Fern has had a passion for theatre and story telling from an early age. After studying at The Arden School of Theatre, she also discovered a love for contemporary dance. She then went on to train at The University of Salford, where she developed her choreographic voice and athletic floor based movement style. During this time, Fern worked with Jamaal Burkmar, Company Chameleon, George Adams and Peter Grist. Fern has 2 years professional experience with Belinda Grantham Dance, and 1 year with Hawk Dance Theatre as creative learning assistant. Fern co founded Coalesce Dance Theatre in 2017, and since then, she has produced work for a variety of platforms (theatre, festival and digital) throughout the UK. Coalesce have been fortunate enough to be awarded funding from Arts Council England on multiple occasions, as well as various other commissions. Fern is a passionate advocate for creating better working opportunities for women within dance as well as centering more female narratives. With a holistic approach to creating work, Fern focuses her process on improving people’s well-being through dance.
Rachel has been working as a professional dancer, teacher and director since she graduated from The University of Salford in 2017. She has a strong passion for facilitation and teaching contemporary technique across the North West. Since co-creating Coalesce, Rachel has fed her ambition to choreograph and make new, original work.
Rachel has worked professionally with Hawk Dance Theatre, The Knotted Project and Bridget Fiske, as well as being a returning lecturer at The University of Salford. Rachel has watched Coalesce grow alongside co-director Fern since the company was established in 2017. Having received Arts Council Funding for several projects, Rachel has developed a love for project management. Rachel strongly believes in continuing to help and support emerging artists, through initiatives like DanceConnect and by creating working opportunities for local artists. She also hopes to inspire young people to think about a career in the arts.
Natalie is a freelance arts marketer based in Manchester. She has over seven years experience working with a variety of artists and arts organisations nationally and internationally, with clients including Hackney Empire, The Vaults, Without Walls, Camden Fringe Festival, Dibby Theatre, Dash Arts and more. She manages all aspects of Coalesce's marketing strategy and brand.
Natalie is passionate about improving accessibility in the arts, engaging new audiences and advocating for the impact of creative practice.
Social Media Content Creator
Kato Thomas is a freelance dance artist based in the UK. Born and raised in Belgium, she started dancing at an early age and moved to England to start her training at Trinity Laban Conservatoire.
After completing her Bachelor’s, Kato joined Emergence, the postgraduate dance company at the University of Salford under the creative direction of Joss Arnott. This is where she discovered her passion for social media and content creation, having the opportunity to run the company’s Instagram.
Kato is excited about capturing dance and showcasing it in creative ways on different social media platforms.
CYD Youth Dance Lead
Jordan (she/her) is a Manchester-based dancer, choreographer, and producer. Fuelled by the joy of moving, discovered through youth dance programs, she continued her training through intensives, R&D’s and work experience with artists and companies across the UK and abroad.
Experienced in facilitating, playing and performing she’s worked with Casson & Friends, Avant Garde Dance, Wired Aerial Theatre and more to bring projects to life. Passionate about making creativity accessible; Jordan produces for Afrocats, a charity supporting refugee communities.
Recently supported by Company Chameleon, she’s developing her choreographic practice, drawing from her and her collaborator's lived experiences, using dance theatre, storytelling and comedy.
Jordan delivers Coalesce Youth Dance and gets inspired every week by their curiosity and desire to learn, getting to share the company’s powerful movement style.
Emily grew up in Leeds where she underwent training at Phoenix Youth, NSCD CAT scheme and Yorkshire Dance Youth. Whilst there she worked with a number of choreographers including Keira Martin, Donald Edwards, Bobak Walker, Phil Sanger, Anthony Middleton and Wayne McGregor Random Dance.
She has worked with Hawk Dance Theatre performing a solo for a short film Meeting Jack as part of Northern Quarter Series commissioned by Random Acts (Channel 4) and then completed an apprenticeship with the company where she helped create 'Eyes On Me, a collaboration of dance film and poetry and shadowed 'Getting From A to B’
She then completed her MA with Emergence, Joss Arnott’s post-grad company, where she worked with Wubkje Kuindersma and James Wilton Dance. Post graduation she is the lead artist for Yorkshire Dance’s Youth Company, a Marketing Officer for NSCD and continues to work with and support Coalesce Dance Theatre.
Puté is a freelance dance artist based in Manchester, originally from Thailand, whose journey in dance began at The Lowry’s Centre for Advanced Training in Manchester. During his time there, he had the opportunity to collaborate with prestigious companies such as the Akram Khan Company and Joss Arnott, among others.
Puté pursued his undergraduate studies at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds. Performing works by acclaimed choreographers such as Jose Agudo and Anton Lachky. Additionally, he had the privilege of working with New Adventures in Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet.
Upon graduation, Puté delved into the vibrant dance scene of the UK, collaborating with diverse artists and companies. Including the Opening Ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2022 choreographed by Corey Baker and the development of “PANTS” by Coalesce Dance Theatre, which he is very excited to continue supporting the company in its innovative choreographic exploration.