Previous Dancers: Helen Wilson, Clare Billington, Carmen Mar, Grace Bendle, Kim Clarke, Murilo Leite, Chris Linda, Hannah DeCancho, Natasha Kowalski, Chevon Edwards, Jerome Wilks, Karla Shacklock, Fleur Hoefkens

Batel Magen

Artistic director: Batel Magen
Originally from Israel, Batel trained in Dance and Theatre in San Francisco, Israel, Bristol, and in various performing art schools.

Batel is also a qualified Dance Movement Psychotherapist (2005 Roehampton University in London), including the completion of her MA in Dance Movement Psychotherapy specializing in adolescence mental health.

Performance work includes: Bat Kol (Israel), Bedlam Dance Co, Ian Pearce, Bollywood Steps Musical, Kate Skarpewoska (New York), Attik Dance, The Big Dance (including leading Big Dance Class), Tamara Cater (Bristol), and Julia Thorneycroft (Harbourside Festival 08’).

 Outreach work includes (choreographic/teaching): Youth Dance Companies (RISE, B&NES,) residencies (Falmouth University, Cotham School), lecture demonstrations, technique classes (community and professional levels), intensive workshops, Laban Movement Analysis, composition, community dance, creative arts, and dance therapy lectures. She is also the dance therapy module leader for the Creative Arts Therapies foundation course (Plymouth University and Bristol City College).

Dance Therapy work: Batel currently works as a Dance Movement Psychotherapist in an adolescent psychiatric unit and with adults who have learning disabilities as a core member of Dance Voice Therapy Centre.

Productions/projects: Batel is involved in planning, delivering, choreographing and evaluating productions and dance works in a range of contexts including Bristol Metropolitan College, Mean Feet Dance Company, Bath Dance Forum, The Egg Theatre Royal Bath, Meriton School for teenage mothers, Acta, Bristol University Dance Society, Dance Station Academy, Bristol Education Centre, Bristol City Council, RISE Youth Dance, Pulse Youth Dance. Batel was artistic director and choreographer of All You Can Eat 07’, a dance project funded by Arts Council South West and Community at Heart, Bristol. This project focused on expanding young people’s knowledge and appreciation of healthy eating and maintaining a healthy body image through the use of dance, music and costumes.

She is also in demand as an artistic mentor, was project advisor and choreographic mentor for InSensed, a site specific dance project exploring the limitations of visually impaired in shopping centres working with professional dancers and visually impaired performers. She is a mentor for MA dance and drama therapy students and Performing Arts students.

Batel continues to be a well respected dance teacher, choreographer and performer in the region.

Batel holds an up to date CRB and public liability insurance. Batel is registered as self-employed. A member of Dance UK, National Dance Teachers Association, Foundation for Community Dance, ADMP UK.