Born and raised in Halifax, West Yorkshire, Charley found his love for dance at a young age. He then discovered passion for contemporary whilst undertaking his Level 3 Diploma qualification in Dance at college, where he was introduced and worked with companies such as James Wilton Dance. Furthering his training, he then joined the dance programme at The University of Derby, based at Derbyshire’s dance house: Déda – where he discovered his technical style in improvisation and flying-low technique. Finishing with a First-Class BA (Hons) Degree and an award for Outstanding Performer given by Déda.
Whilst studying his undergraduate, Charley was also involved in an all-male youth dance company, Man Made Youth, based at Midlands Arts Centre in Birmingham – where he collaborated and performed works with companies such as Autin Dance Theatre. Performing in different venues and locations, this was when Charley knew he wanted to peruse dance performance.
Outside of his training, Charley had the pleasure of working with dance theatre company, Northern Rascals on one of their projects. This included on working with the company to devise an outdoor performance named ‘The Aftermath’ in which he performed a numerous of times to new audiences in an outdoor space.
Charley is really looking forward to kicking off his journey with Emergence by working with well-known choreographers, and touring all four pieces to different venues and audiences around the UK.
In his spare time, Charley loves to explore the outdoors and nature with his dog Buster!
Photo credit: Josh Hawkins
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