History of the Company

HISTORY

2Faced Dance Company was founded in 1999 by Tamsin Fitzgerald to ultimately inspire people through education and performance.  Our aim over the last 15 years has been to increase dance provision to young people and the wider community. To provide performance opportunities to all and establish a full time professional dance company in Hereford. The Company was set up to provide the young with training and employment opportunities within Herefordshire, using the arts, business and entertainment to reach into the furthest corners of society.

THE BIG BANG

Between 2000 and 2003 Tamsin established a programme of community dance provision in Hereford. Breakdance classes were set up and a small group of young men aged 13 – 17 years kept turning up week after week. Seeing their potential, Tamsin decided to create a piece, Acetylene, and take them to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In 2004 2Faced Youth Dance Company, armed with their break and contemporary fusion, hit the fringe and sold out their show to huge critical and public acclaim. Over the following five years 2Faced Youth performed across the UK and Europe performing at a mixture of arts centres and celebrity events including the MTV Awards.

During this period Tamsin taught extensively across the UK developing a unique education programme for schools, colleges and youth centres offering fusion dance workshops, residencies and youth led performances. In the meantime 2Faced Youth became the first peer led dance group in the UK and spoke at various conferences about the Company including for the NDTA and YDE. This innovative and ambitious youth company catapulted 2Faced Dance into the dance world and onto the professional stage.

NEW DIRECTION

In 2007 Tamsin decided to move the company forward and to the next level. She wanted to maintain the Company’s roots by offering young dancers with talent the opportunity to gain skills both practically and theoretically. She introduced the apprenticeship programme, in which urban dancers could learn skills in marketing, administration, education and management, whilst still training practically. Tamsin wanted to start touring the Company’s work on a wider scale and decided to create work in which a full professional company would be employed. She wanted to make a clear break from the earlier work created and went back to her roots of contemporary training developing her own, unique movement vocabulary.

2Faced Dance have since performed to over 1000 venues across the UK with their four works State of Matter, Still Breathing, In the Dust and Out of His Skin as well as branching into Europe and South America. Tamsin and the company have been commissioned by and collaborated with a variety of arts organisations including Hofesh Shechter, DanceXchange, IDFB, Circa, Leaps and Bounds and Circle of Eleven in Berlin.