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DAVINA, founder member of Alchemy Dance Company & Co-Director of Alchemy Dance Academy
Davina is Marchant's performance & teaching partner and project coordinator for Alchemy. She is the female exponent of the Alchemy Way of dancing mambo & salsa, and is the featured lady on Marchant's instructional DVD.
DAVINA holds ISTD teaching qualifications in Modern Theatre Dance and Tap. She trained in Modern, Jazz, Tap and Ballet from the age of 3, taking Modern and Tap to advanced status. Further qualifications include a BA Honours degree in Drama & Theatre Studies, and various fitness teaching certificates including an S/NVQ in Exercise to music.
Since 1996 she has taught in a variety of capacities, mainly freelance teaching at dance schools and colleges around London. Davina was Head of Dance at a community youth theatre in London and taught the dance aspect of GCSE performing arts in secondary education. She taught and entered many students for dance examinations, and choreographed for numerous showcases, productions, and competitions.
In 2003 she took up salsa, attending classes with Marchant who soon spotted her potential and undertook her training. It was from this that Alchemy Dance Company was formed, Davina's jazz dance experience being part of the core technique training for the company. She also co-choreographed, with Marchant, Alchemy's debut show 'Timbalito'.
Davina is described as having a smooth, sophisticated and sexy style. She is known for teaching following techniques for ladies, and how to style within the natural flow of partnerwork without affecting the man's lead... the female Alchemy Way!. The combination of her training and experience has given her a passion for teaching, with an infectious enthusiasm which is passed on to her students.