Josh Hawkins

Artistic Director / Choreographer

Josh Hawkins is a director, choreographer and dancer currently based in Manchester.  After founding Hawk Dance Theatre in 2015, Josh has produced and created his own projects, receiving several funding awards from Arts Council England. Supported as Artist in Residence at The University of Salford since 2016, Josh has a built a reputable profile as an artist working in the North of England.

Josh has produced works for various platforms (stage, screen and festivals) which have been showcased throughout the UK. Excited about collaboration, Josh's interests lie in creating dynamic movement work, connecting multiple art forms and reaching diverse audiences. 

Josh's skills as a project manager have seen him fundraise over £150k towards his companies projects. 

As well as his work with Hawk Dance Theatre, Josh works independently as a photographer and filmmaker within the arts industry. Josh has worked for leading artists and organisations, such as; Dance4, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Yorkshire Dance, Gary Clarke, Joss Arnott) to create a range of promotional materials. Josh was recently commissioned to create a full length film work for Akademi's latest production, 'The Troth', which has toured the UK and India.

Josh was commissioned to create a Random Acts film by Tyneside Cinema, which was broadcast on Channel 4’s TV platform in November 2015. His film, 'The Blackest Day' won an award for the Best Experimental Short Film at the London City Film Awards 2017.

Josh has experience of collaborating with a number of artists, art forms and mentors and has had the opportunity to work with established UK choreographers Gary Clarke & Luca Silvestrini, as his choreographic mentors.

Josh is an experienced educator and delivers workshops extensively. Josh has guest delivered at a range of arts organisations and for a range of companies, including: The Lowry, Phoenix Dance Theatre, Dance4 CAT, DanceXchange, Ludus Dance and Brewery Arts.

Josh graduated from Northern School of Contemporary Dance with a first class honours degree in 2013. He spent 2013-14 working with Verve (postgraduate performance company). During this time, he worked with established national UK choreographers; Lea Anderson, Ben Duke and GoddardNixon. Josh went on to tour Scotland with choreographer Thomas Small in a range of his works.

Helen Andrew
Company Dancer

Originally from Oldham, Helen Andrew attended The Northern School of Contemporary dance where she graduated with a First class honors in 2015, She then went on to completing her Postgraduate Diploma as an apprentice with Motionhouse dance theatre and performed in one of their outdoor pieces Fragile, as well as Captive.
In 2016 after graduating she went on to join Company Chameleon on their new production Witness. Other companies Helen has performed for include; Balbir Singh, House of Suarez and Urban Conceptz.


 Helen has worked with Hawk Dance Theatre since 2017.


Emmie Coxey
Company Dancer

Emmie trained at London Contemporary Dance School graduating in 2014. She then continued her training at Northern School of Contemporary Dance as a member of postgraduate company VERVE. Whilst performing and touring with VERVE, she had the pleasure of working with Kerry Nicholls, Theo Clinkard, Douglas Thorpe, Luca Silverstrini and various other guest teachers.

Emmie is very interested in collaborative-based work combining dance with many other performance styles such as theatre, film, story-telling, live music, set design and installation.

Emma joined Hawk Dance Theatre in January 2016 and has been involved in various projects. 

Josh Wild
Company Dancer

Born in Manchester, Josh Wild began dancing Ballroom and Latin at the age of 15. He then went on to complete his training at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and graduated with a First Class Honours Degree. 

Josh has worked with a variety of companies and choreographers touring work nationally and internationally, including; Scottish Dance Theatre, BalletBoyz, Anton Lachky, Sharon Eyal, Avatara Ayuso, Odette Hughes and James Wilton. 

Josh began working with Hawk Dance Theatre in 2015 and has been involved in various projects.


Alice Shepperson
Company Dancer

Alice trained at Northern School of Contemporary Dance, graduating in 2015 with a First Class Honours Degree. She then continued her training within JV2 (2015-16) working with Jasmin Vardimon, Vinicius Salles and AΦE.
She has worked on projects with artists: Tim Casson (Casson & Friends), Barnaby Booth, Ian Dolan (Dirtmarket), Tino Sehgal and Lina Lapelyte.
Alice has previously performed in D.A.N.C.E (Developing A New Comedy Experience) and has been an understudy for Stopgap Dance Company's 'The Awakening' choreographed by Christopher Pavia.


Alice joined Hawk Dance Theatre in 2018 and plays KIKO in The Chit Chat Chalk Show!


Dominic Coffey
Company Dancer

Dom graduated from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance; during his time there he performed works by Carlos Pons Guerra, Rod Dixon & Ben Duke. Dom then gained a place on the Jasmin Vardimon Professional Development Certificate Course where he toured around the UK as a member of JV2 and performed works by Jasmin Vardimon, AΦE and Vinicius Salles. Dom has worked with experienced choreographers and companies such as Gary Clarke and Akademi. 

Dom has worked with Hawk Dance Theatre in The Chit Chat Chalk Show, PASS and Eyes On Me.

Leanne Horsey
Company Dancer

Leanne, born In Leeds, started dance at a very young age. Beginning at Hull College, Leanne went on to graduate from The Northern School Of Contemporary Dance with First class honours degree. Leanne spent a year touring with Verve, the postgraduate performance company at The Northern School, working alongside leading choreographers and touring Europe. She went on to work with Phoenix Dance Theatre in Leeds. Since then, Leanne has been training with some of the UK's top choreographers including 'The X Factors' Dean Lee, travelling the world and teaching contemporary and commercial dance all around the UK. Leanne works regularly with a children’s party company in London, ‘The Giggle Company’.  

Leanne joined HDT in 2018.


Tilda O'Grady
Company Dancer

Tilda has a First Class BA(Hons) in Acting from Manchester School of Theatre (Man Met) and works as an actor, dancer, movement director and theatre maker. Her practice is rooted in a love of collaboration, play and storytelling. Previous performance credits include Faithful Ruslan (Citizens and Belgrade Theatre), Underground (Babel Theatre at HOME Theatre), TUCH (Amy Lawrence at Royal Exchange), You Must Be The One To Bury Me (Babel Theatre), Bluebeard's Castle (OperaUpClose), Jackie and the Beanstalk (Curly Tales Theatre), Kristin Lavransdatter (Theatre Ad Infinitum).

Tilda joined Hawk Dance Theatre in 2017.  

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