky enough to work with some of the world’s leading dance practitioners and dance artists, such as Lea Anderson, Simon Vincenzi and Rambet Dance Company to name but a few. After completing a Post Graduate Certificate of Education with Brighton University, he held the position of Head of Dance at Hurstpierpoint College for the last two years. At the college he taught all curriculum dance and extra curricular dance across the Prep School and Senior School – working with students from key stage 1 all the way through to A level (sixth form). Graeme was the artistic director of two successful youth dance companies established at the school and regularly completed choreographic projects on dancers culminating in company repertoire, which was performed in the annual Hurst Dance Showcase and at national performance platforms.
In addition to such teaching commitments, Graeme has lectured in performance and choreography to dance degree students in the UK, choreographed for external youth dance companies within the South East of England and worked with community focused dance companies, such as ‘Brighton Dance Diversions’ to complete performance projects. He has also made time to work for independent choreographers and last year worked with London based choreographer Hayley Durward in a site specific project, titled ‘Lend Me Your Ear’ and more recently, he was involved in a piece titled ‘Kitchen Dog’ by Claire Coleman, performed at the Basement Space, Brighton, which was reworked to be showcased in the Brighton Fringe Festival by popular demand. Graeme has helped coordinate community dance work with companies such as Union Dance, independently choreographed/directed and produced dance film work that has been screened in London’s ‘Roxybar and Screen’, presented alongside international artists such as Stan Won’t dance, choreographed work for his own former dance collective titled ‘WindowDance’ – creating exciting and quirky dance installations and site-specific performances in collaboration with art groups such as the London based ‘BreakBeatOrchestra’ and he has choreographed commercially, for the contemporary dance scene, as well as choreographing for UK television, such as channel four’s ‘High School Dance’.
Since relocating to Sydney this year, Graeme has worked freelance teaching at the Wesley Institute as part of the Bachelor of Dance Degree program and teaching open classes. He have taught master classes at vocational dance schools such as ED5International, performing arts colleges such as The McDonald College and he will soon be working with Darlinghurst Public School to design and lead their core dance curriculum and to provide extra curricular dance tuition. He is also currently scheduled to work with the Arts Unit, to lead choreographic workshops, to teach in one of the central Sydney based senior dance camps and to take some of the dance festival workshops later in the year. Graeme is truly passionate about his work and prides himself on upholding high expectations and providing a nurturing, dynamic and supportive learning environment for all.