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Cecilia Macfarlane (61) formed the company in 2003 and is the artistic director. She is an Oxford based independent dance artist with an international reputation for her work in the community. She is the founding director of Oxford Youth Dance and DugOut Adult Community Dance and co-founding director of Oxford Youth Dance Company. Her work is based on her passionate belief that dance is for everyone and she celebrates the uniqueness and individuality of each dancer. Former Senior Lecturer in Arts in the Community at Coventry University, Cecilia now works at home and abroad to bring generations and communities together to realise their potential through dance.
‘My last dance will be my last blink.’

Akasha Daley (11) joined Crossover at the age of six and continues to love dancing and choreographing with the company. ‘I like meeting people of different ages. I’ll never stop dancing...ever.’

Alan Kenny (69) is a dance artist and teacher.
‘I love to dance with Crossover. Working intergenerationally teaches me all the time. As the elder in the company I get so much respect: my disability is not an issue, it’s a bonus. I find it just so exciting empowering and emotional. My emotions are pulled always and push me to my furthest dream.’

Bee Evans (19) has been dancing contemporary with Cecilia since she was 5, as well as studying various other styles of dance such as ballet and jazz.‘Although I do not plan to make my career from dance, it has always been the greatest passion in my life. Dancing with Crossover over the last 8 years has been an amazing opportunity to explore dancing across generations, to learn from and to have fun with everyone in Crossover!’

Daniel Baird (29) danced with Cecilia from a very young age and went on to train at Laban in London. Since then he has developed his career as a dance artist specialising in Capoeira.
‘I love the fact that we are both a community based company and a bunch of passionate, skilled professionals.’

Eliza Newell (10) has been dancing with Cecilia since she was three. She also studies ballet. ‘I like dancing with other people. I like dancing with Crossover because you meet new people and you can be more free with your dance.’
 
Eluned Charnley (25) is a dance artist, teacher, typist, games facilitator and circus performer. She joined Crossover while she was still at school in 2003, and shortly after spent a year training in Circus and Physical Theatre at Circomedia in Bristol (specialising in trapeze).‘I soon discovered I couldn’t sit still for long and, upon completing a BA degree in International Relations at Sussex University, went on to gain a first class honours BA in Dance Studies from Middlesex University. I love dancing with Crossover, where every dancer’s individuality and talent is celebrated.’

Jeremy Spafford (52) first danced on stage with his 11 year old son as part of a Fathers and Sons project led by Cecilia. He then joined a class taught by Cecilia and has been with Crossover since it began. His son is now a 25 year old professional dancer and the two of them have recently made and performed another duet together. Jeremy acts as administrator to the company. ‘When I dance I can be me but in a different way.’

Joel Stanley-Cunning (11) joined the company when he was six years old. ‘I really like Crossover because everyone's different and we are all good at different things and we all learn from each other. Dancing gives me a sense of equality with others.’

Roly Carline (29) is a visual artist, film maker and event organiser. He has been dancing with Cecilia since he was a toddler. ‘I dance with Crossover because it feeds me in so many ways: I meet people I wouldn't normally meet and make friends, I am inspired, I get fitter and healthier and sometimes we have a nice lunch together!’

Ruth Pethybridge (33) is a Dance Artist with over ten years experience of working in varied settings as a performer, teacher, choreographer and project manager.  Based in Oxford for many years, Ruth has recently relocated to Cornwall to undertake a practice based PhD researching cross-generational dance performance. Her current choreographic interest is in how the stories of our lives inhabit our bodies. Ruth joined the company in 2010. ‘As well as feeling honoured to be included in Crossover I’m really pleased to be able to feed my research.’

Tom English (19) joined Crossover at the age of 10. After training with Swindon Dance and at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, he is now at The London School of Contemporary Dance. ‘Through dance I’ve met people of different ages...None of my friends could say they’ve got a 52 year old middle aged friend.’

Vicky Fisher (41) first met Cecilia in 1985 when she joined the first cohort of the National Youth Dance Company. She went on to complete a 1st Class degree in Dance with Education and an MA in Performance Art, at Middlesex University, where she became a founder member of CanDoCo Dance Company. She has worked as a Performer, Lecturer, Community Dance Artist and Researcher in both Dance and Inclusive Practice. She now combines lecturing in Dance at Oxford & Cherwell Valley College with ‘enthusiastic mothering’. ‘When I’m performing with Crossover I feel completely alive and in the moment. I was once described as a 'Renaissance Woman' with a 'Pot Pori career' - roles to which I continuously endeavour to aspire!’

 

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