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 is currently working with WigLe Dance CIC in Leigh as Artistic Director of WN Dance Company;  an exciting new concept bringing together talented young people and professional performers to create and perform new dance works made in and for the Wigan Borough.   With the aim of making progression routes and professional careers in dance more accessible for young people in Wigan.

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.
In 2016, she went on to join Company Chameleon and perform within 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 as a company dancer 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. 

Emma has worked with Hawk Dance Theatre since 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; Christine and the Queens, 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.

Jack Hilton
Company Dancer

Jack Hilton is a professional freelance contemporary dancer based in the North west of England. Born in Lancashire Jack began dancing through Latin and Ballroom at the age of 9, later finding an interest in ballet and contemporary when he was 15. Graduating from The Northern School of Contemporary Dance in 2018 Jack has since worked with Balletboyz, Company Nil, Dart Dance Company and also founded his own performance company ‘Fin Projects’ with artist and friend Callum Osbourne.

Jack began working with Hawk Dance Theatre in 2020.

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