We are delighted to announce our very special guest Dance Artists for #Origins2021!

Ruby, Toby G & George cannot wait to meet & teach our gifted South West dancers, their practitioners & teachers. These dance specialists are all proud to be from & working in the South West. They will be leading inspiring workshops in Contemporary, Hip Hop & Musical Theatre for Origins 2021 on Saturday 24th April.

They are Ruby Portus (NYDC; VERVE; Liz Aggiss; Punchdrunk; Sita Ostheimer & Jamaal Burkmar/Extended Play), Toby G (Artistic Director of Street Factory CIC & MBE recipient) and George Lyons (Dogfight, The Mountbatten Festival of Music; Public Domain; Oklahoma!, teaching/creative: Urdang Academy, Arts Ed, Laine Theatre Arts, Italia Conti & London Studio Centre).

Our Origins 2021 Dance Artists will be putting our young dancers through their paces & sharing their stories, journeys & career advice. They will be providing their insights into the professional dance world & championing the talents of our brilliant young dancers.

Ruby Portus:

A proud Bristolian, Ruby grew up acting with Bristol Old Vic Young Company and dancing with RISE Youth Dance, Kinesis and National Youth Dance Company under the artistic direction of Akram Khan. After graduating with a First Class BA Hons from London Contemporary Dance School, she went on to gain her MA (Distinction) as a dancer with VERVE: Northern School of Contemporary Dance’s postgraduate company. Here, she performed internationally and undertook practice-based research asking how gender affects our use of space.

As a dancer, Ruby has worked with a variety of inspiring artists and companies including Liz Aggiss, Punchdrunk, Sita Ostheimer and Jamaal Burkmar/Extended Play. She also choreographs her own dance theatre work that strives to tackle important sociopolitical issues in a playful way, and has been seen at Sadler’s Wells, Tate Modern and The Place. 

Ruby is taking part in Origins 2021 through the kind support of National Youth Dance Company @nydcompany

George Lyons

George is originally from Dorchester in Dorset where he started dance from the age of two. At 16 he started training at Laine Theatre Arts graduating in 2018 with a First Class BA Honors and Level 6 Diploma in Musical Theatre.

Since graduating George has worked professionally as a performer and choreographer in dance and musical theatre. 

His choreography highlights include: Dogfight the Musical (Southwark Playhouse); The Mountbatten Festival of Music (Royal Albert Hall); Public Domain (Southwark Playhouse); Oklahoma! (Leatherhead Theatre, BTA) and Associate Choreographer to Andrew Wright for Peter Pan (Southampton Mayflower Theatre) 

His performing credits include: Benjamin in Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Kilworth House Theatre); Dance Captain in Time Flies; 100 Years of the RAF (Theatre Royal Drury Lane): Dance Captain in Jack And The Beanstalk (Grand Opera House Belfast); Dancer for Glambassador Events (NEC Birmingham); and Dancer in NFL Pre-Match (Twickenham Stadium).

George has also worked as a teacher/creative within London’s performing colleges such as: Urdang Academy, Arts Ed, Laine Theatre Arts, Italia Conti and London Studio Centre.

Toby Gorniak

“I started Street Factory because I knew what it was to feel pain and loneliness, as well as fear and loss. I wanted to help; I wanted to make tomorrow better than today for as many people as possible. Most of all I wanted to help people to understand that they could be good people and part of a strong and secure community, even if that wasn’t what they were born into. I always believed that if we started with the young people, then we would be planting the seeds for our future to blossom into a beautiful collection of colourful and unique beauty.

” Hip Hop saved me, it gave me a sense of hope, self-esteem, and love – by sharing this I know that we  will better the world…I think making a difference in the lives of others is life’s greatest purpose. I walk this path with peace, faith and love, knowing that My Work & The Street Factory community is and will continue to change the world.”- Love & Peace, Toby G MBE 

We’re so excited for Origins 2021 and we can’t wait to show everyone what we have been up to the past few months!



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